Quality Time with Our Pets

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on January 2, 2013

Both dogs and cats are social animals.  Social animals don’t want to be alone- they want company and interesting interactions

Relationships are an important part of health.  Strong bonds with others means protection from loneliness and depression.  It goes both ways.  Healthier pets are happier pets and happier pets are healthier pets.   Just as vitally important is that both humans and pets benefit from the quality time spent together.

We enjoy our walks more as we watch our dogs sniff and explore with delight.   Our hearts sing in a special way as we stroke our cats and listen to them purr.  Animals and people create that special winning combination.

If our pets could tell us one thing it very well might be, “ Take the time to stop and smell the roses and enjoy life with me.”

How about adding some regular exercise because it’s part of a healthy life style for all of us – humans, dogs and cats.  If it’s not safe for your cat to go outside every day, make sure he has a scratching post and a selection of toys.  Setting aside some time to play with your cat every day is a great way to give your cat the exercise she needs and improve your own quality of life.

All dogs need exercise, even notorious couch-potato breeds.  Of course, taking the dog for a brisk long walk is the perfect excuse for you to get some exercise too!

 

 

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Going Green for a Longer Living Pet

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on December 29, 2012

Adding a bit of green to your pet’s diet can do as much good for the planet as it can for your dog or cat.  Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables has many heath benefits; one important one being decreasing cancer risk.   Cats often like cooked asparagus and cantaloupe melon while our easier to please canine friends love everything from a piece of apple to a broccoli stem. Deserving Pets VITAL VITIES has kale, broccoli, beets, carrots, concentrated alfalfa extract, pumpkin, dandelion, and apples.

Create a dog and cat friendly outdoor environment by using natural fertilizers and pest control.  In 2004, the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine linked bladder cancer in Scottish Terriers to exposure to lawn chemicals. Rain creates a mist of these chemicals lingering at just the height of our pets and many pets enjoy chewing on that occasional blade of grass. Read the full article →

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Diabetic Diets

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on December 29, 2012

Diabetes Diets  Remember to add DESERVING PETS VITAL VITIES to every meal.

The basic formula:

1/3 lean protein: Cooked or Raw Fish, Chicken, Turkey or very lean Beef, Cooked Egg Whites

1/3 low starch vegetables and some fruits: string beans, broccoli, cauliflower,   blueberries, apples

1/3 slow cooked oatmeal or slow cooked barley

olive oil & cinnamon, garlic, parsley as healing herbs

 

Diabetic Diet #1:

2 cups cooked Chicken

2 cups cooked barley

1 cup cooked in chicken broth diced cauliflower

1 cup of steamed in chicken broth diced apples

1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon

½ cup of olive oil Read the full article →

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Diabetes Story – Holistic Fixes

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on December 27, 2012

Mabel was drinking lots of water and she wanted more and more to eat.  Yet, she was losing weight and her coat appeared lusterless and shabby.  At first, her owner thought the summer heat was the reason for her thirst.  But she was now drinking several bowls of water a day. After her examination, I took a blood and urine sample from Mabel.  The urine was positive for glucose and the glucose level in her blood was very high.  Mabel began taking insulin that was appropriate for her weight.  We started with a dose on the low side and her owner was instructed on how to moniter her urine with test strips to check the glucose level in the urine. Every other day or so, she was to come in a specific number of hours after giving the insulin shot so we could check the glucose level in Mabel’s blood Read the full article →

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Handling Cystitis in Cats

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on December 20, 2012

When cats make frequent trips to the litterbox or suddenly begin urinating in unusual places like the bathtub it’s likely they’re letting you know they have a urinary tract problem. Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is a relatively common problem in pet cats that can be worrisome and expensive. Just ask any cat owner whose feline gets cystitis at the drop of a hat.  The good news is that there are natural supplements and homeopathic methods to help treat and more importantly avoid and prevent these bladder problems.

SYMPTOMS

Anyone whose had cystitis can attest to that feeling of ‘needing to go’ and it’s the same with cats.  In some cases, the urine may be pink or red. If your cat chooses a tile floor or the bathtub, it’s pretty easy to tell if the urine’s blood tinged.  If the litter box is your cat’s preferred stopping place, mixing shredded white toilet paper into the litter is a handy trick. Read all about and and watch this informative video;  Cystitis in Cats Feline Urinary Tract Disease Read the full article →

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