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......
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......
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 suggestions for shedding some weight off of your feline friend.......
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......
“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. Here are just a few of the positive results your senior pet......
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......
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......
This blog is dedicated to a dear friend of mine, who lives in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, as well as any animal guardian who has/is/or will experience the stress and fear of a natural disaster. Hurricane Matthew (now a large category 3 hurricane) is currently moving in on Florida (and other areas of the east coast), and I am inspired to write this blog after Cameron messaged me this: “Hi Claire, many of us in Florida are currently evacuated or hunkering down for a major hurricane. Any advice on what we can do for......
So you brought home a new puppy, did ya? Congratulations, let the fun begin! It’s probably hard to stop focusing on that cute face, puppy breath, wiggly body and wagging tail. Along with the cuteness overload and constant entertainment, deciding on adding a puppy into the family is a HUGE responsibility! Raising your life-long companion from puppyhood can be very rewarding, and yet it can be challenging and a lot of work. I’d like to offer you FIVE major tips that will play a tremendous role in raising your puppy into a well adapted adult dog. Let’s get......
“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” – Sydney Jeanne Seward As animal lovers and guardians, we gain an understanding that our pet’s time here (at least in physical form) is on average significantly shorter than that of our own species, and yet our relationships are no less important because of it. In fact, some of the most profound relationships I have ever experienced have been with an animal. I know that this sentiment is shared with other veterinary professionals, my friends, and my clients. Losing......