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12 NO BAD HAIR DAYS Fur-Free Friends by Rebecca Ryan

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An Integrative Approach by Dr. Shawn Messonnier

Microchips for Peace of Mind by Avery Mack


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SOLUTIONS For The Equine Community

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24 DOGS WILL BE DOGS Choosing a Breed by Isabel Reilly

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ne of our indoor cats got lose a few weeks ago...and disappeared. We were frantic. "Cheech" had not been outside in over 9 years. We live in the country, meaning there are all kinds of critters roaming around at night, so when we couldn't find her we feared the worst. We went online and found information about procedures and techniques to follow in order to not only find her, but get her back indoors. The suggestions involved cameras, live traps, placing our clothing outdoors to draw her back to the area and so on. One night we looked out the sliding glass doors and she was sitting on the deck, looking out into the yard. When we opened the door, she ran away...about as fast as we've ever seen her move. Obviously, she was in a state of panic and confusion. Getting her back was going to be a challenge, but at least we knew she was alive. The next day we got a security camera and live-trap and set them up. Cheech did return one night, but on the other nights, our deck was visited by raccoons, deer and other cats, one of whom we actually captured (the neighbor's cat) in the live-trap and had to let go. Fortunately, the story ends well. After 10 days of searching every barn in the area, putting up posters and calling her for hours on end, Cheech crept out of the neighbor's corn crib when we called her and we were able to pick her up and bring her safely home. All's well that end's well. The reason we're relating this story is because of an article we have in this month's issue about Microchipping identification and other technologies. We had already read the article during our editorial process, and we were wishing we had a GPS device on Cheech so we could track her to where she was hiding out. We definitely see the viability of technology when it comes to providing tools to help care for pets. Also this month we have lots of articles about the care and well-being of your pets, whether it's environmentally related, cancer or other illnesses. The goal, as always, is to help our animal friends live longer, healthier lives. We hope you enjoy and benefit from reading them. And don't forget to pay particular attention to the collection of Pet Briefs we have this month. There is a lot going on in the community for pets and pet-owners, including relay races, adoption events and the upcoming All American Pet Expo at the Suburban Collection Showplace in September, which we're helping sponsor and promote. We'll be at many of these events, so if you see us, make sure you say hello. So, until next issue, here's to healthy living for happy pets...naturally!

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petbriefs Northville Puppy Love Adoption Event


elebrity Pets Company is sponsoring the second annual Puppy Love pet adoption event in downtown Northville. The event is taking place at Ford Field located at 151 North Griswold on Saturday, September 15th from 10am-4pm. The annual event is designed to help animal rescues find homes for their pets. There will be animals on site looking for lots of love! Whether you’re looking to add a furry friend to your home or not, everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the fun! Admission is free.

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ll About Animals Rescue (AAAR) would like to welcome the community and and their pets for a relaxing and fun filled day. They are hosting their very first "BarkB-Q" at the Red Oaks Dog Park on Sunday, July 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AAAR will also hold a low cost vaccine, microchip and heartworm test clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vaccines are $10 each, heartworm tests $20, microchips $20 and de-wormers $5. There will also be a bake sale, face painting, try-outs, food, raffles, a photo booth and Doggie Demos. With plenty to do bring the entire family! The Red Oaks Dog Park is located at 31353 Dequindre Road just north of 13 Mile, adjacent to the Red Oaks Waterpark. It features 5.2-acres of fenced enclosures for dogs to play off-leash. Daily pass or annual permit required, but the park entrance fee is discounted to just $2 for the event. For more information, call Julie at 586-879-1745 ext. 160, Hailee at 586-879-1745 ext. 164 or visit AllAboutAnimalsRescue.org.

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he Pet Emporium is sponsoring the fifth annual Pet Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 11 and 12, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, between Ann Arbor and Saline. All proceeds benefit local pet rescue groups. The goal of Pet Fest is to help local rescue groups and shelters find homes for foster pets and to offer a venue for artisans, service providers and vendors where they may display to the public. Past festivals have drawn thousands of visitors and resulted in hundreds of pets finding homes. Many beneficial local products and services have been promoted by more than 100 exhibitors each year. Admission: $5 adults/children 10 under free. Location: 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. For more information, call 734-929-6533 or email PetFestA2@gmail.com.


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he 9th Annual Pet Expo, to be held in Novi September 14-16 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, will be produced for the first time by nationally recognized event producer Steve Cantin and his team at All American Pet Expos! “The first priority with any new Pet Expo we launch is to embrace and empower the animal shelter and rescue community-- and seek out avenues to help them raise funds for all their worthy efforts,” says Steve Cantin. “For our first Novi Pet Expo, we have developed an innovative new program that allows non-profits to not only raise much needed funds for their charities, but also incorporates exhibit space at the event, so that they can maximize their education and adoption efforts. In addition, every ticket sold will be entered into a sweepstakes that will award some terrific prizes. As always our main objective is to make certain that everyone involved benefits—especially the pets!” Details, rules and prize info are available at their website: AAPetExpo.com. The 2012 All-American Pet Expo will build and expand upon the prior local Pet Expos by adding many fun additional attractions including a Giant Dog Fun Park, Petting Zoo for the littlest animal fans, plus an ultimate “World” themed experience. All American Pet Expos are currently seeking sponsors, partners and exhibitors for the new 2012 Novi event. The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave, Novi. For more information, call 888-724-1324 or e-mail info@AAPetExpo.com. See ad page 8.

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n Thursday, September 20th and Friday September 21st, Michigan's Second Annual No Kill Conference will take place in Lansing. Shelters, rescues, animal control workers, veterinarians, students, volunteers, policy makers and compassionate community members will gather to learn ways to implement the No Kill Equation strategy. Speakers will include Nathan Winograd (No Kill Advocacy Center), Don Cleary (National Canine Research Council) and Stacey Coleman (Animal Farm Foundation). On Thursday from 12-5 p.m., the event will begin with the Welcome and Opening session, discussion of Michigan's current animal-related legislation, and break-out sessions with the three expert speakers. This will take place at the Radison Hotel, 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing. Then on Friday from 7:30 a.m until 6 p.m., the event continues at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing with keynote and optional sessions to attend. For more information on exhibiting or sponsoring the event, contact Cheryl Gault at 248-410-5931 or email cgault6060@charter.net. For conference information, visit MichiganPetFund.org/adoption-events-thing-to-do.php.

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Michigan Humane Society "Race for the Right House" Program

Metamora Celebration of the Horse

Adoption program aims to find loving homes for overlooked and special needs pets

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lection Day is approaching, and the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) has a number of candidates who are working hard to win your vote of support. They have the experience, the know-how and most importantly, the will to create a brighter future for you and your family. But these candidates have no political agenda, and they aren’t donkeys or elephants – they are MHS adoptable dogs and cats who are looking for your support to help them get into their Right House! “With election season coming up, we wanted to do something fun that would also help the pets in our system who, for one reason or another, have been overlooked in their time here,” said Linda Reider, MHS Director of Animal Welfare. “While there are many reasons that it may take a while for pets to be adopted, the reason we’re all here is to find each of these pets the loving home they deserve – their very own Right House.” Because MHS has no time limits for adoption or predetermined length of stay for any animal, some pets – primarily cats – have been with MHS and waiting for a home for a significant time. The longest-tenured residents at MHS are Meesha and Lupe – two feline sisters who came to MHS together. These terrific running mates have been waiting more than five months for their very own Right House. The Race for the Right House campaign is to benefit pets like Meesha and Lupe – overlooked or special needs animals who may need a little bit of extra help to find a loving family. These could include senior pets, three-legged pets, or those with other manageable health conditions. The candidates are featured at MichiganHumane.org/race, with pictures, biographical information, and – if the Right House isn’t yours – a donation link to support the candidate of your choice. For more information about MHS pet adoption, including a listing of adoptable animals updated in real time, visit MichiganHumane.org.

