Pets Health

  • Washing Woes

    The situation is a fairly common one in winter and spring: you’re out for a walk with your dog in a wooded area, enjoying the changing season and cool breeze. Fido trots alongside you, but stops to sniff at something next to the path. He then drops and rolls in whatever caught his attention. Unfortunately, it’s a pile of wild animal droppings.

    Give Fido a bath and avoid disaster
  • Animal Acupuncture

     

    As a pet owner, you know when something isn’t right with your pet. He or she might be sleeping too much or not enough. Your pet might pace, bark, meow, or chirp at unusual times; the tone of their cry might sound distressed.

  • Autumn Safety Tips for Pets

     

    The temperatures have cooled off, the days are noticeably shorter, and the leaves have begun to turn colors; it’s autumn! And finally you can enjoy some time outside with your pet without feeling like a baked potato. However, along with the change of season, there is a new set of safety precautions to take for your pet.

  • Decoding Tricky Pet-Food Product Names

    Manufacturers often embellish the names of pet food products in ways that emphasize particular ingredients, as most consumers make purchases based on what they know their pets already enjoy. But have you ever wondered just how much chicken is really in that can of “Chicken Formula Cat Food”?

    By Margaret VanEchaute
  • The Right Diet for Your Pet

    We know you’re dedicated to leading a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to watching what you eat. You count calories, read labels, and research ingredients; you’ve already cut fast food, trans fats, and excess sugar from your own diet, only consuming what you know to be healthy, natural, and good for your body.

    Good nutrition leads to healthy, happy pets.
    By Margaret VanEchaute
  • Heartworm Pills for Pooches

    “That’s a tricky question,” says Shannon Hudzik, VMD, at Carmel Holistic Veterinary Clinic in California. The good news is you don’t have to worry about heartworm-infected mosquitoes biting your dog until the temperature has remained above 57 degrees for two weeks.

    My vet pushes me to give my dog heartworm pills each spring. Are the drugs really necessary?
  • Soothe Patches' Scratches

    Does your dog scratch himself silly this time of year? Like you, he may be allergic to early-summer pollens and molds. But steroid-based itch treatments can cause diabetes, osteoporosis, and liver disease, warns Shawn Messonnier, DVM, holistic vet and author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Here are natural ways to fight the itch.

    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller
  • Keep Kitty Hydrated

    Many cats scowl at the sight of water. “Cats evolved in deserts, so they can conserve water and don’t have high thirst drives like dogs,” explains Christine A. Bellezza, DVM, codirector of Cornell University’s Feline Health Center.

    By Rita Colorito
  • Bust Buster's Stress

    Ease an anxious pup’s mind with this calming recipe from Made Out of Love: Recipes to Prepare for (and Sometimes Share With) Your Animal Companion (The Honest Kitchen, 2009) by Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen natural pet food company.

    1 cup organic oats or millet
    1 chamomile tea bag
    1 cup hot filtered water

  • Cat Scratch Fever Relievers


    >> Cover couch bases, end-table legs, and dust shams with aluminum foil, or slap on strips of double-sided tape. Neither make for fetching decor, but crinkly foil noises and tacky adhesive deter scratch-happy cats.

    Does Kitty stratch at your sofa or claw up the chaise lounge? Safeguard your furniture without resorting to the declaw faux pas.
    By Melaina Juntti