While alternative and holistic medicine is becoming more mainstream in veterinary practices, Colorado State University’s Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine is researching the reliability of tongue diagnosis in pets. In tongue diagnosis, both diagnosis and treatment depend heavily on the appearance of the patient’s tongue. According to the research, tongue diagnosis for cardiovascular disease and bony bi syndrome may be useful as an initial assessment tool, but should not be relied upon for an accurate diagnosis.
October is National Pet Wellness Month! According to a customer survey by SeaYu, manufacturer of eco-friendly pet cleaning products, pet guardians consider nutrition to be the most important aspect of their pet’s wellness (60 percent), followed by affection/play (17 percent) and disease prevention (11 percent). For more information about National Pet Wellness Month, visit NPWM.com.
According to a recent national survey, 84 percent of respondents felt their cat calmed them during their battle with breast cancer. For the second year in row, Purina Cat Chow is supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Upload a photo of you and your cat to CatChow.com/pink, and Purina will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The site also features inspiring stories by cancer survivors.
The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care:
An Illustrated Handbook
By Celeste Yarnall and Dr. Jean Hofve
Take care of your cat and heal her the natural way with all the great tips in this handbook. The easy-to-read guide includes natural alternatives in food, medication, alternative therapies, and healing practices. The book also explores nutrition as preventative medicine, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathic treatments, and anti-aging modalities.
Paws & Effect
By Sharon Sakson
(Spiegel & Grau)
Dogs not only have the power to change us, but may even save our lives. Paws & Effect features moving real-life stories of canine companions playing beneficial roles in the lives of people struggling with chronic diseases and disabilities, redefining and strengthening the human-animal bond.