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contents 16

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5 petbriefs 8 globalbites 10 caninecare 12 waterworld 14 kittycorner 21

16 healingways 18 travelinpet

Natural Awakenings Healthy Pet is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life for our animal friends. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on health, nutrition, fitness, sustainability and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle for your pet.



BACK-TO-SCHOOL Dealing With Separation Anxiety

20 horsetales

by Mary Wulff

21 avianhealth 22 petprevention



25 petcalendar 28 petongoingevents


30 petresourceguide

TACKLING TICKS Only Birds Love Them by Dr. Mark Newkirk

29 adoptionspotlights 22


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EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email articles, news items and ideas to: Editorial deadling: 5th of the month prior to each issue. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Submit online: & click on Pet Calendar Email to: Please see guidelines on our website first Calendar deadline: 10th of the month prior to each issue. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 239-449-8309. For franchising opportunities call 239-530-1377 or visit


PET REHAB & FITNESS by Dr. Ann Chauvet


TRAVEL TIPS For Queasy Companions by Georgina Dawdy



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Equine Riding Therapy


JUICING Definitely For The Birds


KEEPING YOUR PET HEALTHY Be Vigilant & Proactive by Dr. John M. Simon



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by Jan E. Hale, DVM

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t is with great joy that we bring you the premiere issue of Natural Awakenings of East Michigan's Healthy Pet magazine. Our new quarterly magazine is dedicated to the animal companions that provide us with joy and comfort daily. Pet owners and lovers ourselves, this publication is a "natural" extension for us. Like every pet owner with whom we speak, the care and wellbeing of our animal friends is a priority and a topic on which we spend countless hours trying to educate ourselves. Our goal is to help in that process for all of you animal owners and lovers–and have a little fun in the process. Readers of the monthly "people" versions of Natural Awakenings will find a familiar layout and format–one that has proven to work well with nearly 250,000 loyal readers each month here in Michigan and over 3 million throughout the US, Puerto Rico and Canada. For new readers of Natural Awakenings, we invite you to explore the positive and educational editorial that is always the focus of our publications. This inaugural issue is packed full of information to digest and absorb. It is our hope that each issue will be read and stored as a reference tool for the care of your animal companions. Some of the topics will cover areas that are completely new to you and others will reinforce what you have already learned as a pet owner. Please take the time while reading our first issue to view the advertisements from the wonderful local businesses that have gone out of their way to support this new publication. It is only because of their support and the amazing things that they do for our pets that we are able to provide you with Natural Awakenings Healthy Pet. They also offer wonderful services and products that our pets should not be denied. After all, our pet friends rely on us for their care. We also know rescued and adopted dogs, cats, horses and other animals can become amazing pets. To honor and help support pet adoptions and the local organizations that work tirelessly to find homes for these needy pets, we will have a special section in each issue. The Adoption Spotlight is designed to promote adoption and rescue for animals in need of a forever home. A portion of each spot goes back to the shelter/rescue. You can find the Adoption Spotlights on page 29. Visit often and consider supporting your favorite local shelter/rescue. These listings, as well as most of the other sections of the magazine, will be supported on our website, Visit us, and if you haven't already, sign up for our email news list. And make sure you check out our Pet Calendar of events. In each issue, this department will bring you information about what's going on in the pet community for you to attend and support the health and care of your pet. As Natural Awakenings Healthy Pet grows, watch for a Pet Lost and Found section (hopefully the next issue), and other new departments being added. We encourage you, our readers, to contact us with suggestions for articles, departments and whatever other ideas and comments you have. Remember, this magazine is for you. You can find us on Facebook©, so we hope you will join us there as well. So, enjoy Natural Awakenings Healthy Pet, and until the next issue, here's to happy and healthy pets!

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petbriefs Meet Your Best Friend At The Zoo


n September 25 and 26, the Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Zoo will host the 10th annual fall “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” is the largest off-site adoption event in the country, matching hundreds of animals with loving families every year. Since the very first Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo in 1993, these events have helped more than 16,000 animals find forever homes. Because puppies are often in high demand, “puppy passes” will be given each morning to the first 25 adoption event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with puppy passes will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 9:45 a.m., with the remainder of guests allowed to enter at 10 a.m. This helps prevent a “puppy rush” and ensures that all adopters – and the adoptable animals – will have a wonderful experience. A “get acquainted” area will be available to give guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal before adopting. There is no charge for admission to the event or for parking.

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The 10th annual fall “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” will be held under tents in the Detroit Zoo front parking lot beneath the signature water tower, located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. For more information, contact Kevin Hatman at 248-283-1000 x150 or visit See ad page 19.

Paws In The Park At Heritage Park


ead out to Heritage Park in Canton on August 28 and 29, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for its second annual Paws in the Park. This two-day family friendly event will feature multiple vendors and incredible pet demonstrations. Dogs can compete in the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition, play in the 1,000 square foot agility course, run free in the all new lure racing course and show off in one of the many contests. There will be great entertainment from The Rock ‘N Roll K9’s and Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dogs show. On Saturday, there will be a Paw Walk to raise money for the Human Society of Huron Valley. Owners are encouraged to dress their dogs in costumes and create floats to win great prizes! Advanced tickets can be purchased at Pet Supplies Plus in Canton or the Humane Society of Huron Valley for only $4. Tickets are $5 at the gate, dogs and children ages 10 and under get in free. Dogs must be on a leash. For more information, call 248-823-2005.

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petbriefs Michigan Humane Society Holds Fall In Love (with your new best 5th Annual Mega March For friend) Event In Auburn Hills oin the Oakland Pet Adoption Animals


n Sunday, October 3, the Michigan Humane Society will hold the fifth annual Mega March for Animals, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. The walk begins at 10:00 a.m. The largest walk for animals in Michigan, the Mega March for Animals is a fun, family-friendly event that helps animal lovers make a real difference in the lives of animals throughout metro Detroit. Proceeds from the event will help the Michigan Humane Society transform thousands of animals from Homeless to Loved! Last year, more than 5,000 people and hundreds of companion animals gathered in Hart Plaza for the event, which included a two-mile walk, to help end companion animal homelessness. Individual walkers, families, small groups and corporate or community-based walking teams are all welcome to participate. Online teambuilding and fundraising tools are available online to help walkers create individual and team Web pages, invite others to participate and track their progress. The Michigan Humane Society receives no government funding, is not affiliated with any national humane organization and is not a United Way agency. For more information, contact Kevin Hatman at 248-2831000 ext. 150 or visit See ad page 19.

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Center, Michigan Pug Rescue and Pro Rally to Rescue in “Fall in Love With Your New Best Friend” at the Oakland County Animal Adoption Center in Auburn Hills on Saturday, September 18, 2010. This event will feature many local animal rescue organizations with animals for adoption and community groups and vendors. Some of the animals that will be there are dogs and cats, both pure breed and mixed breed, rabbits and guinea pigs. Food and refreshments will be provided by Angels for Animals of Michigan including hot dogs, sloppy joes, walking tacos, pop, chips and more! Michigan Pug Rescue “Pug Luv” is organizing the event. For more information, call the adoption center at 248-2561583 or visit:

Bowl-4-Animal Rescue in Farmington Hills


ichelle Mullen and Aleta Sill have been fundraising for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and Friends for The Dearborn Animal Shelter for many years. This year they are hosting their fifth annual Bowl-4-Animal Rescue at Country Lanes in Farmington Hills on Saturday, August 7, 2010. In the past five years, these co-founders have raised over $45,000 just through the once-yearly event! While there are no animals at the event, all the proceeds go to a great cause which is supporting and finding homes for these furry friends! Bowling is not the only way to get involved with this event. A person can make a donation, donate an auction item, gain pledges or become a sponsor. Tickets in advance are $25 or $30 at the door which include three games, food, and shoe rental. There will be a 50/50 raffle, auction items, prizes, music, karaoke and more! All of the proceeds benefit the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and Friends for The Dearborn Animal Shelter. For more information, call 248-615-9060 or visit:

Pet Emporium Pet Festival


ring your dog or come ready to adopt at the fourth annual Pet Fest at Copper Leaf Crossing just outside of Ann Arbor on August 14, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This complex houses the Pet Emporium, Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital, and Creature Comforts, a boarding and grooming facility. Pet Fest is one of the largest pet festivals in outheast Michigan. The festival provides a fun-filled day with a large, diverse group of rescue and shelters, demonstrators and exhibitors for people of all ages to enjoy. There will be a free dog park on the grounds, pet-oriented activities throughout the day as well as the main goal of Pet Fest, finding homes for as many rescue animals as possible. Admission is free and parking is $2. For more information, email the Pet Emporium diectly at or visit their website:

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Feds Not Serious About Bee Die-off

Honeybees are critical to production of some 130 food crops, adding $15 billion to their value. Last winter, U.S. beekeepers surveyed by the Agricultural Research Service reported a total loss of 36 percent of their honeybee colonies, up 13.5 percent from the previous winter. It’s been over two years since Florida beekeeper Dave Hackenberg first alerted authorities to the mysterious disappearance of bees, now known worldwide as Colony Collapse Disorder, but promised research funding has failed to materialize. One suspected culprit is a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, marketed since the 1990s. Banned by France, Italy, Germany and Slovenia, they are still used on 120 U.S. crops. Studies show that neonicotinoids impair bees’ navigational and foraging abilities. Entomologist Kimberly Stoner, with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, notes that standards here differ from those in Europe, where countries operate under a policy of precautionary principle. “It says that when there is enough data to have a serious suspicion of harm, you can go ahead and act, without having to have absolute proof of harm,” says Stoner. “It puts the burden of proof more on people who market pesticides to show that the claim is unfounded. Here, you have to show proof of harm.” Primary Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture and Palm Beach Post.

