Heat…It’s a Killer
Living in Florida, we have learned to adapt to the heat and humidity by wearing light weight clothing, keeping ourselves hydrated to replace the moisture we lose through perspiration, and taking the time to get out of the heat when it becomes uncomfortable. How difficult would it be to adjust to the high temperatures and humidity if you were wearing full winter gear: a coat, hat, gloves and heavy boots? And then, take away your ability to sweat, which allows us to get rid of excess heat through the evaporative process. This describes what our canine companions are struggling with as they play, compete or work in our tropical climate. Let’s take a look at how our dogs deal with the heat and explore how we can help them cope with high temperatures and humidity. Read More…
The Perfect Pet
Choosing the Purr-fect Cat
So, you’ve decided that it’s time to get a cat. Get ready for a new relationship that will give you years of love and companionship. But, also keep in mind that you’ll be making a commitment that will last the lifetime of the cat—perhaps 10, 15, or 20 years. Make some initial decisions based on why you want a cat in the first place. Do you like cat shows and want a purebred breed cat who’s going to win awards and enjoy showing off in front of judges? Are you replacing a cat that died of old age, or are you looking for a cat that is visually different and easily recognizable? How large is your home? What’s your budget? What are your habits? Read More….
The Evolution of Dog Breeds
Dogs have been purposefully and selectively bred by humans for thousands of years, sometimes by inbreeding dogs from the same ancestral lines, sometimes by mixing dogs from very different lines. This process continues today, resulting in a wide variety of breeds and hybrid dogs. Centuries of selective breeding by humans has resulted in dogs being considerably more genetically diverse than any other land mammal on earth. This has resulted in dogs being the only animal with such a wide variation in appearance and behavior without speciation – ranging in size and appearance from the tiny Teacup Poodle to the massive Great Dane – with hundreds of variations in-between. Read More….
What to Expect.
When beginning the journey into alternative or holistic care, many people are not even sure of what they are searching for, just that they are looking for another option of treatment than the standard, conventional medication and surgery options. Holistic care is grounded in the theory of treating the “whole” body, not just a single condition and can include adjustments, massage, acupuncture, laser, homeopathy, herbal or nutritional support, as well as others. Dr. Kallenbach’s philosophy of integrated care is the best option, combining the holistic treatments with the conventional treatments to achieve maximum health for your pet with the minimal negative or side-effects of any treatments. She will work with your conventional veterinarian and you to accomplish the best health for your pets. Read more….
The Whole Health
We like to think that most pets in the developed countries of our world live rather pampered and privileged lives. However, many people would be surprised to learn that the health challenges facing today’s pets are actually much greater than those faced by their ancestors. In addition to the many known diseases that pets are exposed to during their lives, factors such as our pet’s longer life spans, the ever-increasing levels of chemical pollution in our environment, poor diet, the over-use of “necessary toxins “such as vaccines and medications, and centuries of man-made genetic modifications that have made many breeds particularly susceptible to serious digestive, glandular and musculoskeletal problems all contribute heavily to the health problems that our pets encounter during their lives. Therefore, the health care and dietary choices we make for our pets must reflect these challenges.Read more….
The Great Debate: Vacines and Titers
The issue of vaccinations, and their effect on our pets’ health, has recently become an area of much debate in the world of veterinary medicine. For many years, veterinarians have administered multiple annual vaccines with the understanding that they were providing an important preventative health measure for their client’s pets. But as the decades have passed, we have begun to see a steady increase in the number of pets having adverse reactions to some of these vaccines. These reactions range from the animal just being “off” for a few days, to having allergic reactions causing swelling and hives, to life threatening anaphylactic reactions. Read More….