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Costumes parties galore! Halloween may have just passed, and whether your pets were costumed or not during the festivities– one thing is certain, the Halloween holiday kicks off a season of dressing your pets. The holiday brings out the inner kid in most of us and so it’s no surprise that the family fun has been extended to our furry companions. In a recent report, the National Retail Federation estimated that more than 14% of people dressed their pets for Halloween with costume spending at an estimated $350M. There is generally a sharp turn in temperatures at the end of October (in most areas!) that promptly moves us all into ‘sweater weather’, although climate change in So Cal makes this window of ‘seasonality’ seemingly smaller each year.
Never the less with the…Continue
Leathery, round balls of fleshy orange fruit, pumpkins are one of the season's best foods for animals -- and humans alike. Oftentimes referred to as a vegetable in culinary terms, pumpkins are by definition in fact, berry-like botanical fruits from the squash family, containing seeds and sprouting from flowers. Packed with vitamins and phytonutrients and an excellent source of dietary fiber, pumpkin is one of Nature’s Superfoods, rich in Antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, and E.
Grinning Jack-o-Lanterns may symbolize the beginning of fall harvest, seasonal pies and savory dishes, but all-natural, pure pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix!) is something every pet guardian should have stocked in your pantry all-year-round. Dogs and cats love its natural taste and texture added to…Continue
All Pet Food is Not Created Equal.
Feeding your pets is a lot like feeding your family – what they intake has a direct effect on their health, behavior, skin and coat, energy level, and so much more. As the saying goes, 'what you don't know won't hurt you'... well not totally so when it comes to choices in pet food. Do you really know what goes into pet food and how it's actually made? You might be shocked to learn the truth. Choosing the ‘best’ pet foods is not as easy as it seems. The quality and source of ingredients, the food manufacturing practices, and your animal’s individual lifestyle needs should all be considered when determining the right diet. If you are like most dog and cat guardians you may think feeding your pets should be as easy as scooping dry kibble from a bag and pouring it into a bowl, however you may want to think again—and, think outside the bag for a healthier alternative.
Let Them Eat Meat – Go…Continue
Pet friendly travel is a fast-growing segment of the travel industry and hot trend within the booming pet industry. According to a recent study by AAA and Best Western International, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their cats and dogs with them when they travel. While dogs remain the most popular travel companion (58%), a survey by PetRelocation.com shows that a growing number of people are now traveling with their cat companions too and account for 22% of pet travel.
If you are planning a family vacation, weekend excursion, or packing-up for a day trip to the beach, mountains, or beyond, there are a growing number of pet friendly accommodations, amenities, and pet-friendly destinations/activities for you. There are also now more…Continue
Warmer weather marks more than just the beginning of summer fun...it's when combatting fleas, ticks, and pesky mosquitoes is in full-effect for most pet guardians. Sunny So-Cal weather and the sometimes difficulty in effective parasite control typically make pest prevention a year-round battle for most of us, especially with regard to increasingly resistant “super” fleas. The pursuit of great outdoor pleasures, travel, and frolicking fun times with our pets demands that we are prepared for the best and worst scenarios unwarranted critters can bring. To get ready, the three most important aspects to consider are your pet, your environment, and your lifestyle; determine what prevention and/or treatment measures are the best/safest for your individual situation and to ensure…Continue
Written By: Dr. Rhiannon Fenton, Holistic Veterinarian - Beverly Hills location
Spring is here! Did you know that Spring is the season of the Wood constitution in Chinese Medicine? The Wood constitution is characterized as that being ruled by the Liver and Gallbladder. The Liver is the wife, and the Gallbladder is the husband, so-to-speak. They have a balancing relationship with one another. Liver is Yin; Gallbladder is Yang. Yin seeks to cool and nourish whereas the Yang seeks to warm and is concerned with anatomy. The functions of the Liver are to store Blood, maintain smooth flow of Qi (energy), nourish tendon/ligaments and is responsible for eye health. Qi is what provides our life force; it is the invisible, electric energy that is responsible for physiological functions of our body and keeps us alive.
The Wood constitution in its balanced state is…Continue
Have you noticed that GREEN is the new BLACK? Helping to protect Mother Earth is something we all inspire to incorporate more of in our daily lives – but, what considerations do we make to reduce our pets’ carbon pawprint?
As we gear-up for Earth Day (April 22th) we are reminded that our lifestyle choices to lessen our imprint on the earth, our city, our beach, our neighborhood…the very space we occupy with our pets...do have a cumulative effect on the planet AND our very own four-legged friends.
It has never been easier to choose wisely and to respect the environment with the myriad of eco-friendly, sustainable, or natural options now available in pet products. From eco-chic toys, bedding and scratchers, to apparel, accessories, and naturally, earth-friendly litters and pet waste cleanup, as well as healthy foods, treats, and supplements that are organic, or otherwise naturally…Continue
Gluten-Free Chicken & Quinoa Rounds
These treats are quick and easy to make and are suitable for pets with sensitivities to gluten and common grains. Quinoa isn’t a true grain and because it’s not commonly used in most pet foods, it remains very well tolerated even by grain-allergic pets.
1 cup Honest Kitchen Thrive™ dehydrated dog food
1 cup canned (unsweetened) pumpkin
½ cup ground/shredded chicken
¼ cup instant quinoa
1 free range egg
What to do
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Mix the Thrive™ and canned pumpkin together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add in…Continue
By Dr. Audra MacCorkle, Wellness Director – Beverly Hills
Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning, or Non-Anesthetic Dental Cleaning – is quite an impressive term, and a slightly scary one at that. But, it shouldn’t be. It’s safe, relaxing and the preferred dental cleaning method for our canine and feline family members.
To shed a little light and put your mind at ease, let’s look at the facts and importance of regular dental maintenance:
A proper dental cleaning consists of a dental exam with a charting of the findings, as well as dental scaling which includes scaling beneath the gum line, and a dental polishing.
A complete dental cleaning is not only possible without anesthesia or sedation but is in fact preferred, as it spares patients the trauma of anesthesia, as well as from the potential damage to their kidneys and liver…
By Dr. Audra MacCorkle, Wellness Director - Beverly Hills
Fresh breath, pearly whites, happy and healthy pets – dental health is so important for overall health and wellness of our fur family members. The bacteria that adhere to the tooth base and under the gum line in small pockets from gingival recession have direct access to the blood stream, and, just as with human medicine, dental disease and gingivitis can lead to serious medical issues for our pets with the heart, kidneys, liver, urinary tract, and immune system. Basically, the overall health of the body can be viewed by looking at an individuals, and fur family members, dental health.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), dental disease (calculus & gingivitis), is often associated with a damp heat build up in the body or a Qi (energy) stagnation for at least one of a variety of reasons. In Southern California, we are living in a desert which is very Yang in…Continue