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Humane Treatment of Farm Animals on a Roll California recently joined Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Oregon in outlawing the confinement of veal calves and/or pregnant pigs in crates so small they can’t turn around. California’s law also encompasses millions of egg-laying hens, typically crowded into small wire cages stacked to the rafters in the name of efficiency and profit. The Humane Society of the United States is leading the charge to halt such animal abuses and expects national reverberations. The message is clear. Consumers care about the source of their food and how it is raised and are willing to set limits, even if industry isn’t. Advocates point to data showing that when hens have more space, rates of salmonella and other contaminants that can hurt humans are lower. Support from food safety groups includes the Center for Food Safety, Center for Science in the Public Interest and Consumer Federation of America. Proponents of the improved standard estimate it will raise the price of an egg by a penny. Close confinement has been a standard feature of U.S. animal production for 50 years. Now, consumers are sending a signal to producers that, “They had better change their ways, or they will be put out of business,” says Princeton Professor Peter Singer. Source:

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Old Factories Offer New Hope for Wildlife Visitors are flocking to see the new life emerging in brown industrial lands now morphing into vibrant ecosystems as nature reclaims idle factories, mines, docks, landfills, rail spurs, warehouses and parking lots. The unfolding rehabilitation is getting help from the likes of Julie Craves, a research supervisor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, who monitors eight vacant properties that the Ford Motor Company has remade as wildlife habitat. Not every industrial site within the 48-mile-long Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge will be reclaimed. But, says Craves, “I have come to really love this juxtaposition of the hyper-

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urban with resilient nature.” She notes how strategic plantings have attracted songbirds and raptors. More than 300 species of migratory birds rest, nest and feed here. Spurred by a need to manage thousands of idle acres, corporations like BP, Gulf Oil, Bridgestone and U.S. Steel have undertaken similar projects. One of the more unlikely is Denver’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. When the arsenal, which produced nerve gas and other chemical weapons for the U.S. Army, closed in 1992, its 27 square miles were one of the nation’s most poisonous landscapes. Today, “We’ve restored the habitat back to short-grass prairie, the way it looked in the late 1800s,” says Sherry James, visitor services manager for the refuge. The star of the new staging area is a selfsustaining, growing bison herd.

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live with a nervous, angry or depressed person, may be more prone to separation anxiety. The breed and physical requirements of your dog may contribute to anxiety, as well. Dogs are social animals. They need to feel part of a pack, with a sense of rank. In the course of domesticating dogs, humans have become pack leaders in the minds of household canines, so the behavior and habits of the primary caregiver largely influences a dog’s behavior. While it may seem like a good idea to add another animal to the household to keep your companion company, this can actually make matters worse, by confusing its sense of pack hierarchy and creating a state of continuous competition. It may be a better idea to provide substitute leadership in the form of another human. Dog walkers, friends, neighbors or relatives could come by and spend time with the dog when you’re away, acting as a surrogate, temporary pack mate. You could consider a good doggie daycare provider, but there is no permanent substitute for the human alpha leader, who must be a strong, controlling presence whenever you are together. From the beginning of your



orky 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. Dog lovers with a pet that trembles, whines or rushes to the door in anticipation of being left alone know that the problem can interfere with work, school or travel days and make


life difficult for you and your companion. In severe cases, a vet may even prescribe a sedative or antidepressant drug for an animal, a practice that seldom reaches the root causes of separation anxiety, and may lead to serious, long-term health problems.

Order in the Pack To start, it is important to understand that virtually every domestic dog lives in a confusing world. Improperly socialized or mistreated, abused or abandoned dogs, as well as those that

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relationship, a dog will gain trust and faith in your leadership, avoiding costly dog-sitting bills later on. Once puppyhood is past, you can keep a dog from becoming bored and tearing the house apart when you’re out by employing the following tips and tricks. ■ Leave the television on, tuned to a nature show channel. Human voices can provide reassurance that humans still exist during your absence.

â– Leave talk radio on. Soothing music also tames the savage beast, and in many cases it will help a lonely, confused pooch to relax. â–  A toy filled with peanut butter or dog treats might keep him busy. Upon returning home, give the dog the treats that were in the toy and take the toy away. â–  Ignore the dog for several minutes before leaving the house and when you return. Do not shower him with hugs and kisses as you are leaving, as this may add to his anxiety. â–  Begin by leaving for short periods of time, and then increase it over a few weeks. Each time you return, have the dog sit, and praise and reward him with a treat when he is calm. â–  When in doubt, work with a recommended animal behaviorist. Also, consider any physical problems that may be causing the anxiety disorder.

Natural Diet and Supplement Aids Some people may feel they need to resort to drugs when they are at their wit’s end from dealing with a dog that acts out by becoming aggressive around people or outright destructive when no one is home. These are behaviors sometimes seen when an animal is receiving inadequate nutrition or essential brain nutrients. In the holistic realm, the foundation to treating any animal problem, physical or mental, begins with a good diet. A home-prepared diet is best (how-to books are available), but a high-quality, natural commercial food may also help. Behavior problems can lessen or go away with a simple change in nutrition. Adequate essential fatty acids, including omega 3, are necessary supplements for dogs, even if they are fed a commercial diet. They help the nervous system function more


smoothly and help improve skin and coat condition. Some animals may need extra help from herbs to get through a particularly stressful time. One miniature schnauzer benefited from ingesting a formula made for dogs that contained valerian, skullcap, oat flower and passionflower before his owners would leave the house. Max became calmer and stopped tearing apart the furniture after just a few weeks of using the herbs. Other animals become anxious in the vicinity of loud noises, whether or not the caregiver is at home. Many caregivers have found a melatonin supplement helpful in these instances. Whatever the reason, it’s hard to leave a companion behind when you know they suffer in your absence. With a bit of knowledge and care, you can help make the periods of separation much easier. Mary Wulff is a veterinary herbalist consultant and co-author with Gregory Tilford of Herbs for Pets. She specializes in home-prepared diets, herbs and homeopathy for companion animals from her office in Hamilton, MT. Connect at





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Aquariums Not all aquariums are created equal when it comes to sustainability. Energy used to run filters and lights is a major concern. Where the fish originate is another, as well as where they go at the end of the relationship. by Nina Shen Rastogi


he ideal eco-aquarium, balanced and self-contained, is a cherished concept of hobbyists. But research shows that energy usage for a typical home aquarium can vary widely, depending on the setup. According to a 1997 report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a small freshwater aquarium— say, 10 gallons in size— might use as little as 90 to 120 kilowatt-hours a year to run its lights, filters and aerators. That’s about as much as a typical coffeemaker uses in a year—hardly a major energy suck in the grand scheme of things. With increasing size, electricity costs naturally rise. A big, 55-gallon freshwater tank might use between 280 and 400 kilowatthours annually. Adding plants further ups an aquarium’s energy appetite, as it requires heavier-duty lighting to keep the plants alive. Generally speaking, saltwater tanks use more energy than freshwater ones, due to the increased need for pumps and power heads to create water currents. Marine aquariums can pull 230 kilowatt-hours a year for a


small tank, and up to about 800 for a large tank. Since the Berkeley Laboratory report came out a dozen years ago, there have been a few advances in the efficiencies of aquarium equipment. Using LED lights can shave off a few kilowatt-hours and newer, energysaving pumps and ballasts have come onto the market. One equipment salesperson estimated that the amount of electricity used by aquariums today could be about 25 percent lower than in 1997 with up-to-date equipment. Aquariums can also have hidden environmental costs upstream. In some parts of Southeast Asia, where the vast majority of the world’s saltwater “ornamental” organisms come from, fish are caught using squirt bottles filled with cyanide, which stuns the animals and makes them easier to extract from coral reefs. But the chemical can also damage the coral, as well as other organisms living in the reefs—not to mention weakening the fish so that fewer of them survive transport. Keeping fish healthy is more than an animal

