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Big news!

I’m celebrating my independence!

As of last week I am now a full time housecall holistic/naturopathic veterinarian in the Salem area. A big thank you to all of you wonderful people who trust me to help you care for your fur family and especially all of you who trust me enough to tell your friends […]
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Raw food, Skinny dog?

Most of you who follow this blog know that I’m a big proponent of raw food diets for dogs and cats, but I’m not what you’d call a raw food purist.

As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I mostly adhere to the principles of Chinese food medicine which say that some patients have health […]
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Plug it in for pets!

Hello friends! Lately I’ve been talking to a number of people about anxiety in their furkids.

Anxiety is a pervasive problem that can range from mild and situational to severe and generalized. Anxiety can trigger health problems, destroys focus, and degrades learning abilities. It can also promote undesirable behaviors like urine marking, excessive vocalization, destructive […]
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Athletes and Chiropractics

It’s finally the season to get back to performance and competition with our horses and dogs. After a long, hard winter in the Pacific Northwest, we are very ready to get back to work!

Most of the things we ask our four legged friends and partners to do are very challenging for the spine. Particularly […]
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Fleas already entrenched?

If you read last week’s post, you know that I am generally not a fan of pesticide flea products. I much prefer diatomaceous earth, essential oils like the blend pictured above, or other flea control methods. However, if you read last week’s post, you also know that there are some situations that I do […]
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The Fleas are Coming!

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s about that time again. Time for spring to happen, time for the dormant flea stages in the outdoors (the eggs and pupae) to start maturing so they can enjoy the warm weather and feed off of our pets.

What’s a concerned pet parent to do about fleas? Sure, you […]
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CornDogs and Catkins: Grain in pet foods

Hello friends! Time to answer another popular question: What’s the deal with grain free foods? Why is corn and wheat such a bad idea for pet food? Is it even, or is this over hyped marketing to sell more costly foods that aren’t much better for your pets after all?

To properly answer this question […]
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Brief introduction to Essential Oils

Essential oils are potent medicines that still can be quite subtle in their effect. Many people are now becoming aware of the benefits of essential oils for themselves and want to use them on their non-human family members as well.

While essential oils are awesome medicine, they are certainly powerful enough that they can cause […]
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Don’t Cook For Your Cat!!

Feeding an all home cooked diet without supplementation is dangerous for your cat!

You may be surprised to read this on my blog if you know much about my philosophy surrounding food. I’m certainly not suggesting that a 100% processed commercial diet is the best, but to support the statement about cooked food and cats […]
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Don’t Leave Them Out in the Cold!

It is cold outside this time of year, but we all know, or know of, some cats who can’t or won’t come inside. Some cats in this category may be neighborhood strays or feral cats who either refuse to come indoors or are not safe to bring into the house. Other cats, like Miss Misha […]
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