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when supplements can replace medications in dogs and cats

Conventional medications are sometimes necessary for pets, and can be life-saving in an emergency. But when it comes to conditions like allergies, arthritis or infections, natural supplements can often be used instead of drugs. While conventional medications have their place in dog and cat healthcare, holistic alternatives also support healing. Drugs tend to be more …

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probiotics for dogs and cats

They’re not just for GI issues. Probiotics can help with a range of health problems and can also help maintain overall wellness in healthy dogs and cats. Supplements for dogs and cats are many and varied, but my clients ask about probiotics the most. In fact, it’s a rare consultation during which the topic of …

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natural remedies for arthritic cats

From acupuncture and weight management to nutritional supplements and Reiki, there are many natural ways to help relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritic cats. Arthritis affects as many as three in ten felines. A number of natural approaches can help mitigate the pain of arthritic cats, and a multi-modal approach will get the best …

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canine system saver

After struggling throughout his first year of life with a skin condition that caused him to lose 90% of his fur, a young Akita named Pepsi was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. His case was so severe that even symptomatic relief methods weren’t working, and both dermatologists and alternative practitioners suggested he be euthanized. Pepsi’s …

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holistic cancer care

This 3-pronged approach to holistic cancer care for pets covers all the bases – it helps the immune system do its job, employs anti-cancer therapies, and supports the whole body with nutrition and supplements. Modern medicine has made many advances in treating cancer over the years, yet remission rates aren’t getting much better. And that …

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dental issues

Periodontal disease is extremely common in cats, but the good news is that a healthy diet can help prevent it. Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent dental issues in cats. It affects about 70% of cats over two years of age, and 85% of cats over five! Yet despite how incredibly common it …

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supplement

 Probiotics, fiber and Omega fatty acids are among the top supplemental nutrients that can benefit a cat’s health. A healthy cat starts with a healthy diet. Adding a certain supplement to her diet can help her stay even healthier. Here are the top supplements I prescribe to my feline patients. 1. Probiotics Non-pathogenic bacteria are …

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Homemade diets are popular with a lot of pet owners. But when you’re developing your dog or cat’s menu, you need to ensure he’s getting all the nutrients he needs, and in the right amounts. One of those important nutrients is calcium. Your pet’s body cannot, on its own, maintain the appropriate levels of calcium …

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ccl disease

Contrary to popular belief, most cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) problems in dogs don’t arise from acute injuries. A lack of manganese in the diet is a major contributor. Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease in dogs arises all too frequently these days. It’s a very common reason for hind leg lameness, pain, and arthritis of the …

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colostrum

Bovine colostrum supplementation is showing a lot of promise for health issues in dogs and cats – from respiratory infections to diarrhea to periodontal disease. Colostrum is the “high octane milk” produced by mammals during the last few weeks of pregnancy. It can be considered “high octane” because it contains factors not found in the …

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diet for optimal health

Good health and quality of life ensure your dog’s golden years are the best they can be. In the second part of this article, we look at the crucial roles played by diet, supplements and exercise. Our dogs are living longer than they used to. What steps can we take to keep them happy and …

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Scaly skin in pets may be nothing much to worry about. But if it’s excessive, it can signal a more serious underlying issue, and should be checked out. Scaly skin, often referred to by pet owners as “dandruff”, is a common condition in dogs and cats. While it can often be “no big deal,” excessive …

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pain management

Good health and quality of life will ensure your dog lives well into his golden years. A look at pain management, safety and immune system health. Our dogs are living longer than they used to. What steps can we take to keep them happy and healthy through their senior years? In this two-part article, we’ll …

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elbow dysplasia

Knowing the signs of elbow dysplasia, getting a diagnosis, and establishing an integrative treatment plan limits damage, relieves pain and inflammation, and improves quality of life. Elbow dysplasia is an orthopedic condition affecting the elbow joint in dogs and puppies. The canine elbow is a front limb joint formed by the convergence of three bones …

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herbs for inflammation

Herbs go deeper than NSAIDs when it comes to alleviating the inflammation at the root of arthritis and other joint problems – and without the side effects. Aches, pains, arthritis and reduced range of motion are common in older dogs and cats. After many trips to the veterinarian, often resulting in various pain medications, these …

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diet and behaviors

Find out how certain dietary nutrients and calming supplements may curb aggression, anxiety and other unwanted behaviors in dogs. Did you know that nutrition plays a role in canine behavior? Aggression, anxiety, begging, destructiveness, excessive barking and house soiling are just a few of the unwanted behaviors dog owners sometimes contend with. Socialization and training …

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Enzymes for cats and dogs.