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rights issue, it’s also an ecological concern, because the fewer animals that survive the process, the more intensive the harvesting becomes. So when buying wild-caught fish, look for those that have been captured with hand nets, rather than chemicals. Always avoid threatened and endangered species among both freshwater and saltwater fish. The silvery, black-striped, Banggai cardinalfish, only found in a few pockets off the coast of Indonesia, for example, has been labeled an endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, largely due to overzealous harvesting for the aquarium trade. The United Nations’ environmental office noted in 2003 that less than 10 percent of marine ornamental species were capable of being farm-cultured. Fortunately, sustainable collection is less of an issue with freshwater aquarium species, because 90 percent are farmraised. Captive breeding helps reduce pressure on wild animal populations; although many conservationists argue that maintaining a sustainable trade

in wild-caught organisms can be an environmentally friendly strategy if it provides economic incentives for fishermen to keep their local ecosystems healthy. Before heading to the pet store, do a bit of homework to find out where the desired fish comes from. There are four Marine Aquarium Council-certified retailers in the United States—in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey—where saltwater fish have been verified to be sustainably collected or cultured and then properly handled throughout the supply chain. A new licensing program should increase the number of stores supplying MAC-approved fish. Reef Protection International’s Reef Fish Guide ( fish_guide.htm) further assesses popular marine species based on four criteria: survivability in home aquaria; abundance in the wild; availability and potential for captive breeding; and the collection methods used. Local hobbyist groups can be other good sources of information and, occasionally, homebred fish stock. Finally, make sure any kids in the house don’t harbor a Finding Nemo fantasy. Releasing non-native species into the wild can cause ecological problems, particularly if those species become established populations. Do not dump an unwanted fish in a pond or flush it down a toilet. Instead, find a new home for a fish that has worn out its welcome, perhaps with a local pet store. The best of all worlds is to avoid getting into such a situation in the first place: Make sure to buy only fish species that won’t grow too big for the designated aquarium and won’t start turf wars with their tank-mates. As with any other purchase, the greenest choice will be the one we don’t have to replace. Nina Shen Rastogi writes a weekly environmental column at


TICKS by Dr. Mark Newkirk


o one likes ticks (except the birds that love to eat them), but like fleas and cockroaches, ticks are a fact of life. After a winter break in the northern states, they’re back with a vengeance come warmer weather and plague parts of the south all year round. Many species of ticks can carry disease. From the more common Lyme, Erlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to tick paralysis and Anaplasmosis, these bugs are bad news. Some diseases are species specific, but some, like Lyme disease, can infect deer, dogs and humans. Cats seem to be resistant to many tick diseases like Erlichia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever; although why this is so remains largely a mystery.

Lyme Disease Dogs are 50 percent more likely to contract Lyme disease as humans. If left untreated it can cause serious, debilitating problems. Symptoms affecting joints and organs may be hidden in the early stages of the disease, so it’s important to have a dog tested every year and anytime the guardian suspects the dog has been exposed to ticks. The disease has been reported in every state. The good news is that Lyme disease cannot be transmitted directly from a pet to family members. If ticks are typically found in an area, it’s wise to reduce the risk by inspecting canines and people several times a day when enjoying outdoor activities. An excellent vaccine exists for pets, although

not for humans.

Ehrlichiosis The second most common infectious disease in the United States, this potentially life threatening menace is spreading, carried by several common dog ticks. The parasite attacks the blood cells, rather than the joints. Intermittent fever and lethargy (which can signal various illnesses) are the main signs. The disease can result in permanent disability or death. While there are no proven cases of direct transmission of the Ehrlichiosis parasite from dogs to people, ticks can transmit it directly to people. A simple in-office blood test can determine if a pet has this disease; blood screening will often show a decreased platelet count.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever This illness shows similar signs and symptoms as Lyme disease in dogs. The danger is that pet owners and vets often chalk them up to a sprained ligament or twisted knee, because the pet seems better in a day or two. Keys to diagnosis include the appearance of fever, repeated

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symptoms or lameness that shifts between legs. Again, a disease-specific blood test is helpful.


Treatment No vaccine exists for Erlichia or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and the decision to vaccinate for Lyme disease depends on exposure risk. At the Alternative Care Center in Margate, New Jersey, we sometimes use nosodes, a homeopathic “vaccination” in the treatment or as a preventive measure for Lyme disease. Homeopathic treatment of active or resistant Lyme disease may use Lym D (from BioActive Nutritional) and Ledum, which can also be used in combination with antibiotics. Some holistic vets believe that such homeopathy works with the body to boost the immune system in attacking the Lyme organism. Yet the only prevention measure approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is the Lyme vaccine. Primary treatment for all tick-borne diseases is the antibiotic doxycycline, taken as prescribed for three to four weeks. Using special tests after treatment will show if the disease is gone.

Feline Heartworm Disease by Jan E. Hale, DVM

Tick Control Ticks are tough. Daily grooming and combing to search for ticks remains the best non-medical treatment. Because we have found no truly holistic alternative with the desired effect, I do advise topical tick control rub-on products like Frontline and collars like Preventic. Be aware that veterinary versions of such products are both safer and more effective than retail brands. Risk versus benefit to health is always the rule in considering the best route to take. The best advice for an individual animal will come from the family’s holistic veterinarian. Mark D. Newkirk holds a veterinary medicines directorate degree and is the owner and director of Margate Animal Hospital and Alternative Care Center, in Margate, NJ. Phone consultations are available at 609-823-3031. For more info, visit



ven though 90 years has passed since heartworms were identified in cats, the only effective treatment for the disease, caused by a parasite carried by the mosquito, exists just for dogs. The lack of a safe, easy and inexpensive treatment leaves feline lovers with “disease prevention” as the major means of protecting their precious furry companions. Fortunately, cats have largely proven to be resistant hosts to immature heartworm larvae and according to the American Heartworm Society, “often appear to rid themselves of infection spontaneously. Immature heartworm larvae, which attempt to migrate to the heart, mostly die before reaching their destination. Even those that do make it don’t live very long and few actually fully mature. It is not the number of worms in the heart that cause the problem but rather the inflammatory affects from the dying larvae and adult worms that cause damage to the heart and lung tissue. From months to years, fragments from the dying worms can lodge in the cat’s capillaries and lung airways, setting into action the defense mechanisms of lung cells called macrophages. These cells engulf foreign particles and release cytokines, a chemical substance which attracts other inflammatory cells into capillaries and thickens capillary walls. A corresponding narrowing of the walls results in leaks and allows fluid to seep into pulmonary tissue, thus impairing the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen into the body and to remove waste gases like CO2. Unfortunately, while this process is taking place, a cat’s ability to breathe is affected and testing for heartworm disease through convention diagnostic tests often proves negative.

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Physical Diagnosis Clinical signs and physical findings

Many cats tolerate their infection without any noticeable clinical signs, or with signs that come and go. Clinical signs may be only a vague malaise or can involve predominantly respiratory, gastrointestinal (e.g., vomiting) or occasionally neurological manifestations, chronically or acutely. The most common symptoms are signs of chronic respiratory disease (asthma-like symptoms) such as persistent rapid breathing, intermittent coughing and increased respiratory effort. Lack of appetite and weight loss can occur. A heart murmur may be present in cats when worms reside in the right side of the heart. Other abnormalities, such as fluid in the abdomen or chest, stumbling, seizures and fainting have been reported but are uncommon. An early syndrome consisting of some combination of signs including respiratory distress, ataxia, collapse, seizures, bleeding nose, or sometimes sudden death, may arise without warning. Intermittent vomiting unrelated to eating should raise suspicion of heartworm when no other cause is evident.

Diagnostic Testing

Heartworm infection in cats is an elusive diagnosis and can be overlooked easily. Therefore, conscious awareness of its existence is critical. A willingness to pursue this high index of suspicion frequently entails application of multiple diagnostic tests, some of which may need to be repeated on several occasions. Of these, heartworm blood testing, chest x-rays, and ultrasound are the most useful methods.

Serology (Blood tests)

Interpretation of antibody and antigen test results is complicated and a thorough understanding of the limitations of both tests is necessary in order to use these assays in a clinical setting with any confidence.

they appear ill. This should be initiated whenever antibody and/or antigen positive cats display clinical signs. Cats that become acutely ill need to be stabilized promptly with supportive therapy appropriate for treating shock. To date, there are no studies indicating that any form of medical adult heartworm therapy kills adult heartworms and increases the survival rate of cats harboring adult heartworms.

Surgical options

It is preferable to remove heartworms rather than destroy them while they are still in the patient. Although a skilled thoracic surgeon can do this successfully, it must first be demonstrated via ultrasound that there are adult worms before surgery is an option. Although it may not be possible to retrieve every worm, the surgical option may be a reasonable alternative to symptomatic support or adulticide treatment of cats that are heavily infected and/or are in critical condition.