Third Annual Paws in the Park


n Sunday, August 19th, the third annual Paws in the Park event will take place at Independence Oaks County Park, Lakeview Pavilion, 9501 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston. The adoption event, dog walk, family picnic and alumni reunion will run from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per person for those over age 12. Dogs and kids are free. Teams of six adults or more will get a 10% discount on registration. Registration includes goodie bag and wristband (Paws for Life alumni receive an Alumni bandanna), half-mile dog walk, picnic lunch, vendor area, adoptable cats and dogs, kids playground, activities/games and much more. All proceeds benefit the homeless pets of Paws for Life Rescue, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit animal rescue. For more information and to register online, visit pflrescue.eventbrite.com.



hat began 7 years ago as a two-day flurry of horse celebration has seasoned this year into a one-Saturday community affair to take place September 29th in Metamora. Although one-day, the festival will continue to offer all its festivities including business expos, entertainment tents, breed displays, horse drawn trolley rides, carriage rides, training demos and children's activities, including pony rides. Also planned for the day are an equine therapy presentation, "Ask the Vet" session, Banbury Equestrian Center and Dressage demonstrations and much more. This festival is an important community centerpiece for Metamora and the local tourist industry... and has been a ticket to a wonderful variety of fun for all ages. In 2010, several thousand horse enthusiasts from as far as Ohio and Indiana joined in this celebration of the horse. Metamora and its surrounding township is noted for its natural beauty. Just 45 minutes north of Detroit, Metamora is not only located in the heart of Michigan Horse Country, it boasts very unique shops, artists and a "haunted" Inn. During the fall the hounds will often be seen being taken for walks taking up the entire dirt road. Surrounded by beautiful country roads -- designated as Natural Beauty Roads (by the State of Michigan) and lovely horse farms representing various riding disciplines -- Metamora is a horse lovers place to visit!. For additional information about the festival, becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please call A Creative Solution at 248-884-0424, email: celebration.of.the.horse2012@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page at: Facebook.com/pages/Metamora-Celebration-of-theHorse/174631729314772

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Basic Birding Maintenance

If you haven't already, now is the time to clean out and prepare last year’s nesting boxes for this year’s nestlings. Make sure if you have more than one nesting box you keep them out of sight of one another. Most birds are very competitive and they are pre-programmed to drive out would be neighbors. Make sure your nesting boxes have predator guards when in raccoon country, and break off any decorative perches to discourage sparrows from displacing your favorite inhabitants! Cleaning your tube feeders with hot water and a touch of bleach is also a good thing to do. Gently wash wood feeders in a similar fashion. Clear rinse them and let them air dry and they will be good to go.


ummer is always exciting at BackYard Birds because we eagerly await our summer-only feathered friends. Although the grackles and red winged blackbirds are already here, favorites such as hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Indigo buntings, warblers and purple martins are either here or will be here shortly.

Cleaning up under your main feeders and thistle feeders at this time of year is also encouraged. Take the old seed hulls and toss them into a pil under or near a bush where you can view it. Old rotting seed attracts bugs and worms. Bugs and worms attract insect eating birds! You will find as many birds ‘working’ your old seed pile as you are used to seeing at your main feeder! While in the cleaning mode, time to fire up both your bird baths and fountains. Same drill, warm water with a touch of bleach and a soft brush readies your water features for another season. Your summer seed-eating birds are no different

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than your winter guys. Good Seed: Oilers, stripes, safflower, sun hearts and nut products attract good birds. Fillers, such as milo, wheat, oats and barley drive away your good birds but attract creatures such as mice and voles. Remember, your birds eat for free, so they will always fly to the better restaurants in your area to eat! Hummingbirds, of course, do the nectar thing. It is important to keep your hummer feeder clean and replace the nectar every 4 days once the temperatures reach 70 degrees and above. A misting sprinkler near a bush is also a hummingbird favorite. Always remember to let common sense guide your birding efforts. Even though we offer 250 different styles of feeders, no birds will come to them if they are filled with a "yucky" mix. It's the same thing with bird baths, even though we sell over 50 different types the birds will abandon them if they are not clean and filled with fresh water.

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Old Age Is Not a Disease Bi-Annual Exams Important For Senior Pets by Christie Pisha


et aging brings about new aches, pains and challenges but we can do much to improve the quality of life in our senior pets. It is this time of life that bi-annual examinations become very important. Veterinarians have the opportunity to catch many real diseases in the beginning stages where we can intervene and offer hope. Your veterinarian may offer blood work to test the health of the kidneys, liver, look for thyroid dysfunction or diabetes. At this time in their life we start watching for glaucoma, heart disease and tumors. Senior pets often will begin to exhibit behavioral change such as anxiety, destructiveness or Alzheimer’s-like symptoms that we may be able to manage. Dental care is also one of the major areas of importance that often gets neglected as a pet ages. Tarter, gum disease, and painful cavities all may shorten your pet’s life and every time your pet swallows it swallows infection, bathing internal organs in bacteria. This can lead to kidney or cardiac disease. Senior pets especially need good nutrition and nutritional supplements since their bodies are more vulnerable. Advancements in supplements help reduce medication usage and are good for reducing pain from arthritis, newly developed fears of storms or even digestive issues. Most senior dogs and many senior cats suffer from some joint discomfort as they age. Pet owners often don’t understand what they are seeing, so if the pet is slow to get up, doesn't come to meet you at the door any longer and acts stiff when first getting up then it's possible that these are signs your pet is experiencing pain. There are many pain medications available to help. Household modifications can be helpful for older pets. Foam stair/ramps assist pets getting on and off furniture and can ease stress on aching joints. It may also be necessary to put down rugs for traction on slippery floors. Older pets also have special grooming requirements. Long-haired cats may not be able to clean themselves properly or may start developing hairballs. These cats may benefit from having their coat trimmed shorter. Long-haired dogs


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NO BAD HAIR DAYS Fur-Free Friends for the Allergy-Prone by Rebecca Ryan


s someone in a pet lover’s household subject to allergies? Some find hairless breeds easier to live with. B‑efore adopting a hairless cat or dog, visit a rescue group or shelter to make sure there’s no sneezy reaction with a potential companion. Also, remember that hairless breeds still need to be groomed, as well as protected from insects, sunburn and frostbite.

