Can A Pet Save Your Life? A Cardiologist Explains

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My philosophy in caring for heart patients in the last 25 plus years is that I’m all for having the biggest toolbox at your disposal. If you can improve your diet, great. Exercise, amazing. Stress reduction, bring it on. Herbs, vitamins, yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, sauna, laughter, sleep … go for it! Cardiovascular disease is […]

Feed Your Goddess With Animal Joy: Holiday Stress Reducers and Safety Tips

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“Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.”  ~Lloyd Biggle Jr. Many of us feel extra stress around the holidays, and it’s […]

Palliative and Hospice Care Can Mean a Better Ending

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Years ago, I brought my dog to see a specialist. He told me that tests showed it was cancer, with little to be done. I burst into tears. The man handed me a box of tissues and left, and I took my dog home. My local veterinarian suggested that I try weekly chemotherapy injections. I […]

Hot Summer, Cool Dogs

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Summer is bearing down on the east coast at full steam ahead. The unrelenting heat and humidity have all of us, dogs included, looking for ways to keep cool. Here are my cooling suggestions for your dog, courtesy of Ben, the Border Collie. Cool in the pool The photo above shows Ben taking a dip […]

Things We Can Learn From A Dog

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Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. When it is in your best interest, practice obedience. Let others know when they have invaded your territory. Take […]

MAY-ed For Fitness Buddies: Exercising With Your Dog

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Dogged by Obesity Man’s best friend is battling one of man’s worst enemies — obesity. Up to 40% of dogs in the U.S. weigh too much. Like people, overweight dogs are at risk for health problems, from arthritis to heart disease. This is one challenge you and your pet can face together. Research suggests people […]

Animal Joy Talks About Love and Dogs

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December 10th, twenty-three years ago, this past December. That was the date I met the man who would eventually become my husband. When we met all those years ago he had just left his wife and three children. He was frustrated, agonizing and wondering if leaving was the right thing to do. In the midst […]

Give Love Today! Michigan Humane Society WXYZ Telethon All Day! Please Help An Animal In Need Today, Feb. 9th

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Did you know that MHS cares for over 1000,000 animals each year. This would not be possible without donations from you. MHS receives no government funding – only your love and support saves our precious four-legged friends! Your tax-deductible gift will allow MHS to care for the community’s most at-risk animals — including pets who […]

How to Make Your Outdoor Cat a Happy Indoor Cat

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Daisy, my beloved cat – she’s crazy!  At six pounds 4 ounces, 11 years, beautiful thick, dark brown, long hair and stunning green eyes she has put more lines in my face and worry in my heart than any pet I’ve raised. And Iv’e had dozens of furry pets. I’ve always been sucker for cuddly […]

Home, Sweet Home: Bringing an Outside Cat In

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As the days get shorter and cooler, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with your honey. We’re talking about your cat, of course. It’s also the perfect time of year to change your attitude, and your cat’s attitude, about the great indoors. Are you one of those people who think that a cat must […]