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ANIMALS & PETS
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 Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA

Yes, that’s right.  Today, we will be discussing how to give your dog treats for doing something wrong in training.

(WHAT??)

If the title of this week’s blog post makes you scratch your head a bit, don’t worry – you’re not alone!

 

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It's often a matter of timing - how soon after a behavior occurs that a reward is given determines what is being rewarded. Then, there's the matter only noticing "bad" behavior - even negative attention is still attention. Perhaps the goal is really just to have fun!

 

 

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by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP

The holistic approach can be a life saver and in some cancer cases, a way to provide comfort and hospice care. In my practice I try to get pet owners to understand that a cancer diagnosis does not necessarily mean you need to euthanize your pet right away.  In my opinion, an integrative approach offers the best quality of life for the affected pets.

 

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Most people think of acupuncture therapy when they think of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. These people are often surprised to know animals can be treated, for often grave illnesses, without the use of acupuncture needles but with other traditional therapies.

 

 

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by Michel Selmer DVM, CVCH, CVFT, CVA

Would it surprise you to learn that nearly 80% of the dogs we see at The Caring Vet are considered senior dogs? This doesn’t surprise us because it’s when a dog is aging that pet parents see various symptoms worthy of concern:

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Seniors are special, in all special. Seniors have earned pampering; extra care provides these animals with amazing benefits. Anything that stimulates the body stimulates the brain and leads to better quality of life. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine provides many modalities to provide that stimulation and quality of life.

 

 

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“We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”

~Anna Sewell

 

 

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by Mary Krupa @Care2.com

What does the name “Kalahari Resorts” conjure up for you? Perhaps an African adventure, given that the Kalahari desert is a dry, sandy savannah in Southern Africa? In parts of the U.S., the name refers to a popular resort chain with destinations in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Oddly, the Kalahari Resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains is far from a sandy desert; instead, visitors walk into a 220,000 square foot waterpark — the largest waterpark in the U.S.

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Animal abuse comes in many forms - living an unnatural life is definitely one form! Great success here in education and retraining to save many lives.

 

 

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by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA

“Hello!” The voice on the line is earnest and cheerful.  “I’m calling to sign my dog up for obedience class, please.” Of course, I say.  We have new class sessions starting every few weeks, and we’d be happy to help her sign up.  I ask for a bit more information about her dog, and what skills she’s hoping to work on in class. “Well, he’s a nice dog.  I mean, he’s great with the family.  But whenever strangers come around, he just goes crazy!

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Obedience classes teach great life skills and help dogs become part of the family. However, there are times when an obedience class will not solve a behavior issue; this is when other types of training are needed.

 

 

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by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVCH, CVFT, CVA

As you know, I love to be part of a family’s decision and the search for a new dog. In my book, I even recommend you visit your vet before getting a new pup. But, as I speak with my clients — many of whom have older or “senior” pets — many are asking that question, “Is it the right time for a second dog?” I don’t know that there’s one correct answer to this questions, I wanted to share this with you, exactly as it was shared with me: A note from a virtual client.

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: In some families, one dog (or cat) will always be the perfect number. In other families, multiple pets are a great thing. When one pet passes away, it leaves an emptiness; when to fill the emptiness is specific to each family. Here are some tips to consider.

 

 

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by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP

Many pet owners remain unaware of the power of acupuncture therapy. Some might have heard of acupuncture and suppose it is only useful in the rehabilitation of paralyzed animals that have undergone surgery or arthritic animals. I am hoping that the story of a young Miniature pinscher mix puppy named Baby Girl can convince many skeptics of the amazing healing ability of this ancient modality.  

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Acupuncture is an amazing tool to help the body heal, young animals tend to heal faster. Here's a great story of hope.

 

 

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by Dr. Marty Becker, Care2.com

I hear this a lot from my clients. Because when our dogs don’t sleep, we don’t sleep. They can keep us awake with loud scratching, pacing, whining or labored breathing. We either lie awake fuming — don’t they know it’s time to sleep? — or worrying — does this behavior warrant a trip to the veterinarian? Can it wait until morning? Or should we go right now?

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Except for puppyhood, not sleeping at night can be a sign that something is wrong. Other reasons: bladder infection, Yin Deficiency in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and even sleep apnea. Seek holistic help for many of these conditions.

 

 

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from Care2.com

The attractions of the biggest creatures in the world are well-known, whether it’s Tyrannosaurus Rex or a Whale Shark. But what about the tiniest creatures? Here are five of my favorites:

 

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Little and cute - designed to make the heart melt. Five examples here, what makes your heart melt?

 

 

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by Michel Selmer, DVM, TCMVP

I know that this topic isn’t typically found on a veterinarian’s website, but who you choose as a veterinarian will play a large role in your pet’s medical care. So, how do you choose the ABSOLUTE BEST veterinarian for you?

 

 

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Whatever the reason for needing a new veterinarian (moved, first pet, prior vet retired, etc), it can be daunting to find a new one. From asking friends with pets to online reviews (all of which can be inaccurate), here are some pointers to finding a vet who works with your style of healthcare.

 

 

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by Mary Oquendo

Lets start with why its important to cut dog nails.

1. They can snag on carpet and other surfaces. The nail may rip off and cause pain and discomfort for your dog.

2. Nails that are too long can cause undue stress on their skeletal structure.

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: For some, this is easy - for others - WOW! Dogs can be wiggly and not like to have their feet touched. Here are tips for proper nail trimming execution.

 

 

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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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