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April 2011

What Is Stress & How Do You Overcome Feeling Stressed?

Are you stressed out? If you’re like most Americans, chances are the answer is, “Heck, yeah!” Unfortunately, stress is now just a way of life for too many of us. Whether it’s concerns over the uncertain economy, struggling to meet deadlines at work, handling family emergencies, dealing with relationship woes, or even tolerating daily traffic jams, there seems to be an unending parade of stressors in modern life. Since this is National Stress Awareness Month, now’s a good time to discuss the different aspects of stress, how it can help... Read more →

What Does The Term "Holistic" Really Mean?

The holistic approach to veterinary care has different meanings for different people. Essentially it means just what the name indicates - looking at “the whole” and not the individual parts. Holistic practitioners consider the whole of a companion animal’s being and how every discrete part works in relation to every other part. Fundamental to this mindset is that everything is interrelated and nothing occurs in isolation. Furthermore, holistic veterinarians don’t only focus on physical aspects, they also consider the emotional, mental and spiritual elements. Holistic health boils down to balance;... Read more →

Canine Hypothyroidism - Find Out What It Means & What You Can Do To Help Your Dog

The sad truth is that incidences of canine hypothyroidism are on the rise. That’s why Dr. Sarah has dedicated this episode of Pet Talk to all the pups and pet parents who are dealing with this health challenge. Find out what a diagnosis means and what can be done to help a hypothyroidic dog live the best life possible. Watch now! Read more →

Pfizer Stopping Its Production Of ProMeris Flea & Tick Prevention Due To Study Linking It To Pemphigus Foliaceus

This article comes from Veterinary Practice News.... Study Links ProMeris to Pemphigus Foliaceus; Pfizer Stopping Its Production Posted: April 18, 2011, 5:20 p.m., EDT By Jessica Tremayne Contributing Editor A recent groundbreaking study of clinical, histological and immunological data of 22 cases of Pemphigus foliaceus, or PF, shows evidence that it can occur as an adverse drug reaction to the canine flea and tick preventive ProMeris. PF is the most common spontaneously occurring autoimmune skin disease of dogs and typically displays as lesions on the face, nasal planum and ears.... Read more →

How To Survive Allergy Season Naturally

For many, this is a joyous reprieve from the cold and being stuck indoors – but for others, it means the beginning of allergy and hay fever season. The good news is that there are many things you can do to naturally ease symptoms, such as sneezing and uncomfortable, itchy eyes. First, identify your triggers. Tree, grass and weed pollens are the most common causes of eye, nose and throat irritation. Along with the daily weather, many sites can also help you keep an eye on allergen levels and pollen... Read more →

Is It Safe to Feed My Pet Food From the Table?

How many times have you given into your pet’s longing eyes, drooling mouth, or persistent paw tapping your leg the last time you were enjoying your dinner? While it’s hard to resist a begging pet, you should think twice before giving table scraps to your dog or cat – some foods can lead to digestive upset or even be toxic! According to the ASPCA, some very common foods can be harmful to your pet: Chocolate—You should never share this treat with your pets, as cocoa beans contain the chemical theobromine,... Read more →

Fish Oil Part of Regimen to Protect Against Heart Disease

In the first large-scale study of its kind, researchers from the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan investigated the health effects of daily Omega-3 supplements in combination with a drug commonly prescribed for those at-risk for heart attacks, angina and other coronary events. Patients were all identified as having higher than average levels of cholesterol. They were divided into two groups: a main group that included nearly 15,000 participants with no prior history of coronary artery disease, and a secondary group with over 3,600 subjects with a prior... Read more →