- June 1st, 2010
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
- December 1st, 2009
When a dog loses his canine companion, he may become more sluggish, eat less, or even look around for his buddy. He may not interact with you as much—or he could get clingy and want more attention.
Answered by Catherine Alinovi, DVM, a holistic veterinarian
- September 1st, 2009
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
- May 1st, 2008
We have a dream: happy dogs frolicking with PVC- and phthalate-free plastic, organic cotton, sustainable hemp, and recycled dog toys. Only a few companies are helping this dream become reality, so we rounded up the best of what the natural world has to offer and then turned the eco-toys over to our four-legged editorial advisors for testing.
The Dogs:Nontoxic toys for dogs
- March 1st, 2008
Finding your pooch grazing in the backyard like a Jersey cow isn’t always bad and actually quite normal, explains veterinarian Randy Caviness, DVM, of the Integrative Animal Health Center in Bolton, Massachusetts. “Dogs eat grass because it acts as a natural antacid and is usually soothing for the stomach,” Caviness says.My dog Charlie eats grass to make himself throw up. Is this healthy? What can I do?