If you want to learn about holistic animal remedies and therapies that can help your animal live a longer, healthier, and happier life, this e-zine is for you. It will primarily focus on dogs, cats, and horses but if a reader wants to learn about rabbits, chinchillas, ferrets, lizards, snakes, doves, parrots, etc., then I'll be more than happy to discuss health care for these animals as I've helped provide care for them for nearly 16 years.

This month's News is about microchips causing cancer and an alternative. Helpful Tips focuses on how you can help hyper and high strung animals with holistic methods.

News from Abroad and Around Town
Microchips Cause Cancer

If your animal is microchipped with a VeriChip RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) microchip, the Associated Press has reported that this chip has caused cancer in laboratory mice and rats in up to 10% of the cases. If your animal is microchipped with a non-RFID chip, like AVID, these chips seem to be fine because they are not of the radio frequency kind. Dr. Kathleen Albrecht, a VeriChip opponent and founder of CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering), was made aware of a dog that died from a microchip induced tumor. She found studies showing a link between the microchips and cancer. VeriChip said they were unaware of the studies before they got FDA approval to implant the chips in people, primarily patients with dementia, diabetes, and alzheimer’s. For more information, please click here.

Microchip Alternative
Pet Locator Smart-i-tag is a tag with a PIN number and toll-free number that the finder can call. The owner can change the contact phone numbers at any time for the price of the phone call, which is very helpful if you are staying at a hotel in an area where there is limited or no cell phone availability. Three tags are $9.95. There is a nifty comparison chart so you can see how this tag compares to others.

Help for Lost & Found Pets
Nannies4Pets has a new online Lost Pet Locator f*r*e*e service to help people who have lost an animal or found a stray. You can complete a lost animal report and search the database for found animals.

Helpful Tips
Help for Hyper or High Strung Animals
Hyperactivity can be a problem for many animals. Animals that have been rescued and certain breeds like cocker spaniels, dalmatians, siamese cats, arabians, and thoroughbreds can be more prone. Some of the possible ways hyperactivity can show itself in dogs, cats, and horses are:

  • excessive barking, meowing, or whinnying
  • hissing and scratching in cats
  • rearing, kicking, bucking, shying, and excessive pawing in horses
  • biting
  • destructive behavior
  • separation anxiety or pacing
  • excessive licking, scratching, or chewing on themselves
  • fussy, not wanting to be handled, running away, or hiding
  • excessive energy
  • difficult to train
  • unpredictable behavior
  • hormonal imbalances
  • Your ultimate goal is to have a calm, well-balanced, and happy animal. There are holistic ways that can help resolve the behavioral issues associated with hyperactivity.

    1. Animal Communication
    If you are not sure why your animal is behaving this way or you do know why but it doesn’t make any sense, an animal communication session can be very helpful. Knowing why your animal is acting this way can be very beneficial in coming up with your best course of action. Some times an animal communication session can resolve the issues going on with your animal. To learn more about animal communication, click here.

    2. Nutrition
    Hyperactivity may be the result of a food allergy to a certain food. Just like in people, some animals are allergic to foods, preservatives, and additives. For some dogs and cats, products that contain milk, pork, tuna, beef, wheat, yeast, and corn can cause allergies. For some horses, grains such as sweet feed can make a horse high strung. The best way to find out if your food (and any treats or supplements) is right for your animal is through muscle testing. This is something I teach all of my students and clients because it is extremely helpful. If you are feeding a meat product and it does not have enough magnesium or calcium, this can cause problems. Some dogs and cats can benefit from turkey in their diet. Just like people, the natural amounts of tryptophan in turkey can make an animal feel relaxed or tired.

    Some supplements that may help are:
    Only Natural Pet carries several supplements that can help with hyperactivity in dogs and cats.
    Wendals carries Calmer and Special Calmer and Mare Cycle and Moody Mare for horses.
    Just be aware that if you have a performance animal, some ingredients such as valerian can be considered illegal.

