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HEALT HY PET PRODUCTS IS YOUR RESOURCE FOR ALL YOUR NUTRITION NEEDS FOR YOUR PET. ABOUT HEALTHY PET PRODUCTS While operating my own pet sitting business over an eight year period, I became increasingly concerned about the various health afflictions that I was seeing in my customersâ€™ dogs and cats. The list of ailments appearing over and over again included allergies, itchy skin, ear infections, auto-immune disorders and a multitude of other problems. I began researching these health concerns and discovered that every symptom seemed to point to food and environment. This made perfect sense because I am a firm believer that we are what we eat. It is apparent that our beloved pets are what they eat as well. I had to do something! Ironically there was a local store up for sale that only sold natural pet food and treats. I bought the store in order to spread the word about how important it is to feed quality pet food to our pets. That was in October of 2008 and since then, WE SP ECIA LIZE we have improved the lives of many pets. ! So much though, that I was able to open a IN A W FOOD second store in order to reach a broader market.
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I n T h i s Issu e: The Human-Animal Bond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
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The Human-Animal Bond and Animal Assisted Therapy
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Natural Pet Diets: The Kind of Food They Evolved to Eat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
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How Healing Touch for Animals Assists in Healing Pets and People
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THE HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND
nimals teach us about compassion, trust, boundaries and unconditional caring. Assistance animals have a long tradition of service in the United States, with guide dogs, hearing assistance dogs and disability dogs
The Human-Animal Bond & Animal Assisted Therapy being well respected members of our communities. Police and military dogs have given their lives for their handlers, perhaps the ultimate test of the human animal bond. Animal assisted therapy programs have been utilized for physical disorders since the late 1800’s, and are currently gaining recognition within the medical and behavioral health arenas. Several species of animals have been used to treat a variety of physical and emotional disorders. These include dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, llamas, reptiles and even insects. As these programs increase in popularity, so does research as to their effectiveness. Valuable work
has been published in the area of physical rehabilitation. For example, electromyography was used to measure muscle symmetry in children with cerebral palsy undergoing equine assisted therapy (hippotherapy) and children experiencing passive stretching. Results showed that the hippotherapy group exhibited improved muscle symmetry whereas the passive stretching group did not. Interesting work has also been done using animals as adjuncts to psychotherapy. Therapists report that animals help people express themselves more freely. Children with emotional disturbances will often trust an animal long before another human being. Equine Assisted Psychotherapy adds another dimension to behavioral services. Working with a thousand pound horse builds confidence, while at the same time being a humbling experience. The toughest troubled child can’t make a horse do something it doesn’t want to do! Horses can also be invaluable in teaching about boundaries and empowerment. While they can’t be forced to move, they can be trained to. A person’s sense of accomplishment when a huge animal does what they want is a wonderful gift. Evidence also exists that nurturing animals can be as beneficial to the person as it is to the patient. As people assist animals in healing, they themselves can be healed. Although this at first glance doesn’t appear to be animal assisted therapy, it most certainly is!
Studies have also been done to investigate the role of pets as “therapy” animals. Veterinarians have long understood the importance of pets in their guardian’s lives. Some clients have no family other than the pet, and the loss of that animal can be devastating. Nursing home residents can form a deep connection to a visiting or residence animal, which can help heal the sense of loss they feel in leaving their homes and family. Nursing home pets have even attended funerals at the request of the deceased. Science is now catching up with this anecdotal evidence on animals’ effect on our health and well being. Pets have been shown to reduce heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety. One study revealed that patients with heart disease and arrhythmias were more likely to be alive one year later if they owned a dog. Beck and Glickman wrote in 1987 “all future studies of human health should consider the presence or absence of a pet in the home…as a significant variable. No future study of human health should be considered comprehensive if the animals with which they share their lives are not included.”
Pets have been shown to reduce heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety. New applications for animal assisted therapy are much needed. With the US population growing more and more unhealthy, medical costs are increasing at an alarming rate. Obesity is now an epidemic. Public health officials project that this generation will be the first to have a life expectancy less than their parents because of obesity related diseases. Stress related complaints account for 60 – 90% of physician visits, with health care costs being 147% higher in stressed or depressed workers. Violence has become a common occurrence on the news, and younger and younger children are becoming victims and perpetrators. Nearly 2 million children are seriously abused every year, 2 million women are battered and almost 1 million parents are beaten or abused by their children. The tolls of our current wars in our military personnel physically and emotionally can only be imagined. At this time, the is a board certified veterinary neurologist Army estimates that one in whose pioneering work acknowledges six soldiers is suffering from the bioenergetic interaction between depression, anxiety or postpeople and animals. She is an advocate traumatic stress disorder, and for change in the area of interpersonal the number could increase to violence and animal cruelty, and one in three. Animal assisted works toward a greater understanding therapy can be utilized in all surrounding the health implications of these settings, and more. of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner As animals are used for is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at different indications, further The Ohio State University Veterinary outcome studies are imperative College, a Level IV Healing Touch for in gauging their validity. Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.
Dr. Susan Wagner
COMMUNITY EVENTS THE AMERICAN VETERINARY CHARITABLE FUND’S FUNDRAISER
AT MINGO CREEK FARMS ON SUNDAY, JULY 29th WAS A SUCCESS!
