Category Archives: Practitioner’s Corner

Moving to a New Home with your Dog

Is moving to a new home in your future? This could be an exciting time. But if you have pets, there are some additional challenges to consider. After all, dogs, much like kids, love routine, and nothing disrupts routine quite like a big move. Let’s talk about some things you can do to make this […]

The Puppies Are Coming

Although I’m a huge proponent of adopting dogs and cats from shelters or animal rescues, I still find that watching the birth of a litter of puppies is an amazing experience. When I was a little girl, my parents raised German shepherd puppies. I can still remember the smell of their puppy breath, the sounds […]

The Right and Wrong Food for Your Dog and Cat

I’m a firm believer in offering fresh foods to our pets, yet a number of things we humans eat can be harmful, toxic, or even deadly to our dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the modern American diet is full of unhealthy, processed, and refined foods. And it only makes sense that what is unhealthy for us […]

You Are Using Nutritional Healing—Even If You Don’t Know It!

The hardest thing about being an alternative healthcare provider isn’t that the natural methods in use for thousands of years have been replaced by drugs and surgery—although that is definitely a bitter pill to swallow (pun intended). No, the hardest part is when people tell us with complete sincerity and certainty, “I don’t believe in […]

Take the Torture Out of Doggie Bath Time—for Both of You!

When you think of good hygiene for your dog, what comes to mind? The ever so dreaded doggie bath! While an essential part of caring for our dogs includes regularly trimming their nails, cleaning their teeth and ears, and brushing their coats, most dogs don’t require hygiene and grooming every day (unlike their human counterparts). […]

Why Do I Have to Take All This Weird Stuff?

As healthcare practitioners, we know that most of our professional advancement comes as a result of tackling new challenges. For example, a patient with a new condition may challenge us to come up with a new approach. Sometimes, all it takes is a question from an inquisitive patient to lead us to communicate in a […]

Coronavirus and Sleep

Reprinted with permission from author David Kolowski, DC. Original post found here.   The news is flooded with stories about the coronavirus, along with plenty of misinformation coming from social media and even from our own elected officials. It’s hard to know who to trust or what to believe! We’re not going to downplay the seriousness […]

Avoid Doggy Cabin-Fever:
Indoor Exercise for Dogs

Regular exercise is essential in keeping our dogs healthy and happy. It’s generally recommended that dogs get anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours of activity every day. Weekend walks are great, but they’re not enough. Larger breeds such as retrievers, Dobermans, and shepherds need more daily physical activity, while smaller dogs and toy breeds […]

The Two Most Important Tools for Health

As I’ve stated before, we need to do the following to stay healthy: move well, sleep well, eat well, and think well. This principle is loosely borrowed from Dr. James Chestnut, who was the first recipient of the Certified Chiropractic Wellness Lifestyle (CCWL) and whose book Live Right for Your Species Type is still the […]

Why Does My Cat Do That?

This must be one of the most common questions I get from cat owners. Lions, tigers, and other big cats, just like the modern house cat, are all true carnivores. It therefore follows that we may better understand certain behavioral traits of household cats today by discussing how they mimic their ancestors in other ways […]

Chiropractic Care for Kids

With a focus on proper spinal function, chiropractic care ensures that your nervous system communicates as it should. The brain continuously talks to the body through the spinal cord (which is protected by the spine). Restrictions in spinal movement, called subluxations, cause disturbance to this communication, creating dysfunction and dis-ease in the body. Chiropractors are […]

Do Germs Make Us Sick?

We’ve all been there—the fever, the sinus drainage, the congestion, the aches and pains. But nobody wants to be sick! Darn those nasty germs…it’s all their fault! Or is it? You might be surprised to learn that germs are everywhere. If you swab your shoes or purse, wipe it on a petri dish, and let […]

Health Isn’t Complicated

Parents, listen up! It’s no fun to watch your child deal with an illness—but be sure to think before you act. First, ask yourself: what is the condition, and what are the symptoms? Fever, sinus drainage, congestion, and lethargy are all symptoms that trigger the immune system to employ its defense mechanisms. They are perfectly […]

4 Ways to Talk to Your Dog:
Basic Obedience Commands

Well-behaved dogs make outings much more pleasurable. It’s extremely frustrating to walk a dog that continuously pulls on the leash, barks at other dogs or passersby, or has a tendency to run off. But our four-legged family members don’t instinctively know what we want them to do or how to behave, so it’s our job […]

Why Does My Dog Do That?!

We can call agree that our dogs do some pretty funny—and maybe even weird—things at times. Although they live in our homes and we consider them part of our families, they also belong to a species of their own. This means they can exhibit actions and behaviors that occasionally make us shake our heads or […]

5 Ways Your Dog Talks to You: Learn to Read Canine

If you’ve been around dogs, you know they have personalities and emotions just like people. Their personalities are unique to them and influence their feelings and emotions. To understand these emotions, it’s important to understand your dog’s body language. In addition to the sounds they make, they also send us signals through their body language—specifically […]

Dental Care for My Pet: What to Expect

When should you arrange a dental checkup for your dog or cat? Some things to watch out for are bad breath, not eating, drooling, licking, just not feeling good. However, not all bad breath stems from dirty teeth. If your dog’s teeth don’t look dirty, we need to consider digestion. Your veterinarian will be able […]