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Diseases and Ailments

  • Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

    Diabetes has become very common in the United States in recent years. An overload of refined carbohydrates (sugars), processed foods, sweet treats and excessive grains are thought to be the main contributors to what has become for dogs (just as for humans), an epidemic. Diabetes is almost unheard of in pets who consumer a healthy, properly balanced, whole food diet and a healthy lifestyle – though some diabetes cases are thought to have a genetic link.

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  • Food Allergies and Intolerances

    Pet food allergies are defined as immune system or inflammatory responses triggered off by certain foods. Other pets may not have true allergies but are still sensitive to certain ingredients, on a less severe level. While often referred to as ‘allergies’, these types of lower-grade long term reactions to diet are more accurately described as food sensitivities.

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  • Anxiety: How to Treat it Holistically

    Anxiety including separation anxiety is surprisingly common in pets, and it can occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a past trauma or bad experience is to blame, other times it’s a lack of proper socialization during the formative early months. Sometimes, no logical reason for anxiety is known and an individual pet’s genetic makeup and inbuilt character just gives them a nervous disposition.

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  • Copraphagia - When Pets Eat Poop

    There is a lot of speculation on what causes animal to eat their own poop. Disgusting as it sounds to us humans, many animal species indulge in this questionable pastime and the general consensus is that it isn’t always something to fret about – at least as far as our animal companions’ health is concerned.

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  • How to Treat Mange

    Mange results from an excessive multiplication of the mites that live normally in a dog’s hair follicles. This often happens when a puppy’s immune system is depleted for some reason such as after excessive vaccination, spaying and neutering.

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  • Fighting Pet Obesity

    Companion animal obesity is becoming increasingly common. In fact, veterinarians estimate that 44% of their dog and cat patients are overweight – almost half the pet population. The two primary causes of weight gain are of course, food intake and lack of exercise.

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  • Colitis & GI Upset in Dogs

    Colitis is essentially an inflammation of the large intestine or colon. The term Colitis is used to cover several different conditions of the gastro-intestinal tract.

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  • Herbal Remedies for Joints, Bumps & Bruises

    Did you know that herbs can lend a real helping hand to many painful problems that plague older pets, as well as injuries in younger pups and kitties, too? These remedies are also great for people.

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  • A Holistic Approach to Itchy Skin

    There are many possible causes of the chronic itchy skin, hot-spots, dandruff and oily coat that plague many dogs. In the summer months, fleas or environmental / contact allergies may be the culprit – many pets are sensitive to certain types of grass and weeds. Other possible irritants in the home include detergents, household cleaners, floor products as well as any sprays used in the yard.

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  • Understanding Pancreatitis

    Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for protecting the duodenum portion of the small intestine (the first portion of the small intestine). The small intestine is where the nutrients from food are absorbed into the body. The pancreas is responsible for producing digestive enzymes to further digest the proteins (protease), carbohydrates (amylase), and fats (lipase) of the stomach contents.

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