Over $500 was raised for the Canonsburg Herd ongoing veterinary care! Carla Mader from AVCF and Jen Urksa from the PA Arabian Rescue Mission teamed up to facilitate the fundraiser at MCF. The event included concessions, bake sale and Chinese auction. The fundraiser took place during the Hunter Schooling Show on Sunday, July29th, 2012. Dr. Burks from Fox Run Equine also came down for the event to share photos and stories about the rescue effort with the Canonsburg herd. Carla and Jen are planning to continue their fundraising efforts at the next two shows at MCF, in September, and expand to possibly include a tack swap and more. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements for the next show date.
Thank You to The English Horn, Kara Jones Photography, Jen Urksa, Sandra Sarnicke, Cathy Ennis, Dee Boyko, Lori Burns and everyone else who baked, donated items and volunteered for the event!
Carla and Jen are planning to continue their fundraising efforts at the next two shows at MCF, in September, and expand to possibly include a tack swap and more. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements for the next show date on:
Also thanks to Vivian Harbison and wonderful staff of Mingo Creek Farms!
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vent will include pet contests including our popular costume contests and many more for both pugs & non-pugs attending, plus vendors, food and a chinese auction. Up to date on shots and leashed at all times. Southwest PA Pugs with Special Needs, 724-763-2790 or Guardian Angels Pug Rescue, 724-537-3466 or visit www.swpapug.org. Come join us for a day of pug & small dog fun at beautiful Kunkle Park from 11a-4p. Kunkle Park, 285 Pine Run Church Rd., Apollo, PA 15613.
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS FUN EVENT. Gates open at 11 am, Contests begin at 12 noon, Events runs until 4 pm. Festival will be held rain or shine. Suggested donation $5 per person, children under 12 are free. All dogs attending must be up to date on shots and leashed at all times.
PUGTOBERFEST ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2012! To Benefit
Southwest PA Pugs with Special Needs and
Guardian Angels Pug Rescue
COSTUME CONTESTS • VENDORS • FOOD • CHINESE AUCTION For more details: http://www.swpapug.org/pugtoberfest_pressrls.html Fundraising event to benefit Southwest PA Pugs with Special Needs, a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization, and Guardian Angels Pug Rescue, a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
HEALTH WELLNESS he Standard American Pet Diet is even sadder than SAD (the T Standard American Diet). Even the least health-conscious American is likely to get some lettuce and tomato on their burger from time to time. Often, due to the advice of well-meaning veterinarians, pets get nothing but processed pet food (No people food!!!).
Is it not obvious that Mother Nature knows best? The closer we can mimic what our pets’ wild relatives eat, the closer to proper nutrition they will be. After all, dogs and wolves are the same species. Animals have adapted to a raw food diet over millions of years. Processed pet foods have only been available for the last 70 years or so.
Natural Pet Diets: The Kind of Food They Evolved to Eat
We all know that eating a diet of strictly processed foods is unhealthy. Can you imagine eating nothing but “People Chow” day in and day out? Eating a variety of fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables is the way to go. I don’t know how we’ve gotten brainwashed into thinking otherwise for our animal companions.
Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH
I have many concerns about the conventional diets we currently feed our pets. For one thing, most of them are too high in carbohydrates. Carbs are a cheap source of calories and you can’t make a convenient dry food without carbs to glue it into a kibble. So the reason for the grains and other starches is cost and convenience; it has nothing to do with the nutrition of the food.
The ideal diet for dogs and cats consists of raw meat, raw bones, raw shredded vegetables and organ meat. There are many philosophies on how exactly to formulate such a diet. I think it is best for pet owners to feed commercially available raw pet foods. Prepared raw diets are widely available at specialty pet food stores. My favorite is called “Answers.”
Another problem is the quality of ingredients used in the diets. Food that is unfit for human consumption commonly ends up in pet food. Not only that, but studies have shown that some pet foods contain traces of pentobarbital – the drug used to euthanize animals. They say “It’s a dog-eat-dog world.” Unfortunately that may be literally true.
There are two reasons I prefer commercial raw pet foods over the home made variety. The first reason is that I know that the companies that I deal with have the right nutritional balance. The other is that raw meat for human consumption is terribly contaminated with disease-causing bacteria since it is meant to be cooked. The raw pet foods by contrast take special steps to minimize bacterial contamination.
Finally, the high-pressure, high-heat processing of pet foods destroys the thousands of natural nutrients found in whole foods. The pet food companies add back in a couple dozen synthetic vitamins to make the diet “complete and balanced” but that in no way makes up for the loss of all the raw nutrients. Even the experts agree that commercial pet foods may not be as complete as advertised. According to Dr. Tony Buffington, the nutritionist at the Ohio State University Veterinary College, “The recommendation to feed one food for the life of an animal gives nutritionists more credit than we deserve.”
Both two legged and four legged animals benefit from whole foods. I have seen such diets restore the health of sickly animals. I find raw food especially helpful for pets with skin allergies and those with cancer. For more information on how holistic pet care can benefit your pet go to BeaverAnimalClinic.com.