There are no known natural remedies for prevention or treatment. Because even a few larvae can be quite severe, it is prudent to use monthly doses of either oral or topical preventative medications that have demonstrated effectiveness. Preventives, which should be started in kittens at eight weeks of age, need to be administered to all cats in heartworm endemic areas during the heartworm transmission season. Make sure you use only those labeled for cats. Heartworm testing is not necessary prior to administration of these drugs. These recommendations are based on the latest information presented at the 2004 triennial symposium of the American Heartworm Society and recently completed studies.

Thoracic radiography (chest x-rays)

Independent of serologic test results, radiography may provide strong evidence, and is valuable for assessing the severity of disease and monitoring its progression or regression. Based on historical and physical signs, radiographic features suggestive of feline heartworm disease can be found in about half of the cats suspected of being infected.

Echocardiography (ultrasound)

An experienced sonographer has a very good chance of making a definitive diagnosis in cats that are actually infected with adult heartworms, particularly when there are several worms. In suspected cases, the high specificity of this examination generally allows for confirmation of heartworm infection of at least five months duration.




Treatments/Medical options

If a cat displays no observable clinical signs despite radiographic evidence of pulmonary vascular/interstitial lung disease consistent with feline heartworm disease, it may be prudent to allow time for a spontaneous cure to occur. In those cats destined to recover, regression of radiographic signs (especially the change from a positive antigen test to negative status), provide evidence that the period of risk probably has passed. Your veterinarian can prescribe effective medical support with radiographic evidence of lung disease, whether or not

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Pet Rehabilitation & Fitness


eterinary medicine keeps making extraordinary advances in all areas allowing owners to enjoy many more high-quality years with their pets than would have been possible many years ago. Along with these sophisticated surgeries and treatments comes the need for rehabilitation to help a dog or cat recover fully, and pet rehabilitation facilities are becoming more common. Rehabilitation exercises help Fido or Kitty recover from surgery or an injury, boost fitness to prevent injuries and improve health by shedding a few pounds. “Physical rehabilitation definitely helps my patients who are recovering from back injuries or spinal surgeries,” said Dr. Anne Chauvet of Veterinary Neuro Services, who is a veterinary neurologist and neurosurgeon. “Undergoing rehab will help an animal recover more quickly with less pain and help it return as close to pre-injury condition as possible. The good news for pet owners is that many of these rehabilitation exercises are also easy to do at home without expensive equipment. Like any other exercise program, pet exercise should only be done with the advice of a veterinarian or pet rehabilitation specialist. “The same exercises used for back surgery patients during their recovery are really


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great for owners who want to help their pets reach or maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight,” Chauvet said. “They also can help prevent injury in the first place by strengthening the core muscles that support the spine and helping the pet improve overall fitness, balance and flexibility.” It is important to consider the pet’s overall condition, including current fitness level and weight before starting an exercise program. A vet can help develop a program that will provide exercises appropriate for the pet’s physical condition and increase the challenge as its fitness level improves. “An assortment of exercises to improve muscle, abdominal and core strength, stamina, coordination and flexibility are necessary for good overall fitness,” said Chauvet, who has produced a DVD of exercises for her post-spinal surgery patients titled “Canine Rehabilitation for Spinal Injury or Back Surgery—Including Exercises for Your Pet’s Health and Long-Term Fitness.” The exercises on the DVD work for dogs or cats. A massage, which dogs and cats love, is a very good way to start an exercise session. Just as with humans, stretching exercises help improve flexibility and avoid injury. Pets need to be on a stable, non-slip surface. Keep plenty of

treats to reward him or her throughout the session. Walking is probably the most common exercise for dogs and is good for building strength overall as is swimming. According to Chauvet, there are several ways to make the daily walk an even better workout. Having a dog walk up and down a hillside helps to build core strength. Walking the same hill in a curving, or serpentine, pattern will build different muscles than a walk on a flat surface. Teaching a dog to walk a figure eight will help coordination. Swimming is also an excellent exercise, and in Florida pools are not hard to find. “Even cats get used to water. Life jackets also can come in handy,” Chauvet said. “The water provides resistance during movement thus building overall strength. Swimming should initially be done in short sessions of no more than 10 minutes and then slowly built to almost 30 minutes two to five times a week. While in the water, why not use a boogie board and have your pet stand on it with your support for balance training?” To help build up leg, back and core abdominal muscles, pet owners can use a behavior with which they probably already are quite familiar. It’s a sit, stand and beg position. Have the pet sit up on his or her back haunches and remain there for a few seconds. To get him to sit up, hold a treat in front of his nose and move it straight back so he must to stand to reach it. If needed, help your pet stay balanced. Five repetitions are good to start and can be increased to 10. Once she can do this, repeat the process and then lift the treat higher so the pet stands on her back legs and hold for several seconds. Cats need exercise just as much as dogs, but they may need a bit more coaxing with treats or a favorite toy. Some cats can be trained walk on a leash if they are started young, but just about any cat can be encouraged to get a bit of exercise by chasing a toy or following a piece of string. It is possible to train a cat to jump on very low surfaces and slowly increase the height to build more control. Chances are, though, that breaking out the treats will be a must for cats. Walking stairs is an effective exercise, and treats can be used to lure kitty up and down. Dehydrated squid is a good treat for cats, and use it only for exercise giving very tiny pieces since a number of them will be required. Otherwise, the added calories and potential weight gain will offset the benefits of the exercise.

Benefits of Rehabilitation for Pets 1) Decreases recovery time and speeds up recovery. 2) Helps pets return as close to pre-injury condition as possible. 3) Improves the condition of the muscles, strength and joint function. 4) Encourages active range of motion (flexibility.) 5) Reduces weight. 6) Improves balance and proprioception (awareness of body position.) 7) Prevents further injury. 8) Increases stamina and aerobic capacity. 9) Improves mental function. 10) Reduces lameness and pain. 11) Improves use of affected limbs. 12) Helps pets maintain a healthy weight and improve fitness for longterm health and injury prevention.

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nfortunately, dogs and cats, and some people too, may experience anxiety in a moving vehicle. Others find the conditions associated with motion physically upsetting when, in their minds, they believe they’re sitting still. Your trip doesn’t have to be a bust, however. There are a number of things you can try so you and your companion can enjoy your travel to the fullest—or at least make it tolerable!

Do not feed dogs or cats within several hours to 1/2 day of traveling. Animals travel best on an

Travel Tips for Queasy Companions

by Georgina Dawdy

If the prospect of a car ride sets your four-footed companion to drooling or incessantly meowing, you may be more than a little hesitant to plan a lengthy trip with your chum. 18

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almost empty stomach. And there’s less to clean up if your friend gets sick. You can, however, offer your friend a little water before you leave and during your stops along the way.

Provide fresh air. Dogs will naturally stick their heads out the window of a moving car but this is dangerous. Instead, point open vents in your animal’s direction. In warmer weather, even air conditioning can help settle his stomach. Acclimatize the animal. This is very important for animals who have genuine fear of the car and not just physical motion sickness. If possible, start when your cat or dog is still a kitten or puppy. Nervous adults, though, can benefit from step-by-step conditioning. First, get your animal comfortable inside a parked car. Let her explore, pet her and offer some tasty treats. Next, start the engine but stay in the driveway. When your animal is comfortable, take her for a short drive, preferably to the park or a good friend’s house. Try using flower or tree essences. These natural infusions can

calm your “nervous Nelly’s” fears of travel. There are several brands on the market, including Bach Rescue Remedy as well as blends made specifically for animals such as Canadian Forest Tree Essence’s Animal Rescue and Anaflora’s Relocation, Special Stress or Tranquility formulas. Administer well

ahead of time and throughout your trip, up to four times a day. You can also put a diluted form in a spray bottle and mist your car at intervals along the way. Be sure you do not bring any essential oils into contact with felines.

Consider herbs. There are several

calming formulas on the market, as well as herbs that address stomach upset. Ginger is one herb recommended to fight nausea (as many pregnant women know) and it can work for animals too. Try either ginger capsules—1/8 to a full capsule for dogs, depending on the size of your animal (cats need only a sprinkle) or ginger snap cookies. Sugarless cookies are best and can usually be found at one of the local pet bakeries popping up in cities everywhere or even by mail order. Treat a pet to a cookie before traveling and then periodically throughout the ride, but

take care not to overdo it. Ginger works best if given 20 minutes before the trip starts. Also consider Chinese herbal formulas (Nature’s Herbs for Pets has one) that address nausea as well as calming formulas, which may contain chamomile and valerian, such as Animals’ Apawthecary Tranquility Blend. By conditioning your companion to learn that car travel can be more than a ride to the vet’s office and using some of the above natural treatments and recommendations, a dog or cat can feel like a queen or king of the road. All it takes is planning and patience.

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horsetales The beauty of working with

Wisdom in Horse Whisperings

horses is that you can’t fool them. Horses teach us to be in the moment.

