Botanical Gifts from Kaua'i Hawai'i

I just completed a veterinary eco-tour of Kaua'i with the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (VBMA) and I brought back some goodies to share!

What do the birds and the bees have to do with the ticks and the fleas on your pets?

When it comes to flea and tick preventatives there are some you absolutely must avoid! Others you need to avoid if at all possible. The safest ones you need to use daily! Here they are.

New products to help with behavior problems

Creating a healthy, long term relationship with your pet is achieved through finesse, not force. (Toys help too! Here are a few of my favorites.)

Getting Active

How to safely acclimate your dog to exercise now that Spring is here again.

Animal Acupuncture in the News

If you are curious about how animals respond and react to acupuncture check out this video from PBS. It puts the spotlight on my teacher, Dr. Xie, of The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Florida.

Are you looking for a must have cookbook for making homemade meals for your dog?

Please "Like" Dr. Basko's Facebook page so they will reprint his Fresh Food cookbook for making homemade meals for your dog. If he gets 400 "likes" they will reprint his book - so we can all have a hard copy!

Summer Solstice

Now that summer is officially upon us, please remember dogs and cats can not sweat (at least not sufficiently enough to cool them) leaving them extremely susceptible to life-threatening effects of heat.

Herb Day 2012!

Herb Day 2012 is Saturday May 5th! Find a local native plant garden and enjoy a walk in nature's pharmacy!

Reasons to avoid chemical toxin exposures

I've had an increase in the number of calls recently about dogs having seizures. And last week I was walking along the sidewalk when the woman in front of me fell to the ground in the midst of a seizure. I can't remember the last time I saw someone have a seizure on the street. Makes me wonder what's going on.

Living Life in Your Right Brain - Like Dogs Do!

A poem for you. Special thanks to my colleague, Dr. Janell Osborn, and her talented, poet daughter, Katie Schleicher. And thank God for puppies!