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From Couch Potato to Working Dog Again

You’ve been working from home for the last few months and your dog has been accustomed to the new routine.  Luckily, there are some things you can start working on now to make the transition smoother for everyone.

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Answering the FAQs about Animal Reiki

by Felicia McMillan, shamanic Reiki practitioner and owner of Mended Joy

Noticing that your pet is anxious, depressed, or stressed can often be a sign that life energy is low.

Physical illness and maladies are a tangible manifestation that life energy is low. In collaboration with modern medicine, reiki may increase the rate of healing with a few sessions. Health issues are always circumstantial and sessions should be tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Reiki is a safe way to get your pet back to a healthy and balanced energy that complements any other form of healing, medical treatments, or homeopathy. (more…)

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How do Fleas Hurt My Dog?

by Dr. Gail Marasse, Active Pet Health

Before I list all the ways that these devilish insects can cause problems, let’s talk about what fleas actually are. They are parasites! Yes, by definition, a flea is a parasite because they live on (external parasite) or in (internal parasite) other creatures. And, it just so happens that fleas really favor our furry pets. Fleas are the most common external parasites found on dogs and fleas like our pet’s tasty, warm blood. (more…)

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Look Out – Understanding your Pet’s Eyes

by Dr. Robert Zepeki, DVM CVCP, owner of Village Animal Group

Your kitty and doggy Friends possess a remarkable stereoscopic vision. They inherited this ability from their hunting ancestors. Both species can see some color. Your doggy Friend has an eye very similar to our eye with one focal point on the back of the eye. However, the kitty Friends are endowed with very good night vision. Their eyes are so sensitive to light that the iris can close to a slit in strong light resulting in two focal points at the top and the bottom of the closed iris. You have probably noticed this when your kitty Friend sits in the sunlight. The eye consists of the following main structures; cornea, iris, lens, and globe or eyeball.

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Open Wide: Understanding your Pet’s Teeth

by Dr. Robert Zepeki, DVM CVCP, owner of Village Animal Group

Did you know that the brains of cats and dogs are very similar to our own? A smaller portion of the brain is dedicated to intelligence but they have the same major nerves and are close to us in their capacity for memory. As you know, their sense of smell, sight, and hearing all exceed our ability. You may have also realized that dogs and cats don’t really chew much. In fact, they mostly rip, tear, and swallow their food. A pet’s teeth, though quite different from ours, require regular check-ups to keep your furry companion happy and healthy. Here is a closer look at canine and feline chompers and how you can keep your pet smiling.

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