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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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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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Communication comes in many forms. Body language can go along way to explain a given perspective.




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Dr Cathy Alinovi, DVM, CTCVMP, CVSMT

There are many, many possible causes for this. So, let me go through a few of the most possible. First, how long has it been? If everything else seems to be “normal” with your pet, it’s okay to go up to 24 hours without eating. It’s possible he has the flu. 


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: What seems like a fundamental question may not really be. Often, pet owners don't know when they should take action and seek medical care and when it's okay to wait. Since pets don't talk to explain what they are feeling, we humans need some other surrogate measures to know how to proceed.



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by Glen Dupree, DVM, CVH

It is the Law of Similars which most directly separates Homeopathy from conventional or allopathic medicine. The second law furthers this separation by demanding the medicines of Homeopathy be tested to the fullest so that we can adhere to the Law of Similars. This second law states that all medicines used by the Homeopath must be proved.



Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It is fascinating how little drug knowledge is needed before a pharmaceutical drug is allowed on the market as compared to the level of knowledge regarding for homeopathic remedies. 200 pages of symptoms vs a 4 page tri-fold. 200 pages of information is a bit more detailed.



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by Kathy Stevens

The day before Thanksgiving, 2010. A young woman I’ll call Anna winds down the CAS driveway and pulls up to the main barn. Animal Care Director Abbie Rogers and I go out to meet her; we’ve been expecting her and her passenger.

In a crate in the back of her hatchback, a large white turkey...


Editor's Note: Kathy Stevens, Founder and Director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, NY, and I am blessed to say, my friend, offers a different perspective of our all too often tainted view of farm animals, and implores us, by introducing the voice and soul of her friend Henrietta, to chose a compassionate cuisine this holiday season - and everyday thereafter.


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by Laura Cross -

Cross-posted from

Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason: Many dogs would do anything for us, and, in turn, we bet a lot of you would do anything for your dogs. In some cases, that means making sacrifices to your homes, travel plans and daily routines so your furry friends will be happier and healthier.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Dogs play such a vital role in our lives - sharing everything with us from our bed to our food. What have you given up for your dog?




Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The health benefit from watching videos of animals is extraordinary! May your serotonin levels rise.




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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The many breeds and sizes of dogs are on inspiring. These beauties demonstrate a large end of the spectrum.



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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 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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