Written by Christine Mandrake © 2005 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. As our beloved companions get older they begin to slow down and many suffer from the same age-related wear and tear as we humans do. Arthritis, gastric upsets, diminished senses, sensitivity to extreme heat and cold are just a few. Below is a list of tips you can use to make your senior pet more comfortable, happy and healthy. Feed your pet the best diet you can Feeding your pet high quality food not only makes th..
Written by Richard Sandore, MD Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2005 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. Our Golden Years are supposed to be the time of our lives when we sit back, relax, and contemplate chewing a bone or scratching the pole, instead of charging into the undertaking with adolescent enthusiasm. Dexter, our 12 year-old Rot-Shepard mix is perfectly content to let Little Dog, our 5 year-old Chihuahua do all of the serious guard dogging and ba..
Written by Richard Sandore, MD Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2006 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. There's an old saying that people and their pets resemble each other. In many ways this is unfortunate because the incidence of obesity in the feline and canine worlds has paralleled that of humans. In addition, the health problems associated with being overweight our companions can have are just as severe as ours. We are going to look at the basics o..
Written by Richard Sandore, MD Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2006 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. What is Diabetes? Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the disorder of glucose metabolism that is usually referred to when someone uses the word diabetes. This is a separate disease from diabetes insipidus, a problem with the pituitary gland. In DM, glucose (sugar) cannot be utilized by the body because of either a decrease in insulin production, or a decreased..
Written by Richard Sandore, MD Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2006 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. The endocrine system is composed of glands that secrete hormones directly into the blood stream. These hormones regulate and control many of the body's metabolic processes. While disorders of the endocrine system are relatively rare in dogs and cats (with the exception of diabetes mellitus) they can lead to severe, sometimes fatal disease if unrecogniz..
Written by Richard Sandore, MD Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2006 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. Stomach upset is a frequent problem we face, and it is common in our companion dogs and cats as well. Occasional bouts of diarrhea are generally not a cause for concern and can usually be treated symptomatically. Chronic diarrhea usually signifies an underlying medical problem that must be addressed. In this article we are going to learn about colitis..
Written by Richard Sandore, M.D. Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2005 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann established the Science of Homeopathy in Germany over 200 years ago, and along with many other alternative and complimentary medical practices it is becoming increasingly common in veterinary care. Homeopathy offers safe and effective treatments for common and rare illnesses without any of the sometimes life-threatening side effe..
Written by Nan Kené Arthur, CPDT www.wholedogtraining.com Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2005 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. Picky eaters, excessive barking, loose stools, gassy tummies, mood swings, restless sleep, hot spots, compulsive disorders, reactivity, aggression, hyperactivity, and biting can all be symptoms of a poor diet. Yet, until recently, the question of whether food can affect a dog's behavior has been a long-debated subject amongs..
Written by Nan Kené Arthur, CPDT www.wholedogtraining.com Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2005 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. Healthy cats, both young and old alike, are regularly turned into shelters and often euthanized for inappropriate elimination problems. More cats are turned in for this than for any other behavior problem according to many statistics. In fact, in the United States 51% of all behavior help line calls for cats are about litter ..
Mary Wulff-Tilford is a professional member of the American Herbalist's Guild who devotes her time and expertise to the holistic care of animals. She is founder of Animals' Apawthecary, a company that produces glycerine-based herb extracts for dogs and cats. She is respected, as a leading holistic pet care consultant and teacher, by holistic veterinarians and pet owners worldwide. Gregory L. Tilford is co-owner and formulating herbalist of Animals' Apawthecary. He is a contributing editor and he..
One of the most common health problems pet owners will encounter is having a pet with a skin problem. The incessant scratching, itching, biting, licking and chewing not only takes its toll on the miserable pet but often leaves the pet owner with a sense of helplessness and frustration. After flea collars, dips, sprays, drops and/or baths, the next logical step often is a trip to the vet. A prescription to a popular antibiotic, steroid, special prescription diet, topical anti-itching cream (often..
Pets have far more to offer than a wagging tail or a warm lap. Studies are finding pets can contribute to a person's physical and emotional well-being from childhood to one's senior years. The Delta Society, in particular, is an organization dedicated to promoting researchers from around the world whose findings support the positive effects of caring for animals. Children who are raised in homes with pets are found to exhibit increased social behavior, including more participation in hobbies, s..
There is currently considerable debate going on as far as nutrition. In this regard, your companion animal's dietary information is as confusing as your own. There is a wide range of opinion on the subject, with little tolerance for those who differ. In its essence, food is a drug. "We are what we eat," could have also been stated as "We are because of what we don't eat." We have been conditioned to think of food in basic terms such as carbohydrate, protein, fat and probably foremost, taste. Th..
Kidney disease, or chronic renal failure (CRF), is a common ailment among older cats. It is often difficult to be aware of kidney disease until significant loss of kidney function is present. This is due to the kidney's ability to compensate for the loss of function. As the kidneys lose their ability to condense urine and filter out toxins, your cat will urinate more and with more volume. This causes your cat to become dehydrated and provides less blood flow to the kidneys making the condition p..
Written by Richard Sandore, MD Produced and edited by Well Beings - Senior Cat & Dog Products. © 2005 WellBeings.com Reproduced with permission. The Functions of the Kidneys The 2 kidneys are remarkable organs that assist in keeping the body in metabolic balance and maintaining blood count as well as eliminating waste products from the blood. The functions of the kidneys include: 1) Regulating the amount of fluid in the blood, 2) Maintaining blood concentration in the correct range, 3) Elimina..
by MiShaun Taylor Although some dog breeds are more likely to get ear infections than others, just about every dog has experienced an ear infection at one time or another. According to veterinarians, dog ear infections are one of the most popular ailments that affect dogs every single year. In this article, we'll discuss this common infection as well as the causes of it as well. In the end you'll have a better understanding of dog ear infections. There are two types of dog ear infections. The ..
by MiShaun Taylor If you have a dog that cries, whines, pants, defecates or urinates in the house, tears up household items, and exhibits other strange behaviors when you leave home, you may have a dog that suffers from dog separation anxiety. Dog separation anxiety is a medical condition that affects 15% of all dogs. When dogs suffer from dog separation anxiety, they feel incredible fear and frustration and exhibit erratic behavior whenever their owners leave them alone. According to canine r..
by Miss Debra Rae If your dog has separation anxiety you'll know by their destructive, obsessive and or anxious behavior. Typically the unwanted behavior(s) begin 10-45 minutes after their human has left the home and include: Excessive barking or howling Crying continually Digging and scratching at doors or windows Urinating or defecating on themselves in inappropriate places due to stress General hysterical behavior These behaviors typically surface when a traumatic change (from your d..
by Ryan D. What is urine marking? Urine marking - sometimes called spraying - is when your cat deposits small amounts of urine (usually on vertical surfaces) as a kind of message tag to announce his presence. Although this issue involves inappropriate urination inside the house, marking isn't actually a housetraining problem: it's a deliberate expression of territoriality, which is a completely different thing. Why do cats mark? There are a number of reasons why cats mark: Territoriality:..
by Michael Moyssidis If you have a cat , or more than one cat, then youre in the market for some quick and easy training tips. The following tips . . . tricks . . . and techniques cover a variety of situations that most cat owners encounter. Not only that, these tips will no doubt trigger some ideas of your own. The key to effective training is consistency. Whatever you choose, be sure to do it on regularly, otherwise, you'll be sending your cat mixed signals. And that will only make it that ..