Hairless Cats Allergy-prone cat lovers long for a hypoallergenic breed; unfortunately, none exists, because the allergy is not due to cat fur, but either to saliva left on the fur after cats groom themselves or to dander (dead skin cells). Still, a hairless breed like a sphynx or the nearly hairless Cornish or Devon rex, can make a helpful difference in living with a cat. As a kitten, a sphynx appears to have more skin than muscle, but will grow into a strong, athletic adult that is full of mischie, while still looking somewhat like a bat. Touching her skin brings to mind a chamois cloth or the skin of a warm peach. This high-energy breed persists in demanding attention and loves to curl up on a comfy lap. If none is available, she’ll nap with another cat, or even the dog.


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At night, a sphynx will serve as a live hot water bottle for human feet, snuggling under the covers and radiating heat. Both the Cornish rex and Devon rex are originally from England, the result of a mutated litter. The Cornish version has large ears and high cheekbones, plus a bit of curly fur close to the skin—a unique covering that has been compared to cut velvet. Fur on the Devon variation can range from a thin, suedelike texture to a looser mop of curls. Rex are likewise highenergy and love to climb. “A quiet rex is a cat you should check on, because they’re moochers, too,” says Gwen Welch, who lives with her two Cornish pals, Senna and Tang, in Maryland Heights, Missouri. All three breeds need only a gentle wipe down with a damp cloth to keep dander and saliva to a minimum. Regular nail trims and ear checks complete the light grooming routine. These are fun-loving, companionable cats.

Hairless Dogs Hairless dogs bring their own challenges. Before adopting a hairless breed, make sure the family has the temperament, commitment and energy to train and keep up with a very active pet. Chinese crested dogs are delicate in appearance, yet harbor a cat’s ability to climb, a terrier’s urge to dig and a yodeler’s voice. This breed provides continual entertainment. Such charms help with Hagen’s job as a certified therapy dog, says Linda McGrath-Cruz, a paralegal in Miami, Florida. “He’s small and unusuallooking, with a lovable nature, which makes him perfect for therapy visits.” Cresteds only have

hair on their heads, tail and around the ankles. “They’re goofy dogs personality-wise, too, funny and very intelligent,” she says with a smile. McGrathCruz notes that cresteds require extra care because they are easily sunburned, are affected by cold temperatures more than most other pooches and are extra-vulnerable to insect bites. She explains, “Unlike most dogs, cresteds have sweat glands, so they don’t pant to adjust their body temperature. Weekly baths keep them clean and fresh.” The skin of a crested is so delicate that it can tear. All-natural moisturizers can keep skin supple, but too much of a good thing may lead to a form of acne. Prevent sunburn with a nontoxic sunscreen or a T-shirt. Sweaters help keep these little ones warm in air con-

Hairless breeds are not for everyone, but with patience, energy and understanding, the rewards will be laughs, loyalty and a bond like no other. ditioning or cooler outdoor conditions. American hairless terriers like Scooby McGurk have more pep than a litter of retrievers. McGurk takes several hour-long walks each day, in addition to scheduled playtimes with his pack. He also gets mental exercise as a trained mold detection dog, ferreting out suspected damage under floors and in walls. At work, Scooby wears a hazardous materials suit for his protection, explains his handler, Greg Meilen. “We live in Canada, so his outdoor winter wardrobe includes a snowsuit with ear and tail warmers and boots to protect him from frostbite. In the summer, he wears shirts to block UV [ultraviolet] rays and prevent sunburn.”

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“People that are allergic to other dogs find hairless terriers easier to live with,” observes Emily McKay, an American hairless terrier breeder. “Just shower and towel them dry to remove dirt and dander.” The Xoloitzcuintle (SHOW-loweats-QUEENT-lee), or Xolo (SHOW-lo), is a Mexican hairless, high-energy, independent thinking dog. A Xolo’s view of training is much like a method actor that queries, “What is my motivation?” “This extremely intelligent breed will control an owner they can manipulate, but will respond to structure, firmness and especially, kindness,” says Barbara Griffin, president of Xoloitzcuintle Club USA. “Accept and value them for these traits, rather than expect total compliance. A Xolo will not take rough or harsh physical corrections, because they’re sensitive. My dog, Baalche, will show stress and throw up if I’m angry. Quetzal, my husband’s dog, will shut down and just walk away.” “They exceed in agility and are quick to learn, but are not wired to please,” notes Griffin. “High-value treats and a lot of praise for meeting a challenge are key. It has to be fun.” Hairless breeds are not for everyone, but with patience, energy and understanding, the rewards will be laughs, loyalty and a bond like no other. Connect with freelance writer Rebecca Ryan at RebeccaRyan@mindspring.com.


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Inflammatory Disease in Your Pet Minimize Toxins and Support Natural Detoxification

by Dr. John M. Simon

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As our pets grow old we often mistake many of the degenerative changes that occur as part of the aging process. Unfortunately many old age ailments are not the inevitable result of old age, but are all too often the result of our pets living in a toxic world.

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e, as well as pets, are bombarded by toxins coming at us in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink and it is impossible for us to totally avoid being damaged by them. These toxins result in inflammation throughout the pet’s body, especially the joints, kidneys and the intestinal tract.


At first this inflammation is actually beneficial because it helps remove toxin, but if the toxins persist the inflammation becomes chronic and begins to damage healthy tissue. At this point the pet begins to display symptoms such as lameness, scratching and diarrhea. Which symptoms appear depends on where toxins are deposited. In the broadest sense bacteria, parasites, fungus, allergens and even psychological stress can be considered to be a toxin. Conventionally, inflammatory disease is most often treated with nonsteroidal antiinflammatories, steroids, antihistamines, analgesics and antibiotics. It is important to understand that these drugs treat only the symptoms and do not address the cause of the inflammation but simply put a bandage on the problem .


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To make matters worse these conventional solutions, when used long term, will produce their own unique problems. For example, when nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories are used long term they can damage the intestines, liver, kidneys and joint cartilage. Long term steroid therapy can cause your pet’s adrenal gland to shut down, liver damage and generalized tissue breakdown. Chronic use of antibiotics can also damage the pet’s normal intestinal bacteria and can produce antibiotic resistant strains of pathogenic bacteria. A much better approach to inflammation is to look for ways to minimize toxins entering your pet’s body or support his or her natural detoxification process. Improving the health of your pet’s intestine by providing food that supports a healthy intestinal lining will help to minimize food toxins entering the blood stream and exhausting the liver. Feed a natural, meat based, low-grain diet that has lots of veggies which provide a ton of antioxidants. This type of low grain diet will minimize the likelihood of a “leaky gut” forming and allowing toxins to leak into the blood stream. By replacing grain with highly colorful veggies we will be adding lots of antioxidants to our pet’s diet. These antioxidants will neutralize toxic free radicals.

