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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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 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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by MisterBeauJangles

I am a very 4-legged because my 2-legged always takes time to play and snuggle with me. Because of the choices he’s made in his life, he has plenty of “free” time. Of course, this whole concept of “free” time is very strange to us 4-leggeds and it took a a while and lots of effort on my 2-legged’s part, for me to understand it.


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: I'm always fascinated by what dogs (or cats) think of how we humans do our "thing." Beau has a great viewpoint.



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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Their movement is hypnotic. The water is cooling. Their colors are vibrant. Relax!



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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Not everyone's "pet" - but fascinating human-animal interaction. Would you do it?



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by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVCH, CVFT, CVA

To be honest, even I was surprised that the article I contributed to about dogs who “hate hugs” went as VIRAL as it did.  Being part of a viral news story has been fun!  Who knew telling pet parents that their beloved pooch may not love to be hugged would have sparked the response it did?  



Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: "Don't hug me!" = "Don't tower over me!" Sometimes, we miss the cues on what our behavior is saying, but our dogs understand.



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by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA

Years ago, when I was a senior veterinary student working as an extern with OSU’s clinical behavior service, I saw a case that stuck hard in my memory and has never faded. The patient was a beautiful three-year-old female German shepherd I’ll call Heidi.  She was a lovely dog in most respects – friendly and gentle with people, very bright, and a quick learner.  Heidi had one flaw, and unfortunately it was a serious one – she was intensely, violently aggressive towards other dogs.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: I know a pit bull named Roscoe who is sweet as pie - until another dog comes near him. Then, he gets a look on his face of sheer panic; next instant, he attacks ferociously! Unfortunately, his owner doesn't know what the adverse negative single-event was - so, she keeps him away from other dogs. Quite a challenge!



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by Karen Becker, DVM

A whopping 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention. This cuts down on your pet's life expectancy by up to 2.5 years while raising her risk of serious diseases, including heart and respiratory conditions, diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancer and more. Further, there's a "fat pet gap" in which nearly all owners of overweight pets believe their weight to be just fine.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There's actually a fine line between pleasantly plump and overweight. What's harder is that for a small breed dog, it can be as little as 2 pounds of body weight that makes a dog obese. Here are some great tips to get that extra weight off and share an extra 2 years with your dog!



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by Cathy Alinovi, DVM,

ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

Pet food manufacturers spend a lot of their research dollars making sure that dogs and cats have “good” stools after eating their pet food. Certainly, most pet owners examine their pets’ output and use that as surrogate for health. Innumerable times before my retirement, clients would tell me “I know it sounds a little strange, doc, but I check my dog’s poop every day.” It never sounded strange to me when I was in private practice – I did it too!


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: No one wants to talk about it, but everyone looks at it, examines it and uses it as a surrogate for health.



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by Natalia Lima

Cross-posted from

It’s been two years since cat cafes first made their way into North America after years of success in Asia. Bringing a side of purr to people’s daily dose of caffeine, the concept proved to be just as huge of a hit for humans and felines on this side of the globe. It all started in Montreal in 2014 with Le Café des Chats, a coffee shop with 12 adoptable cats that roamed around the place while customers sipped their lattes. Since then, cat cafes have expanded to 24 existing and up and coming locations across the United States and Canada.


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Soothing: holding a warm cup of tea/coffee with one hand and petting a kitty with the other hand. Cat cafe - great concept!



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by MisterBeauJangles

We animals have been on the planet for much longer than you humans. It is only recently, by the calendar of evolution, that some of us have become “pets.”  Interestingly, the dictionary has many definitions for the word “pet.”



Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Many people have experienced the benefits of pet adoption themselves, many more may still experience the love first-hand.



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by Pamela K. Nelson

When we’re first learning a new language and understand that first whole, long sentence in…let’s say…French, it’s a marvelous moment. It’s thrilling to think that our brain finally gets it. When a child speaks that first word and communication via language begins between us, it’s a milestone. When love is new and your partner seems thrilling and exotic like a New Land, it’s an intense time of connection, passion and focus on that one special individual. This is what it’s like when you first begin hearing animals through telepathic communication. 


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Imagine being awoken at 4am to the sound of someone crying for water - who could it be?


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by Karen Becker, DVM

With warmer weather comes an increased risk of flea and tick exposure for your pets. Many veterinarians recommend chemical preventives as a solution (some even recommend them to pets year-round), but I don't agree with turning to chemicals as a means of controlling nature. Many of my conventional veterinary peers suggest a "one-size-fits-all" approach for pests, but I suggest you think about a more commonsense approach when it comes to dealing with summer pests.



Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It's the season to worry about nasty critters - neither our pets or we should have to deal with them. Some great advice to decrease susceptibility to fleas included here.



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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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