Pets Health

  • Cat Got Your Grass?

    Maybe they need a fiber fix. Maybe they’re just bored. Vets aren’t exactly sure why cats like to chomp on grass and houseplants, but the fact is many felines do. To protect your peace lilies and keep kitty from getting sick from ingesting poisonous plants, grow him a patch of organic cat grass.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Doggie Diarrhea

    The most common cause of diarrhea in dogs is eating something they shouldn’t have. To treat what I call “garbage gut,” it’s best to not feed your dog for 24 hours, while making sure he gets plenty of water. Diarrhea is often a detox: Your dog has put junk in, and he’s got to get the junk out.

    What likely caused this, and what can I do to relieve him?
    By Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM
  • Play Ruff

    Unlike many of us, our dogs can’t wait to work out—go for a run, sprint up and down the stairs, or just chase their tails. They know it’s fun, and we know it keeps them healthy, burns calories, and increases muscle tone. But daily exercise plays a role in their emotional well-being (read: sanity) too.

    By Kelli Rosen
  • Cushing's in Pets

    Luckily several natural solutions can help this adrenal disorder. Technically called hyperadrenocorticism, Cushing’s disease causes the adrenal glands to overproduce hormones, particularly corticosteroids, which can cause increased thirst and urination, panting, high blood pressure, and even hair loss.

    My 12-year-old Boston terrier was just diagnosed with Cushing's. Can I do anything natural to manage this disease?
    Answered by Shawn Messonnier, DVM
  • 5 Easy Ways to Keep Kitty Healthy

    1. Feed your cat about 90 percent meat (including fat), about 10 percent veggies, and very little added carbohydrates. Home-cooked meals are best, but a high-quality natural cat food makes a good runner-up; canned foods usually contain more meat and fewer carbs than dry foods. Serve kitty’s food at room temperature or a little warmer to make it more readily digestible.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Chiropractic Ends Pup’s Pain

    You might not think Rover needs an adjustment, but chiropractic can help dogs heal from traumatic injury as well as chronic conditions like back pain, hip dysplasia, and stiffness. “Just like in humans, when a dog’s vertebrae become misaligned, they pinch nerves,” says Debbie O’Reilly, DC, an animal chiropractor in Littleton, Colorado.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • Pain-Free Winter Paws

    Crisp air and fresh snow can bring out the silly puppy in the most regal of Rovers. But ice and snow mixed with salt, sand, and chemical de-icers will ruin winter fun in short order.

    By John Monahan
  • Feline Fecal Odor

    A super-smelly litter box has a pretty high yuck factor and may seem better handled by hazardous waste professionals than a vet. But holistic veterinarian Rachael Feigenbaum, VMD, at Lotus Veterinary Housecalls in San Francisco, urges that Stinky go in for a checkup.

    My kitty’s poop stinks up the whole house. Is there something wrong?
  • Doggie Arthritis

    Start with his weight. Labs are prone to chubbiness, and maintaining a healthy weight reduces pain and increases joint function, says Carol Osborne, DVM, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. When you run your hands over your dog’s body, you should be able to feel (but not see) each rib.

    My 9-year-old Lab, Vinnie, has arthritis and barely wants to play ball anymore. What can I do?
  • Counteract Counter Surfing

    We toil for hours in the kitchen creating the perfect meal only to spend the entire evening shrieking at dogs and shooing cats. Scavenging food off counters and tables—aka counter surfing—is a common problem with dogs (especially big dogs) and cats.

    By Nora Simmons