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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by Diana Vilibert
Cross-posted from

Cat got your hand? Careful—cat bites aren’t as harmless as some people think. In fact, according to a recent study...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: How bad can a cat bite be? Bad! I've seen blood infections and the need for intravenous antibiotics. Here's some information why.


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by Clint Pumphrey
Cross-posted from

Scientists believe that all domestic dogs descend from a single pack of gray wolves that roamed China about 15,000 years ago, and all domestic cats descend from five felines that lived in the Middle East more than 100,000 years ago [source: McGourty, BBC News]...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: To feed raw or not to feed raw. That is a question! And the debate rages on.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Cats are difficult to force into anything - the more we push the more they resist. This holds true when introducing a cat to a new house. Don't push, pull - entice, reward, and walk away so things end on a good note. A new pet can take up to 3 months to be acclimated to the new house.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: I love to watch puppies play! How much more fun is it when the puppy plays with a big, fun cat, and the cat gives it right back? Wonder what will happen when the puppy is bigger?


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by Paula Carlson

Got a new puppy? Having trouble with house training? Here is the best way to housebreak your puppy...




Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: New puppies - lots of fun. Potty training - not so much fun. Here are the techniques to get housebreaking done with ease.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Grooming is an essential part of all animal hygiene. Peabody makes sure he gets it all done. Let's play with Peabody!!


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It doesn't just happen. They aren't just born. It isn't just luck. Or good breeding. Or good good. It's all of that. And a lot if love and dedication. It took family to teach Chaser.


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by Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

Ah the love of a good dog…

There’s nothing quite like it! You’ve likely experienced this kind of love before – it’s a profound connection built over time and lots of shared experiences...

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Even when I was a kid, I connected best with dogs. I've always wanted to save the world for them. But sometimes, I wonder: Am I saving them or are they saving me? There is a lot to learn


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by Lisa Spector
Cross-posted from

I admit it. My friend yelled out “Lisa, why are you hitting your dog?”… during a game of tug with Gina. I wasn’t punishing my beloved dog; I was rewarding her and building her drive...

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Perception would lead one who knows nothing about dogs and behavior to misunderstand rough-housing and play. There is a fine line between rough and too rough - know your dog, know your training session, know yourself. Love keeps it safe.


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by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP

Liver failure and liver cancers are increasingly being diagnosed in dogs and cats. In my opinion, dogs and cats are like canaries in a mine coal and their diseases are a reflection of the proliferation of pollutants in our environment and their effect on our health. The holistic approach to liver disease is, in most instances, the only avenue available to the owners of these pets.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The liver has a wonderful capacity to heal - making liver disease incredibly responsive to alternative treatment. Many dogs and cats have been saved by using alternative medicine to treat their liver disease/cancer.



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by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA

Picture this.

It’s a beautiful summer morning.  You’re out on the sidewalk, leash and poop bags in hand, enjoying a peaceful stroll with your dog.  It’s early, still cool and gray.  Quiet.  The very best time to be out, before the world around you is awake.

When suddenly – off to the side, not half a block away – you hear it. The familiar creaking whine of a screen door opening. A neighbor steps outside, oblivious, with her little dog on a leash beside her. You tighten your grip instinctively, but it’s too late.  Your dog has seen them too.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Calm to crazed in zero point two seconds on the leash may be an emotional problem rather than a training issue; and there are tricks to help your dog cope.



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by Mary Oquendo

Fall is my favorite time of year! Air is crisp, apples are on the trees, leaves are changing color, and the weather is in transition. We’re leaving behind the heat and humidity of summer, but the cold, frigid air of winter is not yet upon us. But with that transition comes the potential for hurricanes, tornados, and other massive storms. While tornados sneak up on us, hurricanes do not. The key to weathering (Ha Ha) these storms is preparation.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There are many things pet owners need to worry about as we enter cooler seasons - from weather to holidays to family celebrations. Read on to see how to keep your pets safe.



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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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