...when the situation dictates, acupuncture, chiropractic, soft laser therapy and infrasonic therapy can be incorporated into the therapy. By buying pet food that is natural you will avoid many of the toxins that are in pet foods, usually in the form chemical preservatives, texturizers, artificial coloring and flavoring agents. Special foods and nutraceuticals that support intestinal health and liver detoxification are additional steps we can take to reduce our pet’s toxic state. Reducing environmental toxins by using non-toxic home cleaning supplies, not smoking in the house, limiting outgassing from new carpeting and computer printers, using non-toxic lawn products, checking the basement for radon gas and eliminating spill of toxic liquid chemicals such as antifreeze on the garage floor. The more we eliminate toxins in our pet’s food, air and water, the less inflammation will develop and the less we will need to add other nutrients and nutraceuticals to help reduce the

inflammation and symptoms. If the time comes where the above steps are inadequate to alleviate inflammatory symptoms then nutraceuticals like digestive enzymes, fish oil supplements and a megavitamin and mineral supplement can be used. Special anti inflammatory herbs like rosemary, hops, celery seed, and bosewellia are additional tools available to minimize inflammation. Finally, when the situation dictates, acupuncture, chiropractic, soft laser therapy and infrasonic therapy can be incorporated into the overall therapy. Dr. John M. Simon is the owner and only veterinarian at Woodside Animal Clinic in Royal Oak where he has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets for over 30 years using both traditional and holistic medicine. He is a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Association and has served on the board of the American Holistic Veterinary Association. Dr. Simon is the author of 4 pet-care books and has written numerous articles for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Visit his newly revised website at Doc4pets.com.

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Cancer Prevention and Treatment

An Integrative Approach by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


f all pet diseases, cancer is the most feared. While modern science has been able to cure some variations—most commonly by surgical removal of small tumors— many cancers have usually advanced and spread by the time they are diagnosed. Most pets in advanced stages cannot be cured, but can be successfully treated, thus prolonging their life. Through choosing an integrative approach that combines natural therapies with conventional techniques, most cancer patients in my practice live oneand-a-half to two times longer than if the owners relied solely on conventional methods. Targeted natural therapies can not only make the conventional more effective, they work to reduce side effects and allow pets to feel much better.

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damaged DNA either die (as they should) or continue to grow and multiply; cancer is a disease of the unregulated spreading of abnormal cell growth. Conventional therapies for pets include chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. When feasible, applications quickly kill as many cancer cells as possible, putting the pet into remission. Deciding on the preferred treatment depends on such factors as the type of cancer, age of the pet, ease of ad-

Deciding on the preferred treatment depends on such factors as the type of cancer, age of the pet, ease of administration of the treatment, cost and owner concerns.

benefit from 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of EPA+DHA twice daily, based on the veterinarian’s recommendation. Antioxidants are also crucial in reducing oxidation that causes cell damage and creates cancer. Good supplements contain several different antioxidants, including vitamins and minerals, quercetin and other bioflavonoids, and Coenzyme Q-10. Adding antioxidantrich vegetables and fruits to the pet’s regular diet is similarly helpful. Good choices include dark green leafy

vegetables such as broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts and brightly colored vegetables such as carrots and peppers. Similarly, supplements to boost the immune system can help a patient stay cancer-free as long as possible. Supplements such as green tea, medicinal mushrooms such as maitake or coriolus, vitamin D, astragalus and arabinogalactans are particularly helpful. Detoxifying herbs such as milk thistle

ministration of the treatment, cost and owner concerns. When considering such a step, pet owners should have a serious discussion with their veterinary oncologist about the pros and cons of each option, including potential benefits for the pet. In general, pets experience fewer side effects from conventional cancer therapies than their human counterparts.

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Numerous natural therapies can be integrated into a holistic treatment protocol to help pet cancer patients. Pivotal basics outlined in this article are included in a more thorough explanation of options in The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs. Diet is vital. Most pet foods, especially dry foods, contain excess grain carbohydrates and inadequate amounts of protein and fat. Most cancer patients do better when grain-based carbohydrates are reduced and protein and fat, specifically fatty acids such as fish oil, are increased. Fish oil is highly beneficial in killing cancer cells and inhibiting their spreading, along with relieving inflammation that can cause further cancer cell growth. Simply following the label’s dose for fish oil is not adequate, as this dose is designed to maintain normal-looking skin and hair, but not work medically to reduce inflammation and cell damage. The correct dosage varies with the weight of the pet, but in general, pets with cancer


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Because cancer is a toxic disease, when conventional therapies add further toxins (such as chemotherapy and radiation) to the equation, the body can become easily overwhelmed. Therefore, an aggressive detoxification protocol is helpful, as well. These elements comprise a general protocol that is beneficial for most, if not all, pets diagnosed with cancer. Individualized therapy and choosing supplements specific to the type of cancer afflicting the pet are important. Every cancer is different, so every treatment will be different.

Cancer Prevention Tips

Pet parents can take several steps to reduce the risk of a pet contracting cancer. Feed them the best diet possible, devoid of chemical additives and byproducts. Reduce vaccinations as much as possible, which can damage a pet’s immune system. Also, avoid unnecessary prescription medications, including chemical flea and tick control products, which can also negatively affect functioning of the immune system. In combination, these measures work to reduce the toxic load to a pet’s body and support optimal health. Dr. Shawn Messonnier has authored numerous books, including The Natural Vet’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Cancer in Dogs and Breast Choices for the Best Chances. For more information on health care for people and pets, visit PetCareNaturally.com.


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Doggy Lost… and Found Again Microchips Provide Peace of Mind by Avery Mack


t’s easy for a dog or cat to slip out an unlatched door, open gate or even a window. Three million lost pets are picked up by animal control agencies each year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy estimates fewer than 2 percent of wayward cats and only 15 to 20 percent of wandering dogs find their way home again. Most of those that make it back have been identified and reunited through tags, tattoos or microchips. About the size of a grain of rice (12 millimeters), a microchip is injected under the skin into the shoulder area of a dog or cat as a form of permanent identification. The chip itself has no internal energy source, so it will never wear out or run down. Microchips work on a radio frequency identification system (RFIS) that operates on two main frequencies—125 kilohertz (in this country) or 134.2

kilohertz (internationally). A handheld scanner powers a low radio frequency readout of the chip’s unique identification number and transmits it to the scanner’s display window, much like a retail bar code. Shelters, veterinarians and animal control staff routinely use scanners to check for identification chips in unclaimed pets. If detected, the displayed code can then be traced to the pet’s family.

Microchip Myth-Busters False: Microchipping is common. True: The Humane Society of America estimates that fewer than 5 percent of pets have a microchip. False: The chip will move after it’s been injected. True: Technology has improved. For example, one microchip manufacturer has developed a patented anti-migration feature that ensures their microchips stay put. “The chip very rarely migrates under the skin,” says Dr. Amber Andersen, a Los Angeles veterinarian. “Every pet should have a microchip.”

Every two seconds, a pet is lost somewhere in the United States. Shelters report the biggest barrier to a pet and family reunion is a lack of current information. Identification can help bring him home again. Use both a tag and microchip. Keep contact information up to date. When traveling, program a GPS tag with a cell phone number— it’s faster than calling home for messages. 20

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False: Microchips pose a health risk. True: “There have been no reported cases of tumors at injection sites.” There’s no reaction at all in the tissue around the chip,” reports Dr. Jeff Bryan, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Missouri’s Medical Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Columbia. False: The shelter won’t have a scanner. True: More than 50,000 veterinarians and shelters use scanners. Microchip providers also frequently donate scanners to shelters and rescue groups. False: Implanting a microchip is painful. True: Pets do not have to be sedated to be chipped. Although a larger needle is used than for shots, it won’t be any more painful for the pet than a vaccination. False: It’s expensive. True: Veterinarians set their own prices, usually between $25 and $40. Local shelters and humane societies often sponsor chip-a-thons, where microchips are provided at an even lower cost. Call local shelters, humane societies or rescue groups for details about their next microchipping event. False: Microchipping really isn’t necessary. True: Identification is key in returning a lost pet. The ASPCA strongly recommends the use of a collar tag in combination with a microchip. Collars can break—a microchip assures backup identification that can’t be removed or altered.

