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 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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by Deb Jarrett

Recently, a friend of mine deemed me an “accidental philanthropist.” It’s true.

It was never my intention to start a nonprofit organization, but a series of events starting in May 2008 led me down a path that I simply could not turn my back on...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: How we each fall onto our destiny is a story. Here's Deb's story of how she didn't plan to be a philanthropist but 35 million stray dogs helped her find her path.


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by Pamela K Nelson

I just did a connection with two dogs out West that made me realize the shift in what I’m doing as an animal communicator...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: This life alone leaves us with many mysteries - mysteries as to the history of rescue dogs are amplified when we consider previous lives as well. A shamanic journey may help to solve these mysteries, even for our four-legged friends.


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by Coleen Ellis

It’s incredibly difficult to watch someone we love hurting. When that hurt is from the grief associated with the death of a precious little furry creature, our heart breaks even further...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: For those who've never had or lost a pet, it may be awkward to know how to help a friend who has recently lost their pet. Listening is key.


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by Glen Dupree, DVM

The basic tenet of Homeopathy is the Law of Similars – Similia Similibus Curantur or Like Cures Like. If a substance given in large quantity can cause a set of symptoms, this same substance will be curative if given in minute quantities to a patient exhibiting similar symptoms...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Achieving a cure in disease: is it high doses of an "anti" medicine or miniscule does of a similar medicine? You chose.


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by Kathy Warnes

Although the elderly couple wore anxious expressions as they carried their burden into the waiting room of the veterinary clinic, they managed to project an air of desperate optimism. Their story had to have a happy ending. If it didn't, what would they do...


 Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Soul mates come in many shapes, many species. This soul mate to an elderly couple did not spend enough time in his cat body, carried to the vet in a laundry basket.


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by Cherise Udell
Cross-posted from

In war-torn Afghanistan, an injured bengal-stripped cat found a friend just in time.

Sgt. Jesse Knott saw the kitty limping around the edges of a concrete barrier meant to protect the base from mortar attacks...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Pets can help our mental health in unmeasurable ways. While it's known that pets can reduce patients' blood pressure, how do we measure what pets do for our mental state. Sgt Knott can tell you.


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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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by Diana Vilibert
Cross-posted from

Cat got your hand? Careful—cat bites aren’t as harmless as some people think. In fact, according to a recent study...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: How bad can a cat bite be? Bad! I've seen blood infections and the need for intravenous antibiotics. Here's some information why.


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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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