Horses and humans have always enjoyed a special relationship. Ancient Greeks first documented therapeutic use of riding horses in 600 B.C. In 1875 a French physician first supported a study of the value of riding-as-therapy through using it to treat neurological and psychological disorders.


ow treatment centers from California to Florida offer equine-assisted therapy to help people with everything from drug addiction to cancer recovery. And supporting scientific literature abounds. At least 10 studies in the past 20 years show that animal-assisted therapy—of which equine therapy is a common form—is effective in treating anxiety, autism, dementia, depression and attention-deficit disorder as well as eating disorders and other emotional and mental illnesses. Consider a few examples. At Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding in Tennessee, horseback riders with spina bifida experience the exhilarating rolling movement of walking for the first time via the four legs of a horse rather than their own two. At Green


Chimneys in upstate New York, horses from Iceland help emotionally troubled kids learn how to feel independent and self-confident. At Remuda Ranch in Arizona, youngsters suffering eating disorders gain greater self-acceptance and ease with themselves. At Medicine Horse in Colorado, at-risk teen girls coping with mood or attention disorders become more comfortable with themselves and develop supportive friendships based on honesty and respect. At Sunstone Cancer Center at Rancho Bosque in Tucson Arizona, patients learn that that they have the power to be in the moment and control how they deal with a potentially dangerous and out-of-control situation. Why horses? For one thing, they’re big and powerful, which means riders

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and groomers must overcome fear and develop confidence. Indeed, working with a horse can be a challenge. Horses have a way of seeing right through one. According to Edward Cumella, Ph.D., director of research at the Remuda Ranch treatment center in Wickenburg, Arizona, horses readily see our fear, feelings of inadequacy and sorrow. He points out that, “Horses’ sensitivity to nonverbal communication assists patients in developing greater awareness of their own emotions and nonverbal cues, as well as the role of nonverbal communication in relationships.” Like us, horses have different personalities, so what works for one horse won’t work with another. These animals also require people to engage and persevere in challenging physical and mental work, a characteristic which once learned, comes in handy in dealing with life’s many intimidating and challenging situations. A horse can become a nonjudgmental friend, but often a rider must adapt or change his or her own behavior in order for the horse to respond. Cumella notes that directing our attention outward toward safe and caring interactions is a key part of equine experiential therapy. For example, such a relationship can help eatingdisorder patients “rediscover trust and get accurate feedback about how their bodies have been debilitated by their disorder.” That’s the alchemy of horse-assisted therapy. Put a horse and a human in breathing distance of one another, and something happens—a communion of sorts. Horses perceive us in a pure way, undistracted by words, appearance or social standing. In short, “Horses mirror

our emotions, thoughts and feelings,” says Diane Kennedy, a psychotherapist, registered riding instructor and founder of the 10-year-old program Medicine Horse in Boulder, Colorado. Observing how horses react—how we interpret their behavior—can help therapists untangle the murky issues of self. Medicine Horse’s participation in the national Hope Foal Project, which rescues at-risk foals of mares kept confined and pregnant to produce estrogen for the hormone-replacement drug Premarin, simultaneiously rescues atrisk teenage girls coping with mood or attention disorders that can have severe consequences. Under the guidance of a trained facilitator, the horses become the girls’ nonjudgmental ally, helping them figure out how to set boundaries, relate to others and build trust without getting hurt in the process. The beauty of working with horses is that you can’t fool them. “Horses teach us to be in the moment,” Kennedy says. Defenses are dropped and heart-felt interactions take place. The horse becomes a transitional object, she explains, a creature with whom it is safe to be intimate and who returns the same love given. Here girls get familiar with what that kind of solid connection feels like and can take that knowledge into everyday life. “Horses are uniquely sensitive, providing a nonverbal vehicle for patients to access their emotions, which can accelerate the pace of healing,” says Dr. Allen Hamilton of the Sunstone Cancer Center at Rancho Bosque in Tucson, Arizona. He models his equine-assisted therapy at on the Native American teaching that horses are a gift from the Creator and act as guides and spiritual brothers to the Sioux and Apache. He concludes that “It’s a therapy experience, not a horse experience.” Source: Adapted from “Horse Whisperings” by Anne Krueger, Barbara Hey and Andrea Reynes. For a listing of local Equine Riding Therapy locations in Michigan, visit: Then select "North America," then "Michigan," and the county of interest.



is definitely for the birds!


irds, like people, need a variety of fresh foods to maintain health. Dr. David McCluggage, a nationally recognized expert in holistic avian medicine, believes “juicing fruits and vegetables for birds is an incredible way to improve a bird’s diet.” He recommends going out and purchasing

Improve a bird’s diet: Juicing fruits and vegetables for birds is an incredible way to improve diet. a juicer, and adding fresh juices, along with the pulp, three times a week or more. It is an easy way to add concentration of valuable nutrients, in a readily digestible form, to their diet, as well as increasing fiber content. McCluggage suggests using organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible because of their higher mineral and vitamin content. Choose only ripe produce, firm to the touch and without excessive bruising. The combination of fruits and veggies is limited only by your imagination and your bird’s tastebuds. But remember to clean them very thoroughly to remove wax and pesticides, and peel if necessary before popping them in the juicer. Serve juice as you would water, but do not leave juice in the bird’s cage for an indefinite period of time. “Use the three-hour rule,” McCluggage says. “If you are prepared to eat food left on the counter for three or four hours, then it is also all right for your bird to eat.” Foods such as nuts will be fine, but soft food and juices will spoil. As well as offering juices, make fresh water available to your bird at all times, and change it at least twice daily for maximum cleanliness. McCluggage recommends giving either bottled water or water from home treatment systems. So pull out that juicer, and share a cup with your bird. You will both benefit from nature’s goodness.

Dr. David McCluggage runs a holistic veterinary practice in Longmont, Colorado. Recipes reprinted with permission from Holistic Care for Birds, by Dr. David McCluggage and Pamela Leis Higdon, Howell Book House, 1999.

JUICING RECIPES FOR BIRDS ■ Eat Your Broccoli a few pieces of broccoli 1/2 of an apple a slice of peeled lemon 1/2 of a pear a few sprigs parsley 1/2 of a fresh apricot

■ An Apple a Day 1 apple 1/3 of a peeled orange 1/3 of a banana

■ Fruit-Juice Mania 1/2

of a ripe banana of a peeled orange with white pulp a few grapes (dark-skinned are best)


■ The Intestinal Healer 1/2

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Often, symptoms only appear when significant damage has already been done.

Keeping Your Pet Healthy Tips for being vigilant and proactive by Dr. John M. Simon

How does the average pet caregiver judge whether their pet is healthy? Some owners would respond that their pet is active and mobile, eats well, has a normal stool and overall, doesn’t show any signs or symptoms to suggest otherwise. Unfortunately, a state of good health is not synonymous with the absence of symptoms or an overall well-rounded pet. Often symptoms only appear when significant damage has already been done to an organ system. Previous to the onset of symptoms disease can be present, but at a subclinical level. This means that while no symptoms are showing, a disease can still formulate within your pet. Most pet caregivers wait for the appearance of symptoms before


taking steps to treat or protect their pets, which leaves owners and pets at a disadvantage. So, the question remains: How can we detect and treat, or better yet, prevent early organ damage when no symptoms are apparent? The answer is to take the precautionary steps needed to ensure that each pet leads a consistent, healthy life. Each of us, along with our pets, lives in a world filled with toxins from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the psychological stress of daily life that continues to threaten our health and that of our pets. Because of poor farming practices and food processing techniques, the food that we and our pets consume tends to be substantially deficient in essential nutrients–including trace minerals, fatty acids, digestive enzymes and antioxidants. These deficient nutrients are crucial in helping our pet’s body mount an attack to remove these toxins.

