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Animalwellness For a long, healthy life!

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Living pawsitive!

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Since Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January, an astounding 27,000 animals have been treated. Who are the heroes behind this effort and what has it meant to the people of Haiti?

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A case of

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Contents October/November 2010

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features 18 A case of Cushing’s

How nutrition, herbs and acupuncture helped Tess regain her health and vitality after a diagnosis of Cushing’s disease.

22 10 tips for a long life

You want your furry friend to be with you as long as possible. Incorporating these suggestions into his care will help ensure his health and longevity.

26 As the dust settles

Since last January’s earthquake in Haiti, a coalition of animal organizations has been working tirelessly to give aid to the country’s dogs, cats and other animals, and to rebuild and improve its veterinary services.

30 Factoring in safety

One good thing came out of the pet food recall three years ago – it urged manufacturers and regulatory bodies to pay more attention to the ingredients that go into products.

36 8 steps to healthy snacking

What better way to love your dog than by giving him treats? The trick is choosing

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something that won’t pack on the pounds.

40 How are his chakras?

70 It’s the law!

If your dog seems stressed or out of sorts, perhaps his chakras are out of balance. Learn what this means and what you can do to help him.

Not long ago, many animals had little or no legal protection. But animal law has become a burgeoning field in recent years, with more and more professionals showing an interest in it.

42What’s for dinner?

74 Is your dog depressed?

52 Organic matters

76 “Who, me… disabled?”

Premium freeze dried and dehydrated pet foods offer the perfect combination of optimal nutrition and convenience.

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably have some questions about organic pet food. What does the term actually mean, and how can you be sure the food you’re buying for your dog or cat is really organic?

56 The massage controversy

In many states, animal massage can only be done under veterinary supervision. It’s a requirement that has caused more than a few conflicts, but things are starting to change.

59 Healing with superfoods

Cranberries form the basis of these organic whole food supplements for dogs and cats.

Here are 6 simple ways to keep him off the shrink’s couch.

Visit a special rescue where physically challenged animals find a caring home -and teach people they can still love and enjoy life.

82 What’s the deal with grains? Should you feed them to your companion or not? It depends on the grain, and whether it’s whole or not.

85 For earth and animals

Quality and sustainability come together at this unique eco-friendly pet supply company.


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Communication

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64 Dr. Martin Goldstein 86 Passages

Departments

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12 Mail bag 39 Product picks 48 Animal Wellness resource guide

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January’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti affected millions of people and animals. Since then, animal organizations from around the world have been working to help the country’s dogs, cats and livestock – and put smiles back on the faces of people like this young boy, who is obviously happy to still have his puppy companion. For the full story, turn to page 26.

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Editorial Department Editor-in-Chief: Dana Cox Managing Editor: Ann Brightman Senior Graphic Designer: Meaghan McGowan Graphic Designer: Deanna Hall Cover Photography: Courtesy of the WSPA Tail End Illustration: Leanne Rosborough Columnists & Contributing Writers Sue Becker, BFRP, BFRAP, CTTP Audi Donamor Jane Finch Martin Goldstein, DVM Peggy Hoyt, JD, MBA, BCS Deva Khalsa, VMD Lynda Lyons Lynn McKenzie Melanie Mendenhall Sandra Murphy Barbara Nefer Lisa Speaker Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM Sheri Spirt, MD Eugen Suman Debbie Swanson Charlotte Walker

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n elderly relative recently remarked how amazing it is that our dogs and cats have access to so many pet food choices nowadays. When she was a child, her family’s black Lab lived chiefly on table scraps – perhaps some leftover meat, gristle and gravy mixed with a couple of slices of torn-up bread. Even after she grew up and started a family of her own (human and animal!), while commercial pet foods were more widely available by then, the choices were limited and of questionable nutritional value. Today’s dogs and cats are a lot more fortunate. In fact, the options can sometimes be downright mind-boggling. What’s especially wonderful is that there are more and more premium foods available that offer superior nutrition in a variety of formats – from raw frozen diets, to quality canned and kibbled foods, to freeze-dried and dehydrated selections. This issue is devoted to nutrition, and its importance to your companion’s health and well being. We feature an article on organic pet foods, (what does “organic” actually mean?), find out what makes a healthy snack, and explore the health and convenience benefits of dehydrated and freeze-dried diets. We also address the grain controversy (is it okay to feed grains or not?) and learn what premium pet food companies are doing to ensure the safety and

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quality of their ingredients. And be sure to read our case study story on how a change in diet, along with supplements, herbs and acupuncture, helped one little dog get on top of her Cushing’s disease. We also take a look at the changing face of animal law, what to do if your dog is depressed, and how chakra healing can enhance canine well being. Check out ten tips that will help your dog or cat live a longer life, visit an organization that rescues disabled animals, and learn how communication can help you deal with a timid or fearful cat. After talking with my relative, I feel very grateful that we have so many quality dietary options to choose from when feeding our beloved dogs and cats! Have a happy and healthy autumn.

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1. Veterinarian Dr. Deva Khalsa, VMD, CVA, authored Dr. Khalsa’s The Natural Dog and co-authored Healing Your Horse: Alternative Therapies. She lectures internationally and is a professor at the British Institute of Homeopathy. She has almost 30 years of experience in holistic modalities. Turn to page 22 for Dr. Khalsa’s top ten tips for longevity in dogs and cats. 2. Peggy R. Hoyt, JD, MBA, BCS, is a practicing estate planning attorney and author of All My Children Wear Fur Coats - How to Leave a Legacy for Your Pet. She is passionate about her own fur children -- three rescue horses, five dogs and four cats. She can be reached at The Law Offices of Hoyt & Bryan in Oviedo, Florida at 407-9778080 or Peggy@HoytBryan.com. In this issue, she writes about the changing face of animal law – page 70. 3. Sue Becker is an animal communicator, a registered practitioner for Bach Flower Remedies and Tellington TTouch, and does intuitive distance healing. She has helped thousands of animals and their people worldwide

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and receives numerous veterinarian referrals. Sue teaches for organizations at animal-related events and also through private consultations, workshops, telecourses for longdistance learning, articles and individual mentoring. On page 60, she looks at how animal communication can help fearful kitties.

4. Lynn McKenzie is an Animal Intuitive and publisher of The Divine Mission of Animals newsletter. She helps others attune and awaken to the teachings and wonder that all sentient beings wish to share. Lynn offers nationally available teleclass training on healing and communicating with animals, and a self-study audio program on crystal healing for animals (AnimalEnergy. com). Check out her article on chakra healing for dogs (page 40). 5. Audi Donamor has been creating special needs diets for cats and dogs for a long time. Following the loss of her beloved golden retriever, Blues, she founded The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund through the University of Guelph’s Pet Trust. She is the only two-

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time recipient of the Golden Retriever Club of Canada’s Silmaril Kennel Trophy for the Human/Animal Bond. In this issue, she writes about grains that are good for animals – page 82.

6. Veterinarian Dr. Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM, is a board-certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist who has practiced at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and other leading institutions. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Spector has written and lectured extensively on topics such as nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, kidney failure and respiratory disease. She is a consulting veterinarian to HALO, Purely for Pets. She currently works in Chicago, performing independent internal medicine consultations for dogs and cats. Turn to page 36 for Dr. Spector’s article on healthy snacking. 7. Lisa Speaker is founder of the Colorado Alliance for Animal Owners’ Rights (CAAOR) and the Rocky Mountain School of Animal


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Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM). She can be contacted at rmsaam.com or 303-669-4227. She writes about the animal massage controversy on page 56.

8. Barbara Nefer is an animal lover and freelance writer living in Celebration, Florida. She shares her life with three cats, two horses, and a Quaker parrot. For her article on Dogs With Disabilities, a rescue organization for disabled animals, turn to page 76.

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9. Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer living near Boston. She contributes regularly to many animal magazines, and lives with her family and a collie named Duncan. On page 30, Debbie looks at what premium pet foods companies are doing to ensure the safety of their products. 10. Eugen Suman is a young writer living and working in Bucharest, Romania. When he’s not busy writing the next big Romanian novel, he works

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as a copywriter at an ad agency and takes care of his dog, Bruno. Turn to page 74 for Eugen’s tips on beating depression in dogs.

Sandra Murphy lives in St Louis, Missouri. When she’s not writing, she works as a pet sitter. For this edition, she looks at the benefits of freeze dried and dehydrated pet foods (page 42).

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I would just like to tell you how wonderful I think your magazine is! I look forward to each new issue that comes out, and thoroughly enjoy reading the interesting/educational articles. Your helpful diet articles allowed me to add some fruits/veggies to my dogs’ diet that have made a huge difference in their lives. We have the most happy/healthy dogs we have ever had!

Balancing the homemade diet is essential.

makes it easy! Struvite crystals, urinary tract infections, kidney disease, ibd, obesity & allergies can be avoided with a raw meat diet. Provide your beautiful cat with optimal nutrition.

I also love that your magazine always has pictures of a wide variety of dog breeds. Most recently I was reading your “Great American Roadtrip” article about car seats (June/July). The seat made especially for toy/small breeds is such a great idea! And I was even more thrilled to see

that the dog pictured in the seat looks like one of my puppies! She is a parti Pomeranian (blue and white) and a rescue. Shortly after adopting her, I found myself searching the internet for pictures that looked like her, with little to no results. I am not sure if the dog pictured is a Pomeranian, but she looks just like my little girl! I was extremely excited to see another dog so similar! Thank you for making a wonderful magazine, and always continuing to make your readers smile and see a little bit of their “babies” in your stories. Meghann Slavtcheff Rhode Island

Editor’s note: We’re pleased that adding fruits and veggies to your dogs’ diet has improved their wellness – often, all it takes is some healthy variety to ensure well being. We’re not sure about the breed of the dog in the photo you’re referring to, but they certainly look very similar!

It’s great that you print articles about positive reinforcement training methods, but someone goofed with the photo accompanying the article on page 24 in your Aug-Sept issue. There are two dogs wearing choke chains and the article clearly declares them inappropriate for such training methods. Someone must have been asleep at the wheel when this slipped through to the distribution stage. Charlotte Peltz, CABC San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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yakkity yak Animals matter Actresses Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar, Beverly Hills 90210) and Audrey Landers (Burn Notice, Dallas) have joined other celebrities in pledging their support to the Animals Matter to Me campaign launched by the World Society for the Protection of Animals. The campaign represents a two million-strong community of animal lovers, governments, celebrities and organizations committed to ending animal cruelty worldwide. Celebrities’ personal videos about why animals matter to them can be viewed at AnimalsMattertoMe.org. “We need laws to protect all animals from cruelty and mistreatment – whether they are companion animals, farm animals or wild animals,” says Ms. Landers.

Like Tokyo Police Club?

Comedian Ricky Gervais, one of the creators of The Office, is among several celebrities supporting the Animals Matter to Me campaign.

If so, it’s your lucky day. Make a donation to the ASPCA and you’ll receive the band’s “Wait Up (Boots of Danger)” video as well as exclusive songs, including a remix by RAC. The members of Tokyo Police Club are all animal lovers, and came up with the idea for a video of dogs crashing a neighbor’s pool party. The video was shot in the suburbs of Toronto, and 100% of each sale will be donated to the ASPCA. Check it out at tokyopoliceclub.com.

Plates by Pierce   This past summer, the California Spay and Neuter License Plate Fund, along with the California Veterinary Medical Board, launched a California Spay and Neuter Specialty License Plate Program to provide funding for free and lowcost spay and neuter surgery programs across California. The plates feature original artwork created and donated by actor and artist Pierce Brosnan, and can be ordered at CASpayPlate.com.

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Improving behavior Good behavior and training are crucial to a happy humananimal bond. The American Humane Association has recruited an Animal Behavior and Training Advisory Committee made up of experts in the field. The committee will oversee and provide guidance for an upcoming National Pet Dog Training Summit, provide advice, direction, oversight and guidance to AHA’s Human-Animal Interactions programs, and more. Committee members include Dr. Dan Estep of Animal Behavior Associates, Pam Johnson-Bennett of Cat Behavior Associates, and many others.


Feral wear Feral cats are an issue in most communities, and figuring out how to deal with them can often cause conflicts. October 16 is National Feral Cat Day, and Alley Cat Allies is asking kitty lovers everywhere to buy and wear an “I Love Feral Cats� T-shirt. Made from organic cotton, this sweatshopfree shirt lets you demonstrate your support for the protection of feral cats and for Trap-Neuter-Return programs in your area. To order or learn more about feral cats, visit www.alleycat/

The K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, California earlier this year raised $64,000.

Canine cancer Cancer is increasingly common in dogs of all ages. To mark the memory of dogs that have lost their battle with cancer, and celebrate those that have survived, the Morris Animal Foundation is hosting its 1st Annual K9 Cancer Walk in Los Gatos, California on October 10. The walk will raise money and awareness for the Canine Cancer Campaign, which funds research to develop prevention strategies, test new treatments, establish tools for researchers and train new scientists specializing in cancer research. Another walk takes place on December 5 in Coconut Creek, Florida. K9CancerWalk.org

A doggie sweater or jacket will help keep your canine cozy as the weather gets colder. animal wellness

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Taking to the air? When flying with your dog or cat, you want an airline that will keep him safe, comfortable and as stress-free as possible. Petfinder.com has released its annual list of the most animalfriendly airlines in the United States. At the top is Pet Airways, whose “pawsengers” fly in the climate-controlled pressurized main cabin and are checked on by attendants every 15 minutes during flights. JetBlue was also picked for having the best animal-friendly amenities and for its attention to health and safety. For the full list, visit Petfinder.com.

