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Why More Pets Are Getting Cancer

GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods BY JEFFREY SMITH In the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. ... Read More »

Pets Welcome Here

Happy Places to Live and Travel Together As of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place ... Read More »

5 Reasons to Love a Cat

They Bring Health and Happiness Home As beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits. Companionship Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being ... Read More »

Sprouts for Pets

Crunchy Nutrition Animals Will Love BY SANDRA MURPHY Despite their small size, sprouts pack a nutritional wallop with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and protein. Dogs, birds, horses and even cats enjoy the crunch, as well as the health benefits. Cats Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. Rather than ... Read More »

Do-Good Dogs Do Almost Anything

Service Animals Train to Help People in Need BY SANDRA MURPHY Service dogs help an aging population live full lives in spite of limitations, no matter the size, age or breed of dog. Plus, hundreds of thousands of canines make living with disabilities both possible and more pleasant. The Rules “Service dogs don’t eat on duty, and should be on ... Read More »

Don’t Overfeed Fido

Plus Other Tips to Keep a Dog Cancer-Free BY KAREN BECKER Cancer is the leading cause of canine fatalities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Often diagnosed too late, the risks, heartache and expense of aggressive traditional treatments have many people searching for healthy alternatives. Although the causes are not well understood, we can give our companion the best possible ... Read More »

Pets Love Music

Each Species Grooves to Its Own Beat BY SANDRA MURPHY Just as dogs’ and cats’ noses are more efficient than ours, they also have better hearing, reacting to a broader and higher range of frequencies and vibrations. “We sense our world from where our ears are. Our plane is generally five to six feet high; animals closer to the ground ... Read More »

DIY First-Aid for Dogs

Seven Natural Home Remedies BY KAREN BECKER Many pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. 1Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy ... Read More »

Feline Workforce

Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow Some cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security. In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center ... Read More »

Fluoride Alert

Excess in Food and Tap Water Harms Pets In 2009, an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study found that bone meal and animal byproducts in eight of 10 major national dog food brands contain fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum dose in drinking water. Some fluoride from tap water ... Read More »