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Since it is impossible to completely avoid daily toxins, there are important steps a pet caregiver can take to help their pet live a longer and healthier life. The first step is maximizing nutrition and minimizing toxins in your pet’s food. This can be accomplished by feeding your dog or cat a meat based diet, either raw/ rare or lightly cooked. Organic ingredients and grass fed meat are best for your pet if that is an option. Avoid grains and feed colorful steamed (not raw) veggies which contain lots of antioxidants. Grains tend to be hard for carnivores to digest and promote the development of a ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’ which allows intestinal toxins to leak into bloodstream and overwhelm the liver’s ability to cleanse the blood. You can also soak food ingredients in hydrogen peroxide or grapefruit seed extract to help reduce external toxins that might be present within the food. A pet caregiver can also add digestive enzymes supplements to pet food to maximize the availability of the nutrients while minimizing the likelihood of food allergies. The next step is to minimize household and yard toxins which your pet can be exposed to. Because our pets are closer to the ground than we are, they are more exposed to toxic chemicals. Non-toxic home cleaning supplies are easy to obtain and best for your pet’s health. If your pet also likes spending time in the basement or garage, it should be checked for Radon, which is not only harmful for your pet but also all household members. If you have a

bird, try not to cook with nonstick utensils, as these items can be toxic to them. Ideally, pet caregivers shouldn’t smoke in their homes or allow others to do so, and take their pets for walks in areas with less traffic, preventing the inhaling of car fumes. Routine dental care is also extremely important in reducing your pet’s toxic exposure. Dental tartar is a great breeding ground for bacteria and bacterial toxins which are easily absorbed into the general circulation and which then damage the liver, kidney, heart and lungs. For your pet to stay healthy, they need home dental care and a yearly professional dental exam, cleaning and polishing. Finally, visit your veterinarian at least once yearly. Senior pets should be seen twice yearly. He or she can advise you on how to prevent contagious viral and bacterial toxins. Early detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and tapeworm can minimize the damage done by these parasites. They can also detect blood parasites such heartworm disease and recommend ways to prevent these intestinal and blood parasites. There are other simple things each pet caregiver can do. When looking at your pet, check for a bright, energetic personality; a good weight for the breed; a shiny hair coat; an absence of odor; a good appetite; a firm daily stool; and effortless breathing, defecating, and urinating. Never assume your pet is perfectly healthy just because they are not displaying any obvious symptoms. Toxins are constantly undermining your pet’s health and damage may develop slowly and unnoticed, until enough injury occurs to cause organ failure. Therefore, be vigilant, proactive and never take your pet’s good health for granted. Dr. John M. Simon, owner of the Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak is a columnist, author, lecturer and past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Association. For the last 40 years he has been healing all types of small animals with both alternative and conventional medicine. For more information, contact Dr. Simon at 248545-6630 or visit See ad page 11.

Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life. —James Cromwell

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BREATH by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


p to a stunning 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats over the age of three suffer from bad breath, frequently a sign of oral health problems. One of the most serious offenders is periodontal disease, a deterioration of the gums and bones supporting the teeth. In my veterinary practice, more than 90 percent of the pets I see from ages 1 to 3 years already show early symptoms of this infectious disease, such as yellow brown tartar on tooth surfaces. Some also suffer from gingivitis, or inflammation (reddening) of the gums. If left untreated, the teeth can become loose and may need to be pulled. If a pet already has been diagnosed with periodontal disease, twice yearly dental cleanings, under anesthesia, can keep the problem from escalating. I assure clients that otherwise healthy pets generally have low risks associated with anesthesia. Talking with a holistic vet will ensure the minimal amount of anesthetic needed is used. In addition, a few at-home measures will work to minimize an animal’s bad breath:

Try daily brushing. ~ Ask a holistic veterinarian to prescribe a pet toothpaste or gel. Many contain chlorhexidine, an antibacterial agent that helps control odor.

brushing. Consider herbal supplements. ~ Oregon grape root, rosemary, thyme and parsley work to reduce the oral bacteria that can enter the bloodstream and cause infection of internal organs, if left unchecked. All of these herbs are available in capsule form; a vet should recommend the dosage. Employ chew toys. ~ Chewing helps to dislodge odor-causing tartar and bacteria. Avoid giving pets bones, hooves and rawhide products, which are typically contaminated with chemicals; ingested, these can cause choking or intestinal problems. Again, an enlightened vet can suggest alternatives. The most common Finally, before attempting treatment for periodontal disease, remember that other disease in dogs problems, such as kidney or digestive disease, and cats is can also cause bad breath. A thorough exam by a holistic veterinarian will ensure proper dental disease. diagnosis and treatment. Your pet’s fresh The welcome news is that clinical experience indicates that proper oral health may breath could extend the life of a pet by as long as two to mean longer life five years. It’s another exceptionally good reaand lower veterinary son to tackle both cat tuna breath and doggie breath.

dental expenses.

Apply a plaque-prevention gel. ~ Prescription products like OraVet and the over-the-counter Pet Gel, made with aloe vera, applied two to three times a week, act to repel bacteria and slow development of dental disease. Adding Oral Hygiene Solution to a pet’s daily drinking water is also an easy preemptive plaque attack technique. A regular combined program can be 80 percent as effective as daily


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Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a national holistic pet columnist and author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. His radio show airs weekly on Sirius and XM radio. Find his iPhone app at For more of his informative articles, visit

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Fair is all about kids enjoying rides, making final preparations to show animals. 195 Midway, IMLAY CITY. Info: 810-724-4145

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12 ADM Alliance Nutrition - 6-8pm. Sarah Massey will speak tonight about equine nutrition with a focus on Equine Metabolic Syndrome. Sarah has a degree in Equine Nutrition from MSU, so this is a wonderful opportunity for you to "Ask the Pro!" Equine Gatherings, 3957 N. Oak Street, METAMORA. Info: 810-678-8000

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 PetSmart - 12-3pm. You've seen them on our website, this is your opportunity to meet these fabulous dogs in person! The Roseville Petsmart event is held the second Saturday of the month. Please stop by and see us! 20530 13 mile Rd. ROSEVILLE. One Day Training Class - 11am-12pm. This group class will offer each individual owner a chance to address specific issues. This includes but is not limited to excessive barking, jumping up on you or your guests, biting, and general poor behavior. The class will follow an informal discussion and will operate on your specific needs, so be prepared with your questions and concerns. A minimum number of participants are required. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, but will be accepted at the door provided the minimum has been met and there are still openings. $25 per dog or $20 Springfield Twp. residents. Please bring training treats to all classes and have a training collar. Pond Park in DAVISBURG. Info: 248-846-6558.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15 Troy Petco Adoption Event - 12-3pm. Come meet some of our available dogs who need their forever homes! While you are there, fill out an application, make a donation and meet some of our wonderful volunteers! 1217 Coolidge Highway, TROY. Info: 248-643-0694. Northville Petsmart Adoption Event - 12-3pm. Dogs will be on site for meet-and-greet, and volunteers and foster families will be on site to answer any questions you have! 17677 Haggerty Rd, NORTHVILLE. Bully Summer Splash Bash! - 11am-4pm. This annual event celebrates bully breeds and the families who love them and is open to dog owners of all breeds. At the event, dog owners will learn about different dog sports and their dogs will have the opportunity to try their paw at them. Dock-diving, weight pull, agility and scootering will be available along with many contests, raffles, and games. Vendors will also attend and pass out free samples. Money raised will be put towards the RecyclA-Bullz program which promotes responsible

ownership through low-cost spay and neuter for bully breeds, education, and proper training for bully breed owners. FREE. ROMULUS. Info: 313-943-2697

MONDAY, AUGUST 16 Puppy Kindegarten - 6:30-7:30pm (for dogs, ten weeks to five months old) This class encourages social skills with other puppies and with people, teaching basic manners (sit, down, come when called). Instructors discuss housebreaking, crate training, grooming and behavior problems. Puppies get to negotiate puppy-sized agility obstacles. Puppies should wear a plain collar unless otherwise advised by instructor. Handlers must be at least 12 years old. $90/six weeks ($20 discount for repeating students if the dog is still too young to advance to Beginner.) Sportsman's Dog Training Club of Detroit, 1930 Tobsal Ct, WARREN. Genesee County Fair - Annual fair that promotes local agriculture & creates a positive experience through exhibits, rides, family activities, entertainment & much more. Grandstand Entertainment: Keith Anderson w/ Julianne Hough! 6130 E Mt Morris Rd, MT MORRIS. Info: 810.687.0953 138th Annual Armada Fair - Gates open at 3pm on Monday. Every day after gates open at 8am. Our Mission is to create an environment for a yearly community reunion whereby an opportunity is provided to celebrate achievement; to promote and provide education about agriculture, to build our youth into productive citizens, and to offer entertainment . Admission: $7 for Adults, $2 for Kids 9-12, Free for Kids 8 and under. Parking: $5.00 per day or $20.00 for the week Armada Fair Ground, 74280 Fair St., MACOMB COUNTY. Info: 586-784-5488.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19 Bach Flower remedies - 6-8pm. Debbie Taylor will join us and tell us all about and other methods of natural healing. Equine Gatherings, 3957 N. Oak Street, Metamora. Info: 810-678-8000.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 Woodward Dream Cruise Meet and Greet 10am-4pm. Greyheart Greyhound Rescue and Adoption. Weir Manuel Snyder Ranke Real Estate Parking Lot, 298 S. Old Woodward, at Brown St, BIRMINGHAM. Rocko's Pet Depot Meet and Greet - 12-4pm. Greyheart Greyhound Rescue and Adoption. 47202 Hayes Rd, MACOMB TWP.

MONDAY, AUGUST 23 Sanilac County 4-H Fair - 260 Dawson, SANDUSKY. Info: 810.648.9297.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 Inner-Horsepower - 6-8pm. Join Leah Juarez, publisher of Equesse Magazine for women who love horses, as she shares some insight into ways to use your love of horses to enrich all aspects of your life. Leah discusses how to find your through horse-related creativity and inspiration, and apply it to increase your level of confidence, empowerment and overall wellbeing. Your love of horses is truly a gift, and by spending a fun, engaging evening with like-minded, horse crazy women, you can gain a whole new perspective on the world of horses as well as yourself. Come out and help share the passion that horses bring to our lives. Equine Gatherings, 3957 N. Oak Street, METAMORA. Info: 810-678-8000.


