Pets

Proper Nutrition Keeps Your Pet Healthy

by Pema Choepel Mallu, DMV Dogs and cats are carnivores and they cannot digest grains well. Cats are obligate carnivores that are pre-disposed to diabetes when fed foods with grains. Feeding a raw diet has helped many pets get over IBD, allergies in general, ear infections, auto immune diseases, epilepsy, bladder stones, arthritis, obesity, Cushing’s disease, thyroid disease, liver and ... Read More »

Head on over (Fido too) to Woofstock

The most-anticipated dog-friendly party will be taking place from 3 to 7 pm on August 6 in the DC Pavilion (Gallaudet Pavilion) and all are invited. Barkly, The Big Bad Woof, and DC Pavilion are proud to announce the second annual Woofstock, a festival celebrating the dogs and dog-lovers of the D.C. metro area. The event will feature a line-up ... Read More »

Whole Pet Central to Open Fourth Store

Whole Pet Central, a local leader for healthy and natural pet supplies and food, has added another store to their growing list of regional outlets. Their new location is in Columbia, which brings the number of stores to four in the greater D.C. area. The new store is in the Snowden Center at 6925 Oakland Mills Road. According to co-owner, ... Read More »

Hot Days Are Hard on Pets

How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heatstroke by Shawn Messonnier As outdoor temperatures heat up, pets may suffer from the effects of increased ambient temperatures. While problems such as squamous cell carcinoma and moist dermatitis (skin hot spots) increase along with temperatures and amount of sun exposure, the most serious heat-related health issue is heatstroke. Holistic vets recommend some simple, ... Read More »

Stressed-Out Pets

Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety by Sandra Murphy While most American pets live on easy street, with meals, treats, exercise outings and affection provided, the good life also poses challenges—dogs and cats can get stressed. “Basic stress is fear-based. Separation or isolation anxiety requires in-depth training,” says JennaLee Gallicchio, a certified separation anxiety trainer who uses scientific and ... Read More »

Natural, Preventive Care for your Pets in Bethesda

A Spotlight on Veterinary Holistic Care By Sam Hudgins Veterinary Holistic Care opened its doors to pet owners seeking alternative treatments to conventional pet clinics in 1997, when Dr. Monique Maniet felt she could do more for her patients than simply prescribe pills. Maniet began her holistic practice by exploring homeopathy and Eastern medicine and grew her staff to include ... Read More »

Healing the Body, Mind, Spirit of our Pets

A Spotlight on Holistic Veterinary Healing by Robin Fillmore In addition to offering decades of dedicated care to dogs, cats, and other furry and feathered friends, the veterinarians and staff at Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown, Maryland, provide profound healing of the body, mind, spirit and emotions, knowing that the best way to achieve optimal health for pets is through ... Read More »

The Key to Healthy Pets Through Proper Nutrition

by Pema Choepel Mallu, DMV Nutrition is the key to maintaining a pet’s vital force and keeping the body and their immune system strong. Providing the individual pet with what their body needs creates balance. Ideally, it is recommended that pets eat a raw diet—full of meat, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, enzymes and probiotics from whole foods that are sourced ... Read More »

Healthy Pet Spotlights

Veterinary Holistic Center Veterinary Holistic Center The Veterinary Holistic Center (VHC) in Springfield, Va. is already changing the way pet owners can provide an integrative approach to their pets’ wellness in the local area. In September 2015, Jordan Kocen, DVM, opened Northern Virginia’s only facility dedicated to providing comprehensive, integrative therapies to complement current veterinary care. Kocen and his staff work ... Read More »