Healthy Pets, Healthy Peeps

I’ve said it before and most assuredly, I’ll say it again, and again, and again…Studies are verifying, but those of us who spend our lives with animals already know, that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners and hopefully to our furry, feathered, hooved, […]

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Zoonoses OR Zooeyia?  One Can Make Us Sick While the Other…Increases Wellness

Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.  Ebola, Zika & Hanta virus along with Swine & Bird flu may come to mind.  HIV was a zoonotic disease transmitted to humans in the early 20th century but has now evolved into a separate human-only disease.  In fact, 61% of the pathogens […]

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Have You Read a Good Pet Food Label Lately?!

“You are what you eat.”  Although this phrase has a contrived history dating back centuries, it didn’t emerge in English until 1940 when nutritionist Victor Lindlahr wrote the book so entitled expressing his strong belief that food controls health.  It holds true for our canine and feline friends too. “Most consumers are unaware that the […]

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WATER: Too Much or Not Enough?!

Water may arguably be the MOST important nutrient but for sure it is one of the six essential nutrients dogs and cats need to survive!  That’s because, like us, our pets are close to 80% water, so they need a regular supply. In case you’re taking notes, the other five essential nutrients your furry best pal […]

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The Wonders of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil comes from the inner pulp or the meat of the coconut.  Because of its high saturated fat content, it is slow to oxidize so has a considerable shelf life.  Saturated fats have been given a bad reputation by being lumped with trans fatty acids and fried vegetable oils.  The saturated fats found in […]

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The Joys of Adopting a Senior Pet

13 Candles on the Cake! Haiku is only one of two dogs I ever welcomed into the family as a puppy.  He was found wandering the Lancaster Desert at the age of only 4-weeks and taken in by the local animal control.  Fortunately, the nearby Akita Rescue bailed him out and since I was volunteering […]

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Memorializing Your Best Friend…While He’s Still Enjoying Life with YOU!

Hollywood may be best known for its large egos, flashy cars and the need to leave one’s mark, but it is also considered a must for people who love movies and celebrity gazing. Back in 1927, the legendary Sid Grauman, who came up with the idea of the gala movie premiere also came up with […]

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Pet Appreciation & Zooeyia

Pets ARE part of the family and they can improve your human family members’ health!  Zooeyia (ZOO-ey-ah), a relatively new word describes the health benefits pets give back to us humans. The word comes from the Greek root word zoion (animal) and from the Greek Goddess of Health, Hygeia.  It is the inverse of zoonoses, […]

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CAT FIRST-AID CERTIFICATE CLASS NOW AVAILABLE

One late summer morning, two Scottish Fold kittens were playfully exploring their fenced yard when Rudy caught Abigail off guard and bounded at her from behind the rose bushes.  As Abby took a tumble landing dazed and confused, a bee buzzed passed her.  The twosome, quickly distracted by this new found fun, attempted to play […]

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You Can Teach an Old Dog (or Cat) New Tricks and Should!

With the ceremonial lighting of candle #7 on the doggie bone or kitty fish birthday cake, it is generally assumed your best friend has emBARKed on his golden years.  Giant breeds enter seniorhood around 6 while smaller dog breeds and cats closer to 9.  Though often premature to consider your best pal a senior citizen, […]

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Your Animal ER, Pet Emergency Card & Pet Alert Sticker

May is National Animal Preparedness Month, but it’s so important, every day of the year, to be double-dog sure you keep dangers out of paws and claws reach.  Knowing know how to react and where to go should the worst happen can be a life-saver for your furry family members. Veterinarians are the experts, but […]

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In a Dog’s EAR

The average dog can hear better than the average person – about 4 times better, and canines are more adept at hearing sounds at higher frequencies.  That is one reason I tell my senior pet care students to try using a higher octave when calling their hearing-challenged senior pet.  Often as their auditory function wanes, […]

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