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The Gulf Coast oil spill is having far-reaching effects on both the region’s environment and its economy. Up to three times the usual number of animals are being relinquished to shelters by those who can no longer afford to keep them. The Louisiana SPCA, along with ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society and several local organizations, have launched the Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program to provide animal care services to those suffering economic hardship as a result of the disaster. To volunteer or donate to this effort, visit laspca.org/gulfcoastrelief.

Keep Halloween candy out of your companion’s reach.


Puns and pop culture What’s in a name? When it comes to dogs, the answer is puns, pop culture references, and a little bit of poop. For the third year in a row, Veterinary Pet Insurance selected the ten most unusual names from its database of more than 485,000 insured dogs: 1. Pickle Von Corndog 2. Lord Chubby Pruneface 3. Badonkadonk 4. Ninjastar Dangerrock 5. Molly Mcboozehound 6. Dog Vadar 7. Flospy Squeakerton 8. Bettie Poops 9. Geez Louise 10. Barnaby Bones

Poetic muse For the past two years, the American Pet Products Association has held a National Children’s Pet Poetry Contest through their Pets Add Life campaign. Third, fourth and fifth grade students from across the country submitted poems about their animal companions, what they love about them and the joys they bring to their lives. Pictured above receiving her award is Taylor Bentel, one of this year’s third grade winners. All winners also received a $250 gift certificate for pet products, while their classrooms were awarded a $1,000 scholarship to spend on animal-related education.

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A case of

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How nutrition, herbs and acupuncture helped Tess regain her health and vitality after a diagnosis of Cushing’s disease.

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knew something was wrong when my 12-year-old Maltese, Tess, began losing her thick hair. “Old age,” friends said. It sounded reasonable, but a nagging doubt plagued me. Within months, she had lost nearly all the hair on her tail, and I could see pink skin on several other areas of her body. Time to see the vet!

A blood test revealed a high cortisol level. The vet blew it off, citing stress, old age or injury. Unhappy with his diagnosis, I went online and did some research. I found Cushing’s disease. Tess had been exhibiting other signs of this disease for years, and I had been completely unaware of the meaning of the symptoms.

Symptoms include hair loss, increased water consumption, urination and appetite, abdominal enlargement or a “pot belly”, and thin skin. Cushing’s is caused by a chronic overproduction of glucocorticoid by the adrenal glands. Most cases (80%) are due to an increase of the hormone ACTH in the pituitary that stimulates the adrenals to secrete glucocorticoid. The other 20% of cases usually stem from a tumor in the adrenal gland. Typically, the disease begins around middle age and is more common in dogs than cats. It is not partial to breed and is found equally in males and females. Symptoms include hair loss, increased water consumption, urination and appetite, abdominal enlargement or a “pot belly”, and thin skin. Tess had a tendency to drink a lot of water, had a voracious appetite, and sported a plump tummy. Apparently, the hair loss was the last symptom to show up.

Trying the traditional route

I first went to a traditional vet who, after a few tests, concluded that Tess did have Cushing’s. She prescribed Lysodren, which is basically a chemotherapy drug. It kills the excess cells and potentially causes more problems in the long run, but I had no alternative. Tess had to be monitored closely the first couple of weeks. After a month, another test was administered to check her hormone levels. The vet was thrilled with the results. Tess’s cortisol levels were back within normal range. Tess would be on Lysodren for the rest of her life, but despite the positive response, I was still apprehensive. Six months later, her hair had still not grown back, and I was growing increasingly uncomfortable with the medication.

Searching for alternative answers

I researched again, this time looking for alternative treatments, and found a holistic vet close to my area. So I called. During the phone consultation, the vet asked about Tess’s symptoms, medical history and diet. I enthusiastically scheduled a first appointment.

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I learned so much that first visit. The vet, Dr. Katherine DeVore, began with the importance of diet. “Nutrition is the basis for health in any species,” she said. She recommended a raw food diet for Tess consisting of meat and vegetables. She gave me a “recipe” that included meats such as chicken, beef, turkey, venison and rabbit, and an assortment of vegetables.

Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions, including Cushing’s.

Next, Dr. DeVore checked Tess’s teeth. I had been taking her for dental cleanings, but she continued to accumulate tartar. The vet told me that a raw bone, such as a beef spare rib bone, given about twice a week, would combat the build-up and lower the need for cleanings. It would also be a good source of calcium.

that animals have 173 acupoints (sites of stimulation that give a therapeutic homeostatic effect). Humans have 361. Acupuncture can help with a wide range of conditions, including Cushing’s. I knew there was no way Tess would sit still long enough to have needles inserted all over her body. The vet agreed and told me she would use a laser or infrared light that is just as effective as a needle.

After discussing diet and nutrition, the vet began talking about the alternative treatments she used. “I am trained in Chinese medicine, which includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas,” she explained. “I utilize a lot of nutraceuticals, which include antioxidants, vitamins, glycosaminoglycans and omega fatty acids.” She has found that Chinese herbs often help in situations where traditional Western medicine has failed. The Chinese believe in the balance of the body’s system, the yin and yang. Based on the particular problem, different herbs are given to help restore balance and reduce sickness.

Success!

The last treatment option the doctor suggested was acupuncture. This modality can stimulate the release of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and beta-endorphins, that help alleviate pain and produce homeostasis, or internal balance. It can also regulate the digestive system, inflammation and hormones. The Chinese have been using acupuncture on animals since around 621 BC and found

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Tess’s treatment began with the recommended change in diet. I found a dried concoction of fruits and vegetables from Sojourner Farms that is mixed with meat and water. Tess loves her new food. I’ve also had no hesitation with the raw spare rib bones. I had already been giving her a vitamin/mineral supplement, and Dr. DeVore also gave me an herbal mix of Rehmannia 14 to start Tess on. In a subsequent visit, she added a liquid fatty acid supplement. Tess has responded amazingly well to the holistic treatment. She was lethargic for the first few weeks, but rebounded and is back to bouncing off the walls. The best news is, that after only six weeks, her hair started growing back. Sure, it’s more work preparing her food, adding all the supplements and taking her for checkups and acupuncture, but she is healthy, energetic and, hopefully, going to be around for a long time!


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You want your furry friend to be with you as long as possible. Incorporating these suggestions into his care will help ensure his health and longevity. by Deva Khalsa, VMD

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ou want to improve your dog or cat’s health, but it can be hard to know where to begin. There are so many factors to be considered. Taking a holistic approach by looking at all aspects of his care and lifestyle is a good starting point. This checklist of ten tips will help enhance his health and lengthen his life (and maybe yours too)!

supplements, can’t be absorbed, so there’s no nutritional value. Read and compare labels carefully. Choose vitamins that state the milligrams or International Units on the label, and that contain high quality ingredients.

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A new puppy or kitten may be stressed – particularly if he just came from a shelter or rescue. Take him for vaccinations when his systems are strong and balanced. Never vaccinate an animal compromised by an infection or illness. Previously vaccinated dogs and cats can get blood tests that register titers or immune memory in lieu of certain vaccines. Research has shown that after their one-year boosters, many dogs and cats are protected for five to seven years or longer, depending on the vaccine.

When you’re in the mood, you can do some good ol’ home cookin’ for your best friend. It’s easy and fun to make delicious treats at home (see page 24 for a recipe both dogs and cats love).

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Nurture with nutrition

As conscientious consumers, we review ingredient lists on our own food. We need to do the same for our animals. Look for labels that state whole meat ingredients like chicken, beef or lamb – not poultry by-products, etc. Choose superior brands of pet food that promise healthier ingredients.

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Vaccinate carefully

Heal holistically

Holistic treatments and therapies are powerful tools that complement and enhance the body’s innate ability to rebalance and restore itself, thus helping your animal overcome illness and disease.

I like to think of vitamins and minerals as a form of supplemental health insurance for animals, providing the nutrients needed to maintain health. A quality daily supplement is the most valuable contribution you can make to your dog or cat’s longevity.

Holistic medicine provides gentle but effective guidance that can remedy many diseases and health problems without the side effects so often associated with more conventional forms of medicine.

To be truly effective, vitamins and minerals need to be balanced, complete and able to be absorbed by the body. For example, powdered dry bone meal, often used in pet

Many holistic modalities and techniques are available. It helps to know which treatment is best for your companion’s specific problem. Chinese herbs work wonderfully with

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diabetes. Acupuncture and spinal manipulation effectively treat back problems. Allergy elimination techniques like N.A.E.T. work well for both dogs and cats, while homeopathic remedies treat a wide spectrum of medical problems.

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Consider the cells

Thinking small has a big effect on longevity. Your animal’s body has trillions of cells organized into specialized tissues and organs. Every cell is in the business of living, and if they all succeed, your dog and cat will live a longer and healthier life. We typically evaluate food in terms of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. But the real value is in the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that food contains; these are the tools that cells need to maintain and prolong life. We couldn’t maintain our homes without mops, hammers and nails. Just so, our cells can’t clean out wastes like carcinogens and toxins without the vitamins and minerals that cells need to do their important jobs.

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Secrets of superfoods

Italian researchers have found that eating as little as one cup of raw vegetables daily can add two years to your life. Today, scientific research is proving what Hippocrates said hundreds of years ago: “Let food be thy medicine.”

Phtytochemicals, contained in what are now aptly dubbed superfoods, have well-documented health benefits. The beautiful colors of many fruits and vegetables are doing a lot more than just looking pretty. Dark vibrant green kale leaves are rich in compounds with long names like glucosinolates and sulforaphanes. These help cells “clean up after the party” and clear carcinogenic substances more quickly.

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Go green

Adding a bit of green to your companion’s diet can do as much good for the planet as it can for him. Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables has many health benefits, including reducing the risk of cancer. Cats often like cooked asparagus and cantaloupe, while our easier-to-please canine friends love everything from a piece of apple to a broccoli stem. Create a dog and cat-friendly outdoor environment by using natural fertilizers and pest control. In 2004, the Purdue

A holistic approach creates a wiser and stronger body, more able to maintain and retain health.

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University School of Veterinary Medicine linked bladder cancer in Scottish terriers to exposure to lawn chemicals. Rain creates a mist of these chemicals that lingers at the body height of dogs and cats – and many of these animals enjoy chewing occasional blades of grass. “Green” toys accomplish the same goals as more traditional toys, but impact the environment less. Non-organic cotton uses more insecticides than any other major crop. Many companies now offer toys, collars and leashes made from organic cotton, hemp or recycled materials. Believe it or not, eight billion pounds of cat litter wind up in landfills each year! Consider litters made from recycled materials such as wood, pine, bark or natural flushable litters from corn and wheat. Your cats don’t need to ingest chemicalladen scented litter particles as they clean their furry feet.

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Salmon fudge This recipe is from Dr. Khalsa’s Natural Dog. Both dogs and cats love it. 14 oz can undrained salmon 1½ cups oat flour 2 eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup Parmesan cheese Mix together all ingredients and spread on an oiled or non-stick cookie sheet to desired thickness. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes, then cool and slice with pizza cutter to desired size. Refrigerate.

Extra exercise

Regular exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle for all of us – humans, dogs and cats. If it’s not safe for your cat to go outside, make sure he has a scratching post and a selection of toys. Setting aside some time to play with her every day is a great way to give her the exercise she needs, and will improve your own quality of life. All dogs need exercise, even notorious couch-potato breeds. Taking your dog for a long brisk walk is the perfect excuse for you to get some exercise too!

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Routine medical examinations

A yearly health check helps detect problems before they become serious. Older animals should get yearly blood panels to monitor their health. Those that live in tick-infested regions of the country need yearly blood tests so any tick-borne diseases can be treated promptly, avoiding long term complications.

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Quality time

Dogs and cats are social animals. Social animals don’t want to be alone – they want company and interesting interactions. Relationships are an important part of health. Strong bonds with others means protection from loneliness and depression. It works both ways. Healthier animals are happier and happier animals are healthier. Just as important is that both humans and animals benefit from quality time spent together. We enjoy walks more if we can take a dog along and watch him sniff and explore. Our hearts sing in a special way as we stroke a cat and listen to her purr. Animals and people create a special winning combination. If our animals could tell us one thing, it might be, “Take time to stop and smell the roses, and enjoy life with me.”

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Since last January’s earthquake in Haiti, a coalition of animal organizations has been working tirelessly to give aid to the country’s dogs, cats and other animals, and to rebuild and improve its veterinary services. by Ann Brightman

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t’s been eight months since Haiti was devastated by a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake – the worst in 200 years. Since then, dozens of organizations from around the world have been helping the people of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas to rebuild their lives and homes. Along with the millions of people affected by the catastrophe were many thousands of dogs, cats, livestock and other animals. Just days after the quake hit, the World Society for the Protection of Animals and the International Fund for Animal Welfare founded the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti. Also known as ARCH, the coalition has numerous partners including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, the American Humane Association and many more. To date, ARCH has treated at least 27,000 animals in Haiti and is helping rebuild the country’s veterinary infrastructure.

