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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Cathy Alinovi, DVM
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by Cherise Udell
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Cats have been popular companion animals for thousands of years, yet they continue to carry that air of mystery about them that dogs just do not...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Great Fun Facts!! A fine point on #10 - there is a remnant hiding in the muscle in the form of cartilage. Of course, it serves no purpose that we know of.


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by Bret Glass, MA

Consider this…You searched for that purrfect cat bed for your feline family member. Finally, you spot it online…It’s cute, cushiony, and colorful. It’s sure to be a hit with your cat. You can’t wait for it to arrive, special delivery and witness the utter delight and approval of your cat...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There's nothing more disappointing than getting a special something for your kitty to find your kitty isn't the least bit interested. Bret shares some reasons our feline friends are more finicky than we are.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Each species has its own behavior, its own way of protecting each other, of fighting, of communicating. These King Penguins are not only beautiful, but have very special behavior and sounds not shared by any other species.


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by Cindy Huff

We get a fair number of calls from people wanting to know how to introduce a new pet into their family, or with problems resulting from bringing a new pet home...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: How to acclimate a new pet to the family is a frequently asked question - here's Cindy's great advice. Not only steps to do ahead of time, but during and after to make the whole family integrate more smoothly.


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by Mary Oquendo

Here’s a quick multiple-choice test.

I place Toby, a 12-year-old golden retriever, on the table and turn on the high velocity dryer...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: For those of us who have pets and/or patients with seizures, a full-blown seizure can be quite scary. Can you imagine, how much more shocking it is when in the middle of bathing someone's dog, the poor things has a seizure? Some seizures can be incredibly scary - whole body, screaming, pee and poop everywhere - and some are pretty mild cases of tremors. Here are some suggestions to of what to do.


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by Stan Popovich

There are many advantages to adopting a dog or cat. Adopting a pet can be a great way to reduce our every day stresses and anxieties. In addition, there are many other reasons why adopting a dog or cat can be important in your life...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: There are a million great reasons to adopt pets - starting with the million dogs and cats available for adoption!! But, what about the benefit to the one adopting? There are definite advantages, especially for those whose emotions are quite fragile.


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by Sandy Blackburn

As a conventionally trained veterinarian, it’s surprising to look at where I am now and wonder how I got here.


One of my first clients, as a regular, conventional vet was a crazy dog groomer who had some strong views about vaccines and pet food...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It's funny how we run into people when it's time. And how when it's not the right time, but we are prepped to move onto a new path. This is a team effort -Sandy shares her part and I contributed my part. Now, Sandy and I work really hard to help a lot of pets in our rural area.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: So often we wish we knew what our animals were thinking. We often make up words and stories for what we wish they say. Researchers at Emory University have made a step toward being able to measure our pets' thoughts.


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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 Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

Energetically, foods have an effect upon the physiology of the body. In winter, people drink red wine, brandy and hot apple cider with cinnamon because these foods stimulate a response that is “warming” in the body. The same is true for meats such as Lamb and Chicken, and spices such as Garlic and Rosemary...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: I think it's normal for most of us to want warming, filling foods as we move into colder months. Hard to believe sometimes, but the same is true for our pets. Dr B has prepared a fabulous winter stew – meant for the fur family member - but good enough for all. The ingredients are warming, balanced, contain blood and yin tonics to warm us, and are totally delicious. I know I’ll be dipping in!! (Hope my dogs don’t mind sharing.)


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: From a veterinary perspective, big dog/little dog interactions can be scary for the little dog. However, all of these interactions don't have to be dangerous. Quincy and Sadie show us just how cute big dog/little dog interactions can be. Instead, they show us that dogs can tell when they are dealing with puppies and babies - so they deal extra carefully with the puppies.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Ever wonder if it's playing ball or the interaction with the person throwing the ball that makes it so much fun our dogs? In Jerry's case, it appears that he's totally happy playing by himself. But. I wonder. If it took his dad 2 years to build the perfect ball shooter, is it really all the time Jerry had playing with his dad while the shooter was developed that makes this so much fun for Jerry - and for us to watch.


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Animal Holistic Health & Relationships

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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