National Holistic Pet Day

By Dr.Jeannie on Aug 30, 2010 in Dog News The Latest Poop, Featured

How cool is this? I never in my wildest dreams thought that there would ever be a national day to celebrate and focus on holistic pet care – we’ve come a long way baby!

National Holistic Pet Day was founded by Colleen Paige of Animal Miracle Foundation. When asked what sparked the designating of this wonderful little holiday, Colleen replied: “I want people to understand that with the already short life spans our pets have, they need a fighting chance these days to live as long as they were meant to. Pet owners really need to start looking at their pet’s diet, lifestyle and environment. I want to ensure that I have done my best to bring about public awareness of the need for a healthy lifestyle with our pets. I don’t blame myself for Tinkerbelle’s death, but now that she has died from cancer – I know I could have done better. I don’t want anyone else to have to feel how I feel…wondering if I could have prevented it.”

Holistic/Natural health is all about HEALTH, not disease – it is a preventative life style that embraces the WHOLE animal .

For those of you who are still not sure what “holistic health” means, it is a wellness approach that addresses the “whole” animal – body, mind and spirit or the physical, emotional/mental and spiritual aspects of an individual. Hopefully this is a lifestyle you will embrace with your pet before there are any signs of illness or disease – it truly is a way of life that prevents disease in the first place. Instead of focusing on the symptom or the dis-ease and trying to suppress the symptoms, the root cause of the disease found out and then eliminated by the bodies own immune system with the support of natural modalities such as a raw diet, proper exercise, the elimination of toxins in, on and around the pet and when needed – herbs, essential oils, etc.

Nutrition is the cornerstone of “holistic health” – a proper species appropriate diet and how it effects the body in turn effects the mind as well. If you do nothing more than get your dog off of processed, kibble and/or canned food; that is a great way to begin your journey into holistic health for your beloved pet!

If you would like some suggestions and support on improving your dog’s diet and overall health, you can set up a consultation with Dr. Jeannie HERE

International Assistance Dog Week

International Assistance Dog Week

August 7-13, 2011

This is International
Assistance Dog Week!

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About International Assistance Dog Week

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International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations.

Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family.

During International Assistance Dog Week, we recognize and honor the hardworking assistance dogs; raise awareness and educate the public about how these specially trained animals are aiding so many people in our communities; honor the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs; and recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities.

International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis, a paraplegic for over 35 years and CEO of Davis Innovations, a consulting firm based in Santa Fe, NM. Davis is the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource book that captures personal stories, checklists and practical tips to provide the reader with an A-Z guide about service dogs and she is the host of the Internet radio program, Working Like Dogs, at As a member of a service dog team, she founded Working Like Dogs to honor assistance dogs around the world and is sponsoring International Assistance Dog Week.

For more information about assistance dogs, please visit:

Assistance Dogs International
ADI is a coalition of not for profit organizations that train and place assistance dogs.

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners
IAADP is a non-profit, cross-disability organization representing people partnered with guide, hearing and service dogs.

Working Like Dogs
WLD is a resource for people with working and service dogs, or who would just like to learn more about them.

Dog Poisons – 9 Major Poisons You Must Keep Away From Your Dog

Dog Poisons – 9 Major Poisons You Must Keep Away From Your Dog


This may be something you as a dog owner would like to print out and go through your home and yard to see if there is any poisonous item surrounding your dog that would put him in danger. We can never be too careful when it comes to our lovable canines.

Human Medications: Believe it or not this is number one on the list. We don’t think about a dog grabbing an aspirin, cold medications, antidepressants or even a vitamin that is sitting on your counter or night stand because you wouldn’t think they would eat it. Think again. Dogs are curious and will eat anything if tempted. This includes anything that is prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Put them in a high cupboard or medicine chest and make sure the doors are closed tightly.

Veterinary Medications: I bet you didn’t thing about this one! All it takes is for a pet owner not to be experienced in giving their dog medications. They can easily be misapplied. Make sure you are educated on these medications BEFORE you leave the vets office.

Plants: It’s pretty amazing how many houseplants have put dogs in the hospital. Some of these plants include rhododendrons, schefflera, lilies, azaleas, sago palms, and kalanchoe. If you have these in your home or yard, make sure your dog can’t get in contact with them.

Insecticides: This one is difficult because we don’t want little pests coming in our homes so we buy insecticides to get rid of them. One of the most common of these is the misuse of tick and flea products. Talk to your vet FIRST before buying an over-the-counter drug to get rid of fleas and ticks.

Rodenticides: Yes, there is such a word. It is poison that kills rats and mice. Dogs are curious and if these traps with the poison on them are left out, they will most likely eat it. This can lead to very serious health issues including bleeding, seizures or even kidney damage.

Household Cleaners: There are so many household cleaners that are so dangerous to our children and our pets. Take precautions and put bleaches, disinfectants and detergents in a locked cabinet. Just inhaling some of these products can cause serious gastrointestinal distress and problems to their respiratory tract.

Garden Products: Watch out for fertilizers. A lot of them are filled with poisons that can cause very severe gastric upset and gastrointestinal obstruction. This is so uncomfortable for your dog not to mention dangerous!

Chemical Hazards: Some of these chemicals you probably don’t think of your dog getting into but I guaranty, if they are exposed to it they will probably eat it. Some of these chemicals are antifreeze, drain cleaners, paint thinner, and if you have a pool…any kind of pool and spa chemicals are also very toxic.

Heavy Metals: Zinc, Mercury, Lead are all very poisonous! Lead is probably the worst because it can be in your linoleum, paint chips and even some consumer products. Usually this is found more in older homes than the newer ones because they now have lead restrictions. Find out what’s in your home.

As you can see a lot of this is very preventable if you are a conscious dog owner. Just be aware of things in your home and where they are placed. If you feel your dog has ingested something that is toxic, make sure you call your vet immediately. There is also the Animal Poison Control Center that you can call 24 hours a day. Their number is (888) 426-4435. I know you love your dog, so please keep him/her away from danger.

I sincerely hope this article was helpful to you. If you would like more information on any dog needs whether it’s natural/organic nutrition, dog training, tuff dog toys, dog gifts, allergy kits, flea control and more, please visit While you are there you can enjoy reading “Just For Doggie Laughs” and “Putter’s Doggie Tips for the Week”. Here’s to loving your dog.

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