...he said his dog’s name was in his heart only, and he didn’t want anyone else to know it because he loved him so much. “We formed ARCH in an effort to better coordinate the work of animal welfare groups,” says Dr. Gerardo Huertas, a veterinarian and Disaster Operations Director for the Americas at WSPA. “As one coalition, we worked very closely with Haitian government officials, the United Nations and other international agencies to define the country’s most pressing animal-related problems. That first step…was critical to ARCH being able to deliver aid quickly to as many animals as possible. And it has enabled us to work together in developing a long-term plan for Haitians to better protect themselves – and their animals – against future disasters.” After the earthquake, ARCH’s project manager Keven Degenhard, and Haiti-based veterinarian Dr. Jean Francois Thomas, trained a local team of three veterinarians, three vet techs and two security personnel. The backbone of the operation is ARCH’s mobile veterinary clinic, which allows the team to travel into earthquake-stricken neighborhoods and provide aid and vaccinations to thousands of dogs, cats, horses, cattle, goats and other animals. “Our original goal was to treat 14,000 animals in one year,” says Keven. “But in the first two months, our team of ten people had already treated 12,700 animals. Today, we’ve far surpassed the 25,000 mark. I’m just so impressed with the way we all came together as a team.” One of the many animals helped was a dog named Dick. “He was badly injured by a falling wall,” says Dr. Huertas. “He couldn’t walk when we saw him, but after treatment he was back on his feet. His family was very happy to see him walk again.” Another dog showed up at the clinic in the arms of a young boy who wouldn’t tell anyone animal wellness

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the animal’s name. “When asked why, he said his dog’s name was in his heart only, and he didn’t want anyone else to know it because he loved him so much,” says Dr. Huertas. ARCH is also repairing the wall around Haiti’s National Veterinary Laboratory and main lab infrastructure, which fell during the earthquake, and is installing 24 solar-powered refrigeration units, which are critical to storing animal vaccinations. While much has been achieved since the earthquake, the coalition recognizes that a long-lasting solution to adequate animal care in Haiti is only possible through continued education. “The more people we inform – either through the public medium or through schools – the more people are actually going to have their animals treated,” said Keven. “And if people see we’re helping them prevent disease in animals, and disease in themselves, then I think they’ll embrace further developments in animal care as years go by.”

They used the weirdest leashes you could ever imagine, like pants and shirts, to bring their dogs to our clinic.

ARCH is also conducting Haiti’s first ever dog and cat survey, which will help establish a baseline for evaluating the country’s animal population, the incidence of rabies, lab equipment needs and other factors. “Interestingly, we found that large numbers of animals in Portau-Prince are owned as opposed to the urban myth that most are on the streets,” Dr. Huertas points out. “Fewer than 20% of the homes we have interviewed so far have no dogs.” No matter what challenges Haiti may face in the future, ARCH is confident that its people will be much better prepared. “January 12 was a very strong wakeup call for everybody in the country,” says Dr. Thomas. “We will never let ourselves be caught by surprise again.”

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All photos courtesy of WSPA

ARCH has recently launched a public awareness campaign called Publigestion, designed to educate Haitians about disaster preparedness, animal care and health issues related to their animals and families. “The educational program is actually twofold,” says Dr. Huertas. “One part covers disaster preparedness, so people can prepare themselves and their animals for the next hurricane season or quake. The other covers basic health care.” Dr. Huertas adds that most dogs in Haiti are not trained to walk on a leash. “They used the weirdest leashes you could ever imagine, like pants and shirts, to bring their dogs to our clinic,” says Dr. Huertas.


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Factoring in

safety

One good thing came out of the pet food recall three years ago – it urged manufacturers and regulatory bodies to pay more attention to the ingredients that go into products. by Debbie Swanson

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ew of us will forget 2007 in a hurry. In March of that year, Menu Foods announced a nationwide recall of more than 40 brands of dog and cat food. This wasn’t just a minor inconvenience: cats and dogs that ate the affected foods suffered serious kidney problems. To make matters

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worse, the number of products on the recall list soon climbed to nearly 180. Before it was over, hundreds of animals died, and countless others now live with permanent kidney disease. The


culprit was found to be Chinese-imported glutens tainted with chemical melamine. With their faith in many pet food manufacturers shattered, people grappled with fear over what to feed their beloved companions. Almost a year after the recall, a federal grand jury indicted Chinese and American executives for their roles in importing contaminated products into the United States. Two Chinese companies were closed, and Shanghai city food and drug authorities announced a new testing system for food safety. The pet food industry in the United States faced a whole new level of scrutiny from both consumers and the federal government.

Improving ingredient safety One change implemented after the recall was the FDA’s Amendments Act of 2007, part of which addresses the pet food industry and the dissemination of information. The Act requires the FDA to establish pet food ingredient and processing standards and definitions, and update labeling standards to include nutritional and ingredient information. The Act also means food companies must report any contamination within 24 hours – or face serious penalties. It also requires that the FDA make more detailed reports to Congress regarding food inspections, and maintain a searchable, user-friendly recall list on its website. Consumers and manufacturers have tightened up their approach to pet food safety too. Since the recall, most of us are placing new value on how we fill our animals’ bowls. Consumers are turning toward products made in North America, where known industry standards are in place. Manufacturers are also taking extra steps to help ensure the ingredients that go into their products are safe. Menu Foods and many other companies have publicized their plans to phase out imported ingredients, and many are embracing new labels that clearly indicate the source of food ingredients.

Ahead of the game Very few premium pet food companies were affected by the recall, because they were already factoring ingredient safety and quality into their manufacturing processes. As an example, Holly Sher, President of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, says the family-owned business has always ensured the quality of its foods by placing high value on knowing the source of ingredients. “We use local fresh ingredients from the Chicago area,” she says. animal wellness

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The Act also means food companies must report any contamination within 24 hours – or face serious penalties.

Primal Pet Foods was also unaffected by the recall. President Matt Koss says one change he’s seen since the tragedy is an increase in people’s thirst for information. “Consumers are more savvy, doing research, making inquiries, wanting to know the source of ingredients,” he says. “There’s a bigger demand for human grade products, and those made in the US. There’s also a heightened awareness from the FDA as to the ingredients used, and there are more stringent demands and actions regarding the use of imported ingredients.” Matt sees this growing consumer knowledge as a positive step, and in response has increased his company’s customer support. You may not be able to completely protect your dog or cat, but buying premium products and becoming an educated consumer are the two best steps you can take. In the event of another recall, having sound knowledge will help you avoid panic and ensure that your furry friend stays healthy.

7 tips for you Despite the positive changes that have been made, future recalls could still happen. Any food can become contaminated. You can help keep your animal safe by following these seven tips: 1. Turn to the experts. Get a holistic or integrative veterinarian’s recommendation for food to give your companion. Avoiding certain foods or ingredients out of fear can result in nutritional deficiencies. 2. Read and research. “Be aware of good science-based manufacturing practices, procedures, quality of ingredients, formulas and company integrity,” says Patti Saladay of Northwest Naturals, another premium pet food company whose products were not affected by the recall. 3. Check the grade. Human grade ingredients are subject to tighter standards than animal grade. “We’re a USDA active human facility,” says Patti. “We view manufacturing pet food the same as we do human food under the same guidelines, procedures and rules.”

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4. Speak up. Call the pet food company if you have any questions, and steer clear of any company that doesn’t readily provide simple, clear answers. 5. Offer the best. Keep your dog or cat’s immune system strong by feeding him the highest quality food your budget will allow. 6. Keep the packaging. If you pour dry food into another bin, tuck away the original package until all the food is eaten. Without the packaging, you’ll have no way of knowing if the food was included in a recall. 7. Check with the FDA. In the event of a recall, check the FDA’s recall site at

www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/ newpetfoodrecalls to make sure your animal’s food has not been added.


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steps to healthy snacking What better way to love your dog than by giving him treats? The trick is choosing something that won’t pack on the pounds. by Donna Spector, DVM, DACVIM

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o you “over-treat” your dog? If so, you’re introducing extra calories into his diet and putting him at risk for pooch pudginess. Although many people don’t see overweight or obese dogs as a problem, the health risks are very real. Obesity contributes to a wide range of health issues, from arthritis to diabetes. It has been well documented that obese dogs live shorter lives.  This doesn’t mean you have to deprive your dog of snacks. The following eight tips will help you select great treats that will optimize his health while letting him know how much you love him!

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Read ingredient labels.

Most commercially available treats are low in nutrition and filled with carbohydrates, sugars (e.g. corn syrup, molasses, fructose, etc), artificial colorings or flavorings. Although these “empty” ingredients make them desirable to your dog, they don’t satisfy hunger and will contribute to an ever-expanding waistline. 

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Go natural.

Choose natural treats that are meat-based and contain no artificial ingredients or sugars. Fruits and vegetables are other natural alternatives to commercial treats. Dogs often love apples, carrots, green beans and other fresh produce. Just remember that some fruits and veggies can be toxic to

dogs – for example, onions, grapes and raisins.

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Count calories.

Treats are usually not complete and balanced and should not be used as the primary source of calories – in fact, treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calories. Ask your veterinarian how many calories your dog should eat each day. For example, an average 20-pound adult dog will require approximately 500 calories a day – therefore, no more than 50 calories should be provided as treats. After you have done this calculation, read product labels and determine how many treats your dog can have each day. Some commercial treats contain over 100 calories each! It is easy to see how giving just a few treats (in addition to regular meals) can be the cause of excess calorie intake and obesity.   

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Avoid certain table scraps.

Leftover table scraps sometimes include hunks of fat or sweet morsels you know your dog will love. These scraps are usually high in calories and low in other nutrients. In addition, these rich tidbits will often cause digestive problems such as bad breath, gas, loose stools and occasional vomiting. If your dog develops a taste for these scraps, he may become finicky and even stop eating his own food.  If you want to use human food as a treat, select lean meats and unseasoned vegetables.

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To avoid creating a disruptive diner, never give your dog treats from the table. 

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Do not give snacks around meal time. 

Like your mother used to say, “If you eat that now, you will spoil your dinner!” If your dog fills up on treats before his scheduled mealtime, he is likely to skip his meal. Good quality dog food is a source of proper balanced nutrition, so it is important to plan your treating accordingly. Missing meals can lead to dietary deficiencies and imbalances causing degeneration and disease.

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Do not give treats for begging. 

It’s common for people to create a vicious cycle of begging and bad behavior through the inappropriate use of treats. Treats should only be given to positively reinforce good behavior or motivate a dog during training. “Sad puppy dog eyes” should be ignored. If you give your dog a treat when he begs, this behavior will be reinforced and you will forever have a moocher!  

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Use treats as rewards. 

A great time to offer treats is during or after activity or play sessions. This reinforces the positive aspects of exercise

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and helps your dog look forward to his daily activity. Exercise boosts the metabolism, so this is a great time to give him a nutritious protein snack!

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Choose snacks with health benefits.

Some quality treats can actually improve your dog’s health. These “functional” treats may have very specific recommendations for maximum daily consumption. Examples of functional treats are those that support dental, gastrointestinal or immune system health, or target arthritis or other inflammatory conditions. The ideal snack is low in calories and fat, high in protein, and offers additional health benefits. You achieve a winning combination when this type of treat supplements a high quality natural dog food to provide necessary daily nutrition. When healthy treats are given correctly, you will have a happy dog enjoying excellent nutrition, which forms the basis of excellent health. 


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How are his

If your dog seems stressed or out of sorts, perhaps his chakras are out of balance. Learn what this means and what you can do to help him. by Lynn McKenzie

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any of us have heard about chakras, either through participating in yoga classes or studying and receiving various holistic healing modalities. Often, we think of them only in terms of humans, but our canine companions have chakras as well, and can benefit greatly from chakra healing. I’ve found that balancing and working with a dog’s chakras can be beneficial not only as an adjunct to veterinary care for physical ailments, but also in dealing with emotional and behavioral issues.

The word “chakra” is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”. Chakras are often referred to as “wheels of light” or “wheels of life” because they appear as wheels, and are vital to the health and well-being of all living beings, including dogs. Simply put, chakras are energy vortices or portals located throughout the body. They are vehicles for receiving, assimilating and expressing life force energy. The chakra system is like a “map of consciousnesses” for each animal. All life force energy is filtered into a dog’s energy body through these portals, and is then funneled, via meridians, into the endocrine system (consisting of various organs and glands), eventually reaching him on the physical level. The degree to which your dog’s chakras are healthy and balanced plays an integral role in how this life force energy filters through them, so the goal is to strive for both a healthy energy field and chakra system. Dogs have both major and minor chakras, but for the purposes of this article we are going to concentrate solely on the eight major chakras (see accompanying table).

Ways to heal chakras When healing your canine companion through

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the chakra system, imbalances at his physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels can be impacted and improved. Chakra healing can be done in many ways, including hands-on healing, distance healing, visualization, dowsing, kinesiology (muscle testing), color therapy and crystal therapy. In fact, most healing modalities account for the chakras in some way. •H  ands-on healing: This method involves locating the chakra, sensing or feeling what is going on energetically within it, then working with the energy there to eliminate blockages and imbalances and bring it back to a state of perfect harmony. •D  istance healing: Done exactly as above except the practitioner is physically absent and is tuning into and working with the energy remotely. A skilled practitioner can provide a distance treatment that’s just as effective as an in-person session. •V  isualization: Done by visualizing each chakra and its corresponding color, then using your intention to infuse the chakra with the appropriate color and visualize it perfectly balanced and spinning in perfect harmony. •C  olor light therapy: This method uses colored light that corresponds to the chakra colors. •C  rystal therapy: Done by placing crystals that match the chakra colors near or on your dog. Keeping your dog’s chakras balanced will help with almost any health, emotional or behavioral issue, and will also create a general sense of well-being. Although it can’t replace veterinary care, it is a fabulous addition to such care. When the chakras are balanced, your dog’s physical body and entire energy field strive toward optimal health, stability and vitality!


