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Reiki for Pets

by Elaine McCarty, the Animal Reiki Lady

There is only one reason your pet dreads going to the vet. Stress!

Pets are so sensitive to our state of mind that they know something is up the moment we call the vet. Tack on a harness/crate, the car ride, the drop-off, the smells, the sounds, the other pets at the office and you’ve got one anxious pet. And heaven forbid they need a nail trim…Fortunately, there is a simple and easy-to-use method for reducing stress that can help make your pet’s next trip to the vet peaceful and calm. Reiki. (more…)

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Cold Weather and Your Dog’s Skin

by Steve Ross, National Director of Training, First Aid & CPR LLC

Winter weather can be harsh on your dog’s skin, especially if he or she is an older dog. As dogs age, their oil-secreting glands slow down, making them prone to dry skin. The cold winter air and dry indoor heat only aggravate the condition, causing itching and flaking that may lead to constant scratching, biting, or licking.

To help your pet survive the winter with a healthy skin and coat, follow these suggestions:

Use a room humidifier.
The air in most houses becomes dry during the colder months, which depletes moisture from your dog’s skin and fur. A humidifier adds needed moisture to the air.

Keep baths to a minimum.
Bathing removes essential oils from the skin and can increase the chance of developing flaky skin. When you bathe your dog, use a moisturizing shampoo from the pet store. Human soaps and shampoos are formulated for human skin pH and may cause dry, irritated, itchy skin. Dry them with thick towels before taking them outdoors. A blow drier on an older dog can be harsh on dry skin. Consult with your vet about the recommended number of baths per month for your dog.

Brush your dog regularly.
Brushing improves skin, coat and circulation. Plus, clean fur lofts and holds warmth in much the same way that layering clothes does.

Never shave your dog down to the skin.
It’s fine to give your dog a trim, but for added warmth, be sure to leave his coat a little longer in the winter.

Give your dog fatty-acid supplements.
Older dogs may no longer produce enough of the fatty acids needed to keep their skin and coat healthy. Start the supplements several weeks before cold weather sets in to provide the cells of the skin with necessary
nutrients.

Increase his food if he’s very active.
If your dog engages in a lot of outdoor activities, you may need to feed him more of his regular food to provide added energy and keep his coat thick and healthy.

Buy him a coat.
Older dogs need extra protection from winter weather. Unless your dog has his own thick fur, put a warm sweater or coat and booties on your dog when he goes out on very cold days.

Dry winter skin is a problem for many dogs but it doesn’t have to be. With a little help from you, your pooch can have a healthy coat and a scratch-free winter.


About the Author

Steve RossFirst Aid & CPR, LLC was started in 2011 by Steve Ross. With his background in emergency services since 1977, Steve found the need to start training more people in lifesaving skills. As a longtime instructor for private companies and hospitals, Steve realized that the main issue of people taking these classes were the nervousness of coming to a strange, cold classroom. He felt that to alleviate this problem he needs to bring the training to the student. First Aid & CPR, LLC brings ALL necessary equipment to the student. Whether it is at their home, business or organization. Starting with CPR/AED and First Aid training, the company has evolved to offer training in Advanced Bleeding Control, Bloodborne Pathogens, Babysitting classes, Pet First Aid & Pet CPR and much more.

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Infections in Dogs & Cats: How To Cure Naturally

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by Jody L. Teiche, Certified Pet Homeopathic Educator & owner of The Hound Healer

It started with a sniffle. I noticed Anabelle sounded congested one day. She seems to have some trouble breathing but did not seem in distress (that would’ve been a vet or ER visit, if severe enough). My mama bear instincts kicked in and I went to my mini-apothecary. What did I grab? Echinacea, Goldenseal and Manuka Honey. In one day, Anabelle’s symptoms were gone. (more…)

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How to Heal From the Loss of a Beloved Pet

how to heal from the loss of a pet

by Indrani Das, Certified Animal Reiki Teacher & Owner of Way of Artemis 

Saying that final goodbye to all the cats I have lost over the years has been heart-wrenching. The grief never entirely disappears. Sometimes, it comes creeping up at the most unexpected of moments. Each loss goes into weaving a new thread in this fabric of life. Even though we carry on the dance of life, we now do so with fond memories. We hold them in our hearts for all times to come. Our lives are much richer because amazing souls choose to share their journey with us. (more…)

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Winter Safety Tips for Your Senior Pet

by Dr. Dani McVety, Founder and CEO of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice

As winter’s biting cold sets in, your senior pet may struggle with the cold more than usual—especially considering older pets often do not handle temperature extremes well. The dry, cold air may cause achy joints to flare up, while icy walkways can make potty breaks treacherous. Help keep your senior pet warm, comfortable, and safe this season with the following tips.

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