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Paws in the Park - 10am-5pm. Also Sun. 8/29. Paws in the Park is a two-day family friendly event that will have plenty of “paws-on” activities. You’ll enjoy great entertainment from the Rock n’ Roll K9’s and Pawsitive Vybe Disc Dogs show. Dogs can compete in the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition, play in the 1,000 square foot agility course, run free in the all new lure racing course and show off in one of many contests. If you are looking to add to your family, there will be plenty of pets up for adoption. Plus, there will be vendors on site featuring their unique pet products and services. On Saturday, August 28th we will be hosting a Paw Walk to raise money for the Humane Society of Huron Valley. This won’t be your average dog walk, owners will be encouraged to dress their dogs in costumes and create floats to win great prizes, including six months of dog food from Canidae Pet Food. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Pet Supplies Plus in Canton or the Humane Society of Huron Valley for only $4. Tickets are $5 at the gate, dogs and children 10 and under get in FREE. Dogs must be on a leash. Admission: $5. CANTON.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 Wendy's Fundraiser & Adoption Event - 5-8pm. 19301 15 Mile Road, CLINTON TWP. Info: 586792-0075. Pet Supplies Plus Meet and Greet - 12-4pm. Greyheart Greyhound Rescue and Adoption. 29495 W. Seven Mile Rd., LIVONIA.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 PetCo Meet and Greet - 1-4pm. Greyheart Greyhound Rescue and Adoption. 43435 Ford Rd, CANTON. Class in the Country (Qualifying Show) - Also Mon 9/6. Michigan State Pinto Breeders and Owners Shiawassee County Fairgrounds CORUNNA. Show Manager: Kadee Raby 989-843-6407.

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Puppy Kindergarten - 9-10am. For dogs, ten weeks to five months old. This class encourages social skills with other puppies and with people, teaching basic manners (sit, down, come when called). Instructors discuss housebreaking, crate training, grooming and behavior problems. Puppies get to negotiate puppy-sized agility obstacles. Puppies should wear a plain collar unless otherwise advised by instructor. Handlers must be at least 12 years old. $90/six weeks ($20 discount for repeating students if the dog is still too young to advance to Beginner.)

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Puppy Kindergarten - 6:30-7:30pm. For dogs, ten weeks to five months old. This class encourages social skills with other puppies and with people, teaching basic manners (sit, down, come when called). Instructors discuss housebreaking, crate training, grooming and behavior problems. Puppies get to negotiate puppy-sized agility obstacles. Puppies should wear a plain collar unless otherwise advised by instructor. Handlers must be at least 12 years old. $90/six weeks ($20 discount for repeating students if the dog is still too young to advance to Beginner.) Sportsman's Dog Training Club of Detroit, 1930 Tobsal Ct, WARREN.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Low Vaccination Clinic-Madison Hts - 1-5pm. Rabies, Distemper & Bordatella: $10 per vaccine! Micro-chipping: $20 per chip! Nail Trim Special: $5 per pet! Debbie’s Smooch-A-Pooch Salon, 30557 Dequindre, MADISON HEIGHTS. PetCo Meet and Greet - 12-4pm. Greyheart Greyhound Rescue and Adoption. 22631 Gratiot Rd., EASTPOINT. LDDR Adopter Reunion & Adoption Event (+Wave Pool) – 12-pm. Last Day Dog Rescue is teaming with the Social Philanthropists Foundation and Oakland County Parks & Recreation to host our first ever Last Day Dog Rescue Adopter Reunion! We invite those who have adopted from us in the past to reconnect with their former foster families! If you are an interested adopter, stop by and meet the adoptable dogs! During this special day dogs are welcome in the three doggy parks (including a recently added dog park that opened Summer 2010!) as well as in the water park! So pack your swim trunks. A day pass at Red Oaks is $5, and seasonal passes are available for $30. Red Oaks Water Park, 1455 East 13 Mile Road, MADISON HEIGHTS. Info: 248-858-0918. Walk the Walk for Lung Cancer Research! - 122pm. Admission: see registration details Benefiting: A 1.5 to 3k Walk and Fun/Run benefiting LUNGevity Foundation for lung cancer research is scheduled at Genesys Health Park nature path in Grand Blanc, Michigan. A beautiful paved trail through wetlands, wildlife, and ponds, this walk is dog and stroller friendly. Registration & entertainment starts at 12:00 with the walk beginning at 1:00. This event will feature music, speakers, a separate kids’ walk, silent auction, prizes, awareness / information table, givea-ways, lung cancer bracelets, t-shirts, and goodie bags. To register, form a team, donate, sponsor this event, or for more information visit www. or www.lungevity. org/walkthewalk. HELP US FIND A CURE FOR LUNG CANCER! GRAND BLANC. For more information, please call 810-955-6222.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Pet Therapy Classes! - 6-7 pm. Award-Winning Certified Pet Therapist and her formerly abused rescued, therapy dog, Snickers teach the class. In this 4 week interactive group class, handlers/dogs will learn everything they need to know to pass the rigorous test for Therapy Dogs International. After only 10 days of training Snickers passed the test, and now he's went on to win numerous awards. Class is

limited to first 10 handlers/dogs. Admission: $60. OWOSSO. For more information, please call 989729-2124. Please call Corunna schools to register: 989-743-6338.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Ruffin' It! Camping Weekend - Through Sunday. The 3 Day Camping Weekend Red Pines Campground, 11283 E. Condensery Road, CARSON CITY. Info: 989-584-3031.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Fall Wind Up (Qualifying Show) - And Sunday 9/19. Michigan State Pinto Breeders and Owners. Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, CORUNNA. Show Manager: Mary Osborn 989-847-2331. Rocko's Pet Depot Meet and Greet - 12-4pm. Greyheart Greyhound Rescue and Adoption. 47202 Hayes Rd., MACOMB TWP. Guardians For Animals 5th Annual Pet Expo & Adoption Event - 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am3pm. Join us for a fun filled family event to be held indoors at the beautiful Madison Place Located at 876 Horace Brown Dr in MADISON HEIGHTS (south off of 13 mile road between John R and Stephenson Highway).

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Canines & Humans United Rally Obedience & Flygility -8am-5pm. Raffles, Rosettes and more! Open to all breeds, mixed breeds, adults and junior handlers welcome. Admission: $18 first entry/$15 additional. Rally Obedience, Rally Games, Traditional Obedience levels 1 & 2, and Flygility level 1. Entries after August 26th will be $23 each class. CLINTON TOWNSHIP. For more information, please call 586-530-6610

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 Puppy Kindergarten - 6:30-7:30pm. For dogs, ten weeks to five months old. This class encourages social skills with other puppies and with people, teaching basic manners (sit, down, come when called). Instructors discuss housebreaking, crate training, grooming and behavior problems. Puppies get to negotiate puppy-sized agility obstacles. Puppies should wear a plain collar unless otherwise advised by instructor. Handlers must be at least 12 years old. $90/six weeks ($20 discount for repeating students if the dog is still too young to advance to Beginner.) Sportsman's Dog Training Club of Detroit, 1930 Tobsal Ct, WARREN.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 Michigan Society of Canary and Finch Breeders Bird Fair - 9am-3pm, Admission: $4, 11and under free. Quality Inn, 30375 Plymouth Rd. & Middle Belt LIVONIA. Info: 313-247-5900.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Puppy Kindergarten - 9-10am. For dogs, ten weeks to five months old. This class encourages social skills with other puppies and with people, teaching basic manners (sit, down, come when called). Instructors discuss housebreaking, crate training, grooming and behavior problems. Puppies get to negotiate puppy-sized agility obstacles. Puppies should wear a plain collar unless otherwise advised by instructor. Handlers must be at least 12 years old. $90/six weeks ($20 discount for repeating students if the dog is still too young to advance to Beginner.) Sportsman's Dog Training Club of Detroit, 1930 Tobsal Ct, WARREN.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Puppy Kindergarten - 6:30-7:30 pm (for dogs, ten weeks to five months old) This class encourages social skills with other puppies and with people, teaching basic manners (sit, down, come when called). Instructors discuss housebreaking, crate training, grooming and behavior problems. Puppies get to negotiate puppy-sized agility obstacles. Puppies should wear a plain collar unless otherwise advised by instructor. Handlers must be at least 12 years old. $90/six weeks ($20 discount for repeating students if the dog is still too young to advance to Beginner.) Sportsman's Dog Training Club of Detroit, 1930 Tobsal Ct, WARREN.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Metro Detroit Pet Expo - A weekend filled with fun, exciting events for both you and your pet. This annual event is located at the Rock Financial Showplace on and attracts over 18,000 pet lovers from across Michigan and Northern Ohio. Admission is $10 for 12 and over, $5 for 6-12 years old and free for children 5 and under. Bring Your Pet! Spayed or neutered adult pets on a short leash (6 foot maximum, no retractable leashes) may attend the Metro Detroit Pet Expo with a responsible guardian. Please note that due to health concerns of birds in the show, pet birds will not be allowed. Pet Food Drive for Discount Admission: Get $2 off your admission to the show by bringing an unopened can or bag of pet food to donate to a local humane society. 46100 Grand River Ave NOVI. Info: 248-348-5600.

