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 DOGLATES!
These Pilates-style exercises can strengthen his core muscles, improve his emotional well-being, and even alleviate or prevent certain health issues.
28 HEART DISEASE – IS SHE AT RISK?
It’s not just a human condition — dogs and cats can also suffer from cardiac issues. Know what to watch out for.
32 HOLIDAY BAKING
Preparing special goodies is a big part of getting ready for the festive season. Be sure to include a recipe or two for your canine as well as your human family members!
38 TRAINING TOOLS – PART 2
Success and safety hinge on using the right tools. Here’s a look at leashes and tethers — their pros and cons.
41 A PLUS FOR JOINT HEALTH
A fatty acid called cetyl myristoleate is the key player in this line of quality joint supplements.
44 PROLOTHERAPY – REGENERATIVE MEDICINE FOR HIS JOINTS
This orthopedic procedure stimulates the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or arthritis.
48 ADAPTING TO AMPUTATION – HOW ACUPRESSURE-MASSAGE CAN HELP
This modality can replenish the healthy cells needed to heal his wound and strengthen his three other limbs.
52 COVER STORY BOCKER’S BEAUTIFUL LIFE
With gorgeous good looks and star quality to spare, this famous Labradoodle wears many hats – from fashion model and movie star to therapy dog and animal advocate.
60 FELINE COVER STORY THE KITTIES OF BLIND CAT RESCUE They’ve overcome enormous odds, but these incredible felines now have a happy home thanks to this special sanctuary.
62 10 TIPS TO REDUCE CANCER RISK IN YOUR CAT
Along with a healthy lifestyle, high quality diet and minimal vaccines, here are some factors you may not even have considered.
66 NO MORE SCAREDY CAT
Is your kitty nervous, skittish or fearful? Learn three simple techniques to help her calm down and enjoy life more.
68 ESSENTIAL OILS FOR YOUR DOG
The best way to use them is to let him choose the ones he needs most – here’s how to do it.
74 “SMALL DOG SYNDROME”
Are little dogs really the yappy ankle biters they’re sometimes made out to be?
77 SIMBA’S LEGACY
How an herbal tea helped a puppy recover from parvo – and inspired a company specializing in botanicals for animal health.
78 NATURAL HELP FOR CANCER
A look at some of the supplements, herbs and therapies that can improve longevity and quality of life.
80 WHAT COLOR IS YOUR DOG’S TONGUE?
The answer could tell you something important about his health.
90 BOARDING YOUR DOG?
Choosing the best option for his needs means factoring in his personality and temperament, as well the facility’s requirements.