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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Cathy Alinovi, DVM
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Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Silly stories of cats stealing a baby's breath, and stories of how awful black cats are - debunked in this video. This cat has the magic, soothing touch. Night, night sweet baby!


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by Scottie Westfall

I think this is the end of the debate when it comes to the appropriate, “natural” diet for dogs.

Google “natural dog diet,” and you’ll typically see sites with people extolling the virtues of feeding dogs raw meat with bones and making claims about how much healthier their dogs are on this “more natural” diet...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: If you want to start a debate, ask what's the best way to feed a dog. Some say follow the wolf model and feed only meat. Some say dogs have been domesticated far longer than that and grains are ok. Here's some new evidence. What do you think?


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by Becky Robinson
Cross-posted from

Newspaper articles and television programs labeling cats as mass killers and the reason for bird declines, have been all over the news this week, from The New York Times to ABC News, reporting on research published in the online journal Nature Communications. Without questioning the integrity of the research report, these and dozens of other news outlets have helped manufacture a fake debate that outdoor cats are the number one killer of birds in this country...

Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There has been quite the flurry of controversy lately about pros and cons of cats on our continent. Dangerous waters to wade in. Love of cats, love of birds - makes for quite a shouting match. Here's one side of the story.


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

Unless your kitties are all from the same litter, chances are good the issue goes back to diet (still goes back to diet, even if they are related). There are two types of diabetes – type I is juvenile onset (most common in dogs and young humans), type II is adult onset (most common in overweight humans and cats)...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Pet parents ask the best questions - this question was asked by a surprised pet parent when she discovered all 3 of her cats were diabetic. Let's explore what it's all about.


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Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: The Chi Institute in Reddick Florida sets the standard for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in the western hemisphere. Veterinarians trained by the Chi Institute are superior diagnosticians and can work with modern medicine to provide the best care for your pet.


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by Stan Popovich

Animals and our pets can be a great way to reduce our every day stresses and anxieties. It is not easy to deal with our fears and anxieties; however, spending time with animals can makes us feel better. Here is a list of ways of how our pets can help us to better cope with our fears, anxieties, and stresses and why it’s good to own a pet...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Stress and anxiety can easily overwhelm. Sometimes, the way through it is simple. But, in the stressful moment, it isn't always easy to think of the easy ways through stress. Stan's suggestions involving pets are common sense, and easy - so, if you feel anxious, follow Stan's steps, hug your pet, and take a deep breathe.


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by Karen Becker, DVM

Recently I wrote about a veterinary nutritionist who was promoting gluten and grains in dog food in an interview with an industry publication...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi:  Millions of dollars are spent on pet food advertising each year. Some of this money is spent "training" veterinarians. This makes seeing through the advertising to the hidden truth difficult. Dr Becker shares some information here to help us see what is really important. Our pets deserve the highest quality ingredients.


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by Lee Shearer

The United States is a nation of pet-lovers — an estimated two-thirds of our households include pets, many of them treated as cherished family members...

Editor's Note: Humane Society of The United States President, Wayne Pacelle investigates why so many Americans love their pets, yet participate in acts of cruelty against countless animals everyday.


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by Derek Murphy

I can’t help but notice the abundance of articles dedicated to workplace stress.

Bottom line: Workplace stress is a very real phenomenon that can bring about an array of health concerns. It’s no secret that stress is a major contributor to employee absenteeism and low morale, which can result in a substantial loss of productivity...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Those of us with pets in the workplace know how animals relax us and make us all feel better. But, as the person in charge, it also becomes obvious that pets can distract the staff. Which is the bigger winner? Derek Murphy shares some great discussion.


Animals & Pets

by Stan Popovich

Many people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues sometimes have a difficult time taking care of their pets. Here are some ideas on how to take care of your pets while you deal with your mental health needs...


Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: Part of healing when one has mental health issues often involves taking care of our pets. There is a lot of emotional healing gained through giving care to those who love us unconditionally, as our pets do. Our pets don't judge us for being "down in the dumps" or having compelling reasons to wash our hands, again. Sometimes, though, things can be so overwhelming that even pet care is an insurmountable task. Because is can happen, planning ahead is a great suggestion. Here are some ideas how to deal with emotional/mental health crises.


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by Glen Dupree, DVM, CVH

Are you concerned with your animal companion’s state of health?  Does s/he just not have that glow of good health?...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Dr Glen Dupree is my teacher and mentor of homeopathy. The last week of February 2011, Dr Glen became a patient of homeopathy. A year later, he taught a landmark webinar in miasms - I was blessed to participate in the course. (He had been told in 2011 he would not be here.) It is now two years after Dr Glen's horrible illness; he is losing the battle. But he won so much for his students and patients. I am one of many grateful students; I expect it will take the rest of my life to really have a grasp of this wonderful modality. Thank you Dr Glen for your inspiration. Here's Dr Glen's Overview of Homeopathy.


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

As pet parents, it is alarming when our pets can no longer catch their treats in mid-air, or start to crash into furniture that hasn’t moved. It may start as cloudiness in the eyes - we wonder if it’s cataracts or something worse. We may not even see changes in our pets’ eyes but we know their vision is not what it used to be...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: My own Lady dog lost her sight - ophthalmology is a specialty field whereas my expertise is in alternative therapy. While I didn't have the tools to diagnose her, I did have to tools to extend her remaining vision. Today, she still has great quality of life, and we don't move the furniture. For anyone who's pet has lost their vision, here are a few tips.


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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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