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Posts by: Shawn Messonnier, DVM

immunity

Top 5 steps for optimal immunity

A long healthy life depends in large part on strong and resilient immunity for disease resistance. You may already be incorporating some of...

treating heartworm in dogs

Treating your dog’s heartworm naturally

Margaret was shocked when her golden retriever Rudy was diagnosed with heartworm. “I didn’t think it would be a problem we’d ever...

veterinary world

What’s new in the veterinary world

Next time you take your dog or cat to the veterinarian, you might be surprised at some of the medical options he or she can offer you. Just...

bathing

The Truth About Bathing Your Dog

People frequently ask me how often they should bathe their dogs. Unfortunately, many still believe the old wive’s tale that says you...

holistic medicine for pets

Proof of holistic success for dogs

Where’s the evidence it works?” Fans of a strictly conventional approach to medicine often ask this question in an attempt to shut down...

Switching your animal from a conventional to holistic vet

Making the decision to switch from a conventional to an integrative or holistic veterinarian is pretty easy. You want the best care for...

heartworm prevention

Heartworm prevention & treatment for your dog

It’s important to be proactive about heartworm prevention – especially if you live in a region where it’s prevalent. The...

supplements for aging dogs

A supplement to slow the effects of aging

As we age, our brains often don’t function as well as they did when we were younger. The same is true of dogs. While aging is normal,...

heartworm in dogs

Understanding Heartworm In Dogs

If you have a dog, you already know something about heartworm. But there are several misunderstandings surrounding this disease that need...

MRI scans for dogs

MRI Scans for Dogs

Shelley’s vet suspected her dog might have a brain tumor, and suggested an MRI to determine if that was indeed the case. “I asked him...

canine diabetes

All about dog diabetes

Katya was devastated when her veterinarian broke the news that her seven-year-old poodle had diabetes. “Maddie had always been healthy,...

New Year's Resolutions for your dog

New Year’s resolutions for you and your dog

Another year has gone by, and it’s time to start a new page in your life – and your dog’s. Among the New Year’s resolutions you...

bone problems in dogs

Treating bone problems in dogs

Most of us take our bones for granted – until we break one or develop a painful condition like arthritis or osteoporosis. We also tend to...

common eye injuries in dogs

Common eye injuries in dogs

Eye injuries or traumas is common in dogs. While many people are familiar with cataracts and glaucoma, medical conditions such as these...

obesity in dogs

Addressing obesity in animals

Obesity is a severe and debilitating illness, and the most common nutritional disease in both animals and people. Estimates suggest that up...

treating canine osteoarthritis

The latest treatments for canine osteoarthritis

If your older dog or cat seems stiff and sore at times, he’s far from alone. Canine osteoarthritis (arthritis) is an extremely common...

antioxidants for dogs with cancer

Antioxidants in animal cancer treatment

They’re crucial to good health, but some vets feel they interfere with conventional cancer treatments. Find out why, and how an...

conventional veterinarian vs. holistic veterinarian

5 facts your conventional veterinarian won’t share

Most conventional veterinarians aren’t taught much about alternative medicine, while others simply don’t believe in it. Here are some...

lipomas in dogs

Lumps & bumps: lipomas in dogs

As animals age, it’s very common for them to develop various lumps and bumps. In most cases, these are benign (not cancerous) nodules,...

integrative therapies for animals

An integrative approach to animal healing

If your dog or cat is diagnosed with allergies, diabetes or cancer, you may think you only have two choices – to either get conventional...

canine arthritis

Treating canine arthritis without steroids

Combining nutritional supplements for long-term control and healing, and conventional therapy for immediate pain relief is a truly holistic...

mad cow disease dogs

Dogs & Mad Cow Disease

Mad Cow disease has reared it’s ugly head in North America. So, what’s being done to ensure your dog is safe? Up until a few...

holistic first aid kit for dogs

How to make a holistic first aid kit for your dog

While it’s important to have a conventional first aid kit containing bandages and antiseptic solutions, it’s also wise to put together...

antioxidants for dogs

Antioxidants for your dog’s health

Certain supplements, including vitamins and minerals called antioxidants, reduce oxidation in the body. Oxidation is a chemical process...

cancer treatments for dogs

Conventional and complementary cancer treatments for dogs

Talk to any animal lover, and chances are you’ll find that most have at one time or another had to cope with cancer in their canine or...

liver disease in dogs

Understanding liver disease in dogs

Liver disease is the catch-all term applied to any medical disorder affecting the liver and usually causing elevated blood levels of liver...

urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence in dogs

A common problem in older dogs is a condition called urinary incontinence, in which the animal cannot totally control his ability to...

teeth

8 tips for dog dental hygiene

Periodontal disease is any inflammation or infection of the teeth, gums, or related structures. It’s caused by a number of bacteria and...

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