Chakras are energy portals located throughout the body. Your dog’s chakras Chakra Attributes

Color Possible imbalance

Root (aka Base)

Physical world issues, grounding, survival instinct, status in the group, individuality, security, trust, courage, patience

Red

Sexual Progression (aka Sacral)

All aspects of procreation, assimilation of food, physical life force and vitality, sexual organs

Orange

Hormone imbalances (irregular heat cycles), breeding issues, spay and neuter issues, low self confidence, weakness, low energy

Yellow

Diabetes, digestive problems, depression, eating disorders, epilepsy, fading newborn syndrome, fears, lack of confidence, immune system issues, obsessive behavior, nervousness Anger, aggression, arthritis, blood disorders, emotional issues, inability to bond, feral cat, abused and rescue animal issues, stress related (or emotional) asthma

The center of personal power and will, key center for animals and humans to Solar Plexus communicate physically, relates to the sympathetic nervous system, digestive system, metabolism and emotions

Insecurity, fear, lack of trust, inappropriate elimination, arthritis, issues with the blood

Heart

Divine and unconditional love, the human/ animal bond, energizes the blood and physical body with life force

Pink or green

Throat

All aspects of communication and creative expression, especially conscious communication with intent, also relates to truth, knowledge and wisdom

Sky blue

Depression, excessive or lack of vocalization, vocal problems, metabolism issues, teething, thyroid issues, lack of discernment

Sensing

Sensory intake and transmission of sensory information to the brain; in other words, how cats filter experiences, and how they deal with any and all sensory stimuli (seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, feeling and even knowing)

Silver blue

Over or under-reacting to events, noises, circumstances, any imbalance of the eyes, ears, nose, tail, etc., clipped whiskers, blindness, deafness, inappropriate elimination, aggression, intolerance, timidity

Third Eye (aka Brow)

Psychic insight and telepathy – the way all animals communicate with one another, also related to soul realization, concentration and devotion; this chakra is very developed in most animals

Indigo

Headaches, depression, concentration issues, hair loss, hearing loss, hyperactivity, posttraumatic pain, skin allergies

Crown

Life force connection and oneness with the infinite, connection with the divine, divine wisdom, understanding, selfless service, perception beyond space and time

Violet or white

Grief, depression, disorientation, eyesight issues, fear, headaches, panic attacks, pining, senility, separation anxiety, stress, tension

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Premium freeze dried and dehydrated pet foods offer the perfect combination of optimal nutrition and convenience. by Sandra Murphy

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ove, exercise and nourishing food...they’re what dogs and cats need in order to flourish. Love is the best part. Exercise is the fun part. And good food is what keeps them healthy, active and in our lives for as many years as possible. Nowadays, there are as many pet food choices as there are breeds. Food recalls have prompted many of us to learn where and how foods are made and what goes into them. A lot of people have made the switch to higher quality premium foods. Even then the options can be overwhelming – raw, organic, grain-free, gluten-free, hormone-free – which way should you go?

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Along with frozen raw, canned and dry premium foods, you can also get freeze dried or dehydrated diets for your companion. They’re a favorite with many people because they combine the nutrient value of raw food with the convenience of kibble.

Are they one and the same? Dehydration basically means exposing raw food to a slow, gentle heating process that removes the moisture content without cooking the food. Freeze drying also involves dehydration in a way, but in this case, the food is rapidly frozen, a process that also removes moisture.


If you wish, you can add fresh foods to your companion’s freeze dried or dehydrated diet. Approved add-ins include sweet potatoes, steamed fresh or canned pumpkin (plain, not pie filling), yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, fresh herbs, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans and fruits like blueberries, strawberries and cranberries.

The high heat used in cooking can destroy enzymes, denature proteins and break down beneficial nutrients, but because little or no heat is used in dehydrating or freeze-drying food, the ingredients retain their original vitamins, enzymes, minerals, antioxidants and micronutrients.

Preserving quality Premium companies ensure only the best quality ingredients go into their freeze dried or dehydrated foods. Steve’s Real Foods, for example, uses a ratio of 75% whole meat and 25% fresh fruits and vegetables in their freeze dried dog food. Cats get about 90% meat and 10% fruits and vegetables. You just add warm water to rehydrate the food, or serve it dry with water on the side. The company’s recipes include chicken, turkey, duck or beef and a variety of fruits and vegetables. “These days, people want to know and trust what’s in their animal’s dish,” says Maggie Johnson of Sojos. “They care more than ever about what is going into their animal’s body. With freeze dried and dehydrated foods, you know what you are getting, which is real fresh ingredients that animal wellness

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Additional benefits Freeze dried and dehydrated foods can be a good choice for animals with allergies. The Honest Kitchen recently launched a new dehydrated food made with wild caught haddock or whiting. “It was inspired by customers whose dogs have allergies to conventional meat sources,” says Lucy Postins of The Honest Kitchen. Along with the dehydrated white fish, it also contains dehydrated sweet potatoes, eggs, coconut, alfalfa, apples, parsley, green beans, cabbage, bananas, salmon and cranberries.

Dehydrated food like this bowl of Sojos, is typically rehydrated using warm water!

have been not been cooked or altered; they have simply had the moisture removed in order to maintain freshness and stability. People are able to feed their animals food that is still full of the naturally-occurring nutrients they need for optimal health.” You can also get dehydrated or freeze dried treats – they’re easy to pack and carry, and are healthy and low in fat as well as tasty. Onesta Organics uses low heat dehydration to preserve the ingredient quality of their organic pet food treats. No previously cooked ingredients are added to their whole food recipe.

Resources AND COMPANIES Nature’s Variety Instinct, naturesvariety.com Northwest Naturals, rawnaturalpetfood.com Onesta Organics, onestaorganics.com Sojos, sojos.com Steve’s Real Food, stevesrealfoods.com The Honest Kitchen, thehonestkitchen.com

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Great for travel and ideal for the time-challenged, the price of freeze dried or dehydrated foods is going to be significantly higher than ordinary kibble from the grocery store, but your animal will eat less of it and get more nutritional benefit from it – better quality means less quantity. Steve’s Real Foods estimates that the cost of feeding a ten-pound dog a freeze-dried diet costs little more than a dollar a day. Feeding a six-pound cat costs only 73 cents a day. We’re lucky to live in a world that offers our dogs and cats so many food choices. Premium freeze dried and dehydrated pet foods add to these choices in a natural, easy and nutritious way.


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warm & Fuzzy

Shanie Moshie by Sheri Spirt, MD

Shanie and Moshie became fast friends.

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ccording to a recent story in New York Magazine, I am not alone. Nearly 85% of dog lovers consider their animals akin to children. As a childless, single 40-year-old Manhattan psychiatrist, my ten-year-old Maltese is my child. He is also my shopping consultant, travel companion and canine assistant. Patients comment on his ability to lighten their moods. He is highly intelligent, mastering commands in a week’s time, and is exceptionally good looking. I named him Shanie Punum, Jewish for “beautiful face”.

Close call As an anxious mother, I worried when a small red blood spot appeared on Shanie’s pale abdomen last January. When he rapidly transformed into a red-spotted Dalmatian, I rushed him to the veterinary hospital. “It looks like there may be a problem with his platelets,” the vet said, “but I need to draw blood to confirm.” When she returned, she told me Shanie had no platelets and that he needed to be admitted to the intensive care unit. He was reacting to the platelets as if they were foreign. She explained that his bone marrow would have to be stimulated to make more, and that he would need steroids to stop any further destruction. “If he responds, he should be fine,” she said. “And if he doesn’t?” I asked. “He will bleed to death.” All I heard was “death.” My heart raced. My breath

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Now recovered, Shanie takes a rest from playing.

shortened. I was not ready for him to go. I was dazed. Someone took me to the payment window so I could leave a deposit. I took a taxi home. Besieged with a feeling of helplessness, I plugged in the cell phone next to the bed, and with the aid of a pill, fell asleep. The vet called the following morning. “Unfortunately, Shanie suffered extensive bleeding overnight,” she said. “He will need a transfusion. You can see him today, but just for a few minutes.” I returned to the hospital and she escorted me into the intensive care unit. Shanie was in a cage, connected to plastic tubes, one filled with thick red fluid. Carefully, the vet handed him to me. The spots had multiplied. I sat on the floor crying, Shanie in my lap. I held him for as long as they allowed me to. That evening I called my brother, an internist practicing in Los Angeles and familiar with the human variant of Shanie’s illness. “I don’t know about dogs, Sheri, but most people respond to treatment,” he told me. “I think he will be fine now, but he is not going to live forever. Think about getting him a brother.”


The vet called again next morning. She thought she saw a platelet on a blood smear. “Thank God,” I said. Waiting in reception later that day, I heard someone call: “Mother of Shanie?” I raised my hand. A tall dark-skinned man in blue surgical attire approached, holding an excited Shanie. I followed him into a small room for my visit. The vet came in looking happy. “I think he is going to be fine,” she said. “So, could he live a full life?” I asked, knowing Maltese dogs can live between 14 and 18 years. “Yes,” she answered. Shanie was discharged the following day. Within minutes of entering our upper west side apartment, he was playing with his favorite toy and barking for his favorite treat. Friends agreed I should get another dog, believing it might dilute my attachment to Shanie. One friend, who has two Wheaten terriers, believes a dog lives longer with a companion. Either way, Shanie was ten years old – 70 in human terms – and unlike a human child would probably pass before I did. Another puppy made sense. I decided to adopt from a shelter and pull another dog off death row. An internet search led me to The Little Forgotten Friends rescue in Middletown, New York. Four days after Shanie’s discharge, we headed upstate. A Shih Tzu/Maltese mix was waiting for us. He was eight weeks old and fit into the palm of my hand. He was black except for a small white patch under his neck. The shelter director put the tiny animal on the ground. Shanie introduced himself, sniffing the dog. The puppy turned around playfully. They liked each other. Unlike Shanie, my canine shadow, this puppy was a social butterfly, easygoing and content to follow Shanie’s lead. I called him Moshie, Jewish for “savior”. Thanks to his new protégé, Shanie remained active. He also remained well, and stopped all medications that spring. Moshie doubled in size, Shanie in spirit, and the two are now inseparable. Shanie’s mortality remains an unwanted thought, but it’s a reality in a dog’s abbreviated life. He can never be replaced, but he is a great role model. I think Moshie would agree.

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Organic matters

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably have some questions about organic pet food. What does the term actually mean, and how can you be sure the food you’re buying for your dog or cat is really organic? Here’s how to make sense of it all. by Ann Brightman

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henever possible, I try to buy organic, even though it means spending more money. Just knowing the food I’m eating isn’t saturated with pesticides or pumped full of hormones makes me feel better. I also now buy organic for my two cats whenever I can. But sometimes I wonder…can I really be sure the word “organic” on a package means what I think it does? Are there any laws or standards governing the use of this term? And do the laws that apply to human food also apply to pet food?

Defining “organic” What the heck does “organic” mean anyhow? “Simply put, the term implies the growing of produce and manufacture of consumer products without the use of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or other synthetic components, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms or ionizing radiation,” says Heidi Junger, CEO of Onesta Organics. “Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations,” adds the USDA website. “Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.” The animals must also be given access to the outdoors, an important consideration for those concerned about humane issues as well as good nutrition.

Meeting standards When it comes to organic products, the key word is “certified”. In 1990, Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act, which meant the USDA had to develop national standards for organic products. The USDA started the National Organic Program (NOP), which requires that products labeled as “organic” come from farms certified by an

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accredited agent or entity. “In order for someone to become certified organic they must contact an NOP accredited certifying agent,” says Sam Jones-Ellard, Public Affairs Specialist for the USDA. “The certifying agent audits the operation and ensures that they meet all organic standards and Federal regulations.” The NOP regulations are stringent and comprehensive, and include standards for production, handling, labeling, certification and accreditation. The same standards apply to both certified human and pet foods.

Here’s a key to the us age of the term “orga nic” on certified organic human and pet foods in the US, as stipulated by the USDA’s National Orga nic Program: “100% organic”: the product is fully org anic and use of the USDA Organic Se al is optional. “Organic”: mean s the product contain s 95% or more organ ingredients; again, use ic of the USDA Organic Seal is optional. “Made with organ ic ingredients”: When a product contains at least 70 % organic ingredients, the latter are denoted in the ing redient list only and the USDA Organic Seal may no t be used. If a product conta ins less than 70% organic ingredien ts, the term “organic” cannot be used except to identify the specific organic ingredients in the ing redient list. Again, these products are not allowed to display the USDA Organic Seal.

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In order to be considered for certification, a farm or handling operation has to submit a plan to a certifying agent. The plan must lay out in detail what practices and substances the farm or facility uses in food production – including even basic things like cleaners and sanitizers. It must also include information about who supplies ingredients not sourced on site, and provide proof of their organic status. The facility’s records must keep track of ingredients and products that come and go from the operation, and there must also be practices in place to prevent organic and nonorganic products from intermingling.

