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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by Mark Russell

One of the reasons for teaching the horse to be light to the aids is to support the healthy flow of energy through the horse’s body. In the education of the horse, relaxation, flexion, and strength are taught concurrently; developing relaxation and trust is the key that first opens the door...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: To ride a horse beautifully is so much more than telling the horse what to do. To really ride well, the rider has to give at least as much as the horse. Here is a glimpse of how Mark Russell does it.


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by Michael Salewski,
ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

 Cathy Alinovi, DVM

"As a kid, my best friend was our family Great Dane, Thor. I would come home from school, we would play and explore and sing songs and build forts. Thor was my unconditional friend – he made a little kid feel happy and healthy. So, I always wanted to do for animals like our dog Thor did for me when I was a kid: provide comfort and make them feel better..."


Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: I always enjoy finding out what makes people tick: what drives them to be who they are. In having this conversation with Dr Alinovi our reader will find they have an editor with not only a passion for animals and nutrition, but for educating others on how they can help their pets be healthier.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: What a blast to play in the woods, roll in the dirt, play with friends, and play tag!! Here's the German version.


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Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Q: What species can lick the inside of each nostril with their tongue?
A: The bovine species!
I have so much fun watching calves play - no one moves like they do.
These male calves were saved from the food chain, nursed to health and given a life of fun and freedom. Watch how they play.


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by Geron Countess

Do you want to help save animals, the earth, and improve your health? Then please consider becoming a vegetarian. Albert Einstein said, “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Every day, you are given at least three chances to make a difference...


Editor's Note from Karen Stabley, Co-Editor of Arts & Art Therapy: I am stepping outside of my category to share this article. Geron, the author and my young friend, is passionate about animal rights. In this article, she makes a very compelling argument for becoming a vegetarian.


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by Arnold Plotnick, MS, DVM, ACVIM, ABVP

Some cats view a Christmas tree as the world’s greatest scratching post. Set up your tree on a wide, flat, stable base, and consider anchoring it to a window or wall using fishing line. Ornaments should be pet-safe, i.e. made of fabric or wood. Glass ornaments may fall and shatter, cutting an animal's foot. Tinsel, ribbon, or popcorn strands, if swallowed, may cause intestinal obstruction...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Holidays are great times for fun; the many decorations and knick knacks, while beautiful, can make for risky situations. Cats are notorious for mischief. These helpful hints should help keep our cats safe.


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by Shelley Stonebrook
Cross-posted from

Our human lives are full of choices. We often obsess over the ingredients in the lotions we buy and search for the safest cleaning products for our home. Our pets, on the other hand, live a largely choice-less existence. Whether you shine your floors with chemical cleaner or use a non-toxic vinegar and lemon solution is not a choice our cat makes...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Many of us don't think of fleas and other annoying critters in the winter, but they are still out there, hiding. And, those who live in climates where fleas are a problems year-round, they know! Some helpful hints for a more natural approach to flea control.


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Editor's Note: This video provides a thoughtful collection of clips illustrating the vast well of knowledge that is shared amongst the many species of the animal kingdom. Problem-solving skills and communication are often attributed as an indication of human intelligence. Watch as these animals show us that we are more alike than many people think.


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by Kathy Garland

Many people are not aware of the effect that sound has on their dog in their home environment. Although there has been no direct research on noise pollution and dogs, studies with rodents and people suggest it’s possible that it is a contributing factor to a compromised immune system...


Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: Music soothes the savage beast...or in this case, can help dogs with separation anxiety and nervousness!


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Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Remembering our four-legged friends, and how they got here, will help keep more friends safe. From a house full of shelter dogs, we recommend watching this video. Remember shelter dogs.

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by Demian Dressler, DVM

When faced with a dog cancer diagnosis, many guardians experience an immediate sense of overwhelm.  Of course, there is profound anger, sadness, numbness, grief, and the whole array of different responses to crises news...


Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: Unfortunately, cancer is a reality we face too often in our dogs. In this article Dr Dressler, an invaluable resource for dealing with this problem, offers great advice to pet owners faced with a situation that can seem overwhelming.



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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Bengal's have quite the reputation for being "dog-like." This kitten isn't the least bit disturbed by being the puppy's chew toy, in fact, she gives it right back! Bengals aren't for everyone - great cats but definately a handful - or mouthful in this case!

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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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