    3. Environment
    Your animal’s environment does not only pertain to what goes on outside of the home, but also what happens inside. Lead toxicity, second-hand smoke, and toxins in the air, water, and environment can contribute to hyperactivity. You may not realize this, but animals react to the energy in your home. If someone in the home is stressed or going through a difficult time, the animals may respond to this negative energy environment by exhibiting negative behavior. If you recently acquired the animal, it may be affected by the previous owner’s emotions.

    4. Vaccinations
    A number of holistic vets believe that vaccinations can play a role in hyperactivity in animals. Please see the August newsletter for vaccination guidelines you should read carefully and take into consideration.

    5. Homeopathy
    Homeopathy can be very helpful in relieving hyperactivity. Muscle testing is the best way to find the right remedy for your animal. Homeopathy works best if not given in conjunction with another type of remedy, except for the Bach flower essences.

  • Belladonna and Ignatia can help with hysteria.
  • Ignatia can help with separation anxiety, changing moods, and nervousness.
  • Scutellaria can help with destructive behavior.
  • Arsenicum can help with panic attacks or bad behavior associated with anger or anxiety.
  • To learn more about homeopathy and sources, please click here.
    Only Natural Vet carries several brands of homeopathic remedies for hyperactivity that can be used on dogs, cats, and horses. The difference with these remedies is that one remedy contains several homeopathic remedies. Classical homeopathic vets believe in only using one remedy at a time and waiting to see what the results are (that is what I prefer to do), instead of using multiple remedies combined in one product. A lot of animal caretakers have found success both ways, so it is your individual preference.

    6. Bach Flower Essences
    Flower essences are known for helping emotional and behavioral problems. They can be given with any other type of remedy, including homeopathy.

  • Crab Apple is helpful for removing any toxins from your animal’s body.
  • Mimulus is helpful for known fears such as thunder or separation anxiety.
  • Aspen is helpful for animals that are fearful for no apparent reason or get nervous due to anticipation.
  • Cherry Plum is helpful for animals that are so stressed to the point of losing their temper, biting, exploding, hurting themselves, or self-mutilation.
  • Impatiens is helpful for animals that are irritable, hyper, or impatient.
  • Rock Rose is helpful for panic attacks.
  • Red Chestnut is helpful for those that show anxiety or fear for the people and animals in their lives.
  • Sweet Chestnut is helpful for mental and emotional distress due to illness, loss of a loved one, or a major disaster or other serious event.
  • White Yarrow is helpful if your animal is exposed to the stress from others.
  • Vervain is helpful for those that try so hard that they may over do it and become irritable, impatient, overbearing, or high spirited.
  • Oak is helpful for those that try so hard and may over do it because they allow others to push them to their limits or beyond and become frustrated, emotional, or injured.
  • Vine is helpful for dominance over other animals or people.
  • Walnut is helpful for nervousness due to change.
  • Willow is helpful for animals that constantly worry and become agitated.
  • Scleranthus is helpful for severe mood swings.
  • Mustard is helpful for hormonal imbalances.

    As you can see, there are many remedies that may perfectly describe your animal. Because more than one remedy may be necessary (you can combine up to 7 essences and I have found that most animals need 3-5), a custom Bach flower essences remedy can be more practical and affordable. I use muscle testing to help determine the appropriate remedies when I make the custom blend as there are actually 38 possible remedies and the Rescue Remedy (a combination of 5 remedies). A custom remedy is $30 with priority mail shipping. To learn more about these wonderful essences, please click here.

    6. Aromatherapy
    Essential oils can help with hyperactivity. They should not be used when homeopathic remedies are being taken since the oils can interfere with the effects of the homeopathy.

  • Carrot Seed, Chamomile, and Lavender have a calming effect.
  • Basil is helpful for nervousness. It can irritate the skin and should not be used with pregnant animals.
  • Bergamot and Cedarwood are helpful for anxiety. Bergamot should not be applied to the skin of an animal going outside.
  • Frankincense is helpful for fear and anxiety. It is considered the “rescue remedy” of essential oils but should not be used with pregnant animals.
  • Fennel helps over stimulated and restless animals.
  • Juniper is helpful for animals that are nervous due to abuse or being mishandled.
  • Mandarin is helpful with irritability.
  • Peppermint is helpful with anger and hysteria.
  • Cypress is helpful for animals that take on the negative emotions of people, including a recently acquired animal from a previous owner.
  • Chamomile, Geranium, Orange, Yarrow, and Ylang Ylang are helpful for hormonal issues. Orange should not be used on animals going outside. Yarrow should not be used with pharmaceuticals because of its detoxifying action.