AUTUMN’S LAST RIDE By Wayne Vanderaar My approach is greeted by a nicker and A tail-swish and I smile. An apple offered is crunched and Both are satisfied. Curry and dandy brush are employed In ritual sameness from practiced years. Saddle girthed to accustomed holes, Irons run down to burnished creases. Mounting takes advantage of a high spot, Rider diminished by years of care. We become as one moving in anticipation Of collected canter, tho we are aged. Your side-pass at a fallen branch Pretends concern I understand. Bred by spirit by one hundred generations, You would otherwise betray your blood. From hunter seat I am lifted By gait and enduring majesty. Together we savor the Autumn Of our time. Enjoying the meld that makes us More than each apart. Valued friend in sculpted frame Wrought by a life of artful movement. Shoulder-in, half-pass and changing lead Achieved without a thought. Horsey things you’d do by yourself Now done upon request by subtle cue. Laughing flights in careless rush down wooded trail Are left to youth’s abandon. Years prefer at least one foot to ground Than leap o’er brook. Better to splash and drink the moment Than risk a bow. A setting sun ascends and sets again As we crest then trot below the hill. Thoughts of release and dinner speed The pace to home. You stand work-spent, an eye toward grain, But first you want untacked. Saddle and sweat marks gone, a second apple To close the day. We part each to his concern, Having renewed our primal bond.
SHORT STORIES A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
– by C. Mader
Toby, an 8 year old 12 pound Miniature Poodle, arrived at the animal neurology hospital where I was working at the time. He was severely traumatized and paralyzed in the rear limbs, after a bad car accident. His 80 year-old Owner had also been hurt in the crash and hospitalized. We assessed the injuries and after the CT scan, determined that it was a ruptured disc in Toby’s spine which caused the paralysis. Toby underwent emergency back surgery to remove the disc material that was compressing his spinal cord. In addition, we administered an experimental drug which helps the spinal cord heal. Upon recovery, Toby did have sensation in his rear limbs, but his spinal cord would need to heal, and he was unable to walk. He also needed assistance urinating. Three weeks had passed in the veterinary hospital with not much improvement. Toby became very depressed, despite the loving care. Toby’s owner was likewise still hospitalized and called every day to see how Toby was doing. I soon found out why his Mamma loved him! I bonded with him after allowing him to cuddle by the computer station with me on the long overnight shifts. I agreed to take Toby home at the request of his owner to help with his recovery, costs and to also lift his spirits. At home, Toby needed assistance, but was soon walking with a special comfort sling. He was a bit of a character, settling into our home very comfortably, in no time! Toby enjoyed being top dog in the house with my dogs and cats. They needed permission to get near me! He would often put my two 70 pound Labradors in their place and sometimes even my Husband! My yard offered a gentle slope ideal for physical therapy, so Toby had to maneuver this several times daily. I also put his limbs through a range of motion twice daily and we did some assisted swimming in the lake. The effort paid off. His determination improved with his spirit and soon he was getting stronger in his legs. He slowly but surely regained the ability to stand on his own and balance better and finally to walk with little support. His owner also had finally recovered enough to go home. I was happy to return Toby to her walking, so she would be able to care for him at home, as she was still recovering from Her own injuries with a broken hip. I was surprised to learn that during the accident, Toby had been thrown from their vehicle, only to be hit by an oncoming car. I knew how grateful Toby’s owner was by the tears of joy in her eyes, upon seeing Toby for the first time since the accident. Toby is truly an inspiration after suffering such a terrible accident. He showed such amazing determination to get well. *This is an actual story. Names have been changed to protect the owners and pets.
Patch finds Healing Touch ® for Animals
by Carol Komitor
Patch, a handsome, orange, bulls-eye tabby, was adopted by Carol Komitor during a visit to her local shelter. Dropped off at the shelter after being hit by a car, Patch received a severe injury to his left eye and muscle damage to his left front leg. After several weeks of treatment to the eye, the shelter veterinarians were unable to save it and removed the eye surgically. The cat was ready for adoption.
Carol walked through the adoption center after a non-related meeting with the shelter officials. It seemed as if Patch was waiting for her. The bright blue sutures provided indication of his recent enucleation. His spirit and willingness to connect to a human was remarkable. He engaged with everyone that walked by, but there seemed to be an instant bond between Patch and Carol. She wasn’t intimidated by the loss of his eye and could see through the sutures and found his sweet and engaging personality. Carol knew her Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) skills would assist Patch with his healing process and help him integrate easily into his forever new home. She was delighted to bring him in as a wonderful addition to her family and office environment. When Patch first arrived home, he spent a couple days in a small room, behind closed doors, to get acquainted. Through the door, he and his new brother, Truman, became fast friends. During his welcome home, Patch received daily HTA sessions. The use of the energy medicine techniques provided him physical comfort from the pain at the surgical site and to his left shoulder and elbow, which were also injured during his accident. The enuculation healed quickly and he soon made his way easily around his new surroundings. Patch quickly became a valued member of the household as Truman accepted him for a playful and constant friend.