GPS Tracking For a dog that likes to jump fences or take himself out on walkabouts, consider using a GPS collar. Tagg’s battery-powered GPS system allows the owner to track a pet from the Internet or a mobile phone app. Simply set up a perimeter of allowed space between 75 and 1,000 yards, and if the tagged pet leaves that area, notification arrives by text and email. The customized GPS function traces the pet’s location on a digital map or via text updates. Avery Mack regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings magazines. Connect at AveryMack@mindspring.com.


Clean Living Are poisons, pesticides and other chemical hazards in your home jeopardizing your pet’s health?


crupulously cleaning your house and sealing it up to save energy may be good for you in many ways but you could be endangering your pet with chemical cleaners, bleaches, pesticides, toxic building materials and air fresheners. Well-insulated homes trap chemical fumes. Americans seem to carry on a neverending cleaning spree. Just turn on the television or flip through a magazine: a parade of advertisements tells us our lawns have too many weeds, our kitchens aren’t sterile enough and our bathrooms should smell better. Yet no information exists on the toxic effects of most of the more than synthetic chemicals listed by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the US National Research Council. Meanwhile, the Clean Water Fund, a non-profit organization, estimates that the average American household uses 40 pounds of these cleaners each year. Even with cross-ventilation, months or even a year may be needed to completely eliminate the unhealthy effects of spraying just a few ounces of one toxic substance.

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Pets are especially vulnerable to household cleansers. For instance, ammonia is a known poison, yet it’s found in a majority of household cleaners. Oven cleaner should never come in contact with skin and eyes, and should never be inhaled by pets or humans. Commercial deodorizers and air fresheners may contain lethal compounds, while formaldehyde is

commonly found in pressed wood products, glue and adhesives. Most insecticides, dyes and disinfectants contain phenol, a chemical that can cause vomiting, circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and cancer. Phosphorous, chlorine and petroleum are found in laundry detergents. Chlorine and other chemicals are used in most dishwashing detergents. In fact, dishwashing detergents are responsible for more household poisonings than any other household product, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The EPA reports that the toxic chemicals found in the average home are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor airborne pollutants.

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To minimize pets’ exposure to chemicals, eliminate a majority of these household chemicals. Say goodbye to the cleaning chemicals scattered throughout your house; storing them in the garage or under the sink won’t eliminate exposure toxins, since chemicals are out-gassed through sealed containers. Properly dispose of them. Dozens of healthy cleaning personal care products are available at your natural foods store. Natural alternatives are available for everything from dishwashing soap to laundry detergent to toilet cleaner. Or you can create homemade cleansers with common ingredients that include vinegar, borax, lemon juice, salt and baking soda. While many of these alternative cleaners are safe for your pet, they should still be handled with care, stored properly and allowed to dry before pets come in contact with them.


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Horse Owners' Wishes Are Michigan Bioresearchers' Commands Sustainable Solutions Being Developed Locally By Leah Juarez


f a magical genie were to show up on the doorsteps of horse owners throughout Michigan, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine that the number one wish would be for a heated indoor riding arena. This first pick would most likely be followed up by easy manure management and a way for the horses to pay for themselves. Well, believe it or not, within the Michigan equestrian industry, research and development is underway to possibly grant all three of these wishes by combining them into one simple sustainable business solution, which could make these dreams a reality. Bioresearchers from Michigan State University, along with agricultural technology inventors are working with local horse-related businesses to create sustainable and globally responsible equestrian centers of excellence right here in Michigan. These centers will use leading edge technology to field-test renewable energy solutions specific to horse manure and develop sustainable, climate controlled barns and riding arenas using solar energy. Currently, many indoor riding arenas are simply large, conventionally built wood or steel pole barn-type structures. Although this serves the purpose of basic shelter from the elements during harsh Michigan weather, these buildings offer little by way of comfortable indoor climate control for riding or other horse-related activities. More modern type riding arenas are designed with steel or aluminum trusses that are covered with fabric. These large fabric covered buildings do a little better job of climate control by allowing more sunlight to filter through. To maximize this energy, if an insulating liner is added to the fabric covering, some of this warmth can be captured and contained in the building, diminishing the need for additional heat


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sources. However, by taking this one step further, and incorporating an innovative and highly efficient greenhouse-insulating technology called Solaroof®, fabric covered riding arenas can become totally sustainable and climate controlled all year long–even during the worst winter weather that Michigan can dish up. The Solaroof technology is a liquid bubble insulation system that is incorporated into the roof and sides of the fabric covered arena. These bubbles act as an amplifier and refractor of the solar energy in sunlight. This system can also be regulated to mimic cloud cover and shade to keep inside conditions cool in the heat of summer. This is only one example of the innovation coming from the Michigan horse community. Another possible wish-come-true for horse owners is the use of biomass thermal conversion technology for manure management. In other words, by turning horse poop into a source of renewable energy, the horses themselves could be producing “barnyard-gold.” According to Dana Kirk, PhD, of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at Michigan State University, horse manure must be looked at differently than other sources of organic waste. “Horse manure is much dryer than cow manure,” explains Kirk, “and most of it is mixed with the wood shavings from the horses’ stalls by the time it

reaches the point where it can be converted.” Kirk continues, “So, anaerobic biodigestion, which is what most people think of when it comes to organic waste management, is not the best option for horse farms.” Kirk goes on to explain that anaerobic biodigestion for biofuel production, such as methane gas, is only suitable if the waste has at least 60% liquid content. Therefore, since horse manure is so dry, other options such as pyrolysis and gasification are more efficient methods to convert poop to heat energy. In addition, the by-products left behind after these types of conversions are very nutrient-rich and can be a wonderful source of organic fertilizer. Pyrolysis and gasification are thermal processes that use

Horse manure must be looked at differently than other sources of organic waste. high temperatures to break down organic waste. These methods are not the same as mass-burn incineration, and are a much more efficient option. A few companies are field testing these within the horse industry, and also at other agricultural sites using poultry waste. In summary, Michigan horse owners are fortunate to have access to leading edge research and technology locally. In fact, the Michigan equine industry could lead the way as pioneers and examples for how to transition traditional horse farms into sustainable globally-responsible businesses. With solar-heated indoor riding arenas and using horse manure as an energy source, horse owners can increase revenues and honor the authentic nature of horses and the environment at the same time. Now when the magic genie shows up on horse owners’ doorsteps, they can save the three wishes for something really important..like an endless supply of chocolate truffles. Leah Juarez is the President of Equesse, Inc., a business dedicated to honoring the True Spirit, Noble Purpose and Authentic Nature of the Horse. Equesse is seeking pilot sites to invest in building prototype barns or riding arenas using these innovative sustainable technologies. For more information please call or email Mike Roberts at 810-240-1871 or mikeroberts@EquesseInc.com. Photos are examples of fabric covered riding arenas and barns. Photos courtesy of AK Equipment, Inc. in Zeeland, MI.


