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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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Sometimes animals perform abnormal behaviors; these are called stereotypical behaviors. Some stereotypical behavior may indicate there's an area of concern. But when taken at face value, the behaviors can be quite silly at times. Which one is your favorite? Mine is the one with the recorder.



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by Erica Settino

The debate over using animals, domestic or otherwise, in medical research, experimentation and procedure is not a new one. For many, the line has been drawn and we are divided as a species of human animals, deciding what is ethically acceptable and morally responsible in way of our treatment of non-human animals...



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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It doesn't matter if they have two legs or four - sleepy babies are the cutest things ever!! Here's a whole collection.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Dogs and people - true unconditional relationships. Naturally, trust falls come with that love.



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by Cathy Alinovi, DVM,

Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

Many of the phone consults I perform as a — now retired — veterinarian who no longer diagnoses or prescribes, center around helping pet owners make the most of their pet’s condition or circumstances. The purpose of a phone consultation is not to diagnose or treat a patient, but to give a fresh look on a complicated case.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Not all pet owners have integrative veterinarians within driving distance of where they live - this is where consultations fit into the veterinary healthcare system.



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by Cathy Alinovi, DVM,

ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

A colleague made a fascinating correlation: within 3 to 6 weeks of puppies receiving a distemper vaccine, many puppies break out with a rash on their belly. This rash is usually called “puppy pyoderma.” “Pyo ” means pus or infection, “derma” means skin.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It is becoming increasingly common knowledge that there are vaccine dangers for our pets. There is a less-known, equally concerning side effect - correlation with lifelong itch. Consider these observations being shared in the integrative veterinary community.


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by Susan Thixton

…you are supporting the organization that has worked to defend waste ingredients in pet foods, delay pet food safety laws, and mislead pet food consumers. Here is the list of members of the Pet Food Institute; the trade association that works to protect Big Pet Food, not consumers.



Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Eighty percent of what we do with our pets is feed them. Therefore, what they eat is critical. Not only does it matter what food they eat, but what company produces the foods. What are you feeding?



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by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP

I am humbled every day by the power of healing using the integrative medicine approach.  The arthritic patients I see benefit tremendously by using less invasive (and less expensive), customized treatment programs.  One great example is my dear client Margaret and her wonderful King Charles Cavalier, Ariel, who  suffers from one of the worst cases of hip and elbow dysplasia I've ever seen. If you were to see Ariel run in to our practice to get her monthly acupuncture you would think that I am exaggerating! 


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: While they are hard to find, integrative veterinarians provide the widest variety of healthcare options. Here's Ariel's story.



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by Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

You’re a smart discerning dog owner who knows the value and importance of buying a top quality pet food for your dog.

Perhaps you went to your local pet shop and picked out a a bag of food labeled natural/organic, grain-free, etc...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: TV dinner - not the most healthful. Kibble, even the "high" quality stuff, might just be fancy TV dinner for our pets.


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by Lauren Bowen

Cross-posted from

Cats are amazing creatures. They can drink seawater if they want to, they have patterns on their noses that are as unique as a fingerprint and even have a third eyelid. Cats also heal us (as if we needed more of a reason to love them) in ways that sometimes feel ‘out of this world.’ Their mere presence lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, helping us to deal with stress in healthy ways without even thinking about it.


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Families with cats know the health benefits - here are four examples.




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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Let's play!! Fall. Leaves. Really - what else do you need?? (Oh, helps if dad has a camera to gather proof!!)


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by MisterBeauJangles

My sisters, the cats, evolved as hunters. Hence, it was important for their survival that they develop really sharp claws, something they still have though some have been domesticated and no longer hunt for their foods. However, cats need to “file down” these claws lest they grow too long. As a result, if they don’t have a scratching post they’ve been known to scratch out furniture. Some cat “owners” don’t take too kindly to this and have had their cats declawed, a practice known as onychectomy or flexor tendonectomy. Some landlords have also been known to require tenants to declaw their cats.


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: For decades, cat owners have debated the pros and cons of declawing cats. What's your take?


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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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