HTA gave patch the energetic balance needed to stimulate healing and the essential oils offered comfort for his painful elbow and added a sense of calm to help with all the recent life changes he experienced. Patch was named upon his arrival home, for Carol’s love of quilting and for the obvious, bright blue sutures he wore on his face. All in all, Patch has become a vital part of Carol’s life and he offers loving support for Truman and everyone who works in the HTA office. As for having just one eye, he sees perfectly! Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA) is an energy therapy that supports the body to self-heal. In HTA, specific techniques are used or applied to create a balanced energy system and a sense of deep relaxation. All techniques taught in the program provide the natural physiological responses needed to heal the body, mind and spirit. By energetically balancing the body, HTA is used to help animals who suffer from illnesses, injuries and those who are recovering from surgery. Animals who experience stress related issues or exhibit behavioral problems also benefit from HTA.
Traditional veterinary care along with the HTA techniques including the use of tuning forks and essential oils, provided Patch a well-rounded régime of care for a full recovery.
The energy system of animals is different than humans. The animal’s energy system and instinctual presence allows them a greater awareness of all things around them. Their energy system monitors their safety and allows them to activate the fight or flight response, if necessary. Humans on the other hand, are energetically contained in a smaller energy system than animals, which is perfect for the human species to function properly.
HOLISTIC CARE Healing Touch for Animals® combines philosophies, techniques and applications to promote energy balance and healing of our animals while providing physical, emotional, mental and instinctual stability. Stabilizing the energy system allows the natural regulation of the immune system which encourages the healing process and promotes well-being. HTA Practitioners use their intention and HTA energy techniques to support the animals and work as a cooperative presence with veterinary medicine. Through deep relaxation, the HTA techniques help release endorphins and create a domino effect of body response and function that leads to wellness. “All that I have done The endorphins released cause the thus far, has led me to muscles to relax. The my life’s work and to relaxed muscles allow increased circulation the joy I experience which brings more while working with oxygen, nutrients, animals and their and hormones into the body to support people”, says Komitor. healing. The increased circulation also helps release toxins and helps support healthy cell growth. This whole process aids the body to support proper immune Carol Komitor function and a healthier physical, mental, emotional and instinctual body. These techniques allow animals to come into a deeper instinctual presence and knowing of their body. Carol Komitor, founder of Healing Touch for Animals®, is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Instructor and holds additional certifications in massage, hospital-based massage and equine massage. She has studied extensively with many energy disciplines, sound therapy and is an expert in the use of essential oils for animals. Carol’s 13 year background as a veterinary technician and her experience with the Healing Touch Program™ led her to develop and teach HTA. Healing Touch for Animals® was launched in 1996 and is now an international certification program.
Offering illumination, comfort and clarity for both you and your animal friends.
Renée Takacs, M.A. Intuitive Healer for People and Pets
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ACTIVITIES WITH YOUR DOG By Carla Mader
raining your dog is a great way to bond and learn how to better communicate with your puppy or adult dog. Whether you are interested in Obedience training, Agility, Freestyle, Dance, Conformation, and therapy dog training, there are many options and training centers and clubs locally providing programs and certifications. There are several dog training facilities in the area offering basic obedience classes. Enrollment for puppy classes normally starts out between 10-12 weeks of age and run weekly for 6 weeks. Puppy obedience classes are great for learning to communicate with your dog, establishing leadership, socializing with other dogs and people and builds confidence in young pups. They teach basic commands such as sit, stay, down, come, off and more. Most training centers require proof of vaccines for puppies and adult dogs. Once you and your dog have successfully graduated from a basic obedience course, you may want to consider continuing on to higher levels of training, such as Agility, Rally obedience, Freestyle, Dance, Conformation or even for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International certifications. Agility is a fun and competitive sport for you and your dog. It requires a higher level of training - working with your dog off lead to run a designated course. Handlers are judged on their ability to control and cue their dog. The dogs are judged on how well they can execute commands. Agility also builds confidence and is a great option if you want to just have fun or compete with your dog. Machell Koss
Rally Obedience and Freestyle training are both a combination of obedience and agility training. Rally obedience includes taking your dog off lead through a series of commands. Freestyle and Dance is a choreographed dance routine in which the dog and handler become a synchronized team.
Conformation training is mainly used for showing breeding dogs. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the highlighted conformation show of the year. There are many classes of breeds. Breeds are judged individually, then they go to the “Group Class”, at the end of each show and they are judged against each other. Once a dog is “finished” with required number of points, they can be bred with the assurance that the Sire or Dam is an excellent example if the breed standards. Your dog also may have the temperament to work as a therapy dog. Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) training programs for Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) are becoming more readily available and offer certification. The two training programs are often combined. The CGC focuses on training your dog to accept strangers approaching, walking through crowds, obeying sit and stay commands, ignoring distractions such as other animals or dogs and being ok to be handled by another in your absence. The TDI is more advanced training which your dog is trained to accept people in wheelchairs or other noisy equipment, accept infirm people with disabilities who act and appear different from normal populations. Certification follows an 8 week training program. Once certified, you and your dog can visit nursing homes, hospitals and participate in programs with children. For more information visit: www.tdi-dog.org. Machell Koss of Xcel Canine Training Center, Inc. in Bethel Park, PA, has enjoyed training and competing with her dogs for over 20 years. Machell says, “Training creates a strong bond between you and your dog and also keeps you in-tune with your dog’s health.” She goes on, “you become very aware of health issues, as your dog needs to be in good shape and good health to perform optimally”. Machell co-owns Xcel with Deb Regan. Xcel Canine Training Center, Inc. offers all of the above classes! You can find more information at: www.xcelcaninetraining.com
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TANKS AND TERRARIUMS aquariums are seen in many settings today, other than in the home or Fandishschools. You can find them anywhere from doctor’s offices to restaurants even in hospital emergency rooms.