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DogS WIll Be DogS… BuT WhY? What to Know When Choosing a Breed by isabel reilly

Sometimes it’s hard to know if a dog is “just being a dog,” or is instead displaying a genetic trait. Understanding what an animal has been bred to do makes for a more successful long-term adoption. It can also save the new owner’s sanity, home furnishings, lawn and gardens. Natural Awakenings offers insights on several popular breeds.


dog that has high levels of energy or unusual intelligence can prove to be a challenge for less experienced owners. Some breeds, like the border collie, have both. Hailing from the border between Scotland and England, shepherds devel-

oped the breed to herd flocks of sheep, work long days in rugged terrain and be independent thinkers. They are intense, high-energy, agile and trainable dogs. Border collies are multitaskers and unsurpassed herders. The “hard stare” used to intimidate sheep can be un-

Suggested dog-appropriate activities range from herding, agility and tracking tasks to pet-provided therapy to land and water sports, discing dog (Frisbee), hide-and-seek and nosework training games. nerving—think of the look Mom gives when she doesn’t want to yell at her kids in front of company. Sheep obey. Long walks or a run can wear out many dogs to ensure a calm evening and good night’s sleep. For a border collie, such exercise simply builds endurance. This breed wants to please, and excels in obedience, agility and flyball (teams of dogs that race and fetch tennis balls in a type of relay). When they’re not presented with appropriate physical and mental challenges, border collies create jobs and hobbies such as: valet, when shoes aren’t put away or herded into one area; landscaper, specializing in digging; candidate for American Idol, based on barking; reporter, commenting on every noise; and/or interior designer, apt to de-stuff the couch or chairs. If manicured grass and tidy flowerbeds are a passion, think carefully before adopting a Scottish terrier. Scotties are bred to find and exterminate vermin, to dig to get to moles, voles and other underground critters and then do the Scottie “death shake”. This

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involves a lot of flying dirt, muddy paws and craters in the yard, but results in a happy dog. A Scottie can also be dignified and reserved, plus display a sense of humor. He may be aloof with anyone but family and friends—then can surprise with a frenetic, random activity period (referred to as a frap). While independent thinking is essential for successful below-ground hunting, it’s moderated by a strong desire to please. Harsh words and punishment will cause him to shut down, rather than act on his passion again. Understanding and companionship are vital to a Scot’s happiness. Given those, his devotion is deep and lifelong. Golden retrievers are famous for their gentle ways with children. Originally bred in Scotland and England in the late 19th century, their purpose was to retrieve fowl shot by hunters, whether on land or in water; a golden is willing, adaptable and very trainable. They are widely used in therapy work, as service or guide dogs and in searchand-rescue operations. Golden puppies are highly energetic and playful, in need of focus, training and exercise. Older dogs are often seen carrying a toy in their mouths during a walk, reverting back to their original specialty of carrying birds in a “soft” mouth (making no punctures with their teeth). Goldens need frequent

brushing, so be on the lookout for blonde hairs all around the house. Much of the renewed popularity of beagles as family pets is due to the charismatic Uno, the Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show 2008, also featured in O Magazine in 2010. They are easy to groom, medium in size, friendly and cute. A person that prefers brisk walks may count the breed’s need to thoroughly sniff stuff along the way as a drawback. A determined beagle following an “invisible trail” can be selectively deaf to calls to return to his owner or home. His “Woo-woo-woo” baying at the conclusion of a mission can interrupt the peace of a quiet neighborhood. First bred in the 1300s as a companion for small-game hunters, a

beagle’s compact and muscular body derives from a blend of ancient hounds. Expect a beagle to be smart, independent and bold. Be aware that a bored, unsupervised beagle will create his own entertainment; barking can be a problem. High energy or highly intelligent dogs require more commitment, thought, time and planning to keep them on track and focused on the fun. It’s best to involve these dogs in activities that embrace, rather than clash with their inbred traits—but oh, the rewards of the right kind of four-legged companionship. Connect with freelance writer Isabel Reilly at StLouisDogWalker@mindspring.com.

Mixed Breed Detectives’ Simple DNA Test Verifies Identification by Isabel Reilly DNA testing isn’t just for episodes of CSI. It’s easy to test a mixed breed dog to find out his heritage, typical traits and any potential health problems associated with the breed. Cindy Billhartz-Gregorian, of St. Louis, who rescued Ralphie during a Missouri rainstorm, says, “Ralphie has a special way of doing things. We wanted to put it into context to find where the traits come from, so we did a simple DNA test to find out.” The result showed that Ralphie is 80 percent Rottweiler, 10 percent husky and 10 percent collie. “It explains some things,” she says. “He doesn’t exactly howl when he hears sirens, it’s more like he talks to the sound.” Barb Reyner lives in Independence, Iowa, with the M Troop—it’s a house rule that all names of dogs living there start with M. “We tested because we were just plain curious. Malleagh turned out to be a shih tzu/ Siberian husky mix,” reports Reyner. “We suspected the husky part because she has blue eyes and loves to romp through the snow.” DNA testing has practical applications, too. Reyner decided to test another of her dogs, Moey, that has health issues, including deafness, near blindness and cancer. “We thought she was a softcoated Wheaten terrier/chow mix, but after a simple DNA test using a kit, we learned she was mix of shar pei, chow chow and Labrador retriever. Now we know more about how we can help her.”


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Our Vision Natural Awakenings has expanded into the cyberworld with national and local websites, iPhone app and our new webstore, where readers shop for everything needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle and healthy planet. Myriad marketing, advertising and support materials are available for publishers to implement in their communities to expand awareness and grow revenue streams. Some of these materials and activities include coupon saver sites, e-magazines and newsletters, trade show and expo displays, public relations videos, sponsorships, and local and multimarket ad sales programs. The Natural Awakenings Network discount health program is designed to provide savings to your members while benefitting your advertisers. Long-range plans include continuing to expand our network of publishers to inform and change communities across the nation and beyond.

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petcalendar Event days and/or times may change for a variety of reasons. Please call to verify all events before attending.

Tuesday, July 3

Feral Cat Workshop - 6-8pm. For those interested in becoming a feral cat colony caretaker and participating in MHS’ low-cost feral cat TNR program, MHS is hosting a workshop. FREE. Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Rd. Ste 220, Bingham Farms.

Thursday, July 5

Fun on the Farm: Cows - 10am. This program for the little ones consists of story time, a craft and an activity. Children will have the opportunity to visit dairy cows and learn more about where milk comes from. $3 per person. Kensington Metropark Farm Center near Milford/Brighton. 810-227-8910.

Friday, July 6

Bearded Collie Club of America - $28. Sportsmen Dog Training Club Building, 1930 Tobsal Court, Warren. Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic for Pets - 4:30-8pm. Protect your pets from illness even in this economy! Top quality vaccines and heartworm meds for dogs and cats at low prices. Clinic brought to you by Basil's Buddies. Tiny Paws Pet Grooming, 13498 Dix Rd, Southgate. 734-926-1098.

