Pets

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 »

The Big Bad Woof Seeking KIVA Loan For New Location

The Big Bad Woof is an important neighbor in their original location in Takoma, DC and is planning to move into a new retail space, just across the street. In this new building that will nearly double their size, they will build a loading dock and storage area that will provide a solid home base to grow the store-to-door delivery ... Read More »

The Well-Mannered Cat

Simple Ways to Get Kitty to Behave  by Sandra Murphy Three million cats end up in shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Owners cite landlord restrictions or allergies in the family. Often, the animal is blamed for an easily fixed behavior problem. The Wake County Animal Center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, ... Read More »

The Right Vet for Your Pet

Animals Thrive with Gentle, Safe and Natural Approaches by Shawn Messonnier Pet parents have many criteria to consider when choosing a healthcare provider for their prized pet, and among the most vital is trying to find a doctor that uses holistic therapies, because the advantages are many. Wellness care is more than vaccines. While conventional vets consider giving vaccines and ... Read More »