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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Cathy Alinovi, integrative veterinarian and author of Dinner PAWsible, a pet food cookbook for pets, believes good nutrition is the key to curing most reasons pets come to the vet. &ldq...
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Cathy Alinovi, DVM
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by Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

I posted a message about taking advantage of tomatoes being in season right now, and listed their energetic and therapeutic qualities (according to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory). The post quickly prompted a few people to inquire about the toxicity of tomatoes, as they had read some articles that cautioned against feeding your dogs tomatoes...

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Remember the telephone game when we were kids? Suzi would whisper in Amy's ear. Amy would whisper the same thing to Sharon. Sharon would whisper it to Katie. And by the time it got to Eden, after 15 girls had repeated the story, what Eden said sounded nothing (!) like what Suzi had started. I swear that's how we get these crazy lists of foods that are supposed to be toxic to pets. Dr B even mentions avocado - the shell is poisonous to birds, which are pets. So it's poisonous to some pets, which later is translated to mean dogs, as they are pets. Wow. Sure enough, these are not dangerous dog foods.

 

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by Cindy Huff

We’ve become much more aware of relationships in the last few months at home – relationships that are developing and changing – between various members of our animal family...

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Why can't we just get along? Perhaps how our pets learn to communicate can help humans in their relationships? What can we learn?

 

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by Jonathan Reynolds

If dogs and cats were capable of visiting the places where commercial pet food comes from, would they still want to eat it? It's perhaps an interesting question, but realistically, most dogs and cats will never visit a factory farm over the course of their lives. They rely entirely on their human caretakers to research, understand, and decide what's best for them...

 

Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi:The title really says it all: now that I know better, I don’t feed my four-legged family anything that I wouldn’t feed to the two-legged one. It’s an excellent rule of thumb (only a few caveats – no grapes, raisins or raw onions).

 

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by Rebecca Braglio

Does your dog absolutely panic when you try to leave the house? Do you come home to find your house destroyed? Are your neighbors complaining about the incessant barking? Your dog may have separation anxiety, a frustrating, serious, and difficult to treat disorder experienced by dogs when their guardians leave them alone...

 

Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Is it something in their past? Is it fear of the future? Is it an imbalance in their brain neurotransmitters? There are many approaches to helping dogs with anxiety issues.

 

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by Bruce Muller

If only the pet guardians of Puss in Boots’ Kitty Softpaws knew there are alternatives to cat declawing! The movie made reference to Kitty being declawed early in her life because she played too much with the curtains...

 

Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Cats and their claws – they need to scratch, we prefer our furniture intact. What alternatives are there?

 

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by Judith Orloff, MD

Question: I have a strange circumstance here and was hoping you could give some insight. I am in the sixth month of a high risk pregnancy. When I became pregnant I was encouraged to terminate the pregnancy...

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It would not be the first time a patient had the same diagnosis as the pet parent. Nor would it be the first time they used the same medication to treat their illnesses. How can this be?

 

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by Steven D. Farmer, PhD

Malidoma Patrice Somé is a healer, teacher, and elder of the Dagara peoples in the small West African nation of Burkina Faso in West Africa. He travels extensively giving classes and workshops, and in one of his teachings, he describes how the Dagara believe there are three levels of intelligence on Earth. Plants are considered to be the most intelligent beings, animals second, while humans capture the ribbon for third place...

 

 

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by Mary Oquendo

My name is Mary Oquendo and I am half of Hands And Paws-Reiki For All. One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How did such a nice girl like you become involved with all that hoodoo stuff.”...

 

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There is a reason each one of us explores alternatives - from an illness to a sudden, life-changing event. Here's one groomer's path to alternative therapies for pets.

 

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by Elyse Horvath

Dogs, like people, are intricate beings. Organs, bones, muscles, and fluids, and all of this housed and protected by the largest organ of the body: the skin. Whether thick or thin, tough or delicate, skin is alive with its own ecosystem, needing a balance of strength and elasticity, of moisture and amino acids, a certain spongy give that can produce goose bumps when caressed, or give cushion to a fall...

 

Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: What function do paw pads serve? They’re not just for walking/running – and, even the pad way up high on their wrist serves a purpose. Dogs’ pads need care and protection just as the rest of their body does.

 

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by Karen Becker, DVM

Pet dogs are among the most beloved, well cared-for animals in the world, but sadly, there are other canines that don’t receive the same concern. In fact, human persecution has managed to push six wild canid species to the brink of extinction...

 

Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Dogs' ancestors are in peril. While our domesticated dogs have adapted and thrive well in our world, ancestral dogs are losing ground every day. These 6 species are important to our world.

 

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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It makes interesting viewing to combine a squirrel who is doing its natural behavior with a dog who is supressing his natural behavior: squirrel hides nut, dog allows it to happen.

 

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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Spring in the air means babies in the trees, and on the ground when they fall out, or get pushed out, of the nest. Dr Karen Becker shares her experience with baby bird foundlings.

 

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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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