Look at labels Next time you’re at the grocery store, take a look for products that bear the USDA Organic Seal. This distinctive circular logo reads “USDA Organic” and verifies that the product

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contains 95% to 100% organic ingredients. Use of the seal is optional but if the packaging says “100% organic” or “organic”, the product has been certified (see sidebar for more information). Use of these terms without certification is punishable by law and can result in an $11,000 fine. Many different foods and ingredients may be certified organic, from grains and meats to dairy products, vegetables and fruit. However, there are some that can never be certified organic, including all genetically-modified and synthetic ingredients. “The use of Genetic Engineering (GE) technology is not allowed in any organic products at any level,” says Sam. “As a general rule, most natural (nonsynthetic) substances are allowed in organic production and most synthetic substances are prohibited. Salt and water are allowed in organic products and do not count toward the percentage of organic ingredients in the final product.” There are also currently no organic standards for fish. “The National Organic Program standards do not cover farmed fish and these operations cannot be certified organic under the NOP.”

Can the term be abused? Although certified organic food products for both humans and companion animals must comply with USDA standards, you may be wondering if the laws are more apt to be bent or even broken when it comes to pet foods. “While the National Organic Program does not have specific standards for organic pet food, if it meets all organic standards and Federal regulations it can be certified organic and would be regulated by NOP,” says Sam. “The term ‘organic’ is very rarely abused for labeling pet food products that aren’t USDA certified organic,” adds Heidi. “In the US, any pet food labeled as ‘certified organic’ and/

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or that displays the USDA Organic Seal, also must display the organic certifying entity.” If you wish to double check a certified organic claim, you have the option of contacting the listed certifier. It’s actually one of the best ways to ensure such a claim, since certifiers aren’t going to put their names on a product they haven’t seen and inspected.

Legal loophole On the other side of the coin, the term “organic” is often misused on uncertified pet food products. When used on its own, the term “organic” isn’t regulated by the government, creating a loophole that unfortunately is often taken advantage of in commercial pet food marketing. If the company doesn’t make a USDA certified organic claim, or use the seal, it can’t be penalized for using the word “organic”. There are many non-certified “organic” pet foods on the market, so you need to educate yourself. The best solution is to buy pet foods that are USDA certified organic. Otherwise, there is no way to know for sure if the products are truly organic. As you can see, all it takes is a little knowledge to ensure the organic products you’re buying for yourself and your companion are really what they claim to be. Healthy eating!

Organic pet foods Doggies Unlimited, doggiesunlimited.com Nature’s Organic Pet, naturesorganicpet.com Northwest Naturals, rawnaturalpetfood.com Onesta Organics, onestaorganics.com P.O.R.G.I.E., porgienaturalhealth.com Primal Pet Foods, primalpetfoods.com Robbie Dawg, robbiedawg.com Solid Gold, solidgoldhealth.com Steve’s Real Food, stevesrealfood.com

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The controversy

In many states, animal massage can only be done under veterinary supervision. It’s a requirement that has caused more than a few conflicts, but things are starting to change. by Lisa Speaker

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few years ago, a wellness practitioner in Colorado received a letter from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) warning her that she was in violation of the law by doing acupressure (a form of massage) on animals, and that she must cease and desist. She is just one of many massage practitioners across the country who have found their hands tied when it comes to helping animal clients, unless they work through a veterinarian. As the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage, I get asked about this

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controversy all the time. In 2007, the complexities of the issue prompted me to seek out a sponsor in the Colorado State Capital who would carry a bill legalizing animal massage without veterinary supervision. Representative Wes McKinley embraced the idea. As a cowboy, he could not understand why this law was so restrictive. He thought it was ironic that the law allowed for anyone to castrate a cow, but not massage a horse! Unfortunately, the bill failed in the Senate after passing virtually unopposed in the House of Representatives. The reason it failed was because it was “too broad”.


But it wasn’t nearly as broad as the wording in the AVMA Model Practice Act. This Act is a national guideline of regulations rolled out to each state. The state can then decide to adopt all or some of the Act. The Colorado Veterinary Practice Act reflects parts of this model that are so broadly worded that, if taken literally, no one would be allowed to hire a trainer to train their dog without veterinary supervision. This overly broad verbiage is a concern for practitioners in many states across the country, and rightly so. I realized I needed more people “on my side” so I went to Ralph Johnson, the Executive Director of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and asked him what kind of a compromise would make state vets happy to work with animal massage practitioners. Their concern involved an educational requirement. Once Ralph and I ironed out the details of what that meant, I contacted a Senator who had helped kill the earlier bill but whom I admired. I knew if I could change his mind, he would help influence others in the Colorado Senate. Upon learning of the proposed changes to our legislation, Senator Greg Brophy agreed to be the Senate sponsor of the new bill, which was proposed in 2008. The bill flew through the House and Senate virtually unopposed and was signed into law by Governor Ritter in April of 2008. This new law requires anyone who practices animal massage in Colorado to attend a certificate program at a school that is either accredited or approved by the Colorado Department of Education. Similar legislation has been proposed in many other states across the country. Those interested in becoming animal wellness

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“Veterinary medicine is regulated at the provincial level in Canada, so it’s best to talk with your veterinarian,” says Kristin McEvoy, Manager, Communications and SCVMA Program of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. In Manitoba, for instance the Veterinary Medical Act states that treatments such as massage fall solely under the jurisdiction of a licensed veterinarian (although it’s questionable if this legislation is being enforced). Ontario, on the other hand, has no such restrictions. “Unlike the U.S., Canada’s form of government makes it more difficult for one body to control animal massage,” says Sigle Skeries, founding president of the Canadian Animal Massage and Bodyworkers Association (CAMBA). “At present the only individuals who can legally change the act are the MPPs (Members of Provincial Parliament), not the vets or veterinary colleges. In Canada the legislative process could take five to seven years. Currently, there are no indications that MPPS want to tackle this controversial issue, especially when dogs and cats remain chattel in the eyes of our government.” Still, Canadian practitioners are preparing for the day when they may need to tackle the issue of licensing. “CAMBA’s members have adopted a code of conduct and carry appropriate insurance,” says Sigle. “We want to make sure we can present a legitimate voice in front of whatever MPPS we may have to face in the future.”

For more info, visit www.c-amba.org

an animal massage practitioner first have to find out their state’s animal massage laws, then find a school that will meet that state’s requirements. In the state of Washington, for example, an individual must complete 300 hours of training in either small or large animal massage, and apply for state certification through the Department of Health. However, legalizing the practice of animal massage without direct veterinary supervision continues to be a struggle in many other regions. In Maine, massage is only allowed if administered by a veterinarian – regardless of whether or not the latter has any massage experience! State laws change frequently, and may get better or worse for animal massage practitioners if they are not willing to take a stand. If I had not stood up for what I believed in, and spent two years trying to get the Colorado law passed, then it would still be illegal to massage an animal in this state without veterinary supervision. That being said, anyone could try to change the new law and we would have to fight the battle all over again. In some states, human massage organizations are trying to control animal massage; in others, veterinary associations are trying to control it. It is important for people to stay abreast of the legislation in their states. There are many resources available. The International Association of Animal Massage and Bodyworkers (iaamb.org) has a list of state-bystate laws posted on their website. Several states, including Colorado, Florida, Arizona and Illinois, have “Alliance for Animal Owner’s Rights” organizations that focus on legislation. Massage can have a very healing effect on animals. Making this modality more accessible and easily practiced across the country will improve the lives of dogs, cats, horses and other animals everywhere.

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Healing superfoods

Cranberries form the basis of these organic whole food supplements for dogs and cats. by Charlotte Walker Wilma with her dog, Charlie.

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ranberries are one of the world’s “superfoods”. They have antioxidant properties, protect urinary tract health, help prevent infections and can also fight cancer. And they’re good for dogs and cats too. The Fraser Valley, just outside Vancouver in British Columbia, is a prime cranberry-growing region. It’s also where Wilma Pretorius lives and works. She’s the founder of I&W Research, a producer of cutting edge health ingredients made mainly from superfoods. “I researched the role of nutrition in disease and behavior and knew our regional ingredients had tremendous health benefits,” says Wilma. “We were supplying some of the world’s leading nutraceutical and functional food companies.” Wilma was inspired to also develop products for dogs and cats when her own dog Phoebe died of cancer. The result was Cranimals, whole food organic supplements and biscuits for dogs and cats. “I believe strongly in preventative health care and nutritional medicine,” explains Wilma. “I feel the rise in chronic degenerative disease in both humans and companion animals is strongly tied to diet and environment. It is widely accepted that the underlying cause of accelerated aging and degenerative disease is due in large part to oxidative damage and inflammation. Many other animal illnesses including kidney and bladder stones and urinary tract infections are also on the rise. Our mission with Cranimals is to deliver therapeutic levels of key nutrients needed to help prevent these problems.”

As the name suggests, the main ingredient in Cranimals is cranberries, although one product, Very Berry, also uses blueberries and raspberries, two more of the world’s healthiest foods. “While veterinary medicine is an important strategy for treating disease, the sharp rise in antibiotic resistance and adverse reactions to drugs are major problems,” says Wilma. “Nutritional medicine is an effective strategy to help eliminate these problems. Our products are formulated using emerging and proven nutritional research.” All the ingredients in Cranimals are certified organic and sustainably grown. “We are very committed to sustainability, from supporting organic farmers, to off-setting some of the greenhouse gases from our shipping operations through carbon credits. We also keep paper waste and airline travel to a minimum by using innovative online training and presentation tools for our distributors and retailers. We make weekly donations to a variety of non-profits, most of them focused on animal rescue. We also sponsor dog sport events, such as flyball tournaments.” Cranimals products are distributed throughout North America, and Wilma excitedly adds that the company is in the process of expanding its market to Asia and Europe as well. “We love to help create health and wellness,” she says. “There is nothing more satisfying than getting an email from someone telling us that after months of unsuccessful drug therapy they tried a Cranimals product, and their cat or dog is finally recovered.” animal wellness

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communication

Help your fearful kitty mellow out with understanding, compassion and communication. by Sue Becker, BFRP, BFRAP, CTTP

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he’s crouching so far under the bed you can barely see her. Only her huge green eyes are visible, scared and imploring: “Don’t come near me! Please help me!” Many cats are timid, shy or downright fearful, and increasing their trust can be a challenging task. Understanding and compassion are the keys.

Fear can arise from a variety of sources – very early teachings by fearful mothers, being weaned too early, lack of socialization, or traumatic experiences. Heredity may also play a part. One simple reason for some fears is the extreme sensitivity of a cat’s delicate ears. Remember that your cat can hear a mouse move! Sudden loud noises like doorbells, slamming doors and smoke detectors are shocking and may be painful to a cat. And never give your cat a resounding smacking smooch right between the ears – it can be excruciatingly loud to him and he may start to avoid you because of it. Many cats are frightened by family members who move quickly, are boisterous, have high energy, walk heavily, speak loudly or make fast arm motions. Teach children especially to behave quietly around all animals.

fears 2. Eliminate family behaviors that intimidate the cat. 3. From wherever you are during the day, send your kitty loving, quiet mental and emotional messages that she’s safe. 4. Feed the highest quality food you can afford. Additives and preservatives can increase nervousness. 5. Provide lots of safe havens – a lined box in a closet, access to a high shelf, and tall cat trees. Never scold or medicate your cat in his safe place. Don’t allow access to visitors.

Fear signals Does your cat hide under the bed or in the closet? These are hidey holes where he feels protected. Does he crouch on the highest shelf in the room? Cats evolved to be tree climbers and high places translate to safe places in your cat’s mind. Stressed cats will freeze, flee or fight. Unfortunately, a cat may be labeled aggressive when he is actually very frightened. A terrified cat feels his life is in danger and if cornered or unable to hide will defend himself to the fullest extent of his ability. This is a dangerous situation. Forcing or dragging a frightened feline out from under the bed is only reinforcing his fear. And he will distrust you even more. Some timid cats may not overtly show their fear, which means their guardians may not realize the cat is timid at all. These animals live in avoidance. They may rest in a sternal position, eyes slightly open, and for all the world look like they’re resting when they’re actually keeping vigil – watching their surroundings because they are too worried to sleep. This may be done from a high

position such as a cat tree or at the top of a flight of stairs to give the cat the best observation point. Cats in avoidance may sometimes spend most of their time in a quiet bedroom or a room on another floor, appearing “in public” only to eat. Many cats considered standoffish are actually ’fraidy cats. Over time, these animals may become exhausted, setting themselves up for lowered immunity and possible physical illness.

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Eye squeezes Keeping your gaze soft, make eye contact with your cat, gently squeeze your eyes partially closed, then open them again. Send feelings of love and appreciation along with the gesture. You may need to do this several times before receiving a response. If your cat is especially fearful or stressed, look away immediately after the squeeze. Watch indirectly to see if the eye squeeze is returned. Repeat.

with your cat. Replace frustration, pity or impatience with compassion. What must it feel like to be your cat? How must the world look to her? From her perspective, you will quickly see that a neutral and non-threatening approach will make her feel most safe. Stand, sit or crouch at an angle to your cat. Don’t face her from a head-on position; animals interpret this as threatening and confrontational. Avoid leaning over her. When you make eye contact, keep your eyes soft and offer her “kitty eye squeezes” (see sidebar). She will “get” this and be reassured. She will also eventually send you an eye squeeze back. At this point, she has relaxed a little. You will notice other relaxation signals, such as leg stretching or slower breathing. Trust is now being built. One of the most effective ways to bring ’fraidy cats out of their shells is play. Most cats adore small toys affixed to the end of a string or “fishing pole” that you can manipulate for them. Because the hunting instinct is so strong in cats, it can help override their fear. An interactive game of pull and chase not only brings joy to

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your kitty, but is also great exercise and reduces tension as endorphins are released in her body. Daily playtime is excellent therapy! If your cat is to afraid to interact physically with you, take time every day to read softly to her and let her be soothed by the sound of your voice. Many cats communicate to me that they love to be sung to, so dig out your repertoire of lullabies! These are gentle ways to build bridges of trust.

