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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
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 Bruce Wagman

I have had dogs on my mind lately. They are the main players in many of my (and many animal lawyers’) cases, and they are the species I get the most calls about. This week I had a call about a sheep owner shooting a roaming dog, with the caller wondering about the implication of the California statute that allows a livestock owner to shoot any dog on his land, even if the dog is nowhere near livestock...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Legal concerns about pets are usually the last thing pet owners think about. But when “the law” descends, all of a sudden pet owners “know.” The law does not consider feelings and emotions; unfortunately, it is part of our everyday.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Training must be fun for both human and canine. The music has to resonate with both parties as well. This team has had fun and picked a great theme for each other.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: They really all deserve love, and it's often that easy. From the streets to a home. Here's Bethany's story.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Bottle-fed baby kitties are often sole kittens. Thus they don't have much snuggle time with litter mates. Stuffed animals can replace the need to snuggle. This kitty never stops the snuggle-fest.


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Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Puppies are so much fun!! The way they explore and learn about things makes us laugh. Lemon Beagle learns all about lemons in this video - too cute!!


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by Mary Ellen

Caution! The pet food world has changed. Pet product companies that you trusted for decades have changed their recipes and ingredients...


Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: Diet is the cornerstone to health. Sources matter. Ingredients matter. Quality ingredients matter. Our pets have no choice in what gets put in front of them, so it becomes our responsibility to research and make good choices in their stead.


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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.


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 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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