Every pet can benefit from enzyme supplementation. Enzymes not only support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption; they also reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. Enzymes are among the most commonly used supplements in pets. I believe all dogs and cats could benefit from the proper supplementation of enzymes. This article will discuss some of …

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anal gland

“Butt scooting” and bad smells are signs of an anal gland impaction or infection. Here is one dog guardian’s natural approach to solving the issue. I had never wanted to find out firsthand what anal gland issues actually were, but when Wally turned two, I was introduced to them whether I liked it or not. …

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Ayurvedic medicine

A look at the three body types as defined by Ayurvedic medicine, along with four herbs used in this modality. “Ayurveda” means “science of life”. Ayurvedic medicine originated in India around 6000 BC. This article will discuss the three Ayurvedic body types, as well as five Ayurvedic herbs and what they’re used for.* Your animal’s …

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top four nutrients

No matter what type of food you feed your dog or cat, these few specific supplements will give him important nutrients and improve his diet. Many people, including veterinarians, believe that processed commercial pet foods have all the nutrients dogs and cats need for good health. As they begin to realize that excessive processing destroys …

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canine supplements for weight loss

When combined with the right diet and exercise program, these weight loss supplements will safely bring down your dog or cat’s weight. Do you think your dog or cat may be overweight? If you do, you’re not alone. A survey done by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) last year found that over half …

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naturopathic oncology for pets

Conventional cancer care can sometimes be as debilitating as the disease itself. Incorporating naturopathic oncology can help decrease side effects and improve treatment efficacy. Most people diagnosed with cancer dread the treatments as much as the disease itself. Chemotherapy, radiation and drugs can have serious side effects and make you feel sicker than the cancer …

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paw licking

Why is she constantly licking her paws? Abby has a puzzling habit. She spends hours licking her front paws. Her guardian took her to the vet, who is treating her for allergies, but the licking continues. What’s going on? Paw licking and chewing in dogs is actually a very common complaint. Conventionally, it’s considered an …

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canine supplements

Build a beautiful coat from the inside out by feeding your dog a few nutritional supplements! Take a look at your dog’s coat. Is it thick and shiny, with little shedding? Or is it dull, greasy or thin? The quality and luster of her hair is a measure of her internal health, so creating a …

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18 INTRODUCING A NEW DOG TO ROVER? By easing into things at a neutral location, and avoiding some common mistakes, you’ll help lay the foundation for a lifelong friendship. 22 6 STEPS TO STRESS-FREE VET VISITS The keys to calm behavior at the veterinary clinic include early socialization and positive reinforcement training. 24 LET’S DO …

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Dog Jumping Joint Health

A fatty acid called cetyl myristoleate is the key player in this line of quality joint supplements. Among the many nutrients good for joint health are familiar names such as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. Perhaps less well known to many animal guardians is cetyl myristoleate, a prime ingredient in the joint supplements formulated by Response …

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After a lifetime of inspiring others with disabilities, Faith – the miracle dog who taught herself to walk upright on two legs and who Oprah called one of her favorite guests – passed away peacefully this week with her “mom”, Jude Stringfellow, and a platter cheese at her side. Faith gained celebrity status for her …

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allergies and joint health

Looking into allergies and joint problems with a natural approach. Max was an elderly Labrador with systemic yeast infections that caused itching, inflammation, hair loss and a foul odor. His guardians, William and Cynthia Ofca, took him to mainstream veterinarians, where the prescribed treatment was always the same – antibiotics and prednisone. Max’s skin issues …

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Cognitive Dysfunction

COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION CAN’T BE CURED, BUT IT CAN BE SLOWED DOWN AND MANAGED WITH NUTRITION AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES. If you have an older kitty, you may have noticed a few changes in his behavior. Perhaps he’s more vocal than he used to be, occasionally acts as if he’s confused or lost, or seems to have …

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super senior

A growing number of dogs are living past their mid-teens. Here are 7 factors to consider when caring for your senior canine companion. Sweet was our border collie/pointer mix. Beyond being a wonderful companion, she lived past her 18th birthday. Quite an accomplishment, especially when you realize most dogs are considered to be a senior when they …

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arthritis sufferer

Diet, supplements, and other therapies work together to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Like people, dogs and cats often develop arthritis as they age. Many parts of the body can be affected, from the vertebral column to joints such as the hip, shoulder, elbow, knee, wrist and hock. Signs of arthritis in companion …

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curcumin apoptosis

Cell death isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, natural cell suicide, a type of genetically programmed cell death known as apoptosis, can be a very good thing. Old cells die by apoptosis every day, to make room for healthy new cells. This natural cell suicide is also turned on when a cell becomes deranged …

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