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.

Introduction to Animals & Pets
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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by Stan Popovich

Many people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues sometimes have a difficult time taking care of their pets. Here are some ideas on how to take care of your pets while you deal with your mental health needs...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Part of healing when one has mental health issues often involves taking care of our pets. There is a lot of emotional healing gained through giving care to those who love us unconditionally, as our pets do. Our pets don't judge us for being "down in the dumps" or having compelling reasons to wash our hands, again. Sometimes, though, things can be so overwhelming that even pet care is an insurmountable task. Because is can happen, planning ahead is a great suggestion. Here are some ideas how to deal with emotional/mental health crises.


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by Glen Dupree, DVM, CVH

Are you concerned with your animal companion’s state of health?  Does s/he just not have that glow of good health?...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Dr Glen Dupree is my teacher and mentor of homeopathy. The last week of February 2011, Dr Glen became a patient of homeopathy. A year later, he taught a landmark webinar in miasms - I was blessed to participate in the course. (He had been told in 2011 he would not be here.) It is now two years after Dr Glen's horrible illness; he is losing the battle. But he won so much for his students and patients. I am one of many grateful students; I expect it will take the rest of my life to really have a grasp of this wonderful modality. Thank you Dr Glen for your inspiration. Here's Dr Glen's Overview of Homeopathy.


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by Dr. Cathy Alinovi,
ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

As pet parents, it is alarming when our pets can no longer catch their treats in mid-air, or start to crash into furniture that hasn’t moved. It may start as cloudiness in the eyes - we wonder if it’s cataracts or something worse. We may not even see changes in our pets’ eyes but we know their vision is not what it used to be...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: My own Lady dog lost her sight - ophthalmology is a specialty field whereas my expertise is in alternative therapy. While I didn't have the tools to diagnose her, I did have to tools to extend her remaining vision. Today, she still has great quality of life, and we don't move the furniture. For anyone who's pet has lost their vision, here are a few tips.


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by Mary Getten

Flower essence therapy is a quickly growing discipline. Flower remedies have been used throughout history but were first popularized by British physician, Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. Bach felt that imbalances in the emotions and spiritual state of a person led to disease...

Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: Flower essences are a safe, effective treatment for many behavioral issues and are an important addition to any pet owner's medicine cabinet. In this article Mary gives a great overview of this therapy and some guidelines on how to apply it to your critters.


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by Coleen Ellis

As mentioned in previously, children are organic mourners, especially when it comes to the loss of a family pet. While they instinctively know how to deal with loss, many times adults who “know better” will interfere with their mourning process...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: As adults, we think we know how to act when faced with a pet's death - sometimes, sitting back and watching children will teach us adults the real way to act. I've spoken to my daughter about it for years - she unfortunately sees more than the average kid's share of death because she is involved in my vet practice. She definitely teaches me a thing or two. Here, Coleen shares more suggestions in this sad, but real subject.


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by Bret Glass, MA

Yesterday I was an indiscriminate scratcher; today I choose whether to be that which I was yesterday or that which I aspire to be tomorrow; tomorrow I am a discriminate scratcher. So I know what you must be thinking…what happens between yesterday (the past); today (NOW); and tomorrow (the future) to create something new?...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: What a lot of fun it can be to see the world from cats' eyes. What do cats think as they relearn behaviors? What goes on in their minds as they adapt to what makes life a win-win for both cats and humans? Here's an idea...


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by Coleen Ellis

The active mourning journey for many pet parents is a painful process. Some pet parents feel that by not allowing themselves to heal that they can, in some way, hold on more tightly to the past and the life that they shared with the pet. They may also be fearful that by moving on they will forget all of the important details of that lifetime together. Therefore, for some, it seems to make more emotional sense to hang on to the emotions of grief versus actively mourning the loss to heal...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: It's not so easy to "let go" of a favored pet - the role he or she shared in our lives is irreplaceable. Learning how to grieve, honor, and still move forward takes time and emotional growth. Here's the first step.


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by Susan Thixton

Unfortunately, finding a healthy pet food is easier said than done. Walk into any pet store and you'll find dozens of dog foods and cat foods in a variety of price ranges, all claiming to be healthy. How do we know what is the best food for our pet?...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The biggest thing we do to our pets is feed them. Day in and day out, that's what we do - Susan's life mission is to protect our pets' food supply. All pet parents can know what is REALLY in their pet food; our pets deserve it.


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by Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

Here’s a personal story from my archives that I thought I’d share to testify to the wonderful properties of Chinese herbs. Disclaimer: It can be graphic in certain sections, and it probably isn’t the best story to read over your afternoon tea or lunch. Also, I would like to preface this by saying that should you ever encounter a similar emergency situation, it is always ideal to find your nearest veterinary emergency facility. Don’t wait until it’s too late...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Yunnan Paiyao (Bai Yao in some spellings) is a great herb! I've used it for many internal bleeding situations. Dr B figures out how to use Yunnan Paiyao in a novel way to save little Bianca. Dr B's story is a wonderful example of how problem solving works in veterinary medicine, especially in alternative medicine, as there are so many ways to look at things. Each patient is different and each patient needs its own treatment.


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by The Dogington Post

The EPA sings the praises of composting. It enriches the soil, helps prevent pollution and reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.  But did you know that it can also seriously hurt or kill your dog? There are significant dangers of composting to your dog, as revealed by ZooToo...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: My dogs eat everything, and I mean everything!! Sometimes, they wear the things they eat too, after all, nothing beats that aroma ;) This article highlights a few dangers of allowing the pooches in the compost pile - definitely things to think about.


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by Judith Orloff, MD

Compassion also provides the crucible for healing miracles to occur. One of my workshop participants told the following story. Two years before, she’d longed to get pregnant but she had a rare, serious type of kidney disease...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Judith Orloff, MD has shared with the ATH community how the positive power of the mind can change our world. By surrounding ourselves with persons filled with positive energy, we become so much more. Here, Dr Orloff shares pets have a wonderful place in building a positive outlook; our four-legged friends are committed to our best life, as should we.


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by Bruce Muller

One whiff of your dog or cat’s foul mouth odor should be enough to set off a red flag that something is wrong. Just as in humans, the tell-tale sign of bad breath usually signals the onset of plaque and tarter build-up. And that means action is needed...


Editor's Note: Bruce Muller of SmartHealth, Inc. reminds us how important it is to stay on top of our pet's gum and teeth health, offering great information and alternatives to the standard expensive, invasive, and risky veterinary dentistry methods.


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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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