What is "Animals & Pets?" Animals bring us great joy, health and inspiration every day of our lives. Where would we be without both our pets and animals in the wild? On the All Things Healing Animals & Pets page, we’re committed to bringing you educational articles, opportunities for animal advocacy, training and safety tips, health and welfare, as well as sources of inspiration and compassion.

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Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM is a — now retired — integrative veterinarian and author of Dinner PAWsible, a pet food cookbook for pets.  Dr. Alinovi believes good nutrition is...
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by Cathy Alinovi, DVM,

ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

A colleague made a fascinating correlation: within 3 to 6 weeks of puppies receiving a distemper vaccine, many puppies break out with a rash on their belly. This rash is usually called “puppy pyoderma.” “Pyo ” means pus or infection, “derma” means skin.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It is becoming increasingly common knowledge that there are vaccine dangers for our pets. There is a less-known, equally concerning side effect - correlation with lifelong itch. Consider these observations being shared in the integrative veterinary community.


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by Susan Thixton

…you are supporting the organization that has worked to defend waste ingredients in pet foods, delay pet food safety laws, and mislead pet food consumers. Here is the list of members of the Pet Food Institute; the trade association that works to protect Big Pet Food, not consumers.



Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Eighty percent of what we do with our pets is feed them. Therefore, what they eat is critical. Not only does it matter what food they eat, but what company produces the foods. What are you feeding?



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by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP

I am humbled every day by the power of healing using the integrative medicine approach.  The arthritic patients I see benefit tremendously by using less invasive (and less expensive), customized treatment programs.  One great example is my dear client Margaret and her wonderful King Charles Cavalier, Ariel, who  suffers from one of the worst cases of hip and elbow dysplasia I've ever seen. If you were to see Ariel run in to our practice to get her monthly acupuncture you would think that I am exaggerating! 


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: While they are hard to find, integrative veterinarians provide the widest variety of healthcare options. Here's Ariel's story.



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by Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

You’re a smart discerning dog owner who knows the value and importance of buying a top quality pet food for your dog.

Perhaps you went to your local pet shop and picked out a a bag of food labeled natural/organic, grain-free, etc...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: TV dinner - not the most healthful. Kibble, even the "high" quality stuff, might just be fancy TV dinner for our pets.


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by Mary Oquendo

Fall is my favorite time of year! Air is crisp, apples are on the trees, leaves are changing color, and the weather is in transition. We’re leaving behind the heat and humidity of summer, but the cold, frigid air of winter is not yet upon us. But with that transition comes the potential for hurricanes, tornados, and other massive storms. While tornados sneak up on us, hurricanes do not. The key to weathering (Ha Ha) these storms is preparation.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There are many things pet owners need to worry about as we enter cooler seasons - from weather to holidays to family celebrations. Read on to see how to keep your pets safe.



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by Lauren Bowen

Cross-posted from

Cats are amazing creatures. They can drink seawater if they want to, they have patterns on their noses that are as unique as a fingerprint and even have a third eyelid. Cats also heal us (as if we needed more of a reason to love them) in ways that sometimes feel ‘out of this world.’ Their mere presence lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helping us to deal with stress in healthy ways without even thinking about it.


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Families with cats know the health benefits - here are four examples.




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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Let's play!! Fall. Leaves. Really - what else do you need?? (Oh, helps if dad has a camera to gather proof!!)


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by MisterBeauJangles

My sisters, the cats, evolved as hunters. Hence, it was important for their survival that they develop really sharp claws, something they still have though some have been domesticated and no longer hunt for their foods. However, cats need to “file down” these claws lest they grow too long. As a result, if they don’t have a scratching post they’ve been known to scratch out furniture. Some cat “owners” don’t take too kindly to this and have had their cats declawed, a practice known as onychectomy or flexor tendonectomy. Some landlords have also been known to require tenants to declaw their cats.


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: For decades, cat owners have debated the pros and cons of declawing cats. What's your take?


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by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA

About two and a half years ago, in February of 2014, I brought home my very first show puppy. He was twelve weeks old, and perfect in every way.  A handsome blue merle Sheltie, the pick boy of a lovely show litter with beautiful movement and a strikingly gorgeous face.  I drove 12 hours round-trip to pick him up from his breeder in North Carolina on a cold, windy day.  He slept curled in his crate in the back seat the whole way home, and I could hardly tear my eyes away from him to watch the road. To say that I was excited would be an understatement.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Every pet is an individual. After puppies grow, they change from how they were when they first came home. But, unconditional love means loving these pups however they grow up. When all pet owners embrace this behavior, the animal shelters will become empty - the best love of all!



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by Donna Davidge

In our yoga practice, animals inspire us in our asanas—pigeon, peacock, frog, cat, and cow. As yogis, we are inspired by them in life as well. I recently had a woman in class who had a yoga mat with cats on it, and I had to tell her I much I liked it. Yoga mats now have so many choices and designs, but I had never seen that one. I told her how we had cats at our yoga retreat in Maine, and how they never posed a problem because even our allergic guests dealt with them. She said she thought every yoga studio should have a pet...


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by Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm

Many times dogs are affected by canine arthritis (osteoarthritis) which is caused by the degradation of the cartilage within a joint. The cartilage functions as a buffer between the bones - once the cartilage breaks down, it reduces the function of the joint and creates pain and/or stiffness...


Editor's Note from Dr. Natasha Jaskiewicz: It's not too often we link arthritis to diet, but rather think of it as a process in becoming old. I have personally seen amazing changes when animals are switched to a raw food diet, especially in our elderly pets! This article sheds light on how we can affect our pets' well being simply by giving them foods that are more natural to the diet they were designed for.


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Cross-posted from 

Looking into those adorable puppy eyes makes it easy to fall fast and hard for the dog of your dreams. Don’t let that love at first sight fool you into forgetting to plan...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Pet parents understand the true value of their pets (and the cost!). For one who may be on the pet fence, this infographic sums it all up.


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by Linda Webber

As is the case with all animals, their past experiences have helped to shape their personality and behaviour. Most animals have been traumatised in some way. Separation anxiety, shock, physical pain, are all common life experiences. Many owners are unaware of these aspects of their animal’s history, as they predominantly focus on its physical condition...


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