Obesity in Pets

Obesity is a very common problem in pets. Approximately 40% of all pets are overweight. This is not just a cosmetic issue with a little extra “fluff”, obesity can be a serious problem. Just like humans, pets that are overweight suffer from illness related to their weight. The extra weight puts stress on all parts of the body. Obese animals are more likely to develop joint and mobility problems, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, breathing difficulties, high blood pressure and increased… Continue reading

Catnip

Lots of perennial herbs are making a comeback in gardens now and one that is particularly plentiful is catnip. Catnip belongs to the mint family and its Latin name is Nepeta cataria. In folk medicine it has been used for cramps, coughing, as a sedative, as an aphrodisiac and as an anti-gas remedy. The active ingredient in catnip is nepetalactone. Catnip has been getting attention now because of it ability to repel insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Catnip oil… Continue reading

Natural Help for Ear Mites: Ear Clean Gold

  It is great to adopt a new puppy or kitten, but sometimes the new addition comes with pets of his or her own in the form of ear mites. Ear mites are tiny little parasites that live in the ears of dogs, cats and rabbits. They are particularly common in kittens. They are contagious (to other animals but usually not people) and are spread by direct contact. Ear mites are related to ticks and spiders. They spend their life… Continue reading

Life Gold Cancer Support for Pets

Cancer is something that has touched all of us in our own lives, the lives of our families and friends or our beloved pets. Cancer is a devastating diagnosis particularly when it comes to our furry friends. Conventional treatments of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can be harsh,expensive and radical. They need to be this way. Cancer is not a gentle disease and neither are the treatments for it. There is no one treatment, holistic or otherwise that will cure all… Continue reading

How to Get the Most out of Your Vet Visit

Maybe your New Year’s resolution for your pet is to find a new veterinarian or take your pet to the veterinarian for the first time. Just remember that all veterinary hospitals and veterinarian are not the same and it is important for you to find one that matches your ideal of customer service, quality and philosophy. If you have more of a holistic bent, then look for a veterinarian who practices integrative medicine. That said it can be intimidating to visit… Continue reading

Milk Thistle for Gallbladder Disease in Pets

Gallbladder disease is fairly common in humans but is not very common in pets. The gallbladder is a sac like structure that is found between the lobes of the liver. It functions to store bile– a yellow-green fluid produced by the liver that is used for digestion of fat. This bile is secreted into the small intestine as part of the digestive process. Problems can occur with the gallbladder when the ducts become obstructed and the flow of bile is… Continue reading

Itchy Owie Ointment for Winter Paw Care

Paw Care in Winter Winter weather can be very tough on your dogs paws if you live in the north. With the onset of ice and snow comes salt to melt the ice. This salt can cause havoc with your dog’s paws. Prolonged contact with road salt and other chemical deicers can cause severe chemical burns to your dog’s feet. This is often a cause of limping after a walk on the road or sidewalk in the winter. When possible… Continue reading

Cat Proofing your Christmas Tree

Cats love Christmas and Christmas trees. It is only natural that your cat should be interested in all the lights and ornaments on your tree and the tree itself, but many cats (including one of my own) have caused havoc by climbing the tree or pulling it over. Here are a few tips to keep your cat and the tree safe. An artificial tree is safer for the cat as it does not shed the needles that some cats love… Continue reading

Winterizing Your Pet

Winter is just around the corner, actually starting in about 3 weeks. Now is the time to get your pet ready for winter. Although I do not agree that pets should be keep outside all the time, there are people who do not allow their pets in the house. If this is the case it is important that outdoor cats and dogs have adequate, warm shelter for the winter. Now is the time to review your dog or cat’s outdoor… Continue reading

Cushing’s Disease and Adrenal Harmony

Pet Wellbeing is pleased to make available a new herbal formulation for Cushing’s Disease in Dogs. Our new formulation, Adrenal Harmony (link is here: http://bit.ly/t4NDlM) is an improvement on the old Supraglan formula. This new herbal combination was formulated by herbalists and naturopathic veterinarians to take advantages of the advances made in herbal medicine over the last 10 years. Cushing’s Disease is common in older dogs and also in dogs who have been given too much corticosteroids (like prednisone). In older… Continue reading

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