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15
Sep 2017
animal masage

Animal Massage Therapy: The benefits and what to expect.   Those of us who have deeply loved our companion animals know that we care for them as we would care for any other family member or close friend.  We advocate for their optimal health, and we recognize the integral role that we play in their day-to-day lives.  What we choose for them helps form their world for the rest of their lives. What we feed our animals, how we engage with them, and the physical and mental stimulation that we provide all......

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27
Jul 2017
introducing cats

Not sure how to go forward with introducing your cats?  This blog is just for you! Successfully introducing a new cat to your already established resident cat is hugely important, and the steps you take can critically affect the way the following weeks, months, and even years will play out in your home.  Moving is hard for everyone, including your cats! A hasty or unplanned introduction can lead to adverse behaviors including: physical altercations – fights inappropriate elimination habits – peeing and pooping outside of the litter box inappropriate scratching – no high quality furniture allowed......

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23
May 2017
storm phobia for dog

Thunderstorm season us upon us! And with that, comes storm anxiety for our pets.  During each storm, my heart breaks thinking about what many pets and their guardians are going through. We have all seen it- panting, pacing, drooling, hiding, running off, inability to get comfortable, shaking, whimpering, and even in some severe cases, seizure activity. If only we could tell them it is all going to be okay in the end! Here are a couple of ways we can help out our furry family, so they can be a bit more......

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17
Mar 2017
nail trim

Recently, my dog tore his nail on a hike, causing discomfort and the need for medical attention.  It’s likely that one cause for this having happened, is the fact that his nails were rather long.  The irony is, I often explain to my client’s the importance of nail trims, and even help out with the trim if needed. I have since established more consistent nail trims, and I have reevaluated why it’s so crucial for our animals.  In this blog, I’d like to share a few reasons that nail trims are important, how to......

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24
Feb 2017
Activity and Your Aging Pet

There are many guardians out there who may be going through a similar experience as myself, as my dog ages. My dog, Hazel, is an 12-year old lab mix. She has always been active throughout her entire life — hiking, running, camping, and walking almost everyday of the week (sometimes twice a day)! She has always been my partner in crime, and has accompanied me through it all — whether taking longs runs in the woods, backpacking through the backcountry, hiking all over the USA, or just enjoying long strolls through the......

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20
Jan 2017
Help Your Overweight Cat Lose Weight

So, you have an overweight cat?  You are not alone!  In fact – I, myself, have an overweight kitty that has been on a weight-loss plan, and I am seeing amazing results.   Approximately 58% of all cats have been diagnosed as overweight by their veterinarians.  That’s a lot!  There are a lot of factors “weighing in” here.  Once you and your veterinarian have determined that your cat’s extra pounds are not related to a medical condition, then you can begin utilizing these THREE TIPS for shedding some weight off your cat.  They are working......

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15
Dec 2016
4 Ways to Prepare Your Pet for Winter

Depending on where you live, winter months can be a major adjustment in living (compared to spring, summer, and even fall).  Think of all the ways that we, as people, prepare: snow tires for our vehicles, winter apparel comes out of storage, firewood is collected, and many other considerations are made.  This adjustment is also present for our animals, which is why I’ve put together a blog, discussing 4 ways to prepare your pet for the winter season. 1) Keep Them Warm: This means coats for our smaller dogs and cats, as......

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11
Dec 2016
Massaging Your Senior Pet

“How can I better care for my senior pet?” This is an EXCELLENT question that veterinary professionals hear time and time again.  As a member of both the traditional and integrative veterinary community, I have seen many holistic therapies better the quality of life in our senior companion animals.  When we think of complimentary therapies for our aging animal(s), we often overlook the ability to heal through our own hands, through our own touch, through our own intention- through massage therapy.  Acupuncture and laser therapy have an established spot in the aid of caring......

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23
Nov 2016
Why are You Thankful for Your Pet - A Thanksgiving Special

Whether you have a big family or a small family … if you have a pet, they are a major part of it!  So, we asked our followers why they are thankful for their pet this holiday season.   Let us count the ways . . .    “My beautiful Tigerlily came to me at a time of transition in my life.  I had just ended a marriage of 10 years and moved into a tiny apartment with my two small children. Learning to deal with, and come to enjoy a couple......

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27
Oct 2016
Keeping Your Pet Safe on Halloween

Starting with a little Halloween Humor:  Q: What is worst than raining black cats and bloodhounds? A: Hailing taxi cabs! Q: Why did the skeleton give a dog a bone? A: Because he had spare ribs.  It’s my favorite time of year again- Halloween! Why is Halloween my absolute favorite holiday? For one night every year, I get to dress up as anybody/anything I have dreamed of being, eat as much junk food as possible, and have an excuse to act like a kid again with all of my friends. Although this night has always been my favorite night of......

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