Planted Aquarium Society (PAPAS) meets monthly at Oddball Pets and Aquariums to discuss and share in the hobby. Enthusiasts benefit from their hobby by the tremendous reward of the achievement of keeping a living planted aquarium.
AQUARIUM FISH Benefits of Keeping an Aquarium Many people report feelings of serenity and relaxation, while observing fish in an aquarium. Stephanie Enedy, owner of Oddball Pets and Aquariums says, “We’ve had cancer patients come in to purchase an aquarium, at their doctor’s recommendation to reduce stress and aid in healing”.
by Carla Mader
Aquariums also provide an educational experience as well, by creating and maintaining a living ecosystem, for the aquarium enthusiast. It is fascinating and enjoyable to set up a home for your fish or plants. Deciding on species, substrate, decorations and ornaments is exciting if you are the creative type! There are many things to consider when thinking about setting up an aquarium for your home or office. In researching the perfect aquarium set up, it is important to realize that you may lose fish in the learning process. Changes in your local water supply can be lethal to your fish. While municipalities may add additional amounts of Chlorine and Chloramines to our water to protect us they are also endangering our fishy friends. Power outages, faulty heaters and filters can also cause problems. You need to be mindful of the potential for failure. Inspection of your tank is crucial. It’s easiest to do in the morning and evening when turning lights on and off and at feeding times. Checking water flow from filters, temperature and occasionally checking water chemistry are all keys to success. Cost, space, time and maintenance are more of the considerations. Once you’ve established a budget, then you can decide on where to place your aquarium and have adequate space to clean and store items. The most popular set-ups are freshwater tropical community tanks and tropical salt water tanks. Planted aquariums displays are another great option as well, where the potential to create amazing aquascapes is unlimited. The Pittsburgh Area
Learning about your fish’s native environment can be fun and educational. A biotope tank is a slice of an ecosystem from an actual geographical location. For example, a Discus Fish biotope has the species-specific fish from the Rio Negro River in Brazil. The water conditions from that area are duplicated as well as the other flora and fauna.
This is a biotope Discus Fish display aquarium. Maintenance on a biotope like this consists of water changes every two weeks, along with a thorough cleaning of substrate, ornaments, glass surfaces and filters. These Discus are members of the Cichlid family and were captive-bred and therefore, can tolerate normal PH of 7.0, even though their native waters PH can vary in acidity from 5.0-6.0. Freshwater community aquariums can be very diverse with compatible species. The community aquarium is great because you can have smaller set ups and still be able to accommodate many fish. There are many small species such as, Tetra, Rasbora, Danio as well as many Live-Bearers. It is a small step up from owning a single Beta fish in a bowl, which usually does not require a filter or air pump. A small community Aquarium is ideal for a child’s room or office, with little maintenance required. Saltwater and reef aquariums are another adventure. Salinity, filtration, controlling bacteria are among a few of the considerations. Fish are generally more expensive and maintenance is somewhat more involved. Special filtration systems, such as a under tank sump filter or refugium, can greatly assist in keeping the water clean. Also, specialized UV sterilizers and skimmers can help keep the water clean and safe for livestock. Live rock and corals require the correct balance of minerals and nutrients. They add color, diversity and contribute to the ecosystem by providing shelter and food for your fish. Once your aquarium is set up with proper equipment, it can be maintained fairly easily. The beauty and diversity of the coral shown here make for a spectacular display. Viewing, feeding and maintaining your aquatic pets is very rewarding, calming and beneficial to us, their caregivers. Despite all of the careful considerations, the enjoyment of viewing your aquarium after all the hard work is better than HD or 3D TV any day! The fish experts at Oddball Pets & Aquariums can help you find the perfect aquarium set-up within your budget. 262 Joseph Street Pittsburgh, PA (412) 884-2333 www.oddballpets.com
DANGEROUS FOODS Food and drink that enhance our lives sometimes can be harmful, even deadly, for our four-legged friends. The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center took over 17,000 calls regarding pets ingesting and being poisoned by “people” food in 2009.
