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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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 Bret Glass, MA

Scratching behavior for cats is a natural form of self-expression that satisfies multiple needs associated with health and well-being. Scratching provides a natural manicure that strips the outer sheath, or layer of the claw, for hygienic purposes; allows stretching of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons for health and vitality...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Almost half of all pet cats in the United States are declawed. Bret Glass offers a fabulous fortress, education and alternative resources to help cats keep their claws. Join Bret's Go Pro-Paw Movement, or add a suggestion for 100 ways to keep from declawing your cat.


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by Bobbie Lyons

In the dog world, flexibility training is often overlooked. Flexibility allows for better range of motion which can aid in reducing the risk of injury and improve overall performance. Stretching your dog’s muscles also improves circulation of water and nutrients throughout the body and promotes relaxation. In addition, stretching is an integral part of muscle growth...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: We've all learned since we were kids that stretching and exercise go together. Flexibility improves strength, allowing the muscles more length over which to contract. The same is true of the canine athlete.


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An amazing chance encounter with a troop of wild mountain gorillas near Bwindi National Park, Uganda. Quote: "It seems really unfair that man should have chosen the gorilla to symbolize everything that is aggressive and violent when that is the one thing that the gorilla is not, and that we are." Sir David Attenborough

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by Sandi Shelton

A beloved retriever shared six life lessons with his master

For most of my life, I have been a cat person.

I have lived with little house-tigers that sharpened their claws on my couches, played midnight hockey with my hair ornaments and dragged my dirty laundry from the hamper to my pillow...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There is so much to learn about life - not only through our eyes but through the eyes of our four-legged friends. Sandi shares with us what she learned from her dog, Jordie.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Trauma, mental or physical, shapes our lives. These three surprising friends experienced both types of trauma and have formed a permanent, and unlikely, unbreakable bond.


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by Cathy Alinovi, DVM
ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

The first time you deal with a pet emergency that may require CPR will be a very stressful/scary situation. A great graphic to help comes from the American Red Cross ...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: I hope you never need to use CPR on your pets, but if you do, be prepared. Here's how.



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by Coleen Ellis

Doesn't this just speak volumes about the love that we have for our pets? And, to have that one last time–on our own death bed–to see the one that gave us the unconditional love, made us feel needed, and wanted. For so many of us, we can relate as this would be our last dying wish, too...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Those who are granted the opportunity to say goodbye are blessed. And time to say goodbye to our pets - priceless.


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by Jackie Rive

Is your dog itchy? Suffering from itchy skin and constantly scratching. Natural Remedies could be the answer. Natural remedies and herbal treatments can offer a gentle, non invasive solution to this problematic  condition...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: 60-80% of most conditions seen by veterinarians deals with skin. Itchy, flaky, dry, shedding skin. Which one affects your dog?



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by Jackie Rive

Those who are horse owners know how expensive it can be to own and care for a horse. Routine care and feeding is costly enough but when something goes wrong and calling the vet is the only option you think you have, it can really cause a financial hardship...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Foot problems explain 90% of lameness in horses. Abscesses are the worst of it! The abscess hides in the hoof - you can't poke on it so it's next to impossible to find. Guess, start digging at the foot - how scary as the horse hoof is the equivalent of our middle finger!! So, how do you draw out an abscess on a vital part of the equine anatomy?


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Kids always promise to walk the puppy, feed the puppy, clean up after the puppy, if only we'd get a new puppy! In this lucky family, the big dog takes care of at least the walking part. Smart, if you ask me!


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: This adorable otter plays like a dog, rolling over, and playing tag. Too cute!


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by Susan Thixton

Understanding the definitions of common pet food ingredients is significant to understanding what your pet is consuming. Let’s define “meat.”...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Meat. What is it? Is it beef? Is it something we would eat? Let's read.


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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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