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sunday Sundays

Pet Vaccination Clinic - 10am-2pm. Every third Sunday of the month. Get rabies/distemper vaccinations at our low cost vaccination clinic. Prices range from $12 to $63 depending on individual/packages. Fees do not include Pet's booster vaccines, taxes or county tax fees. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier TAYLOR Pet Supplies Plus, 20725 Ecorse Rd. Pet Vaccination Clinic - 10am-2pm. Every first Sunday. Get rabies/distemper vaccinations at our low cost vaccination clinic. Prices range from $12 to $63 depending on individual/packages. Fees do not include Pet's booster vaccines, taxes or county tax fees. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier. For more information, contact store at WOODHAVEN Pet Supplies Plus, 19295 West Rd. 734-671-6936. On Leash Meet-up - 10:15am. 4th Sunday monthly, Aug. 22 thru Oct. 1. Please try to wear something RED. If you haven't experienced Detroit's beautiful new (and dog friendly!) Riverfront yet, this is your chance to walk the water's edge with your dog. You will walk east past the RenCen, Hart Plaza and Cobo along the Riverfront to Joe Louis Arena (1 mile) and back (total 2 mile walk). You don't have to make the whole way- stop under a shady tree or on a park bench anywhere you like. Water is available at various fountains along the way. Rivard Plaza, 124 Rivard St., DETROIT. Toenail Sundays - Noon-5pm every Sunday. Instore nail trim. Bring in your dog, cat, small animal or reptile and have their nails trimmed. Price is $5 per Pet. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Pet Supplies Plus, 64920 Van Dyke For more information, contact store at 586-752-2800.

monday Mondays

All About Animals Wellness Clinic - 3-7pm. We offer vaccines, heartworm preventative, flea preventative and FeLV/FIV testing at reduced rates! Cash only is accepted at this location. 81 S. Glenwood, PONTIAC. Info: 248-212-0781.

tuesday Tuesdays

Senior Citizen Day - 9am-9pm. Every Tuesday. Seniors (55 and older) will receive a 10% discount on total purchase. Excludes sale items and live animals. WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP Pet Supplies Plus,


Please note: Dates and times shown are subject to change. Please call numbers provided to confirm event information.

64920 Van Dyke For more information, contact store at 586-752-2800. All About Animals Wellness Clinic - 10am-6pm. Wellness services for cats and dogs at low cost. Most items are $15 or less. There are NO office call fees! Services available: Heartworm tests and preventative, Vaccines, Flea Preventative, Dewormer. Healthy animals only. WARREN Location: 25408 Mound Rd. Info: 586-879-1745. Junior Puppy Obedience - 6:30pm. Every Tuesday, Aug. 24 thru Oct 5. These classes are designed to help you train your dog to become a better companion and household member. 7 weeks/$85. Companion Dog Training Club of FLINT. Butternut Creek Kennels, Instructor: D Orsburn. Contact Info: Nancy Wood 810-631-6024 Beginning Obedience - 7:30pm. Every Tuesday, Aug. 24 thru Oct. 5. 7 weeks/$85 Companion Dog Training Club of FLINT. Butternut Creek Kennels. Instructors: P Quinlan/C Haedt. Contact info: Nancy Wood 810-631-6024. Senior Puppy Obedience - 7:30pm. Every Tuesday, Aug. 24 thru Oct 5. These classes are designed to help you train your dog to become a better companion and household member. 7 weeks/$85 Companion Dog Training Club of FLINT. Butternut Creek Kennels, Nancy Wood. Instructors: T Swanson/C Belanger. Contact Info: 810-631-6024.


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Aug. 4 thru Sept. 15. These classes are designed to help you train your dog to become a better companion and household member. 7 weeks/ $85 Companion Dog Training Club of FLINT. Butternut Creek Kennels, Nancy Wood. Instructor: Y Nelem. Contact Info: 810-631-6024.

thursday Thursdays

Puppy/Beginning Obedience - 10:30am. Every Thursday, Sept. 9 thru Oct. 15. These classes are designed to help you train your dog to become a better companion and household member. 6 weeks/$75. Companion Dog Training Club of FLINT. Butternut Creek Kennels, Nancy Wood. Instructor: E. Adler. Contact Info: 810-631-6024. All About Animals Wellness Clinic - 3-7pm. Wellness services for cats and dogs at low cost. Most items are $15 or less. There are NO office call fees! Services available: Heartworm tests and preventative, Vaccines, Flea Preventative, Dewormer. Healthy animals only. WARREN Location: 25408 Mound Rd. Info: 586-879-1745. Low Cost Wellness and Vaccine Clinic - 5-7pm. Every Thursday. CANTON PSP, 43665 Ford Road For more information on dates and times, contact store at 734-981-9191 For more information about Vaccinations, please call Dr. John Hermann at 313686-5701.


All About Animals Wellness Clinic - 3-7pm. Wellness services for cats and dogs at low cost. Most items are $15 or less. There are NO office call fees! Services available: Heartworm tests and preventative, Vaccines, Flea Preventative, Dewormer. Healthy animals only. WARREN Location: 25408 Mound Rd. Info: 586-879-1745. Beginning Obedience - 6:45pm. Every Wednesday, Aug. 4 thru Sept. 15. These classes are designed to help you train your dog to become a better companion and household member. 7 weeks/$85 Companion Dog Training Club of FLINT. Butternut Creek Kennels, Nancy Wood. Instructors D Tucker/G Pickett. Contact Info: 810-631-6024. Junior Puppy Obedience - 7:30pm. Every Wednesday, Aug. 4 thru Sept. 15. These classes are designed to help you train your dog to become a better companion and household member. 7 weeks/$85. Companion Dog Training Club of FLINT. Butternut Creek Kennels, Nancy Wood. Instructor: P Carpenter. Contact Info: 810-631-6024 Senior Puppy Obedience - 8pm. Every Wednesday,

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Adoption Events - 10am. Every Saturday. Peter's True Value Hardware, 3455 W. Highland Rd. MILFORD. Adoption Events - 11am. Every Saturday. Grundy's Ace Hardware, 1250 E. Grand River, HOWELL. All About Animals Wellness Clinic - 11am-3pm. We offer vaccines, heartworm preventative, flea preventative and FeLV/FIV testing at reduced rates! Cash only is accepted at this location. 81 S. Glenwood, PONTIAC. Info: 248-212-0781


Spotlights A section dedicated to fostering adoptions through local shelters and rescues. Each spot is sponsored by a local business or individual showing support for pets needing a forever home. 10% of each spotlight purchased will go to the respective agency that is offering the pet for adoptionâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;to help with their expenses. To become a sponsor for our next issue call 248-628-0125 or visit and click on "Adoption Spotlights."

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For each of their natural dog and cat food recipes, Wellness selects quality ingredients, each with a purpose, and combines them in their exact proportions. See ad page 9.

MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY Adoption Center - 3600 W Auburn Rd Rochester Hills - 248-852-7420 The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization and is the largest and oldest such organization in the state, caring for more than 100,000 animals each year.


ORGANIC LAWN CARE A-1 ORGANIC LAWNS, LLC Complete Natural Lawn Application Products and programs PO Box 174 - Highland - 248-889-7200 We believe in protecting and preserving your family and home environment with natural fertilizers that use the power of nature to beautify your property. See ad page 6.

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43746 Merrill Rd., Sterling Heights 586-709-0323 Sit Means Sit uses a cutting edge approach to dog training and behavioral modifcation, encompassing a number of different training tools and approaches.

VETERINARY BEVERLY HILLS VETERINARY ASSOCIATES, INC. Lance E. Adams, DVM, Dip.A.B.V.P. 32831 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills 248-646-5655


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NATURAL PET FOOD DALE'S NATURAL FOODS Somerset Town Center - G-4290 Miller Rd Flint - 810-230-8008 We carry natural pet food products. For people, we carry organic produce, supplements free range/grass fed beef, cosmetics and personal care products and a full service deli and juice bar. See ad page 17.



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MIGUN far infrared mat for pain relief. Please be our guest at MIGUN for a free thermal massage and let's celebrate beautiful health, for pets and people, together. See ads pages 8 & 9.

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WOODSIDE ANIMAL CLINIC 27452 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak 248-545-6630 Dr. Simon is the owner of Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak, where he practices both alternative and conventional medicine on dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and rodents. He is the author of 4 pet care books. See ad page 11.

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