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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by Signe Beebe, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVT

This article is intended to provide a limited scope introduction to prolotherapy for pain relief in the dog and cat. Prolotherapy is an injection-based treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Historically, prolotherapy dates back to the time of Hippocrates and modern prolotherapy was developed beginning in the 1930’s by George Hackett MD, a general surgeon. Dr Hackett published one of the first textbooks on prolotherapy in 1956...


Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: Though a longer article, this piece is very informative and readers will gain a lot of valuable information on a option that is frequently not mentioned as an option for pain management.



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by Cherise Udell

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If you’re a bona fide cat lover, you are an ailurophile, and you will love this interesting collection of lesser-known feline facts. Enjoy...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Cats share a mysterious role in our lives. Here are some great, interesting, fascinating even, facts about cats, to make them a little less mysterious.


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by Karen Gellman, PhD, DVM and Judith M. Shoemaker, DVM

In our last chapter on posture, we explored why standing up is so important for animals and people. So, what are some of the reasons our dogs have trouble standing comfortably or “stacking” correctly? The upper neck, the feet and dentition/skull shape turn out to be the biggest players in abnormal posture, because they are areas rich in nerve cells that report on the animal’s relationship to gravity, and are vulnerable to changes from domestication. In this part, we discuss the relationship of the head and neck...


Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: In part one, Drs Gellman and Shoemaker introduced us to the concept of neutral stance and correct posture in dogs. In part two, they discuss how abnormal postures can occur, both naturally and man-made, and how to help avoid them.


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by Karen Gellman, PhD, DVM and Judith M. Shoemaker, DVM

When you see the word “posture”, you probably are hearing your mother’s voice in your head “Don’t slouch!” or “Sit up straight!” In our culture, standing around is usually considered doing nothing. How interesting that in other contexts, standing can be a mental activity, even a meditation. In military traditions world-wide, “standing at attention” is a discipline that becomes a prerequisite for more challenging mental and physical tasks...


Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: Postural rehabilitation, like Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais, is a revolutionary way of correcting many problems in animals. Because of modern lifestyle and breeding, out dogs are often at a structural disadvantage. By helping them achieve balance from the ground up, we can help them be better athletes, as well as remove abnormal stresses from the joints and spine.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Homecomings for soldiers are sweet for the entire family. Some dogs jump and spin and wag and kiss - this dog hugs and cries - as will many who watch. Please help our four-legged friends welcome home their soldier family.


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by Glen Dupree, DVM

It is ironic that one of the things most associated with Homeopathy is not even a necessity for the practice of Homeopathy...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: How is it something that doesn't fit into our paradigm of "known" still exists? Does it work? Many, many people chose homeopathic medicine over allopathic. But modern science disproves its existence. How can this be?


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by Manolo Mendez

I was born Manolo Mendez in 1953 in Los Palacios, South Spain. My father was a farmer. The bulk of his living was running cattle and sheep. Horses, donkeys and mules were always used on the farm and were essential to us in so many ways. I helped on the farm and learned to ride and work with horses from a very early age. I knew from the time I was very young that I had a special affinity with horses...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: A friend sent me this article link - posted on the Artistry Unleashed site. Hilary Austen, the author of Artistry Unleashed, has compiled wonderful examples of artistry from around the world and in many fields. This particular writing, by Manolo Mendez, demonstrates the artistry of the horse, its natural movements and beauty when in balance with nature and itself.


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Editor's Note: Many think acupuncture only works because of the placebo effect. If that's true, then why does it work on dogs?


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Viewers most asked questions, from shedding and booty scooting, to licking the carpet - what are the answers?


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by Charmaine Hammond, MA, BA

Many of us have smiled at a dog walking past us on the street with his owner, or the dog that has his head hanging out the car window- pink tongue flopping in the breeze; or the cat who is peering out the window of your neighbor’s house while soaking up the sun sitting on the back of a couch...


Editor's Note froom Natasha Jaskiewicz: Just like people, all animals have their purpose in life. The owner of Toby, Charmaine Hammond, was able to see that past the destructive habits, there was a dog who had a lot of love and comfort to offer those in need. Here, Charmaine shares with us a peak into her world with Toby, and his journey in how he has helped so many as a pet assisted therapy dog.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Can't miss playing hoops with the laundry with this cat in the house!


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by Coleen Ellis

For many, that terminology is confusing. Or, others may know what needs to be done to actively mourn, but may feel silly...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Mourning the loss of a pet doesn't have to be big and fancy, although it can, but how about some private time? Private ideas to remember, love and live, by Coleen Ellis.


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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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