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canine giant breeds

GIANT BREEDS ARE PRONE TO SEVERAL COMMON CONDITIONS. HERE’S HOW TO HELP KEEP YOUR BIG GUY OR GAL WELL AND HAPPY. Giant breeds can have some giant health problems. These issues affect not only purebreds, but also very big dogs of mixed parentage. In my experience, “very big dogs” are those that weigh 95 pounds …

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anxious dog

Helping your anxious dog starts with determining what’s upsetting her in the first place. Dogs get stressed just like we do. The difference is, we can usually pinpoint what it is that makes us tense and anxious, be it family problems, work deadlines, money or health worries. With our dogs however, it’s more difficult. They …

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With the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the world has lost a great actor, and a great animal lover as well. Nimoy is well-known for his Star Trek role as Spock, but some people also knew him as a pet shop owner. Leonard Nimoy’s Pet Pad opened in 1969 in San Fernando Valley. Why a pet …

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  By David Beart Imagine living in a dog house, cat crate or even a fish bowl. Although you would no doubt do it, just to be near your beloved pet, it would be a little challenging and certainly not optimal. Sometimes, we as humans don’t realize that when we take pets into our homes, …

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Cod liver oil sustains brain health and supports the immune system. It also helps our cats and dogs look good, too, nourishing their coats to a gloss that radiates optimum health. There’s something intuitive about treating our own stiff joints with oil, and science long ago proved our hunch was on-track. The health value of …

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murcury fish

Have you ever wondered why the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was mad? It’s because chronic mercury poisoning was common among traditional hat-makers, whose felting work involved prolonged exposure to mercury vapors. Mad hatters may be a thing of the past, but mercury is still a big issue, especially when it …

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  By Nichelle Martin AKA “The Woman” It is pretty common knowledge that your diet should include the Omegas, and Omega-3 seems to be a very beneficial to your overall health. But did you know that it can also greatly benefit your 4-legged companions as well? Not just horses, but dogs and cats, too! That’s …

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dancing

Kevin Costner danced with wolves. On television, there’s Dancing with the Stars. I dance with dogs – at nursing homes, hospitals and special needs schools. Hollywood and ABC have yet to call. And then there’s musical canine freestyle. It’s the ultimate in dog dancing and an increasingly popular sport, with costumed human/canine teams competing in …

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Can you give your dog or cat too many vitamins ans supplements? Abby is confused. She’s been doing a lot of research on supplementation for dogs, and has added quite a few to her own canine’s daily regime. “He takes a multivitamin, plus fish oil, antioxidants, digestive enzymes and glucosamine. I know all these are …

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snacks

Recipes for dog snacks when traveling Back in the early 1980s, a road trip for me meant anything from taking a busload of students to winter camp in Algonquin Park to hiking the 75km West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island. In more recent years, those outings have been replaced by trips like the wonderful journey …

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Janice Gunn’s obedience partner is a six-year-old golden retriever named Billie. Together, they have choreographed their way to perfect 200 scores in both Canada and the United States. Last December, they were among the contenders at the American Kennel Club National Obedience Invitational (NOI), a prestigious event that is to the obedience world what the …

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A New York biker, Joe Panz has been a street tough all his life and has faced some dangerous situations. One of the worst was when he was betrayed by people he thought were friends. They set him up and lured him into a bar where he was shot five times before escaping. “I couldn’t …

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organic farm

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably have some questions about organic pet food. What does the term actually mean, and how can you be sure the food you’re buying for your dog or cat is really organic? Whenever possible, I try to buy organic, even though it means spending more money. Just …

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portuguese food

Want to try something different this holiday season? Try treating your companion (and yourself!) to some healthy dishes with a Portuguese flavor. Portugal is a magical place I visited years ago and I have many fond memories of it. Imagine arriving in a village where very few have ever gone to the “big city”, where …

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ingredients meals pet food

These recipes pack a punch of flavor and nutrition, and they’re simple to make and serve. Just use them as a sauce or garnish for her regular meals, and watch her enjoy! Variety is crucial to a healthy diet. A selection of foods and ingredients means your companion is getting the full range of vitamins, …

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Essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids not only give your cat a sleek coat and healthy skin but they can also help reduce inflammation and protect against cancer. We hear a lot these days about reducing our fat intake, not only in ourselves, but in our animals as well. But the important thing to remember is that fats …

