By Karen Becker | March 30, 2019 | Comments Off on BRINGING UP KITTY

Get Off on the Right Paw There’s nothing as endearing as a big-eyed kitten hopping sideways across the floor or curled into a small ball of fluff on our lap. Getting a new kitten started off on the right foot will ensure they grow up to be a healthy and happy companion. 1 Prepare a sanctuary…

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By Sandra Murphy | February 28, 2019 | Comments Off on FIGHT BACK NATURALLY

Springtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as…

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Essential Oils for Pets

By Sandra Murphy | January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Essential Oils for Pets

How to Use Them Safely by Sandra Murphy Essential oils are derived from plant-based sources, leading people to equate natural with safe; but that’s not always the case. Knowing how and when to use oils is vital, according to Gary Richter, DVM, an integrative veterinarian and medical director of Holistic Veterinary Care, in Oakland, California.…

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By Sandra Murphy | December 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Controversy ‘Dogs’ Grain-Free Diet by Sandra Murphy Just like their people, dogs are prone to allergies, and pinpointing a cause and cure can be complicated. The maddening itching and scratching that allergic dogs experience can emerge from many factors, including changes in cleaning supplies, chemically treated grass at the park or sensitivity to food—with corn…

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Holiday Pet Treats Recipes

By naatlstaff | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Holiday Pet Treats Recipes

The number of servings will vary depending on the choice of treat shapes. Keep in mind—never allow nutmeg or sugar-free products with Xylitol in dog treats. Gingerbread Cookies Even though this recipe is similar to a gingerbread recipe for us, it’s important to never use nutmeg with canine recipes. Nutmeg is toxic to dogs. 1½…

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Pet-Safe Holidays

By Sandra Murphy | November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Pet-Safe Holidays

Tips to Keep Them Merry and Safe by Sandra Murphy Holidays promise joy and celebration, but the festivities can also lead to stress and anxiety for people and pets. It is important to remember that visiting strangers, a tree, shiny ornaments, gifts to sniff and food to beg for can pose danger for pets. Maintain…

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Give Rover a Rubdown

By Karen Becker | October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Give Rover a Rubdown

Massage Keeps a Dog at Peak Health by Karen Shaw Becker Animals have performed massage on themselves or others since the dawn of time through natural grooming behaviors,” reports the Northwest School of Animal Massage, in Vashon, Washington. “Any animal’s quality of life can be enhanced with massage.” Therapeutic Massage Results “Maintenance massage is great…

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By Sandra Murphy | October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on MASSAGE FOR CATS

by Sandra Murphy Although the method of massage and results can be similar to that for dogs, cats have their own rules about how they are touched. “Every massage must be individualized,” says Katie Mehrtens, owner of The Right Spot Pet Massage, near Chicago, and a nationally certified small animal massage therapist. “Cats are typically…

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Farewell to a Beloved Pet

By Sandra Murphy | September 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Farewell to a Beloved Pet

Earth’s Memorial to a Pet’s Passing by Sandra Murphy The American Pet Products Association estimates Americans collectively spent $69.5 million on our 235 million mammal, avian and reptile pets, as well as 158 million pet fish, in 2017. It’s not surprising that end-of-life planning for a devoted family companion is a solemn endeavor. Burial in…

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By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | August 30, 2018 | Comments Off on 10 BREEDS FOR ALLERGIC CAT LOVERS

1. Balinese Sometimes called the “longhaired Siamese” for its luxurious coat, Balinese cats nevertheless produce less of the Fel d 1 protein than other breeds. 2. Russian Blue Despite a short, double coat that is silky and plush to the touch, this cat also produces less Fel d 1 protein. They’re known for their loyalty…

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