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GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods

In the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. (read more…)

Happy Places to Live and Travel Together

As of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. (read more…)

How Animals Self-Medicate

Every species embodies a solution to some environmental challenge, and some of these solutions are breathtaking in their elegance.
~Linda Bender, Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals

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Crunchy Nutrition Animals Will Love

Despite their small size, sprouts pack a nutritional wallop with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and protein. Dogs, birds, horses and even cats enjoy the crunch, as well as the health benefits.

Cats

Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. (read more…)

Service Animals Train to Help People in Need

Service dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant.

The Rules

“Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on the floor, not put in a handbag or shopping cart,” advises Maggie Sims, project manager for the Rocky Mountain Americans with Disabilities Act Center, in Colorado Springs. (read more…)

Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free

Cancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible chance of prevention. (read more…)

Pets at PAWS Need Homes, Donations

Anderson County PAWS is an open-intake shelter that provided help to approximately 7,400 animals last year. Kim Sanders, their director and veterinarian, says the goal of PAWS is to find loving and wonderful homes for each of the 200 dogs and 75 cats that are presently available for adoption. (read more…)

Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat

Just as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations.

“We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground hear things differently,” says Janet Marlow, founder and CEO of Pet Acoustics, in Washington Depot, Connecticut. (read more…)

Seven Natural Home Remedies

Many pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. (read more…)

Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow

Some cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security. (read more…)

Restoring and Maintaining Calm for Your Pets

Corky the dog so dislikes being left alone that he has ripped up car upholstery and jumped through windows in an attempt to rejoin his humans when they leave the house for school, work or errands. Shay, on the other hand, watches calmly out the window when her humans leave each day. (read more…)

Excess in Food and Tap Water Harms Pets

In 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water used in the manufacturing of pet food contributes to this. (read more…)

Pets at PAWS Need Homes, Donations

Anderson County PAWS is an open-intake shelter that provided help to approximately 7,400 animals last year. Kim Sanders, their director and veterinarian, says the goal of PAWS is to find loving and wonderful homes for each of the 200 dogs and 125 cats that are presently available for adoption. (read more…)

Finding the Right Dog for the Job

Every dog needs a meaningful job. Like us, some need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up; others choose their own specialty. With imagination and experimentation, even a problem pooch can became an unexpected blessing. (read more…)

10 Ways to Detox Your Dog

Anderson County PAWS is an open-intake shelter that provided help to approximately 7,400 animals last year. Kim Sanders, their interim director and veterinarian, says the goal of PAWS is to find loving and wonderful homes for each of the 130 dogs and 20 cats that are presently available for adoption. (read more…)

Six Remedies for Relief

Three Signals of Anxiety

A Key to Good Health

Gentle Ways to Calm Allergies

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