Saturday, July 7

Cat Days of Summer - Through 7/9. Over 200 cats & kittens up for adoption, all vaccinated and health checked. Pet Supplies Plus, Bloomfield Hills and White Lake.

Beasts on the Beach - 1-3pm. Snakes and turtles are among the most fascinating of all animals. There’s a lot of misinformation about them. Stop by to sort out what is true and what isn’t during this free, ongoing program. Martindale Beach, Kensington Metropark near Milford/Brighton. 810-227-8910. Meet the Critters - 1-2pm. Through 7/8. Get up close with our Leopard Geckos and learn what great pets they make! FREE. Petco Stores. Visit Petco website for details. Pet Adoptions - 3-5pm. Basil's Buddies has many available cats and kittens waiting for their fur-ever homes! PetSmart, 23470 Allen Rd, Woodhaven. 734-926-1098.

Sunday, July 8

Meet a Turtle - 2pm. Michigan’s turtle species are as diverse in appearance as they are in behaviors and habits. Come hear about, see and touch nature’s “ancient” creatures. $3 per person. Preregistration required. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/Brighton. 810-227-8910.

Monday, July 9

Pet Loss Support Group - 6:30-7:30pm. Basil's Buddies is holding a monthly Pet Loss Support Group to help those who need a safe place to grieve and remember their pets. Whether you have lost your

Submission deadline: The 10th prior to publication. Email or online only. For costs, guidelines and an online submission form, visit: NAHealthyPet.com. Click on: "Calendar Submissions" pet recently or many years ago, all are welcome to participate. Free. Riverview Public Library, 14300 Sibley Rd, Riverview. 734-926-1098.

Friday, July 13

Pet-Themed Craft Sale at Trenton's Mid-Summer Festival - 10am-9pm, also Sat. Sun 10am6pm. Come visit Basil's Buddies at the Trenton Mid-Summer Festival! We will have a booth where we will be selling crafts and children's books by local crafters, artists, and authors. 2800 Third St, Trenton. 734-926-1098.

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Saturday, July 14

National Adoption Weekend - Petco's Think Adoption First® Care and Savings program. Adopt a dog or cat. Check Petco website for locations.

Novice Obedience for Teens & Adults - Through Aug 4. 9:30-10:30am. The goal of Novice class is to have your dog working off a leash, while understanding and obeying to all hand signals. A minimum number of participants are required. Resident rates apply to those residing in Springfield Township. Adults: 2 years and up. Residents: $80/dog, nonresidents: $85/dog. Pre-registration encouraged. Mill Pond Park, Davisburg. 248-846-6558.

Critter Corner - 2-4pm. Stop in to meet a critter up close during a visit to the Nature Center. Free program, registration not required. Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center near Rochester/ Washington Township. 586-781-9113

Sunday, July 15

Summer Safari - 2pm. Take a walk with an interpreter while exploring the sights and sounds of the nature area. $3 per person. Preregistration required. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/Brighton. 810-227-8910.

Wednesday, July 18

MHS Volunteer Recruitment Fair - 5:30-7:30pm. The Volunteer Recruitment Fair is a mandatory event for those interested in assisting the Michigan Humane Society in a volunteer role. Michigan Humane Society, 30300 Telegraph Road, Bingham Farms.

Camp Pet Palooza - 10am-3pm. Join us for our first ever day camp. Camp Pet Palooza! We will have educational fun and games, interact with our some of our shelter animals and even make pet toys and treats while learning how to care for and respect our pets. You will meet with our veterinarian, learn to understand pet behavior with our animal trainer, learn about healthy pet feeding and get a tour of our shelter. FREE. Humane Society of Livingston County, 2464 Dorr Road, Howell. Barb Benford. 517-552-8050.

Thursday, July 19

Family Nature Club: Frogs & Toads - 1pm. Meet


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the Nature Center’s resident amphibians up close and learn about their lifestyles and habitats. Then, head out on the trail to search for more! Fun for all ages. $3/person. Preregistration required. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center located near Mt. Clemens. 586-463-4332.

Friday, July 20

even make pet toys and treats while learning how to care for and respect our pets. You will meet with our veterinarian, learn to understand pet behavior with our animal trainer, learn about healthy pet feeding and get a tour of our shelter. FREE. Humane Society of Livingston County, 2464 Dorr Road, Howell. Barb Benford. 517-552-8050.

Painting With a Twist Fundraiser - 7pm. Unleash your inner Van Gogh while raising money to help homeless pets. Paint, canvas and brushes are provided, as well as an experienced and enthusiastic local artist who will lead you step-by-step through the process of recreating the featured artwork. At the end of the evening, you will have a one-of-a-kind creation and a new-found talent! Proceeds benefit the animals of Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption. Painting With A Twist, 320 West Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale. Seating Limited. Info: 248-850-7182.

Saturday, July 28

Saturday, July 21

Kiwanis Kids’ Day: Fun at the Farm - 10am4pm. A fun day at the Farm! There’ll be games and prizes, face painting, hayrides, an inflatable village, a fishing pond and clowns. The first 300 to arrive receive a T-shirt. This event is free, and all children, along with their families, are welcome to come and take part! Please preregister as this ensures enough food and giveaways for everyone. Farm Center at Wolcott Mill Metropark in Ray Township. 586-752-5932

CPO Summer Tent Events - 10am-4pm. Certified Pre-owned Pets Summer Tent Event. Dozens of adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits will be waiting for you to 'drive'(take) them home! Michigan Humane Society, 5650 Mercury Drive, Deaborn. 313-441-3244.

Turtles, Toads & Salamanders - 1pm. Enter into the exciting world of our cold-blooded relatives while delving into the lives of these unique animals. $3 per person. Preregistration required. For ages 6 years and older. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center near White Lake. 248-625-7280 Exploring a Pond - 1pm. The pond is home to many wonderful and unique animals. Join an interpreter to meet some of these pond personalities. This program is free. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/Brighton. 810-227-8910.

Sunday, July 22

Beasts at the Boat Rental - 11am-1pm. Snakes and turtles are among the most fascinating of all animals. There’s a lot of misinformation about them. Stop by to sort out what is true and what isn’t during this free, ongoing program. Boat Rental, Kensington Metropark near Milford/Brighton. 810227-8910.

Tuesday, July 24

Low-Cost Vaccinations - 10am-2pm. here will be low-cost vaccinations against Distemper, Rabies, Paistemper, Rabies, Parvovirus and other diseases for cats and dogs of appropriate age. Canine to Five, 3443 Cass Ave, Detroit. 313-831-3647. Meet the Animals Day Camp - Through Thursday, July 26 from 10am-12:30pm. Meet amphibians, reptiles and birds, and discover fun facts about them all. Hands-on activities and hikes will be part of the program. For ages 7 to 10. $25/ camper. Preregister. Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center located near Mt. Clemens. 586-463-4332.

Wednesday, July 25

Camp Pet Palooza - 10am-3pm. Camp Pet Palooza! We will have educational fun and games, interact with our some of our shelter animals and


Pet Adoptions - 3-5pm. Basil's Buddies has many available cats and kittens waiting for their fur-ever homes! PetSmart, 23470 Allen Rd, Woodhaven. 734-926-1098.

