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Living with Cat Allergies

If family members love cats but they bring on sneezes and watery eyes for someone, consider simple strategies that make it possible to keep everyone happy.

Imperfectly Perfect Pets

Like humans, pets can face physical and mental challenges, but fresh approaches are giving our beloved animals fuller, happier days.

Why More Pets Are Getting Cancer

Skyrocketing cancer rates among dogs can most likely be traced to GMOs in their pet foods and Roundup toxins sprayed on lawns, say veterinarians and other scientists.

Pets Welcome Here

Some towns, hotels, historic sites and eateries greet pets with open arms—valuable information for the 95 percent of us that consider our pets members of the family.

Five Reasons to Love a Cat

Cats are low-maintenance, health-enhancing roommates; they’re also surprisingly eco-friendly.

Nature’s Remedies

Creatures in the wild ranging from microbes to elephants cope with parasites, pests and pain using natural substances; it all suggests why our preserving the natural world is good for us, too.

Sprouts for Pets

Dogs, birds, horses and even picky eaters like cats can learn to love sprouts and gain the nutritional wallop they provide.

Do-Good Dogs Do Almost Anything

Able to do open doors, pick up items, brace their person against falls and call 911, service dogs create a more active and pleasurable life for people living with disabilities.

Don’t Overfeed Fido

Cancer, the leading killer of America’s dogs, can be prevented via strategies that include anti-inflammatory foods, reducing toxin exposure, limiting vaccinations and delaying spaying.

Pets Love Music

With their ears attuned to different frequencies, horses neigh to Bach, cats groove to New Age, and dogs de-stress to “Greensleeves.”

DIY First-Aid for Dogs

If the family dog gets up close and personal with a skunk or has other simple emergencies, you can ease the pain with such everyday ingredients as pumpkin, coconut oil, ginger, iodine and apple cider vinegar.

Feline Workforce

Cats now star in tasks ranging from boosting office morale to providing private security.

Fluoride Alert

High levels of fluoride in processed dog food and in tap water means our pets are being exposed to the risk of multiple health problems.

Dogs at Work

Like us, dogs have special skills that they use in jobs as diverse as comforting crime victims, greeting art gallery visitors or rescuing drowning people.

Dogs Need Detoxing Too

Steps such as altering a dog’s diet and adding key supplements will restore mental and physical energies, restore the shine in their eyes and the luster in their coat.

Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain

For dogs and cats with aching joints, homeopathy offers an effective range of remedies keyed to specific conditions.

Decoding Dog Body Talk

When our dogs feel threatened or anxious, their body language tells the story—if we know what to look for.

Enzyme Therapy for Pets

Enzymes are essential to the digestive health of dogs and cats and can aid ills ranging from vomiting to arthritis to shedding.

Natural Remedies for Itchy Pets

If a pet has dry, itchy skin or environmental allergies, natural remedies as simple as witch hazel and aloe vera can ease the suffering.

Heart-To-Heart With a Horse

What avid horse-lovers know, people in emotional distress are now learning: Horses have a way of encouraging us to feel whole and happy.

Functional Medicine for Pets

Most vets turn first to pills and surgery, but functional medicine vets consider an animal’s genetic makeup and exposure to toxins and generally lean toward more gentle natural treatments and prevention.

Fetch, Stretch, Dance

Instead of just walking the family dog, there are vigorous, heart-pumping ways to work out with a furry friend, even in inclement weather.

Boarding Solutions for Beloved Pets

To find a kennel that loves your pet like you do, focus on cleanliness and eco-friendliness.

Cat-astrophe

Three of five American cats are overweight, but simple feeding and exercise strategies can restore a plump feline to jungle-cat sleekness.

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