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— May 8, 2019

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Find a Holistic Vet

If you’re looking for a veterinarian who employs alternative therapies, look into the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. The vet finder on their website lets you search by state and type of treatment (Chinese herbs, for example); you can also find someone who specializes in birds or exotics—even a vet who makes house calls (who knew?).

Get Your Pets Moving

Becoming a classic couch potato is no better for your pooch or kitty than it is for you. If you don’t have a big yard, take Bowser to the local park for a brisk game of fetch or Frisbee. And stimulate Fluffy’s play instincts with any of the many stick-string-ball toys on the market.

Soothe Your Pet Naturally

Pets have troublesome feelings just like we do—but they can’t go to therapy or a support group. What you can do for your stressed-out or nervous companions is give them Bach Flower Essence Rescue Remedy, a combination of five essences that has been known to keep both people and their pets cool, calm and collected. Try it before taking your dog or kitty to the veterinarian, or after a trauma or accident to help your loved one (and you) stay on an even keel.

Needle Your Pal

Acupuncture isn’t just for humans; dogs, cats and other animals also respond to this ancient healing technique. To find an animal acupuncturist near you, visit the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture.

Know When Lumpy Skin Needs to Be Looked At

Dogs tend to develop all sorts of lumps and bumps, many of which (like lipomas and sebaceous cysts) are benign. That’s not always the case, however, as in the case of mast cell tumors and other malignant growths. It’s always a good idea to bring newly discovered lumps to your vet’s attention; schedule a followup visit for growths that grow or change in color or texture, or if your dog starts licking or pawing at the affected area.

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