Bach flowers and TTouch Bach Rescue Remedy is a natural, safe and effective stress reliever. Add four drops to kitty’s water bowl whenever the water is changed. Cats are very sensitive to aromas and tastes, so ensure she continues to drink her water after the remedy has been added to it. If she doesn’t, smooth four drops onto her temples or behind her ears a couple times a day. Most cats love to have their ears rubbed, and if you are able to touch your ’fraidy cat, help her relax with these Tellington TTouch ear strokes. Beginning at the base of the ear and holding the ear gently between thumb and forefinger, think of the ear as a rose petal as you slide and stroke gently towards the tip. Repeat slowly so that both entire ears have been stroked. Your cat will tell you what intensity and speed she prefers. With love, understanding and patience you really can turn your ’fraidy cat into a happy cat!


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nspired by the heartache of losing her beloved dog Mercy after a routine dental procedure in 1992, Lise Guerin was determined to find another way to maintain the dental health of dogs and cats. After numerous consultations and rigorous testing with medical professionals on different continents, Leba III was created from a combination of safe and effective herbs, including mint (Lamiaceae) and Rose (Rosaceae) stabilized in 25% ethyl alcohol (human, food grade) and distilled water. The herbs are the active ingredients, changing the chemistry in the mouth, stimulating the enzymes and causing the tartar to soften and fall off. “It works with the saliva by stimulating the good flora,” Lise explains. “You hear a lot about probiotics now, because we know that to maintain health in a live system, you fight bad bacteria with good bacteria.” When you use a product with an antiseptic, it kills both the good and bad bacteria and puts the chemistry in the mouth even more off balance. Leba III has a different action.” By 1994, veterinarians all across Canada were buying Leba III to use in their practices. Soon, the product was available in the U.S. and was being distributed to pet stores and sold directly to consumers.

Helping other animals and protecting them from what happened to Mercy means the world to Lise. “We received an email recently from a customer in New York whose dog had terrible teeth and breath. She wrote, “It has been life changing as we now allow her to sit with us for hours instead of minutes! Thank you for making such an easy to use and effective product.” Testimonials won’t bring Mercy back, but they celebrate her memory. For more information on Leba III visit www.lebalab.com or call 1-866-532-2522.

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Holistic Veterinary advice

Talking with Dr. Martin Goldstein

Dr. Martin Goldstein has been practicing holistic veterinary medicine for 30 years. Based at Smith Ridge Veterinary Center in South Salem, New York. Dr. Goldstein is the author of The Nature of Animal Healing, published by Random House. You can also hear him on “Ask Martha’s Vet with Dr Marty” on Sirius Satellite Radio network channel 112 every Monday at 8PM EST (www. sirius.com). Send your questions for Dr. Goldstein’s column to: Dr. Martin Goldstein, e-mail: info@animalwellnessmagazine.com Dr. Marty responds to questions in his column only. We regret he cannot respond to every question.

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I adopted a dog from a rescue last year, and found out afterwards she had heartworm. Luckily, with treatment, she was cured and is now fine, but I’m wondering if heartworm leaves any lasting effects or makes a dog prone to other problems as they get older. Is there anything I should know or watch for, or any supplements I can give her to help keep her healthy and strong?

deaths in my 37-year career. Currently, I am herbally treating a little dog from Texas because she has only one worm present, as confirmed by a cardiologist, no circulating microfilaria and no evidence of any disease pathology. My experience with the many animals I have successfully treated is that once treatment has been successful, they do well and lead normal lives.

Heartworm infection and the state of disease that accompanies it vary widely from patient to patient. One of the primary factors is the number of heartworms that get injected by the mosquito bite that finally wind up as adult worms in the chamber of the heart and the vascular system feeding the lungs. Also significant are the adult female worms producing their “babies” (microfilaria), which can literally flood the circulatory system. One more significant factor is what happens during the death process of the parasites as treatment takes effect.

For heart support, L-carnitine and taurine are now medically recognized. CoQ10, vitamin E, hawthorne and a glandular called Heart by Miller are also helpful. One good supplement that includes many of these is CV Formula by Rx Vitamins.

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My German shepherd was recently diagnosed with megaesophagus. Are there any natural ways to help alleviate or treat this problem? The vet says the only thing to do is feed him small meals from an elevated position, but this isn’t so easy. Is there a cure? The most workable piece of advice was that given by your veterinarian: feeding softer diets with the front of the body elevated. Myasthenia gravis has megaesophagus


as one of its common components, so make sure this underlying treatable condition is not being overlooked. Since the esophagus is composed of smooth muscle, l-carnitine and vitamin E could possibly help a little, as would the muscle glandular supplement Myotrophin by Standard Process Labs. Animal Nutritional Technologies has probably the only good specific supplement that I have seen for the upper GI tract; it is called Esophageal Gastric Support Formula. This and acupuncture would be my two principal recommendations.

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Four months ago, my wife bought me an orange Maine coon kitten for my birthday. When we brought him home his stomach was a little bloated. I took him to our vet and he had worms which we got rid of. From day one, he has had diarrhea. He has never had a solid stool. We have had him into the vet four times and now, $1,500 later, he is no better. He is very active and eats and drinks a lot. Recently, his stool has firmed a bit, but now it just leaks out and he doesn’t know it. Any suggestions?

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Having more details of what has already been done, such as a diagnosis and what was used to treat your kitten up to now, would help me give you more specific and definitive advice. Knowing what diet you are feeding him would also help. We have used boiled sweet and white potatoes mixed with a boiled meat as an effective remedy to break the diarrhea cycle. The supplement Acetylator by Vetri Science Labs has been one of my favorites over the years to support and promote good intestinal function. Colostrum has also proven to be a good anti-diarrhea supplement when added to food. For homeopathic support, Diarrhea by the BHI/Heel company or DiarRelief by Dr Goodpet are options. A good probiotic and

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digestive enzyme are always recommended. I have seen cases like this respond dramatically by switching the animal to a mostly raw meat diet. However, I would recommend doing this under supervision of a veterinarian experienced with raw diets.

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I am a vegan and do not like buying meat for my dog. Is there any way I can feed her on a vegetarian diet? If not, do you know of any source that is proven to raise animals with the least amount of cruelty possible? How much meat does a four-pound Chihuahua really need? I have been including organic babyfood in her meals to help her eat vegatables. Is that safe?

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Dogs are carnivores and intended to eat meat. Over my career, I have witnessed several dogs live healthy and long lives on vegetarian-based diets, but in the hands of knowledgeable caregivers. I have also witnessed some horror stories from people trying to make dogs vegetarian. I don’t have an answer to the cruelty issue. I do know that anti-cruelty is part of the process for meats designated as kosher.

My two-year-old pit bull/greyhound mix has nonstop scratching. Her eye is swollen, red and probably getting closer and closer to an infection. What can I do? This itching stops in the winter, but quickly resumes in any other month. She scratches all over her body and you can see some spots on her legs where she had scratched her fur off. How can I treat this naturally?

I rarely recommend specific amounts to feed any dog, especially ones I have not met, because all are individuals having varied nutritional needs and requirements. In general, I would recommend feeding at least 40% meatbased protein. Organic babyfood is fine. There are a number of good companies distributing excellent raw meat diet products. By going in this direction, almost all the preparatory work is done for you.

I highly recommend getting this looked at and properly diagnosed by a veterinarian. The fact that it stops in the winter would lead me to believe it is a seasonal allergy. But if it’s being exacerbated by, for example, a form of mange and you treat it naturally for allergy, it just won’t get better. Also, as much as I love using naturally based medicines, breaking the itch cycle with a course of “real medicine” can sometimes prevent it from getting worse, especially when the eyes are involved.

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In general, this is the worst allergy season I have witnessed in my career, which spans more than 35 years. If this is solely an allergy, fish oil is a very effective supplement. Also, Betathyme by Best For Your Pet can help reduce the inflammation while supporting your greyhound’s immune system. Spring Tonic by Animals Apawthecary is one of my favorite herbal products; it contains the herb nettle, which has a natural antihistamine effect. The antioxidants quercitin and vitamin B6 also have natural antihistamine properties. Of course, consulting with an experienced integrative veterinarian is always best.

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My 12-year-old neutered male cat had a strange episode about a month ago. He was having a bad bout of diarrhea and vomiting one morning and was clearly not feeling well. He was dozing on a chair in between trips to the litter box when we heard a thump and found him collapsed on the

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floor, as though he had fainted and fallen off the chair. He wasn’t fully unconscious, but when I helped him up, he was really wobbly when he walked, as if he was dizzy. I rushed him to the emergency vet right away but he had recovered by the time she could see us. The vet said all his vital signs were normal, he didn’t have a fever, and his gums were pink. She couldn’t see anything wrong. So she sent him home again. She says he could have had a dizzy spell. He slept all that afternoon, and has seemed fine since except for a couple more episodes of diarrhea (without vomiting; this particular cat has always been prone to bouts of diarrhea). Is it possible for a cat to faint or have dizzy spells? I’ve done some research since and wonder now if he could have been dehydrated because of the vomiting and diarrhea.

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Dehydration or some electrolyte loss caused by these gastointestinal symptoms could temporarily upset the apple cart. Dizziness or vertigo-like problems in cats are more commonly associated with a problem known as vestibular disease, but with this condition, signs or symptoms are much more exaggerated and long-standing. Syncope or fainting sounds more of a probability, but knowing the cause is beyond the guesswork of a magazine column. A brief hypoglycemic episode is a possibility, like standing up too suddenly and getting that very spacey feeling. Hopefully, what happened with your cat falls in the idiosyncrasy category and will never happen again. In any case, I highly recommend getting him a good evaluation, especially full bloodwork with a comprehensive thyroid panel and a cardiac workup, preferably by a cardiologist. Doing so would help you be more proactive if there is something organically wrong, before symptoms become more regular and frequent.

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law! It’s the

Not long ago, many animals had little or no legal protection when it came to abuse and neglect. But animal law has become a burgeoning field in recent years, with more and more professionals showing an interest in it. by Peggy Hoyt, JD, MBA, BCS

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here are all kinds of lawyers – from criminal and family lawyers to personal injury and tax lawyers. Over the last few years, animal lawyers have become an important addition to the list. These professionals specialize in protecting the interests of companion and

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wild animals, and those used for entertainment, food and research. Animal law is defined as a combination of statutory and case law in which the legal, social or biological nature


The emerging field of animal law is often compared to the environmental law movement 30 years ago. of nonhuman animals is an important factor. The issues encompass an expansive spectrum – everything from the philosophy of animal rights and sentience to more pragmatic discussions about Constitutional issues related to standing to sue, the definition of “animals” and various interpretations as to what constitutes animal cruelty.

1809 that Parliament seriously considered the first bill for the protection of animals. Despite the efforts of its proponent, Lord Erskine, the bill was defeated in the House of Commons. In 1822, Parliament finally adopted the Dick Martin Act to prevent the cruel and improper treatment of cattle.

The study of animal law reveals its impact on every category of law and legal practice, including tort, contract, criminal, family and even estate planning. It’s a field that’s gaining in popularity both in law schools and among individuals and legal practitioners across the country. Today, more than 120 law schools in the U.S. offer courses in animal law. Several Canadian law schools have also started offering animal law classes over the past few years, including the University of Toronto and Queen’s University.

The American legal system did not reflect concern for the welfare of animals until later in the 19th century. Henry Bergh led the state of New York in a crusade for the passage of the nation’s first anti-cruelty laws. He was also instrumental in obtaining a state charter for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The New York law of 1867 created the blueprint for laws that other states would follow for the next century. These laws focused on the well-being of animals and not just the property interests of the owners.

Historical precedent

Today, the nation’s largest animal welfare organization is the Humane Society of the United States. Founded in 1954, the HSUS gained prominence under the leadership of John A. Hoyt, its president and CEO from 1970 to 1997. The organization’s overarching mission is to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty, working to enforce existing laws, and educating the public about animal issues. In

Animal law may be a relatively new field, but concern for the welfare of animals isn’t. British citizen Reverend Humphrey Primatt is credited with one of the first publications outlining concern for the moral and legal status of animals. His 1776 article, “A Dissertation on the Duty of Mercy and Sin of Cruelty to Brute Animals”, pleaded for the care of animals. However, it wasn’t until

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the opportunity to participate in animal law committees and sections. “Our committee seeks to educate the legal community and the layperson on this growing practice area, exploring partnering opportunities and keeping abreast of pertinent legislation,” says Monique L’Italien, chairman of the Florida Bar’s animal law committee. At the law school level, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is developing student chapters, encouraging young lawyers to consider animal law as part of their future careers while promoting education and sponsoring scholarships. Today there are more than 140 U.S. chapters and eight international chapters of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. The chapter associated with the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon sponsors an annual animal law conference, now in its 18th year. This year’s conference, scheduled for October 15 to 17, is entitled “Animals in Crisis: The Laws we Have, Getting the Laws we Need”.