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food

Food scoring system that can help rate your dog’s nutrition and ultimately make the best dietary choices for your companion. What’s the food score? How does your dog’s food rate in terms of good nutrition? Use this scoring system to help you make the best dietary choices for your companion. You want to feed your dog the …

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brain food

Did you know your dog’s diet and nutrition may play a critical role in brain function and behavior? If you’ve ever felt lazy after eating a big meal, or hyperactive following a sugary treat, then you have an idea of how what we eat can affect our behavior. The same applies to dogs. In fact, …

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foods

With the holiday season almost upon us, it’s important to know which foods to keep out of your kitty’s reach. Patti’s young daughter knows chocolate is toxic to dogs. But she figured it would be all right to try a bit on the family cat, just to see how he liked it. The result was …

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arthritis

Medications aren’t only way to manage arthritis. From chondroitin to yucca, these nutraceuticals can work on many levels to relieve discomfort and improve mobility. If you have arthritis, or know someone who does, you’ll recognize how miserable and debilitating it can be. Like us, many companion animals also develop arthritis as they age. The discomfort …

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puppy mill

Puppy mill rescue dogs know nothing of love or compassion, and are unsocialized and untrained. But they can be wonderful companions when given lots of TLC, patience and understanding. During her first few months with us, Cinder would cry softly in her sleep every night. Her body would twitch, legs pawing at the memory of …

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Dog with diabetes at vet prepping for surgery.

Does your dog have diabetes? Don’t panic. This common disease doesn’t have to be fatal, and in most cases can be easily and effectively treated. Katya was devastated when her veterinarian broke the news that her seven-year-old poodle had diabetes. “Maddie had always been healthy, so this really threw me for a loop,” she says. …

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arthritis in cats

Arthritis is one of the more common causes of lameness in cats. Start by getting an accurate diagnosis, then implement an integrative treatment plan. When Penny’s cat miscalculated a jump and started limping right afterwards, she knew he’d injured his leg, and a vet check confirmed it. But feline lameness isn’t always so straightforward. It …

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Osteopathy can help more than just bone issues.

Osteopathy is a manual healing therapy that isn’t just about bones. It also works on muscles, organs and tissues to remove imbalances that interfere with the body’s ability to heal itself. Mallomar is a 13-year-old Scottish terrier mix who came to my clinic three years ago for recurring pain in her mid back. She had been …

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energy healing

You’ve heard the term energy healing but what exactly is it and why and how does it work? For most of us, the word “energy” calls to mind something that turns lights on and off, runs our cars, or is enhanced by vitamins. We don’t realize we are made of energy, and that we interact …

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Food for your dogs vision.

Packed with nutrients, these colorful foods can help keep his eyes sharp by protecting against a variety of vision problems. Eye health in dogs has become the talk of the town. There’s more and more discussion about eye disease and vision problems in canines, including macular degeneration, cataracts, uveitis and glaucoma. Many people have written to …

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Diet impacts more than just physical health.

Did you know your dog’s diet can have an influence on his behavior and intelligence? If you’ve ever felt lazy after eating a big meal, or hyperactive following a sugary treat, then you have an idea of how what we eat can affect our behavior. The same applies to dogs. In fact, scientists now believe …

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heart disease in dogs

Heart disease can afflict dogs of all breeds and sizes. Find out what the signs are, and how these conditions can be diagnosed and treated using an integrative approach. George is a nine-year-old poodle. During a routine checkup six months ago, his veterinarian heard a heart murmur. More recently, his family noticed he was “not his …

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west nile virus

How to protect your companion from West Nile Virus as well as harmful chemical sprays used to ward off those pesky mosquitoes. Jessie Brand’s house backs onto a wooded ravine. When the weather is good, she loves to sit outside, listening to the soothing sounds of the creek as it meanders through the forest beyond …

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Did you know that most cats over the age of 11 are at risk for feline dementia? It’s one of the most common conditions in elderly cats, and can be difficult to deal with if you don’t understand what’s going on. Feline dementia is caused by lesions that appear on your cat’s brain as she …

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heart disease and your dog

Heart health is an important part of your dog or cat’s well being. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to heart disease and your dog. You’re aware of the prevalence of heart disease in humans, and are probably doing what you can to keep your own cardiovascular system healthy. But did you …

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dogs and cats

Dogs and cats are amazing creatures who can do incredible things. Here are just a few fun facts about our furry companions. Does your dog use his right or left paw when batting toys or shaking hands? Studies have found that just like people, dogs and cats are either “right” or “left pawed”. You’ve heard …

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