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Animals & Pets
by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVCH, CVFT, CVA
To be honest, even I was surprised that the article I contributed to about dogs who “hate hugs” went as VIRAL as it did. Being part of a viral news story has been fun! Who knew telling pet parents that their beloved pooch may not love to be hugged would have sparked the response it did?
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: "Don't hug me!" = "Don't tower over me!" Sometimes, we miss the cues on what our behavior is saying, but our dogs understand.
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note from Christine Breen: Tineke Verkade from New Zealand has written books on homeopathy for animals. Through her work more and more Kiwi farmers walk the path towards cleaner and greener farming, and alternative farming practices like homeopathy are being explored and adopted.
by Dr. Steven Farmer
I’m continually amazed and delighted whenever I come across stories of how we human beings can work together, how we’re able to put aside perceived differences and collaborate for the greater good. Here in Laguna Beach there are a handful of community gardens, plots of land where some residents of the city have come together to create a bounty of vegetables that are in turn shared with one another and the rest of the community...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: Dr. Steven Farmer's article is such a wonderful reminder of how essential it is to have a cooperative spirit. Dr. Farmer also shares how important it is to teach our children the importance of spirit animals and spiritual wisdom. Enjoy this lovely article about our Dolphin friends.
Intuition & Symbols
by Mada Eliza Dalian
Our mind is a gift from the Universe. It sets us apart from animals, trees, and flowers. Though a blessing to the human race, the mind is also our greatest challenge. Having focused on it for centuries, it has gradually taken control of our lives and has taken us away from the truth of our inner being and the joy of being in our hearts...
Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: Mada offers a beautiful heart focused meditation that can be utilized throughout the day. Share this meditation with friends and family. It's simple steps like these that inspire and nurture a heart based global community.
by Glen Dupree, DVM, CVH
All seemed well with Little Bit until she settled into her new home. It was then that her new family noticed her excessive thirst and frequent urination; however, Little Bit was such an active, playful pup that they didn’t pay much attention...
Editor's Note: Homeopathy can be extremely and quickly effective in animals who don't often complicate their issues with over-analysis or obstacles to cure...
by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM, CPDT-KA
Years ago, when I was a senior veterinary student working as an extern with OSU’s clinical behavior service, I saw a case that stuck hard in my memory and has never faded. The patient was a beautiful three-year-old female German shepherd I’ll call Heidi. She was a lovely dog in most respects – friendly and gentle with people, very bright, and a quick learner. Heidi had one flaw, and unfortunately it was a serious one – she was intensely, violently aggressive towards other dogs.
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: I know a pit bull named Roscoe who is sweet as pie - until another dog comes near him. Then, he gets a look on his face of sheer panic; next instant, he attacks ferociously! Unfortunately, his owner doesn't know what the adverse negative single-event was - so, she keeps him away from other dogs. Quite a challenge!
Animals & Pets
by Karen Becker, DVM
A whopping 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity and Prevention. This cuts down on your pet's life expectancy by up to 2.5 years while raising her risk of serious diseases, including heart and respiratory conditions, diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancer and more. Further, there's a "fat pet gap" in which nearly all owners of overweight pets believe their weight to be just fine.
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: There's actually a fine line between pleasantly plump and overweight. What's harder is that for a small breed dog, it can be as little as 2 pounds of body weight that makes a dog obese. Here are some great tips to get that extra weight off and share an extra 2 years with your dog!
Animals & Pets
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