Today, more than 120 law schools offer courses in animal law. 2005, the HSUS launched its animal protection litigation program and won numerous groundbreaking legal victories, including court orders blocking the slaughter of American horses for human consumption; the enforcement of state laws banning canned hunting; a restriction of commercial trapping; an end to the advertising of illegal cockfighting magazines on Amazon.com; a strengthening of regulations for the protection of dogs in puppy mills; and an end to unlawful sport hunting programs in national wildlife refuges.   European countries are recognized for their role in animal law issues. In the Swiss canton of Zurich, for example, animal lawyer Antoine Goetschel is employed to represent the interests of animals in cruelty cases. Swiss animal protection laws are some of the strictest in the world, with an excellent record of enforcement. The International Institute for Animal Law, which is composed of a group of attorneys and judges from around the world, acts as a clearinghouse for animal-related legal information, from pending legislation through relevant case law digests.

Exponential growth The animal law movement is growing exponentially as more legal practitioners discover ways to incorporate it into their practices. State bar associations now offer members

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The ALDF was founded in 1979 as one of the first organizations dedicated to promoting the field of animal law and using the law effectively to protect the lives and defend the interests of animals. Founder Joyce Tischler serves as the organization’s chief legal counsel, supervising the activities of hundreds of attorneys interested in protecting animals. Through its efforts, the ALDF has blazed a trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life.

Getting involved Those interested in more information on animal law can participate in Animal Law 101, a web-based seminar featuring ALDF professionals that addresses the issues of defining animal law, describes the role of animal lawyers, and offers opportunities to assist the ALDF in its legal efforts. Law students can submit law review articles for publication to the Animal Law Review (Lewis & Clark Law School), Journal of Animal Law & Ethics (University of Pennsylvania chapter) and the Journal of Animal Law (Michigan State University College of Law chapter). The Michigan State University College of Law maintains an animal legal and historical web center with more than 1,000 full text cases and more than 50 topics that provide comprehensive explanations of some of the more interesting issues of animal law. You can also join national animal rights organizations like the HSUS or ALDF and participate at the community level with local humane societies or rescue organizations. Who knows…you might decide to go back to school and become an animal lawyer yourself.


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Is your dog depressed? Here are 6 simple ways to keep him off the shrink’s couch. by Eugen Suman

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e’ve all passed through times in our lives that bring us down, when we feel there’s nothing we can do to make it better. It’s usually called depression. We’re sad and soppy and feel we can’t cope with it all. Well, we’re humans, and we can take it. But what about our dogs?

As always, whenever your dog starts acting out of character, the first step is to take him to the veterinarian for a check-up. Many physical ailments can mimic depression – for example, a dog that feels sick or in pain may refuse to eat or exercise. It’s important to rule out illness or injury before assuming your dog is depressed.

Dogs are social animals and have feelings just like we do. As such, they can also get depressed. The reasons can range from loneliness or a lack of stimulation to a dietary imbalance. You can recognize a depressed dog by his low energy, diminished enthusiasm or a refusal to eat. He may engage in unwanted behaviors when you’re not at home, such as howling, excessive barking or chewing up your favorite blanket.

If the vet can find nothing physically wrong, try these five tips for cheering up your canine companion.

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Dogs are social animals and have feelings just like we do.


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I f you’re away from home for long periods, leave the radio or TV on. No, it’s not green, but your best friend’s happiness is at stake! Hearing voices makes your dog feel less alone and may ease separation anxiety. You can also get DVDs and CDs designed specifically for dogs that need some form of distraction when left alone.

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 lways make daily time for your dog. The A fastest way to a depressed dog is to ignore him. Take him for a walk at least once a day. Talk to him, provide him with toys and always have something for him to do. An idle dog is a bored dog. And a bored dog is on his way to big time depression.

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 e alert for destructive behavior. This includes B howling at night and too much barking. These are stress signs and usually mean something’s wrong. When these behaviors surface, it’s time to give your dog more attention.

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Hide healthy treats and goodies around the house for your dog to find. It’ll help keep him happy and occupied. Kong toys stuffed with treats are another good option. I f you’re simply not able to fulfill your dog’s needs for company and stimulation, hire a pet sitter or dog walker. If your dog is having fun all day, he’ll be free of depression and separation anxiety. If all else fails, consult a holistic veterinarian or an animal behaviorist for help.

Yes, you’re busy. You’ve got a job, a family and a tight schedule. All the same, your dog should not be left alone and bored out of his mind for hours on end. Remember, he’s a social animal. He needs to spend time with people, make friends with other dogs, and have fun!

If your dog is having fun all day, he’ll be free of depression and separation anxiety.

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“Who, me…disabled?” Visit a special rescue where physically challenged animals find a caring home – and teach people that they can still love and enjoy life. by Barbara Nefer

Kiri doesn’t let her wheelchair keep her out of the water.

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ormally, a broken back would have a tragic outcome. For Joyce Darrell and her dog, Duke, it meant the start of an amazing life journey, and hope for many disabled animals. One day 12 years ago, when Duke was just six months old, he somehow broke his back while playing with a neighbor’s Labrador. “The vet recommended euthanizing him,” says Joyce. “But his spirit wasn’t broken even if his body was.”

Duke didn’t seem in pain, but could only move awkwardly, dragging his back legs behind him. The best option appeared to be a doggie wheelchair to support his useless limbs. Joyce and her husband, Michael Dickerson, purchased one to see if Duke could learn to use it. Soon the plucky canine was zipping around as though he’d always had wheels!

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Soon after, Joyce heard about a five-year-old disabled mixed breed named Misty who’d been languishing in a New York shelter for more than five years. Potential adopters quickly turned away when they found out she couldn’t walk. “We immediately went and adopted her,” says Joyce. Misty also adapted quickly to wheels. “People think the wheelchair is a big adjustment for the dog, but it’s really the people who have to get used to it.”

A growing concern The couple’s commitment soon expanded into Pets With Disabilities (petswithdisabilities.org), a non-profit organization in Prince Frederick, Maryland that rescues and promotes adoption of dogs and cats with special needs. Some of the dogs at the rescue are in wheelchairs, while others have birth defects or are blind, deaf or amputees. Pets With Disabilities also deals with FIV-positive cats, and has just


“People think the wheelchair is a big adjustment for the dog, but it’s really the people who have to get used to it.” completed a new cattery to accommodate blind and deaf felines. Joyce sees the organization as a “bridge to a better life and forever home” for its residents. “We provide hope and change attitudes,” she says. Duke and Misty quickly became their ambassadors. Together with Joyce and Michael, they visited pet expos, schools and charity events in an attempt to change preconceived notions about euthanasia as the best option for disabled animals. “I remember one of our first events,” Joyce laughs. “It was a pet expo, and people were scratching their heads because they never realized animals can live with disabilities. They were trying to figure out if we were a real rescue and if Duke’s wheelchair was just for show!”

Despite breaking his back at six months old, Duke enjoyed life and lived to be 12 years old.

Rising to the challenge

Still, many people are reluctant to take on an “imperfect” animal. “Wheelchair dogs and deaf dogs are the hardest to place,” says Joyce. “People will always take a blind dog before a deaf one. Deaf dogs don’t connect to people as easily, so are often misunderstood.”

Joyce tries very hard to “normalize” the disabilities so people will see the animals as loveable, adoptable pets. “I take them out of their shelter environment, write nice biographies for our website, and take pictures of them playing in the grass here and just enjoying themselves. A picture is worth a thousand words.”

Her charges have run the gamut from a one-eyed puppy who languished in a shelter for three months before getting his forever home through Pets With Disabilities, to senior animals abandoned by people who don’t want to deal with their infirmities.

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Spacious grounds give the animal residents plenty of scope to move around.

“These animals take what life handed them and make the best of it,” Joyce says. “That’s a great lesson for the kids.”

Though blind, Megan still loves to run and romp.

Joyce usually restricts adoptions to the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions in case an animal ever needs to be returned. There are exceptions, like the wheelchair dog who traveled all the way to California. “I knew the lady who adopted him very well,” Joyce explains. “She had a wheelchair dog that passed away and was ready for another. I knew that dog would never be coming back.”

Joyce sees the organization as a “bridge to a better life and forever home” for its residents. Making a difference Those who want to help without actually adopting an animal can sponsor one of the organization’s residents through its Angel Network. Members pay monthly or yearly and can follow “their” dog or cat on the website and email Joyce for updates. Pets With Disabilities also runs a summer camp for inner city children. The kids spend time in the country, get to meet the dogs and go walking and swimming with them.

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The most rewarding part of Joyce’s work is meeting the people who are willing to adopt special needs animals. “They understand these animals need homes and their spirits are not broken,” she says. “These families open up their hearts unconditionally and are willing to go the extra mile.” The organization is funded solely through donations and sustained by Joyce’s hard work. “I am the sole full-time caretaker of the 20-plus dogs at the rescue.” Joyce is passionate about her work, but it saddens her to see animals lose once-loving homes due to illness or injury. “People abandon them after caring for them for many years. They feel they are no longer the same pet because they require a bit more care. It’s very frustrating to realize the human spirit can be so weak. It’s hard to understand how they can look into the eyes of their animal and not see that it really is the same animal.” Sadly, Duke passed away this year (Misty died in 2008), but his legacy continues. Joyce saw proof of how many lives Duke touched when she received hundreds of cards and condolences after his death. One of her favorite memories of Duke is the time he led a wheelchair child around a very busy pet expo. “This little girl loved him. She would hold his lead, and he gallantly pulled her around, maneuvering his own wheelchair around the crowds of people. He made being disabled very cool!”


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the scoop On the air Have a question about how to improve your animal’s well being? Tune into the Petzlife Pet Show every Saturday from 2pm to 3pm (central time) on WCCO News Radio. This call-in program is co-hosted by Petzlife founder Bud Groth and WCCO Radio’s Steve Thomson and covers a wide range of topics, from nutrition, behavior and safety to the dangers of over-vaccination and how to deal with the death of an animal. petzlife.com

New spay/neuter clinics Bud Groth and friend.

Bottles into beds If you’re an eco-conscious consumer, you’ll be interested in the new Eco Drop Bed from West Paw Design. This cozy nest bed for dogs and cats features a doublestuffed cushion made from IntelliLoft, a material recycled entirely from soda bottles, and a machine washable cover made from 85% recycled fabric. The beds come in three colors and sizes and have been certified non-toxic and free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances, including pesticides, heavy metals, phthalates and allergy-causing dyes. westpawdesign. com

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The ASPCA and PetSmart Charities recently announced they will each pledge $2.6 million to Humane Alliance next year. It’s part of a five-year commitment totalling $5.2 million to increase affordable spay/neuter services across the United States. The funding will help 80 low cost, high quality, high volume spay/neuter clinics to open across the country. Combined with the nearly 70 Humane Alliance clinics already open, they will provide up to 800,000 sustainable spay/neuter surgical slots, preventing an estimated 11 million births through 2013. humanealliance.org

Get the kit Trap-Neuter-Return programs are the best and most humane way to control and manage feral cat colonies. If you want to help ferals in your neighborhood, Alley Cat Allies can help you through the entire TNR process with their Trapping Kit. The kit includes a step-by-step guide to trapping and neutering an entire colony of feral cats, a DVD of instructional videos, a set of 50 educational cards to give out to others, and 25 “We’re Helping Outdoor Cats” doorhangers. alleycat.org


Little wheels

Food for kitties

Small dogs need help just like big dogs if they become disabled and unable to walk. HandicappedPets.com has just introduced its new Walkin’ Wheels Mini. It’s made just for dachshunds and other small dogs weighing less than 20 pounds. Like the company’s Walkin’ Wheels for larger dogs, it features push button adjustability in length, height and width. It’s available in two colors – blue or pink – for your small canine companion. handicappedpets.com

Is your cat overweight, prone to hairballs – or sensitive to grains? AvoDerm Natural can help with two new foods. Salmon & Brown Rice is free of corn and wheat and made from real salmon, whole brown rice, natural antioxidants and other natural ingredients. The Indoor Weight Control Formula with Hairball Relief is for less active, overweight cats and helps control hairball formation. Along with whole meat, the food contains natural fiber for easy digestion and avocado oil and EFAs for coat health. avodermnatural.com

Gentle grooming

Cash for cancer research

When shampooing your dog, you want a product that’s going to clean his coat and soothe his skin without exposing him to harsh chemicals. Fur+Body is a line of gentle and natural grooming products for dogs. Made from cold-pressed essential oils with organic aloe vera and jojoba oil, the line includes shampoos, conditioners and refresher sprays in Orange Citrus, Alpine Meadow or Autumn Lily. furandbody.com

While scientists are constantly working to find a cure for cancer in companion animals, there’s still a long way to go. This past May, which was Pet Cancer Awareness Month, actress and animal lover Betty White teamed up with Blue Buffalo and Petco to help raise more awareness of and money for this crucial research. The drive for funds included a PSA by Ms. White that promoted the cause and asked for donations. In total, a whopping $800,000 was raised.

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withgrains? What’s the deal

Should you feed them to your companion or not? It depends on the grain, and on whether it’s whole or not. by Audi Donamor

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n your quest for a healthy diet for your dog or cat, you’ve probably come up against the grain controversy more than once. Should your animal eat grains or not? Which ones should be avoided, and which are okay?

Whole versus refined The right whole grains have a lot to offer our animals. The key word here is “whole”. Whole grains are comprised of three parts.

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 he germ is the embryo; if it is T fertilized by pollen, it will sprout into a new plant. It’s a valuable source of many B vitamins, protein, minerals and essential fatty acids.