TIDBITS TIPS Some foods that are dangerous for your pets include:
• GRAPES AND RAISINS • YEAST DOUGH • RAW/UNDERCOOKED MEAT, EGGS AND BONES • XYLITOL – A SWEETENER IN GUM AND MANY OTHER PRODUCTS • ONIONS, GARLIC AND CHIVES • MILK • SALT • CHOCOLATE, COFFEE AND CAFFEINE • ALCOHOL • AVOCADOS • MACADAMIA NUTS Please visit the ASPCA website for a complete list: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/ask-the-expert/ask-the-expertpoison-control/people-foods.aspx
ne little kitty can really brighten your day, and if she happens to show up in a completely unexpected place and time she can seem like a little angel sent just for you. Moving one’s parent into a nursing facility, while it may come as a relief that they will receive the physical and mental care they need, is rarely a positive activity. So many other options for care are available that by
A therapy cat for visitors as well as residents
by Bernadette E. Kazmarski
the time a person needs to enter skilled nursing they are so incapacitated by acute or chronic illness that recovery is not probable and time is likely limited. So it was in May 2010 with my mother’s move after a stay in the hospital, after several months of decline into greater dementia and lesser physical ability, and years in personal care. She entered the facility on a Saturday when a skeleton staff was on hand. A state-owned facility, it was what my mother could afford by that time, and the place was functional more than pretty with creamcolored cinder-block walls and mostly institutional lighting. Ironically enough, it was where my father had also spent his last years two decades before and as I walked the halls once again, visited my mother’s room and found my way to the administrator’s office I marveled at how much I had, sadly, learned in those 20 years about the end of a person’s life. But my mother was at least aware enough to remember the same things and a few days before, to my surprise, actually asked me if this was where she was moving and began recalling her visits to my father, her husband, and that time of her life. I knew she would have excellent care no matter the time or day, and this evening I would only sign the most essential forms that evening and return on a weekday to finish. But what a surprise and joy when I entered the administrative office to sign those forms to see a very alert kitty on a nice cat tree in the corner of the darkened office! Much has been written about the benefits of animals to persons in care facilities, even persons in deep dementia. An animal’s non-verbal and naturally friendly nature is not threatening as the rest of the world must
seem to a person who has lost control of some of their mental and/or physical capacity. Just the touch of fur or a purr or lick can make a connection no human touch could engender.
Well, I can attest that these animals are just as welcoming to those of us who are committing our loved ones into this type of care. Seeing the familiar shape of a kitty and spending even just giving her a quick pet in the office while I was signing my mother into a nursing home, likely her last living place, released my anxiety about the day, the move and the future. I signed the forms and went over to pet the cat who was leaning a little toward me with a skeptical look, and in the dark at that end of the office I saw another bed on the floor, food and water bowls and lots of toys. This was one well-settled kitty! “Does she live here?” I asked the nurse who was organizing my papers. “Is she a therapy cat?” “Yes, she lives in the office here,” the nurse told me. “She doesn’t come out too much during the day but the residents who like cats can visit her.” Well, I thought, I’ll have to look into this a little further as I visit my mother. My mother had been in personal care since 2002. She had had lung cancer surgery in 2001 and because of her underlying heart disease barely survived, recovering slowly and remaining weak and subject to bouts of dementia and pneumonia. Living in personal care actually improved her health because she was not only well cared for but living communally she was more vibrant and social than she had been in years. 2010 had been difficult, though, as she made one final slip into dementia the previous summer and really didn’t emerge, beginning to lose weight and physical ability at the same time, falling more frequently and with more trouble swallowing which meant extreme care in feeding her as she was often too confused or physically incapable of feeding herself. She usually recognized me, but at the same time everyone she had ever known was also currently alive and recognizable as well, maybe even in the room with us, and she would argue the point if I questioned her.
I could no longer easily take her out to shop or for a quick meal as even her diet changed, and visits often consisted of following her as she marched up and down the hallway pushing her walker. Then walking became difficult if not dangerous, and even confused conversation was rare. I know she was still aware of me when I visited, but she openly responded less often. So how nice to know there was a friendly kitty handy in the building for when I needed to restore myself, and during evening visits I could wander down to the administration wing where Roxy was queen of the hallways. My mother was not so restored by animals and I think fur felt unexpected and therefore a little frightening under her hand, so I visited Roxy by myself. Roxy was just about six years old, and was brought in as a therapy cat at just about six weeks old. “Our Director of Nursing found her mother, Chloe, in a dumpster,” said Sue Haver of the business office and a 34-year employee of Kane Regional Center in Scott Township, who was Roxy’s primary caregiver at the facility. “We decided to give it a try with a therapy animal and she’s been here since she was just a tiny kitten.” No wonder Roxy seemed so comfortable with her position in the office. She’d been there virtually all her life. Still, it takes a special personality to live in a care facility with what can sometimes seem like total mayhem all around – conversations and phones ringing, humans with varying degrees of speaking ability at a sometimes startling volume, various assist devices from motorized wheelchairs to portable oxygen tanks. Kane Regional Center is run by the county and isn’t a posh, over decorated retirement center, but even with the tile floors and cinderblock walls I have never seen more competent and compassionate staff and a bright and positive atmosphere. My father was resident there 20 years ago, and I know many others whose family members lived there. Some of the residents are not in end-of-life care but have truly profound physical disabilities requiring constant care, and the generosity of the staff to adopt a kitten who needed a home and take the time to raise her and treat her like a member of the family is testament to their open-hearted nature. Roxy returned the favor. She had the aforementioned toys all over the office, but she also liked to chase gum wrappers and would sometimes play fetch, bringing them back “very slowly, but she brings them back,” Sue remarked. Like most cats, she was the queen of every comfortable spot in the office. “If she’s on a chair and someone wants to sit there, they’ll go get another chair rather than move Roxy,” Sue laughed. “She’s a really sweet cat,” Sue said. “She’s really quiet and affectionate, and she really doesn’t wander too far from the office.” Residents who like cats are welcome to stop by to see her, though. Roxy was given the run of the place at night and the door to the office was left ajar. “She wanders all around, but she often ends up in the chapel,” Sue said. “During the day she most often only goes to the end of the hallway.”
