Imperfectly Perfect Pets

By Sandra Murphy | July 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Imperfectly Perfect Pets

Natural Therapies Transform Lives by Sandra Murphy Pets, like humans, can face physical and mental challenges. Today’s fresh approaches help pets replace disabilities with abilities and lead fuller, happier lives. Physical Adaptations Zach, a rescued cat, welcomes foster pets to Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, in Newport Beach, California, teaching kittens cleanliness, and…

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Why More Pets Are Getting Cancer

By Jeffrey Smith | June 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Why More Pets Are Getting Cancer

GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods by Jeffrey Smith In the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes…

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Pets Welcome Here

By Sandra Murphy | May 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Pets Welcome Here

Happy Places to Live and Travel Together by Sandra Murphy As of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fi sh, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets…

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Top 10 Cities for Dogs

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | May 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Top 10 Cities for Dogs

San Francisco—dog parks, walkability and friendly restaurants Albuquerque—only 28 rainy days a year, plus affordable housing Tucson—50 welcoming restaurants and sunny weather San Diego—200 restaurants, plus a dogs-welcome beach Denver—posted solid scores in all categories Las Vegas—dog parks favored by dry, sunny weather New York City—high on walkability, especially in good weather Sacramento—affordable housing and…

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Nature’s Remedies

By Sandra Murphy | March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

How Animals Self-Medicate From birds and elephants to dolphins, animals, whether by instinct or learned behavior, have discovered ways to cope with parasites, pests, aches and pains. This science of self-medication is called zoopharmacognosy (zoo for animal, pharma for drug and cognosy for knowing). At home, a dog or cat that eats grass is practicing…

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Sprouts for Pets

By Sandra Murphy | March 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Crunchy Nutrition Animals Will Love Despite their small size, sprouts pack a nutritional wallop with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and protein. Dogs, birds, horses and even cats enjoy the crunch, as well as the health benefits. Cats Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet.…

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Service Dog Resources

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

TO CONTACT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT CENTERS: Ten centers serve the U.S. and calls are directed to the one closest to the caller. Call 800-949-4232 or visit TO SUPPORT THE TAILS OF HOPE FOUNDATION: This nonprofit provides critical and life- saving help to veterans, first responders and search-and-rescue teams. Operating on donations, it covers…

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Do-Good Dogs Do Almost Anything

By Sandra Murphy | January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Service Animals Train to Help People in Need by Sandra Murphy   Service dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant. The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat…

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Don’t Overfeed Fido

By Karen Becker | January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free by Karen Becker Cancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give…

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Pets Love Music: Each Species Groves to Its own Beat

By Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. | November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Sandra Murphy Just as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,”…

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