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Did you know...

- 94% of pet owners say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.
- 'Fido' means 'loyalty' in Italian.
- Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run. The only other animals that do this are the giraffe and the camel.
-The position of the dog's tail can represent as many as six different messages.

Pet Alternative Therapy

From doggy acupuncture to kitty chiropractic, alternative forms of veterinary medicine have really taken off in recent years. Holistic veterinary work aims to make your pet as healthy as possible by gradually building up their immune system in an effort to prevent the need for quick-fix treatments like antibiotics and steroids. As in the case of humans, the holistic veterinary approach offers a scope of practice that treats the whole animal, stimulating the body's internal healing force and harnessing its natural abilities to heal itself.

Holistic veterinarians believe that a weak immune system plays a key role in causing disease. Nearly everything that goes wrong with the physical health of humans and pets, with the exception of things like broken bones, can be traced directly to a sub-par immune system. Nutrient-poor diets, an overuse of prescription drugs, and environmental pollutants all compromise immune health. A strong defense system is the key to self-healing. It protects our pets from everything from flu germs to cancer cells. Antibiotics fight infection, but they don't eliminate whatever weakened the immune system to begin with. This is why alternative pet therapies focus less on things that cause diseases and more on things that affect the body's defenses.

Holistic veterinary medicine is comprised of many of the same products, therapies, and principles that make up the realm of human holistic medicine. Such aspects include natural diet and nutritional care, animal chiropractic, acupuncture and herbal medicine, homeopathic consultations, yoga, reiki, and massage. If these things are important to you, why not pass on the quality of life they provide to your cats, dogs, birds, lizards, and even fish! A number of holistic healing products and services are available for all types of pets.

Strange Pet Behavior, Demystified Scenario: You're walking down the hall, in your own little world, when suddenly a flying, foot-snagging cat grabs a hold of your ankle and takes a bite. "But he was purring away on the couch a few minutes ago," you think to yourself. "What happened?"

Explanation: Chances are your cat is simply practicing skills he would normally use in the wild, such as: stalking, chasing, swatting, clawing, and biting. He may draw his ears back, twitch his tail, freeze in a low crouch before pouncing, and/or wrap his front paws around your hand or foot in an attempt to bite. These are all body postures cats, large and small, show when searching for and catching prey.

Despite your kitty's playful intentions, they can result in scratches, bites that don't break the skin, or serious injury (scratches and bites that break the skin and become infected). The most common play aggressors are cats less than two years of age, those living in a one-cat household, and cats spending 8-10 hours a day home alone.

Playful "attacks" commonly occur when unsuspecting owners round a corner, come down the stairs, or toss around under a blanket. These attacks can often be distinguished from aggressive encounters by a sideways hop or pounce, an arched back, a half open mouth, or silence (the absence of hissing, growling, or spitting).