Rehabilitation like other veterinary specialties becoming mainstream can help restore a dog’s mobility
Veterinary specialties becoming mainstream like the work this rehabilitation practitioner is doing
Veterinary specialties becoming mainstream like acupuncture alleviate many health conditions in dogs and cats
Acupuncture is one of the veterinary specialties becoming mainstream at a rapid pace

All of these veterinary specialties becoming mainstream for animals have been available to humans for a very long time. Fortunately, a growing number of chiropractors, acupuncturists and rehabilitation practitioners are providing these services to heal our pets. However, if they are not yet available in your community, rest assured, they soon will be.

Below is a description of what these medical specialties encompass and how they can help pet parents get the kind of healing that their dogs and cats so desperately need.


This is a technique which involves manual manipulation of the spine to treat facial, neck, leg, back and tail pain and provide health maintenance of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. 

Animal chiropractic is used as an alternative treatment method in conjunction with traditional veterinary care. Its benefits include reducing stiffness and pain by increasing mobility.


As you probably already know, acupuncture is a therapy that originated in China and has been used there for centuries. Nowadays, however, patients all over the world often choose this treatment as a substitute for synthetic drugs. In addition, it eliminates the sometimes harmful side effects of such medications.

This alternative consists of inserting thin needles into specific acupuncture points to stimulate the immune and nervous systems. Consequently, it helps decrease inflammation and restore balance between organ systems.

For example, common applications for canines and felines include…

* ear infections

* gastrointestinal issues

* incontinence

* respiratory disease

* seizures

and even

* post operative healing


* behavioral issues


Rehabilitation practitioners use sets of tools and exercises that improve the mobility and quality of life of your pet. 

Therapeutic regimens work hand in hand with all other medical resources, and treatment options include…

underwater treadmill

land-based treadmill

hydrotherapy tub with whirlpool jets

deep-tissue ultrasound

low-level laser light therapy

hot/cold compress therapy

Canines and felines alike that are coping with issues such as orthopedic and neurologic injuries, arthritis, chronic pain and obesity typically find considerable relief from these rehabilitation techniques.

To Sum Up

The three veterinary specialties becoming mainstream that are mentioned here show how determined pet parents are. They want to give their companion animals every chance to enjoy the kind of life they were meant to have.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe! 



It is frightening.

And, it can kill.

But, cancer can be prevented.

One year later, the docu-series about pet cancer prevention 2018 is still relevant
One year later, the docu-series about pet cancer prevention 2018 is still relevant

I published this blog about pet cancer prevention 2018 back in April of last year. As soon as I heard about this free documentary series of seven episodes, I just knew that I had to postpone my blog for that week. The news was so significant I wanted my readers to take action and sign up. The objective was to learn about a topic that affects far too many of our companion dogs and cats.

Quite shockingly, statisticians estimated that in 2018, 1 in 1.65 dogs and 1 in 3 cats would die from cancer. Unfortunately, while this is devastating news , it is not altogether surprising. Why is that? Because, in recent decades, researchers have focused almost entirely on how cancer affects the human species. And, they have done comparatively little to highlight how this insidious disease impacts pets and pet parents. Besides, the number of diagnoses and the mortality rate have been steadily rising to alarming levels without the attention it warrants.

Effective cures for the different types of cancers that affect canines and felines is one thing. But, taking steps to help prevent cancer cells from forming in the first place, makes perfect sense.


The above data gave rise to an exhaustive study and to then present the findings in a prevent pet cancer documentary. Broken down into seven episodes, you can view them over the next seven days starting on Wednesday April 4th. 

The docu-series entitled The Truth About PET Cancer was created by Ty Bollinger, Co-Founder of The Truth About Cancer, whose mission is to eradicate cancer from the face of the planet. In humans and animals. Those who participated in its making include over 30 world-renowned veterinary oncologists, holistic veterinarians and animal health specialists.

The Pet Cancer Prevention 2018 Schedule

The episodes will run from April 4th thru the 10th and below is the program of topics.