And she knows who to call for help. “If she gets locked out of her office, if the door shuts accidentally, she goes to the end of the hallway and meows in the direction of Security,” Sue explained. “If they don’t hear her, she goes to their office to let them know.” Roxy at first appeared to be a black cat, but on closer inspection turned out to be a smoke tabby, very dark gray with black stripes, and a tiny white spot on her chest. Her eyes are a lovely aqua, just as much blue as green, that I haven’t seen in too many cats. And she’s probably the only office cat with her own wardrobe of costumes. Here in Steelers Country, any black animal can quickly become a Steelers fan with the addition of a gold garment. “We like to dress her up for Halloween, and other times too,” Sue tells me as she slips a gold hoodie sweatshirt with a denim skirt attached over Roxy’s back and snaps it beneath her belly. I looked forward to visiting Roxy when I stopped in to see my mother, and Roxy inherited a few of the toys my kids had doubles of along with some treats. I took my mother to see her one evening, and between my mother’s poor vision and dementia I’m not sure she really grasped the experience. At that time my mother was insisting that Bootsie, the cat I was given for Christmas when I was nine, was still around, so perhaps she thought Roxy was Bootsie and paid little attention to her. And because so many people who move into care facilities have to give up their pets, I’m always glad to know that there’s a kitty for the residents here to visit and pet and play with. Good job, Roxy! I originally wrote this article in May 2010. During the nine months my mother was resident at Kane, I found the chance to visit Roxy a number of times in the evening, stopping by the quiet administration wing on my way out the door to relax and pet a cat after an often troubling visit with my mother. My mother died in January 2011, but I always remember the comfort of a cat in that situation – so many new people and procedures to get to know, but an animal is a friend right away. Under the supervision of her cats Bernadette E. Kazmarski works in her home office and studio painting animals and nature, writing fiction and poetry and providing commercial print, web and logo design and illustrations as well as photographing events, and writing articles and publicity. Visit her website at www.bernadette-k.com. Photos: page 16, upper right and center, and page 17 above copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in purchasing one as a print, or to use in a print or internet publication.
EQUINE AFFAIRS I
f you found this article that it means you are an animal lover for one reason or another. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones have a unique bond, and you are reaching out to see if there are others like you within your community. I am one of these people, and I know firsthand how
Holistic approach to natural horse keeping the unconditional love provided by your pet can be the key to changing your path in life. My name is Nancy Friskhorn, and I have been a certified hoof care practitioner for over a decade. Through my teachings with the AANHCP, and now Liberated Horsemanship, I have the unique opportunity to help others learn from nature and return domesticated pathological hooves to their intended form and function. It is my mission, my job and my passion to continue
Healthcare…He has a Master of Science degree from a psychobiology program at Bucknell University that focused almost entirely on animal behavior and related subjects. He earned a PhD from the world renown Institute of Animal Behavior, Rutgers University, and continued with four years of post-doctoral studies that focused on behavioral neuroendocrinology. The best part is, he can communicate what he
“WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT THE OWNER OF THE HORSE (OR PET!) IS PROVIDING THE BEST CARE THAT THEY CAN, THE CARE THAT THEY BELIEVE IN THEIR HEART WILL SUFFICE THE ANIMAL’S NEEDS.” – NANCY FRISKHORN knows in straightforward, understandable terms. Dr Nock founded liberated horsemanship in 2003, and has given us permission to post to www.hooflady.org one of his articles for this month’s edition. We hope you will enjoy this reading and gain some insight into your own practices.
my studies and to educate all who are interested in a more holistic approach to natural horse keeping. As a barefoot advocate, I believe that most horses do not require shoes, but there are exceptions. It is easy to be persuaded by friends at the barn or the dog park, online sites claiming miracle medicines, and equine professionals (such as myself) with a plethora of information that is often times overwhelming to the owner. To properly care for your pet you must choose among these professional individuals, and sort through the pseudoscience, so that you can make appropriate choices for your particular furry friend. It was precisely this search that led me Liberated Horsemanship where I met Dr. Bruce Nock. Dr. Nock is a tenured faculty member of multiple departments at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a subject of biographical record in both Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Medicine and Nancy Friskhorn CHCP-Field Instructor Liberated Horsemanship Barefoot Trimming Services for the Tri-State Area PA, WV, OH 724-255-6465 firstname.lastname@example.org
All Natural Hoof Care Nancy Friskhorn CHCP-Field Instructor
Liberated Horsemanship Barefoot Trimming Services for the Tri-State Area: PA, WV, OH
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EQUINE AFFAIRS Whether you are traveling a short distance or
going on a long trip with your horse, you have a lot to think about. The extra time and expense of getting the right tests and paperwork is necessary and required.
Some states may also require an entry (or import) permit. This document can be obtained by the state of final destination, often by internet. This permit is good for the life of the health certificate.
CERTIFICATE OF VETERINARY INSPECTION:
The health certificate may be for intrastate, interstate, or international travel. Much of the same information is required for all three of these types of health certificates. If you trailer to a show with your horse, you will need to have your Coggins test available. This test looks for antibodies to Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) virus. They may also ask for the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection, also known as a Health Certificate. The CVI attests that your horse has no obvious signs of disease on the day of inspection, and is signed by your veterinarian. This certificate is generally good for 30 days.