  • Click here to learn about the benefits, application, sources, and precautions with essential oils.

    7. Animal Massage
    Animal massage has the ability to help calm animals. It can improve your relationship with your animal, making them more trusting of you and others. Learn more about animal massage.

    Beginning in 2008, I will be moving into a new level of service. I am excited about bringing you more opportunities to support your animal friends through holistic practices. I am also up-leveling many of my workshops as I move toward offering a full certification program. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

    Be sure to take advantage of the remaining offerings I have scheduled in 2007 as I will be adjusting my pricing structure for the services and workshops I provide moving into the new year.

    If you haven't yet taken advantage of my f*r*e*e introduction workshop, now is the time to do it. The workshop scheduled on December 8th will be my last f*r*e*e workshop. Beginning in 2008, the workshop fee will be $25.

    Thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you and to your animal friends. I look forward to our continued journey together as we grow.

    If you host a workshop, you can attend F*R*E*E if you have 3-6 paying people (depends on travel time).

    F*R*E*E Introduction to Holistic Animal Care
    Learn how animal communication, reiki, animal massage, Bach flower essences, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and kinesiology can help your pet. This is your opportunity to learn more about holistic animal therapies. This is the last F*R*E*E class but you must register to attend.
    Date: Saturday, December 8th 5:30-7:30pm

    Basic Animal Communication Workshop
    Everyone has the ability to communicate with animals. It is only a matter of awakening this ability inside yourself. If you have ever wanted to know what your animal is thinking, feeling, their life purpose, or how to help them with a behavioral or physical condition, this workshop is for you. A group situation provides an ideal learning environment. Through photos of workshop participants' animals and an animal at the farm, you will learn to communicate with animals, including those that are in spirit. Deepen your bond with your animal and experience your relationship like you have never done before.

  • Sunday, November 18th 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, December 9th 10am-5pm

  • Reiki I for People & Animals Workshop
    Reiki is a Japanese technique that promotes healing and can have amazing results. Reiki for animals and people helps heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually. If your pet has emotional problems due to a traumatic situation, reiki can help release and heal those emotions. For behavioral issues such as nervousness or hyperactivity, it can help your pet relax and reduce their stress and anxiety. If your pet is sick or injured, reiki can help your pet heal more quickly. If your pet is facing a serious illness, it can help bring comfort and be a great complement to other forms of treatment. If your beloved pet is dying, reiki can help bring peace and comfort to you and your pet during this difficult time. Level I gives you the ability to do reiki on yourself, others, and animals, and is especially important for self-healing. Workshop participants will learn how to do reiki on one another and several live animals at the farm.
  • Sunday, December 2nd 10am-5pm
    Sign up for a workshop here.

    Referral Credit
    Refer one person for a session or workshop and receive $25 off of a session or workshop or a $25 gift certificate to pass on to a friend (makes a great gift!). Be sure to tell your referrals to mention your name. (Not applicable to those hosting workshops.)

    F*R*E*E Monthy Drawing
    If you would like to enter the drawing for a distance reiki or animal communication session, please enter here.

    Gift Certificates
    Gift certificates are available. Consider giving your family or friends a gift certificate for a session or workshop.

    Consider Having Your Own Website or Get Links for the Website You Have
    I wouldn’t have the successful holistic animal practice I have without the website I built using Site Build It. If you have or want a part or full-time business or are interested in working from home, SBI can really help people find you and grow your business. I can’t speak highly enough of this company. No gimmicks and affordable with incredible resources and support that really can’t be found anywhere else. If I can do it, anyone can! To find out more, click here.

    Have your own website? You need quality links to generate traffic. SBI has a F*R*E*E program where you can get links relevant to your website. Click here to find out more.

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