Tag: holistic pet care

Marijuana Toxicity in Dogs

Since recreational marijuana is now legal in Oregon, it’s prudent to talk about toxicity for dogs since they’ll be the first to nab any unattended stashes. The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (a.k.a. THC). Regular marijuana is usually 1-8% THC. Hashish (made from the

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Alternative Care- Not Just A Last Resort

Most people think of alternative care only after exhausting what conventional medicine has to offer. For a simple complaint like a roundworm infestation or a paw laceration conventional treatment is wonderful. But for more complex or longer term issues, initiating alternative care early has some distinct

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Risk Factors for Canine Bloat

Hello everyone! I know I usually write about holistic medicine, but there are certain topics that cross all borders for our animal friends. One such topic is canine bloat, which is a true emergency situation. There are many facts and fictions about what predisposes dogs to

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Finding Holistic Veterinarians

Many people call from out of state asking if I know of a holistic vet in their area. If you need one outside the greater Portland area, the best resource is the website for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association – www.ahvma.org.

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Woobies ‘n Things

During acupuncture it’s best if pets can stay relatively still while the needles are in. A great way to help pets relax in one spot is to bring a familiar blanket or pad from home. The scent of a familiar place of repose gives pets a

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Giving Liquid Herbs Containing Alcohol

Many liquid herbal preparations contain a small amount of alcohol to act as a preservative. The amount varies but for most veterinary preparations it’s around 10-20%. Formulations for humans run closer to 30%. While dogs tend to still take these well, cats tend to be more

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Giving Herbs to Pets

Chinese and Western herbs come in liquids, tablets, capsules, and powders. In liquid form, some are preserved with a small amount of alcohol and some are glycerin based. Since herbs don’t generally taste great, it’s important to be aware of dosing options to improve ease of administration

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