HEALTH CERTIFICATE By Brian S. Burks, D.V.M.
The Coggins test is required for entry into all 50 states. Not only is a negative test required, but it must be performed at an accredited laboratory. Many states will accept these for 12 months, but there are a few that only accept them for 6 months from the date drawn; check with your veterinarian. All states also require a CVI accompany the horse. Some require the horse’s body temperature be recorded on the CVI on the day of examination. Others require specific information regarding certain diseases, and some require a record of vaccination. Why do you need a health certificate? Local veterinarians work in conjunction with the state veterinarian and the area veterinarian in charge to protect the health of both you and your horse by preventing, controlling, and eradicating animal disease. State and federal animal regulations help protect your horse from diseases such as vesicular stomatitis, screw-worms, piroplasmosis, and West Nile virus. Some diseases may be zoonotic, meaning that they can be passed from horses to humans. Even local travel does not guarantee safety from foreign animal diseases – or sometimes not so foreign. Even if your horse does not come into direct contact with an animal with a reportable disease, equine transportation and showing may be shut down. Complying with United States disease prevention requirements helps keep the entire equine industry healthy and active.
• Preventative Care • Internal Medicine and Surgery • Stem Cells/IRAP • Neonatal and Geriatric Medicine • Digital Radiographs and Ultrasound
Not only does the CVI protect you and your horse, it also provides an excellent paper trail if anyone should question your horse’s disease status. Veterinary examinations, EIA results, body temperature, and vaccination records are in one place for easy retrieval. Dr. Brian Burks is the owner of Fox Run Equine Center, a 24-hour medical-surgical center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Center has been in western PA since 1984, and remains the premier equine hospital serving the tri-state area. Dr. Burks was an intern and then a resident in equine internal medicine. He is a Board Certified Equine Expert, by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Brian S. Burks, D.V.M., Dipl. ABVP, Board Certified Equine Expert
394 Fox Road | Apollo, PA 15613 www.foxrunequine.com September 2012
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THE RAINBOW BRIDGE POEM Author Unknown Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to Photo by Cathy Ennis be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
REMEMBRANCES IN REMEMBRANCE OF: Mutley Ennis 1996- 2011 Mutley was adopted in 1997 by Ennis’. He had a wonderful loving home and was likewise a very sweet loving dog back. He lived until 15 years old. He became ill at age 14 and required assistance getting around due to joint disease. Mutley’s Uncle Moose built him a ramp off the back deck to assist Mutley in getting out to the yard. The Ennis’s were diligent about making Mutley comfortable and they had another wonderful year and a half together!
y Ennis Mutley & Cath
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
IN REMEMBRANCE OF: Zee Groth 1999- 2012 Zee (short for Zorba) came as a little black ball of energy in 1999. He was an Airscent Search and Rescue dog with Massasauga Search and Rescue team, based in the Rochester, NY area. He was a “natural” and learned fast how to do his job. Together we worked on searches throughout New York State, including at the Fresh Kills Landfill locating victims following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. It was working in the wilderness that Zee really excelled. An Airscent dog works off lead, running through the woods searching for a lost person. Sometimes the dog works out of sight of the handler and it often appears they are working separately. Actually, working like this requires closeness and a bond between the handler and the dog that is hard to find anywhere else. It’s hard to describe but when it works right it’s almost like a dance between handler and dog.
In his last years it was a little hard to remember how much a ball of energy he was, but even in old age he never lost the desire to “go to work”, which to him was really just play. He was 13 years old when we lost him. Not sure if I’ll find another like him.
Dr. Doug The Holistic Vet
Holistic and Conventional Care: • Full Service Animal Clinic • Preventive Health Care • General Surgery • Radiology • Dentistry • Vaccine & Vaccine Counseling
• Nutrition Counseling & Natural Raw Diets • Holistic Care • Acupuncture • Chiropractic • Chinese Herbal Medicine • Therapeutic Laser
Dr. Doug Knueven practices an integrative approach to pet care. He is well versed in conventional veterinary medicine and has been licensed since 1987. He is also certified in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and chiropractic. He is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and has advanced training in natural nutrition, massage therapy, homeopathy and a host of other alternative therapies. At Beaver Animal Clinic, Dr. Doug offers a full range of options for the treatment of disease and the maintenance of health. Western medicine tends to focus on fighting disease while holistic medicine strives to strengthen the body. These two goals are not necessarily mutually exclusive. An integrative practitioner works with the best of what these two philosophies have to offer picking and choosing from the full menu of options to put together a treatment plan that is ideal for the individual pet and her caregiver.
BEAVER ANIMAL CLINIC We at Beaver Animal Clinic believe in the power of caring. Caring for our patients as our own pets. Caring for our clients as our friends. Caring for each other as our family.
Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 9-8; Fri. 9-5 Sat. 9-3; Sun. Closed
357 State Avenue | Beaver, PA 15009
BEAVER ANIMAL CLINIC OFFERS HEALING TOUCH FOR ANIMALS Level Two HTA practitioner, Jody Benedict, has worked as a veterinary technician for over 20 years. Jody has a natural way with animals as well as an innate healing presence. Her compassion for animals along with her skill and training make Jody the ideal Healing Touch for Animals practitioner.