Special Ingredient Saturday – Asparagus

One of my favorite summer treats at family cookouts is grilled asparagus.  Research has shown that asparagus contains saponins that have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Saponins in food are also associated with improved blood pressure and better control...

4 Reasons Dogs Eat Poop & How Bad is It?

4 Reasons Dogs Eat Poop & How Bad is It?

Coprophagy is the fancy word for poop-eating. Regardless of the name, it really is disgusting -especially when dogs want kisses after they’ve had their yard snack. Some dogs eat feces straight from the tap, some prefer frozen poopsicles in the middle of winter. Either...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Peas

These small green additions pack an impressive nutritional punch for your pet. Peas contain an assortment of health-protective phytonutrients that have high anti-inflammatory properties and help to prevent cancer, according to studies. One phytonutrient -- saponin --...

Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets?

Are Essential Oils Safe for Pets?

The use of essential oils and aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular. Essential oils have many wonderful therapeutic properties. Different chemical compounds in the oils lead to different properties. These properties can range from calming effects...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Parsley

Do you think that adding a bit of beautiful parsley to your pooch's dinner plate is going a bit overboard?  Maybe not. Parsley doesn’t just look good on a plate; it has valuable health benefits as well. Parsley contains ‘volatile oil’ which animal studies have shown...

My Horse has EPM – What Do I Do?

My Horse has EPM – What Do I Do?

EPM — equine protozoal meningitis — is an infection of the nervous system caused by a parasite called Sarcocystis neurona. This parasite is carried by opossums and raccoons. So, how might it affect your horse? Well, if an infected opossum goes to the bathroom on hay...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Apples

Can an apple a day keep the veterinarian away? Maybe.  Apples provide quality fiber to your pets’ diet as well as many phytonutrients that provide anti-inflammatory protection and disease prevention. Recent studies also show anti-cancer benefits in apples. Not bad for...

All of a Sudden my Dog Can’t Stand Up. What Do I Do?!

All of a Sudden my Dog Can’t Stand Up. What Do I Do?!

First things first: Regardless of your dog’s age, or the cause, this is a medical emergency. The causes can range from infection, to trauma, to disc disease. Important Note: In cases of disc disease, the longer your dog lays there, the more permanent the...

Special Ingredient Saturday – Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree WHAT?!?   Tea tree oil has been used for centuries with the Aboriginal peoples to clean wounds and prevent infections. It has steadily grown in popularity and now many all around the world recognize this powerful shrub and appreciate its cleansing properties....

Your Holistic Options: August 30, 2015 is National Holistic Pet Day

Your Holistic Options: August 30, 2015 is National Holistic Pet Day

National Holistic Pet Day is just under a week away. That’s why we’ve spent August discussing the role holistic veterinary medicine can play in your pet’s healthy life. Humans and pets alike deserve health options. And just as you have “alternative” health options for...

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