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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Cathy Alinovi, DVM
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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Grooming is an essential part of all animal hygiene. Peabody makes sure he gets it all done. Let's play with Peabody!!


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It doesn't just happen. They aren't just born. It isn't just luck. Or good breeding. Or good good. It's all of that. And a lot if love and dedication. It took family to teach Chaser.


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by Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

Ah the love of a good dog…

There’s nothing quite like it! You’ve likely experienced this kind of love before – it’s a profound connection built over time and lots of shared experiences...

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Even when I was a kid, I connected best with dogs. I've always wanted to save the world for them. But sometimes, I wonder: Am I saving them or are they saving me? There is a lot to learn


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by Lisa Spector
Cross-posted from

I admit it. My friend yelled out “Lisa, why are you hitting your dog?”… during a game of tug with Gina. I wasn’t punishing my beloved dog; I was rewarding her and building her drive...

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Perception would lead one who knows nothing about dogs and behavior to misunderstand rough-housing and play. There is a fine line between rough and too rough - know your dog, know your training session, know yourself. Love keeps it safe.


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by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP

Liver failure and liver cancers are increasingly being diagnosed in dogs and cats. In my opinion, dogs and cats are like canaries in a mine coal and their diseases are a reflection of the proliferation of pollutants in our environment and their effect on our health. The holistic approach to liver disease is, in most instances, the only avenue available to the owners of these pets.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The liver has a wonderful capacity to heal - making liver disease incredibly responsive to alternative treatment. Many dogs and cats have been saved by using alternative medicine to treat their liver disease/cancer.



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by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA

Picture this.

It’s a beautiful summer morning.  You’re out on the sidewalk, leash and poop bags in hand, enjoying a peaceful stroll with your dog.  It’s early, still cool and gray.  Quiet.  The very best time to be out, before the world around you is awake.

When suddenly – off to the side, not half a block away – you hear it. The familiar creaking whine of a screen door opening. A neighbor steps outside, oblivious, with her little dog on a leash beside her. You tighten your grip instinctively, but it’s too late.  Your dog has seen them too.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Calm to crazed in zero point two seconds on the leash may be an emotional problem rather than a training issue; and there are tricks to help your dog cope.



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by Mary Oquendo

Fall is my favorite time of year! Air is crisp, apples are on the trees, leaves are changing color, and the weather is in transition. We’re leaving behind the heat and humidity of summer, but the cold, frigid air of winter is not yet upon us. But with that transition comes the potential for hurricanes, tornados, and other massive storms. While tornados sneak up on us, hurricanes do not. The key to weathering (Ha Ha) these storms is preparation.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There are many things pet owners need to worry about as we enter cooler seasons - from weather to holidays to family celebrations. Read on to see how to keep your pets safe.



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by Nicholas of petMD

Cross-posted from

The holidays have arrived, and if you are one of the fortunate ones with friends and family that you like to spend time with, the holidays mean parties, dinners, gift exchanges and get-togethers...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: No matter your background or belief, holidays bring stress. Stress in the human family leads to stress in the pet family - they can see what's going on with us - we wear it on our sleeve. How can we help our fur-legged family make it through our holiday stress? Here are some great ideas. Bonus - they ideas work for people too.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Holiday songs of riding a open horse sleigh come true on this fabulous Equitrek. Dress warmly...


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Kids are sooo cute. Both the two-legged and the four-legged kind! Check out these adorable four-legged kids frolicking to Jingle Bells.


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by MisterBeauJangles

Yesterday a hummingbird flew into my 2-legged’s bedroom and crashed against one of the walls. She then fell to the floor where she laid stunned and in shock. I came over and barked to call my 2-legged’s attention to this accident.


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Happenstance brings a hummingbird to the care of Beaujangles, his human and their friends. How love and energy helped a winged friend live.



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Dr Cathy Alinovi, DVM, CTCVMP, CVSMT

Co-Editor Animals & Pets

First things first:  Regardless of your dog’s age, or the cause, this is a medical emergency. The causes can range from infection, to trauma, to disc disease.

Important note: In cases of disc disease, the longer your dog lays there, the more permanent the damage to the spinal cord may be.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Panic situation: Dog can't walk! What to do and what could be the cause? Alternative medicine gives many hopeful options for the down dog; options that are far less expensive and at least as effective, if not more so, than conventional veterinary medicine.



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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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