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by Cathy Alinovi, DVM,

Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

Many of the phone consults I perform as a — now retired — veterinarian who no longer diagnoses or prescribes, center around helping pet owners make the most of their pet’s condition or circumstances. The purpose of a phone consultation is not to diagnose or treat a patient, but to give a fresh look on a complicated case.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Not all pet owners have integrative veterinarians within driving distance of where they live - this is where consultations fit into the veterinary healthcare system.



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by Cathy Alinovi, DVM,

ATH Co-Editor of Animals & Pets

A colleague made a fascinating correlation: within 3 to 6 weeks of puppies receiving a distemper vaccine, many puppies break out with a rash on their belly. This rash is usually called “puppy pyoderma.” “Pyo ” means pus or infection, “derma” means skin.


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: It is becoming increasingly common knowledge that there are vaccine dangers for our pets. There is a less-known, equally concerning side effect - correlation with lifelong itch. Consider these observations being shared in the integrative veterinary community.


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by Joan Borysenko, PhD

One of my favorite cartoons features a squirrel lying on a psychiatrist’s couch, and the squirrel says something like, “Since discovering that you are what you eat, I realized I was nuts.” When you recognize that despite all of your mental refinement you’re still an animal engineered to move, it becomes obvious that lying around can also make you nuts. Brain chemistry goes south when you can’t work off stress, and your mood becomes more negative . . . hostile, depressed, or anxious...


Exercise & Fitness

by Susan Thixton

…you are supporting the organization that has worked to defend waste ingredients in pet foods, delay pet food safety laws, and mislead pet food consumers. Here is the list of members of the Pet Food Institute; the trade association that works to protect Big Pet Food, not consumers.



Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Eighty percent of what we do with our pets is feed them. Therefore, what they eat is critical. Not only does it matter what food they eat, but what company produces the foods. What are you feeding?



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by Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CTCVMP

I am humbled every day by the power of healing using the integrative medicine approach.  The arthritic patients I see benefit tremendously by using less invasive (and less expensive), customized treatment programs.  One great example is my dear client Margaret and her wonderful King Charles Cavalier, Ariel, who  suffers from one of the worst cases of hip and elbow dysplasia I've ever seen. If you were to see Ariel run in to our practice to get her monthly acupuncture you would think that I am exaggerating! 


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: While they are hard to find, integrative veterinarians provide the widest variety of healthcare options. Here's Ariel's story.



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Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: We are all connected to nature, as many yoga poses are named after animals. Here are some yoga postures that are aping some animals that will attract love into your life. It all begins with self love. Only when you truly love yourself, you can draw someone to hibernate with."To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance." - Oscar Wilde



by Ihor Basko, DVM, CVA

You’re a smart discerning dog owner who knows the value and importance of buying a top quality pet food for your dog.

Perhaps you went to your local pet shop and picked out a a bag of food labeled natural/organic, grain-free, etc...


Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: TV dinner - not the most healthful. Kibble, even the "high" quality stuff, might just be fancy TV dinner for our pets.


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