Meet Dr. Jean Hofve, Holistic veterinarian and author Dr. Jean has 18 years' experience in conventional and alternative veterinary medicine. She has a passion for feline health and nutrition; she has intensively studied and researched pet nutrition and the pet food industry since the early 1990s. She is recognized as an expert on pet food, having written dozens of articles and been interviewed for print, radio, and television around the world.
Holiday Proofing For Your Pets
Sharing is one of the most beloved aspects of the holidays, and it's fine to share some turkey and other goodies with your pets. However, the caution about feeding "scraps" remains in effect - do not give your cat or dog any dinner discards, like turkey or ham bones, or fatty items like turkey skin. These can cause serious tummy upset; in dogs especially, too much fat can trigger life-threatening pancreatitis. After dinner, be sure the garbage is secure from any sneaky paws that may come prowling after the rest of the family is asleep!
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Pets Are Good For Us!
Another day, another study on the benefits of companion animals. A team of psychologists from Miami University and St. Louis University surveyed ordinary pet guardians to find out just what kinds of social and psychological benefits pets bring. The team wanted to know if pets were as good for ordinary people as they are for people with serious health challenges. A survey done as part of the project assessed depression, loneliness, self-esteem, illness, health, fitness and exercise, and "happiness".
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