  • #1: Understanding Pet Cancer & the Current “Medical Toolkit” (Wednesday, April 4th)
  • #2: The Pet Food Industry, Healthy Diets, Ketosis & Nutrigenomics (Thursday, April 5th)#3: Pet Vaccines – “Do’s & Don’ts” (Friday, April 6th)
  • #3: Pet Vaccines – “Do’s & Don’ts” (Friday, April 6th)
  • #4: Pet Cancer Causes, Silent Killers & Recurrent Epigenetic Triggers (Saturday, April 7th)
  • #5: Cancer Roots and Remedies, Hidden Hazards, Healing Tones & Detox (Sunday, April 8th)
  • #6: Treatments & Preventions: Part 1 – Healing Herbs, Homeopathy & Other Proven Protocols (Monday, April 9th)
  • #7: Treatments & Preventions: Part 2 – Eastern Medicine, Supplementation, Surviving & Thriving (Tuesday, April 10th)

Do Not Worry 

If you are unable to watch the docu scheduled for release on the day and at the exact time specified, do not worry. You have a 23-hour window to do so before the next docu is made available.

View The Video Update

This video is an important part of the fighting cancer message and I urge everyone to play it. I hope it encourages you to research the many aspects of this topic. Furthermore, I am confident you will find some of the answers you may have been looking for yourselves.

It is frightening.

And, it can kill.

But, cancer can be prevented.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  


CPR is one of the most valuable tools a pet parent or pet caregiver can possess
Do you know how to give your pet CPR?
Photo courtesy of Academy for Canine Educators (ACE)

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most valuable tools a pet parent or pet caregiver can possess. It will save your pet’s life before you can get to an emergency veterinary facility. Quick thinking and quick action —effective action— is what counts.

Do you know how to give your pet CPR?
Do you know when to start giving CPR?
Would you panic and freeze, wasting valuable time?
Did you know you can take an online course and learn the when and how?

If your pet has fallen in the swimming pool, or bitten an electrical cord, or been hit by a car, equipping yourself with knowledge will give you the confidence to act appropriately.

ACE Pet CPR Mini Course
Created by 30-year practicing veterinarian Dr. Jeff Grognet, and Founder of Academy for Canine Educators (ACE), the Pet CPR Mini Course is a free, two-lesson webinar that demonstrates the basic resuscitation techniques applicable for dogs and cats.

Lesson #1 Airway and Breathing, is an evaluation that covers
checking the mouth for blockage, confirming the airway is open
and breath tests.

Lesson #2 Compressions, deals with chest compressions and
mouth to nose breaths if the pet is still not breathing. It includes
ideal body and arm positions, correct pressure, timing and
sequence, and when to apply pressure to the heart in the case of
puppies, kittens, cats and small dogs.

You can check it out here: 

Also, for those interested in CPR certification, ACE offers a work
at-your-own-pace course comprising five in-depth webinars, text
documents and exam for approx $56 (CAD69)

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine/American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Pet CPR Course
This one-hour online course contains short how-to videos in situations that apply to felines and canines of different sizes and breeds. Upon completion, there is a 14-question assessment and a competency certificate is issued to individuals with a 70 percent, or higher, pass rate. At the time of writing, the cost of this course was $25.

For further information you can visit:                    

The norms for heart beats, pulse and breathing rates, and body temperature.

Please note that the norms for canines and felines differ.
Also note that rates outside these ranges could signal a medical emergency.

American Red Cross – Dog First Aid Norms
Normal Heart and Pulse Rates
Puppy (less than 1 year old):
120-160 beats per minute
Small, miniature or toy breed (30 pounds or less):
100-140 beats per minute
Medium to large breed (greater than 30 pounds):
60-100 beats per minute

Normal Breathing Rates
10-30 breaths per minute
Up to 200 pants per minute (breathing with its mouth open and tongue out)

Normal Temperatures
A temperature of 100º-102.5ºF is normal
A temperature lower than 100ºF or greater than 104ºF is an emergency

American Red Cross – Cat First Aid Norms
Normal Heart and Pulse Rates
160-220 beats per minute

Normal Breathing Rates
20-30 breaths per minute

Normal Temperatures
100º-102.5ºF is normal
A temperature lower than100ºF or greater than 104ºF is an emergency

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!