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detox your dogs liver

Even with a natural lifestyle, all dogs have toxins in their bodies. Helping the liver do its job can aid in cleansing his system. Fall is a great time for detoxing, especially the liver. Depending on where you live, your dog may have been exposed to an extra-heavy toxic load during the spring and summer, …

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xylitol

It may look harmless, but Xylitol, most commonly found in sugarless chewing gum, is one of the top toxins for dogs. Xylitol is a natural sweetener on Trupanion’s list of top ten poison and toxicity claims. Hailed as a healthy alternative to sugar for people, this substance has deadly consequences for our canine friends. Recently, a …

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managing your dog's liver shunts

Liver shunts are difficult to diagnose, but it can be managed with nutritional therapy and nutraceuticals. The liver is a busy organ. It performs a long list of important functions in your animal’s body. It acts as a giant filter to remove blood-borne toxins, synthesizes and distributes proteins for use by the body, and stores …

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head pressing

Have you ever seen a dog or cat press their head against the wall? It kind of looks adorable, but it isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Head pressing is one of the biggest red flags that something is wrong. If your pet presses it’s head against a wall or an object, it’s time …

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Turmeric, then is much more than a disinfectant and a tonic. As an aid to our dogs’ heart health and liver function–as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, it’s the golden ticket for optimum health. Turmeric is a deep golden-coloured spice that is equally rich in minerals and vitamins. A member of the ginger family, turmeric …

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“Eat your carrots.” Didn’t we all hear that growing up? Didn’t we learn early on that eating carrots meant we’d acquire a super-hero’s power of sight? Today’s parents, too, probably know that carrots are packed with vitamins and minerals, and that they have higher levels of beta-carotene than any other vegetable. In our bodies, beta-carotene converts …

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obesity in dogs

Obesity is a common disorder in dogs and cats. In 2012, 52.5% of dogs and 58.3% of cats were rated as overweight or obese by veterinarians. Obesity is when an animals weight is more than 30% above ideal – e.g., if your animal’s ideal weight is 10 lbs and she weighs at least 13 lbs (30% of …

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fussy dog

Fussy dogs and cats can drive us crazy. We might try 50 different foods, we beg and cajole… but sometimes nothing seems to work. While most dogs and cats eat well – even too well, considering more than 50% are considered overweight or obese by their veterinarians – there are always some that just don’t …

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urate stones

Some breeds are more susceptible to this than others. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your best friend from urate stones. Good urinary tract health is crucial to your dog’s overall well being, happiness and longevity. A number of issues and diseases can affect this part of his “plumbing”, and among these are …

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valley fever

How to  minimize the risk of valley fever. In 2006, my dogs Shadow, Dasher and I moved from Maryland to southern California for a year. During our six-day drive across the country, we stopped at every possible park along the way. We also drove through the dry dusty land of the southwest, a place of …

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herbs for arthritis

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine uses ancient herbs to help fight pain by focusing on the root of your dog’s arthritis. Lily was trained for agility work. “She was my performance pooch, and also herded my sheep,” says Certified Pet Dog Trainer Jan Blue. “She did a lot of fast stopping and starting.” When she was …

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chinese herbs itching

Does your dog have skin allergies? Before resorting to medications for the itching and irritation, give Chinese herbs a try. Stanley, an eight-year-old golden retriever, owes his life to Chinese herbs. “I got him when he was a year old, just a baby,” says Nancy Schaff. “The first year he was fine, the second year …

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acupressure

A dog’s well being is reflected in his coat. By supporting his health with this simple acupressure session, you can help ensure he feels – and looks — his best. Sam, a sweet young golden mix, is bright and shiny. Everything about him emanates health. His coat is soft, smooth and lustrous. His eyes have …

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grains

Should you feed grains to your companion or not? It depends on the type, and whether it’s whole or not. In your quest for a healthy diet for your dog or cat, you’ve probably come up against the grain controversy more than once. Should your animal eat grains or not? Which ones should be avoided, and …

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scents

Artificial scents may make your house fresh and fragrant, but the chemicals that go into them can be toxic. You’ve seen the ads for all those air fresheners, room sprays and scented laundry products with their flowery, pine forest or sea breeze fragrances. They make your home smell nice and fresh, but don’t let those …

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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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dr. khalsa

