Is a prescription diet the best choice?

Prescription diets formulated for particular diseases seem like a really easy choice to help your pet with food, but are they as healthy as they are advertised to be?

My short answer? No. I virtually never recommend prescription diets, and I almost always try to transition pets off who come to me already on a […]
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Kennel cough vaccine alternatives

Kennel cough protection AKA What to do about the Doggie Cold

If you’ve been following my blog or had a wellness appointment with me, you know by now that I’m not a big fan of vaccines and constantly stimulating the immune system.

You may also know that as far as protection from […]
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Guest Post: Your Dog Cares About Where You Live, Too

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Your pooch wants more than anything to spend time with you. So, he will be comfortable wherever you are, right? Well, yeah. But because you adore your pup, you want a home that’s as inviting to him as it is to you.


If you’re moving to a new area, […]
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CBD oil: Cannabinoids for furfriends

Especially here in Oregon, medical use of cannabis is all the rage.
Cannabis (marijuana and industrialized hemp) is excellent to help a range of conditions as diverse as management of anxiety, pain control, reduction of inflammation, and slowing tumor growth.
Because it’s hard to get cannabis for medical research, most of these uses […]
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Horses Behaving Badly


I had a great conversation with a friend today that reminded me of something we horse people often overlook.

You know all of those things you ask your horse to do while under saddle? They’re hard work. If you’ve ever given anyone a piggy back ride you know that just walking around with another […]
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Big news!

I’m celebrating my independence!

As of last week I am now a full time housecall holistic/naturopathic veterinarian in the Salem area. A big thank you to all of you wonderful people who trust me to help you care for your fur family and especially all of you who trust me enough to tell your friends […]
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Raw food, Skinny dog?

Most of you who follow this blog know that I’m a big proponent of raw food diets for dogs and cats, but I’m not what you’d call a raw food purist.

As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I mostly adhere to the principles of Chinese food medicine which say that some patients have health […]
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Plug it in for pets!

Hello friends! Lately I’ve been talking to a number of people about anxiety in their furkids.

Anxiety is a pervasive problem that can range from mild and situational to severe and generalized. Anxiety can trigger health problems, destroys focus, and degrades learning abilities. It can also promote undesirable behaviors like urine marking, excessive vocalization, destructive […]
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Athletes and Chiropractics

It’s finally the season to get back to performance and competition with our horses and dogs. After a long, hard winter in the Pacific Northwest, we are very ready to get back to work!

Most of the things we ask our four legged friends and partners to do are very challenging for the spine. Particularly […]
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Fleas already entrenched?

If you read last week’s post, you know that I am generally not a fan of pesticide flea products. I much prefer diatomaceous earth, essential oils like the blend pictured above, or other flea control methods. However, if you read last week’s post, you also know that there are some situations that I do […]
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