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Why you should be using Calendula for your Dog

Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a wonderful herb that we can use to help our dogs. It’s also one that should be included in your dog’s first aid kit.   Externally, it works great to soothe the skin and heal wounds. In addition to its soothing properties, it is an anti-fungal and antibacterial. It’s …

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Making a burdock root tonic to benefit your dog’s liver

Burdock is a biennial plant with the scientific name, Arctium. It is native to Europe and Asia, but several varieties have been introduced worldwide. The plant has heart-shaped leaves and purple burrs at the top that have reverse hooks that stick to everything. But the part that we are interested in is the root. Burdock …

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Heartworm and Your Dog

Heartworm is a scary and potentially fatal disease.  Taking it seriously is vital to your dog’s health.  Just about every pet parent knows that heartworm medications are recommended every month, but not everyone follows this recommendation.  The question is, should you? Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos. There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitos.  Seventy or fewer species can …

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Canine Chakra Balancing

Dogs have chakras, just as humans and all other living things do. Canine chakras can get imbalanced, just as ours do. Understanding where the chakras are located, and what each is responsible for, will help you keep your dog’s energy in balance. Canine chakra balancing is particularly helpful with emotional and behavioral issues. What are …

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Benefits of Massage and Acupressure for Dogs

Dogs benefit from massage and acupressure the same way you do. It’s not just about having a relaxation session with candles and soft music, but rather the great many health benefits that stem from there. Weekly therapeutic bodywork for dogs increases blood, chi and lymph flow, and circulation throughout the body. This movement is truly …

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Beware of Foxtails

Foxtails… those pesky little things.  It used to just be the western states that had to deal with foxtails, but this invasive plant is now found across the country. In summer months, they seem to be everywhere, and unfortunately, they can be very dangerous and even deadly for your dog.   Foxtails are a type of grassy …

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Essential Oils for Dogs

Essential oils are the aromatic and volatile liquids that are distilled from certain aromatic plants. Only about 1% of all plants are classified as aromatic. Hundreds of chemical compounds make up a plant’s essence. When these compounds are distilled, they become very potent. Because essential oils are so powerful, they should be treated with the …

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Nationally Certified in Canine Acupressure

Acupressure is one of the most ancient healing arts.  Like acupuncture, which uses the same pressure points, it is based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  The primary difference is that acupuncture uses needles to activate the points. There is evidence that shows veterinary acupressure has been used since 2000-3000 BC. In ancient times, eastern cultures would use this …

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Chicken Stew for Dogs

Who doesn’t love a nice wholesome chicken stew with all the warmth and yumminess that goes with it? Your dog is certainly no exception. I make this stew about once a month and store extra servings in the freezer. I vary the vegetables from time to time, so feel free to make modifications, but this …

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It’s Tick Season!

As temperatures start to warm up in April and May so does the concern for ticks. Anytime it is above freezing, ticks can be active.  They are most active when it’s above 45 degrees Fahrenheit, but they don’t die off in the cold, they are just less active or dormant.  Adult ticks, are about the …

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What supplements should I give my dog?

We all want to provide our dogs with the very best nutrition we can afford. Here are a few supplements for dogs you can add to your pet’s food, regardless if you are feeding dry kibble, canned or raw, to help ensure your dog is getting the nutrition he needs. Probiotics are essential if feeding processed …