Dr. Khalsa’s desire to enhance nutritional wellness for companion animals led her to create a unique line of vitamins for dogs and cats. Good nutrition helps prevent a host of health issues in animals. It’s a fact that Dr. Deva Khalsa lives by. Her 30 years of experience as a holistic veterinarian have brought her into …

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Thyroid

Is your dog behaving strangely? Has he developed unusual symptoms and acting apathetic or aggressive? It could be a thyroid problem. Kodak, a young bearded collie, was a regular at the park. He loved to play with children and other dogs. Then something odd happened. This outgoing dog became withdrawn and began hiding under the park bench. …

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acupressure seizures

Seizures are scary, but don’t panic. Many of these conditions can be managed successfully with an integrative approach. Toby was a darling three-month-old Pomeranian puppy when he started having seizures. His guardian placed a frantic call to the vet, and the receptionist told her to snuggle him carefully in a blanket, avoid getting bitten, and bring …

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glutathione

The glutathione antioxidant is a tiny but powerful nutrient that is vital to your dogs cell health, liver function and immunity. Mention antioxidants, and most people think of vitamin C or beta carotene. But there are other, less commonly known antioxidants that are even more important to overall health and well being. One of these is …

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Choline

Choline is a versatile supplement that offers many benefits. Among other things, it can help treat and even prevent “doggy dementia”. As we age, our brains often don’t function as well as they did when we were younger. The same is true of dogs. While aging is normal, none of us likes to see the …

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dog mobility ears

Who can resist floppy dog ears? They’re soft, velvety and lovely to stroke. But they’re also prone to infection. Learn what to watch for and how to prevent and treat potential problems. We love dogs like Labs, beagles and pit bull terriers in part because of their ultra-velvety floppy ears. But sometimes being cute has …

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liver

Cats are famous for being finicky, but if they stop eating altogether, they can develop feline hepatic lipidosis. Here’s what’s you need to know about this serious liver condition. I had never heard of feline hepatic lipidosis, a liver condition, before Cleo got sick. She’d always had a healthy appetite and I never had cause …

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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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Cat eating treats.

These tasty treats are nutritious and easy to make. What more could you (or your kitty) ask for? It’s a busy time of year, and you’d like to give your kitty something special to celebrate the season. How about some tantalizing and healthy homemade treats? You might think it’s too time-consuming, but know that all these …

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Marley's Mutts dog rescue.

The founder of this rescue estimates he’s saved more than 600 dogs over the past few years. But he says the dogs have also rescued him. At just 28, Zach Skow was in end stage liver and kidney failure from drug and alcohol abuse. After an extensive stay in hospital, he was told if he could stay sober …

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Herbs for arthritis.

Properly used in conjunction with an overall holistic healthcare plan, these healing herbs can have a powerful effect on your canine’s creaky joints. Herbs have a firmly established place in alternative medicine. Used properly, they can help treat a wide range of conditions in dogs. The key term here is “properly used”. For example, those who …

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A dog with healthy skin and coat.

Keep your companion’s skin and coat looking and feeling good with these power-packed whole foods. Back in the early 1980s, I was introduced to a little terracotta pot and a bag of seeds. The idea was to soak the pot in water, sprinkle it with seeds, and in what seemed like no time at all, …

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Finding a safe pest control product

How one dog’s toxic reaction to an insecticide led to a company that specializes in natural, earth-friendly pest control products. Luna was only ten years old when Stephanie Boone was faced with the possibility of having to euthanize her. “She had been experiencing seizures, chronic skin issues, liver and kidney failure,” says Stephanie. The culprit …

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24 How the humble raspberry can help fight cancer–and other illnesses – This favorite fruit has impressive health-enhancing properties 28 10 steps to great leadership with your dog – Start with a strong and positive foundation 40 Dinner is served! – A special holiday menu for your dog or cat 51 How Chinese element theory …

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anesthesia

If you feel nervous about having your dog “put under” for veterinary procedures, you’re not alone. While there are risks involved, anesthesia is safer than you might think. Brenna adopted an elderly poodle from a relative who could no longer care for him. She took him to the vet for a long overdue checkup and …

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edible seaweeds

From kelp to kombu, edible seaweeds are versatile “veggies” full of nutrition and flavor. They’re good for your animal companion too. Seaweeds are a super food and one of the oldest forms of life on earth. Archeological excavations show that people have been eating these special plants for 10,000 years. The ancient Chinese used kelp …

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