Catchin’ Pond Critters - 1pm. Join a park interpreter while using nets to capture pond creatures in the park, and then investigate them using microscopes in the lab! $3 per person. Preregistration required. For age 6 years and older. Indian Springs Metropark Environmental Discovery Center near White Lake. 248-625-7280.

Sunday, July 29

Meet a Snake - 2pm. Snakes are some of the most maligned animals, partly due to misinformation about them. Join an interpreter to sort out what is true and what isn’t, and have the chance to touch or hold a snake. $3 per person. Preregistration required. Kensington Metropark Nature Center near Milford/Brighton. 810-227-8910.

Group to help those who need a safe place to grieve and remember their pets. Whether you have lost your pet recently or many years ago, all are welcome to participate. Free. Riverview Public Library, 14300 Sibley Rd, Riverview. 734-926-1098.

Wednesday, August 15

Bully Summer Splash Bash - 10am-4pm. All sorts of fun activities, including dock diving, weight pulling, dog agility, dog scootering and more. Will benefit Dearborn Animal Shelter. Currey’s Family Pet Care, 6261 Hannan Road, Romulus. 734-532-2013

Sunday, August 19

3rd Annual Paws in the Park - Noon-4pm. Adoption event, dog walk, family picnic and alumni reunion, from noon to 4 p.m. $10/person over age 12. Dogs and kids are free. Independence Oaks County Park, Lakeview Pavilion, 9501 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston. See PetBrief page xx.

Saturday, August 25

Pet Adoptions - 3-5pn. Basil's Buddies has many available cats and kittens waiting for their fur-ever homes! PetSmart, 23470 Allen Rd, Woodhaven. 734-926-1098.

Friday, September 21 Michigan No Kill Conference - 7:30am-6 pm. Join shelters, rescues, animal control workers, veterinarians, students, volunteers, policy makers, and compassionate community members to learn ways to save lives in your community by implementing the No Kill strategy. $79. Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, 2210 Lancaster, Bloomfield HIlls. Deborah Schutt 877-387-7257. See PetBrief page 6.

Friday, August 3

Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic for Pets - 4:30-8pm. Protect your pets from illness even in this economy! Top quality vaccines and heartworm meds for dogs and cats at low prices. Clinic brought to you by Basil's Buddies. Tiny Paws Pet Grooming, 13498 Dix Rd, Southgate. 734-926-1098.

Saturday, August 11

Annual Bowl-4-Animal Rescue - 7-10pm. Proceeds go to Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter & Michigan Animal Adoption Agency. 50/50 raffle, auction items, bowling, karaoke and bowling! Donation $30. Michigan Animal Adoption Network, 30250 W. 9 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills. 248-615-9060.

Pet Fest! Pet Adoptions & Microchipping - 10am6pm. Also 8/12. Ann Arbor's 5th Annual Pet Fest hosted by The Pet Emporium and features pet adoptions, shopping, artisans, trainers, pet health professionals and more! Cats available for adoption and pet-themed merchandise and crafts for sale. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-9261098.

Monday, August 13

Pet Loss Support Group - 6:30-7:30pm. Basil's Buddies is holding a monthly Pet Loss Support

East Michigan/Metro Detroit

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ongoingevents Event days and/or times may change for a variety of reasons. Please call to verify all events before attending.



Toenail Sundays - Noon-4pm 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. Info: 586-7522800. Pet Vaccination Clinic - 10am-2pm. 3rd Sundays only. Midtown Veterinary Services will be in store every 3rd Sunday hosting a Pet Vaccination Clinic. 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. Info: 313-295-6500. Pet Vaccination Clinic - 10am-2pm. 1st Sundays only. Midtown Veterinary Services will be in store every 3rd Sunday hosting a Pet Vaccination Clinic. 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. Woodhaven Pet Supplies Plus, 19295 West Rd Info: 734-671-6936.



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, 64920 Van Dyke. For more information call 586752-2800.



Senior Citizen Day - 9am-9pm. Every Wednesday. Seniors (55 and older) will receive a 10% discount on total purchase. Excludes sale items and live animals. ORTONVILLE and Lapeer Pet Supplies Plus, For more information, contact store at 248-627-7900 and 810-245-2200.



Low Cost Wellness and Vaccine Clinic - 5-7pm. The Canton Pet Supplies Plus, located at 43665 Ford Road, will be hosting a Low Cost Wellness

Submission deadline: The 10th Last Chance Rescue Adoption - 12-3pm. Adoptions prior to publication. Email or are being done right on site, lots of animals all shapes and sizes!Recurring event. Pet Provisions, online submission only. Whitmore Lake Rd, Suite 200, Brighton. 810For guidelines, visit: 227-0967 NAPetMag.com Vet Clinic - 2-5pm. 1st Saturdays only. A vet clinic Click on: "Calendar from Value Pet. Detroit Pet Supplies Plus, 18956 Submissions" Livernois. Info: 313-863-5660.

and Vaccine Clinic every Thursday from 5 until 7. Dr. John Hermann will be administering the vaccinations. For info on vaccines contact Dr. Hermann at 313-686-5701. Canton Pet Supplies Plus, 43665 Ford Road. Store: 734-981-9191.



No Ongoing Events for Fridays in this issue.

Dog Adoption Day - Every Saturday. Cat adoptions every day. Working with Happy Homes Rescue, Almost Home Animal Haven and Companion Pet Rescue. Premier Pet Supply, 31215 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills. Info: 248-647-4310. See ad page 11.

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Vet Clinic - 9am-12pm. 3rd Saturdays only. Monroe Pet Supplies Plus, 859 Telegraph Road. Info: 734-384-9888. Pet Vaccination Clinic - 10am-2pm. 3rd Saturdays only. Midtown Veterinary Services will be in store every 3rd Saturday hosting a Pet Vaccination Clinic. 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. Royal Oak Pet Supplies Plus, 29402 Woodward Ave. Info: 248-399-4440. Vet Clinic - 9am-12pm. 1st Saturdays only. Vet Clinic with Value Pet. Redford Pet Supplies Plus, 14835 Telegraph Road. Info:313-255-1633. Pet Therapy at Town Village - 11am-12pm. Meet in a large room with residents who are interested in seeing, hearing about and interacting with your dog. Your dog should be people friendly, not just interested in other dogs. Town Village, 4500 Dobry Drive, Sterling Heights. Homefurever Dog and Puppy Event - 1st, 3rd & 5th Sat's. Noon-4pm. We have dogs and puppies for adoption every Saturday. Petco, 1217 Coolidge between 14-15 Mile, Troy. 248-643-0694. Rescue phone: 313-897-4931. Homefurever Dog and Puppy Event - 2nd & 4th Sat's. Noon-4pm. We have dogs and puppies for adoption every Saturday. Seaworld/ Gardenworld, 29800 Gratiot Ave at 12-1/2 Mile Rd, Roseville, Store phone 586-771-7000. Rescue phone: 313-897-4931. Horse-Drawn Hayrides - Weekends, noon-4pm. Take a relaxing horse-drawn hayride past the fields and through the woods. Hayrides are $3 per child, $5 per adult. Kensington Metropark Farm Center located near Milford/Brighton. For more information, please call 248-684-8632.


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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 15.

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