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Refined grains are missing their bran and germ, leaving only the endosperm. Without the bran and germ, about 25% of the grain’s protein is lost, along with at least 17 important nutrients, including fiber, vitamins, minerals, lignans, phytosterols and other plant compounds.

Aren’t carbs “bad”? Don’t be misled by the blanket statement that carbohydrates are dangerous

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to dogs and cats. You just need to choose quality over quantity. Complex carbohydrates sustain energy, support organ function and promote overall health by providing vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats and phytochemicals. Poor hair growth and continuous shedding are one of the symptoms of carbohydrate deficiency. Carbohydrates maintain the health of the thyroid, liver, heart, brain and nerve tissues, and regulate how much starch and fat will be broken down and utilized or stored in the liver in the form of glycogen, which controls the balance of energy. Glycogen reserves regulate protein metabolism and protect cells from malfunction and injury. The heart and thyroid gland need glycogen, and some is stored in the cardiac muscle.

Glossary of healthy grains • Oats are one of the world’s healthiest foods. They are nutrient dense and provide sustained energy. They contain manganese, selenium, tryptophan, phosphorus, vitamin B1, dietary fiber, magnesium and protein. Oats contain a special type of fiber called beta-glucan, which lowers cholesterol and helps reduce the risk of heart disease, and supports the immune system against bacterial infections, viruses, fungi and parasites. Betaglucans help stabilize blood sugar levels and inhibit the growth of tumors. Oats contain 20 unique polyphenols called avenanthramides, which have potent


antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-itching properties. Adding oat bran to your animal’s daily diet is an easy way to give him valuable fiber, and additional support if anal glands or hairballs are a problem. • Barley is another of the world’s healthiest foods. It is a cooling whole grain that supports the intestines, stomach, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. It supports healthy thyroid function and immunity, is an excellent source of dietary fiber, and helps lower blood cholesterol. Barley is an excellent source of selenium, which inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells. Selenium works alongside vitamin E to be cardio-protective and lessen the symptoms of arthritis. Tryptophan, copper, manganese and phosphorus also contribute to barley’s excellent nutritional profile. Cooked barley can be added to your animal’s regular meals. • Rice nurtures the centre of the body, including the spleen and the pancreas, and soothes the stomach (in Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is a pH neutral grain and helps remove toxins from the liver. Whole brown rice is a rich source of manganese, selenium and magnesium. Manganese is a crucial component of the antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD), which provides protection against damage from free radicals. Whole brown rice is about as wholesome as you can get. Whole grain brown rice milk is a novel way of providing your animal with all the goodness of whole grains. The rice used in these products is not milled or polished, so it retains all the vitamins and minerals, contains no added sugar or fat, and is also cholesterol, gluten and dairy free. • Amaranth, quinoa, teff and buckwheat, while considered “pseudo grains”, are usually included alongside the true cereal grains because their nutritional profile, preparation and uses are so similar. Teff is an African cereal grass that contains more calcium than whole oats and more iron than whole barley. Quinoa is actually an amino acid-packed protein seed. It is considered a complete protein, because it contains all nine essential amino acids, including lysine, vital to tissue growth and repair. Quinoa also contains vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, potassium, riboflavin, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, folic acid and vitamin E. It is a perfect substitute for regular whole grains and is gluten free. Whole grains contain more natural fats than refined grains, so store them in a cool, dry dark place, or in the refrigerator.

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“Get your goat” cheese and herb muffins Ingredients •1½ cups whole grain flour of your choice (e.g. gluten-free all-purpose baking flour, a blend of whole grain flours) •2 teaspoons baking powder •½ teaspoon baking soda (gluten-free and aluminum-free) •1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried oregano •½ teaspoon sea salt •¼ cup first pressed extra virgin olive oil •1 cup plain goat yogurt (e.g. Greek or Balkan style) •¼ cup stock (e.g. chicken, beef, vegetable; filtered water can also be used) •1 egg •2 cups goat cheese •Oregano leaves for garnishing

Instructions Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly oil mini-muffin tins. Combine all ingredients in a mixer, or combine by hand using a wooden spoon or spatula. Fill each muffin cup to the top. Garnish each with an oregano leaf. Bake for 15 minutes. Muffin tops will be golden in color. Allow to cool a few minutes, then remove muffins and cool completely on a rack or plate, before storing in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Muffins must be refrigerated. They also freeze beautifully. Makes 24 mini-muffins, but you can easily double the recipe.

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•2 pounds lamb, cut into pieces •3 tablespoons first pressed extra virgin olive oil •3 cups filtered water or lamb broth •1 teaspoon sea salt •1 teaspoon cinnamon •1 teaspoon carob (optional) •6 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves only) or ½ teaspoon dried thyme •1 cup whole brown rice flakes (or quinoa)

Instructions Put olive oil in a medium sized pan. Add the pieces of lamb. Turn stove to high, and sauté the lamb and oil. When bubbles begin to appear, add salt, cinnamon, carob and thyme, turn down the stove to simmer, and continue to sauté the lamb pieces until they are no longer pink. Turn the stove off. Preheat oven to 300°F. Transfer the contents of the pan to a Pyrex or other oven safe container. Add whole brown rice flakes (or other whole grain of your choice), and 3 cups of liquid. Mix well. Cover the dish with foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving. Store in refrigerator. Lamb stew also freezes very well.

•¾ cup whole brown rice flour •¼ cup whole oat or barley flour •¼ cup whole teff •2 tablespoons carob powder •¼ cup local honey or rice bran syrup •½ cup goat milk or filtered water

Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients and make small balls. Roll them in oatmeal if you like and place them on the cookie sheet. Pat down gently with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

Barley water Ingredients •½ cup barley groats •4 cups filtered water

Instructions Combine the barley groats and filtered water in a small pot. Bring to a boil. As soon as bubbles appear, turn down the pot to simmer for 25 minutes. Cool the barley water, strain and store. For a sweet nutritious treat that supports the urinary tract, add a little dandelion honey to the barley water before serving to your companion. Barley water can be kept in the refrigerator for three days.

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For earth animals

Quality and sustainability come together at this unique eco-friendly pet supply company. by Charlotte Walker

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ur wolf hybrid, Artemis, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of five,” says Pennye JonesNapier. “We raised her on the recommended ‘veterinary’ diets, but when she received this diagnosis, we started paying a lot of attention to the pet food labels. We realized we needed to feed her a diet that was more natural, with fresh meats and veggies supplementing her normal food.” Artemis and her health needs inspired The Big Bad Woof, an eco-friendly pet supply company in Washington, DC that Pennye and her partner Julie Paez founded in 2005. Unlike many other pet supply stores, this one doesn’t just sell any old products. “We wanted to provide an alternative to the big box stores that encompassed a sustainable living approach integrated with our passion for animals,” says Pennye. “It is important to us that we look at our contributions to the environment and animal welfare through the way we run our stores, and to care for our employees and customers (both two and four-legged). We are passionate about good food, shopping local, supporting local economies, and reducing our carbon paw print.” The Big Bad Woof offers a selection of raw, canned and dry diets and treats for dogs and cats from premium companies such as Bravo!, The Honest Kitchen and Northwest Naturals, as well as quality supplements and eco-friendly fair trade collars and leashes, carriers, beds, bowls, toys and more. Pennye and her staff take a lot of care in choosing which products to stock. “We take into consideration what the products are made from, how they are produced, how far they have to travel, how they are packaged, and if

Pennye (left) and co-owner Julie Paez with their canine companions. Photo Credit 2008: Jessica Hardy

the companies that make them support small microeconomies in their own communities,” she says. “We are also very committed to local producers, and try to highlight locally produced foods, treats and supplies in our store. We are very committed to the concept of being a green sustainable business, and how that impacts our decisions, from choosing products to participating in our local communities.” The company’s community activities involve helping animals in need. “We are very active with animal sheltering and ways to assist organizations with programs to help people retain their animals instead of being forced to surrender them due to difficult situations. One of us also serves with the United Animal Emergency Animal Response Service.” Pennye and Julie made The Big Bad Woof a franchise both as a way to expand the business, and to spread the benefits of being eco-friendly. “We felt that by franchising we could give other people the opportunity to own their own green, sustainable business and work with animals on a daily basis.” When asked what she enjoys most about her work, Pennye replies that helping animals achieve healthy happy lives is top of the list. “I also like meeting new customers and helping people solve problems that may seem overwhelming to them. Many times, their animals are members of the family.” animal wellness

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Book reviews

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Do you worry about what would happen to your dog or cat if you died or had to go into hospital for a prolonged period? Or what if you broke up with your partner – who would get Fluffy or Fido? Do you have an elderly relative who needs to move to a nursing home, but can’t bear to part with his or her animal? In her new book Petriarch, animal law expert Rachel Hirschfeld addresses these concerns and many more. This complete guide to financial and legal planning for companion animals covers in detail a wide range of topics, from the “owner” versus “guardian” issue to resolving custody disputes, the ins and outs of pet trusts and protection agreements, why wills aren’t the answer, and how to choose a power of attorney.  hatever your situation, you’re sure to find a solution that will ensure the continued care, W health and happiness of your dog or cat.

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It was the greatest animal rescue effort in history. Though it’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and left countless thousands of dogs, cats and other animals abandoned, injured and homeless, the memories will live on for decades. In her poignant and sometimes heartbreaking new book Orphans of Katrina, renowned film producer and animal lover Karen O’Toole takes a firsthand look at the far-reaching effects Katrina had on the Gulf’s animal population. From the horrific floods that came in the hurricane’s wake, to the weeks and months that followed the disaster, O’Toole uses moving photos and heartfelt narration to follow the region’s animal rescue efforts, and the many obstacles the rescuers had to deal with. She mourns the losses and celebrates the successes, creating a revealing memoir that highlights both the best and worst of humankind. Although this book isn’t for the faint of heart, it gives a voice to those who have no voice, and will hopefully change the outlook of anyone who feels animals aren’t worth rescuing in a disaster.

Publisher: Give a Dog a Bone Press

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The author’s son, Jesse, helped take care of Mike in his later years.

BY LYNDA LYONS

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’ve always been a “big dog” person, and have had German shepherds most of my life. There came a point, though, after too many deaths, that I didn’t want another big dog. You can’t pick up a 90-pound shepherd and stuff him in your purse, and I needed that kind of physical proximity to my next dog. Then I met a tiny tuft of silky hair called a Yorkshire terrier, and knew he was what I’d been looking for. Mike spent the next 14 years everywhere but in my purse – in my bed, on my lap, on numerous flights, behind the driver’s wheel. I even tucked him inside my bathrobe on cold mornings when I sat at my computer to work. We had a satisfying life adventure together but that’s not what this story is about. It’s about the end of his life. As Mike aged, he stopped using the steps up to the bed. Didn’t want to go outside. His eyesight faded. His joints became arthritic. The doctor prescribed pain medications and focused on “keeping him comfortable” as long as possible. Mike’s knees were knobby with arthritis. He stopped being interested in walks. Began to bump into things. His doctor talked about the quality of life issue: was he still interested in food? Yep. Still being affectionate? Yes. Still able to get around? Pretty much.

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Dibley meets molly by jane finch

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ibley was a happy and contented black Labrador. He had a great family and enjoyed lots of hugs, plenty of games, and a full food dish. He was taken for regular walks on the beach and was sometimes allowed to swim in the ocean. Life was good. Then one day, the family brought a large basket into the home. Everyone crowded around it, whispering and making strange noises. Dibley sat down and watched. “Meow.” Dibley pricked up his ears. The basket was put on the floor and a little kitten scrambled out. Molly was black from head to toe. She had bright green eyes and a mischievous grin. Dibley tried to sniff her. Molly immediately cuffed him across his nose. The family seemed enthralled with the furry bundle, picking it up, stroking it, saying sweet things to it. It was all very strange. Dibley went to his food bowl and found it empty. He checked the garden. There was no sign of his favorite ball and no one was heading down to the beach.

The family started making encouraging noises, and Dibley heard his name mentioned. He began to wag his tail. Molly stalked the tail, flattening herself and wiggling her bottom, then pounced. There was chaos. Dibley jumped in the air with a yelp, long ears flapping. The family all moved at once, trying to grab Molly, who was still hanging on to the end of the tail, and trying to catch Dibley before he landed on top of her. The family’s son fell over the animals, and ended up rolling on the floor laughing. Dibley thought it was time for a wrestle, forgot the kitten still attached to his tail, and jumped on top of the giggling body. Molly lost her grip on the tail and went flying through the air. She landed with a grunt. The family immediately stopped laughing, Dibley rolled off the boy, and they all paused and looked at the kitten. She sat for a moment, considering what had just happened. She licked her paw and looked at Dibley. He looked at his family, then at Molly, then the end of his tail began to twitch. Pretending to clean herself, Molly watched the tail. Dibley watched Molly watching his tail. The family watched Dibley watching Molly.

He lay down in a corner and gave a deep sigh. For a moment, all were frozen in time. Molly began to creep towards Dibley. He quivered and waited for another whack on his nose.

Then Molly launched herself at Dibley. He dropped flat on the floor, rolled on his back, and he and the kitten began to play. The family watched and laughed. Pretty soon Molly tired and went to her basket to have a sleep. The family crept out, taking Dibley, and went for their daily beach walk. Dibley enjoyed the walk. But he couldn’t wait to get home and play with his new friend. If you have an amusing story you’d like to submit, send it to: Tail End, at submissions@animalwellnessmagazine.com

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