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How Holistic Pet Parents Can Use Veterinary Telemedicine

by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVA, CVH, CVFT Telemedicine for human patients is here to stay and is predicted to show a 700 percent increase between 2013 and 2018, according to a recent Ernst & Young report. Veterinary medicine, however, is a bit slower to embrace telemedicine, and for good reason: Veterinary patients can’t talk, making a hands-on physical exam that much more important. ... Read More »

Flea and Tick Solutions

for the Holistic Pet Parent by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVA As the summer draws in and the temperatures rise, especially in Long Island, it is inevitable that pets and pet owners will want to get out and enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. However, critters like ticks and fleas, which feed on the blood of pets like cats and ... Read More »

Four Hot Tips for Summer Pet Care

by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVA As summer draws ever closer and the heat starts to rise, we become eager to get out of the house—dogs and cats included. Of course, spending more time outside with our pets is great, as it enables us to have fun, exercise and bond with them; however, given that the Long Island summer is so ... Read More »

How Pet Owner Actions Influence the Environment

by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVA Pets are turning into an irreplaceable feature in our culture. They enrich our lives in so many ways. They provide us with companionship, protection, improve health, reduce stress, are a source of entertainment at times, and even give us a reason to get out and meet other people. However, dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, birds and ... Read More »

Is Acupuncture Right for Your Pet?

by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVA Acupuncture is a holistic approach to treat a variety of problems in humans. The benefits do not stop there, however. Many animals, including pets, see therapeutic benefits from acupuncture—from pain to digestive problems to seizures and even more. Dogs and cats see the most benefit in gastrointestinal and neurological conditions. The veterinarian may suggest acupuncture ... Read More »

Nutrition for Pets While Going Through Chemo

If a pet has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy as part of the treatment, it is vital to keep the pet as healthy as possible by feeding him/her nutritious food. However, since chemotherapy can result in nausea and a loss of appetite, the pet may simply have little or no desire to eat. In addition, if the ... Read More »

Causes of Cancer in Your Cat or Dog 

Cancer in dogs and cats is actually more common than most people realize. Understanding more about this disease and ways to help reduce risk can help your pet live a healthier, happier life. This article will deal with some of the causes of cancer in pets and some steps that you can take to help reduce risk. Overall Cause of ... Read More »

My Itchy Pet: Is it Allergies in Your Dog/Cat?

by Michel Selmer, DVM By the time October rolls around, autumn is well under way, and along with that fall weather comes a number of pollens and molds that could be affecting your pet, especially those dogs and cats that spend time outdoors or live in a household with other pets that do spend time outdoors. Knowing the symptoms that may ... Read More »

Hot Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool

Summer brings with it many dangers for your pets. Unlike humans, pets have a fur coat that helps keep them insulated. They have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and rely on panting to cool down. It is very easy for a dog or cat to become overheated, which can have life-threatening consequences. Here are just a few ways ... Read More »

Pets and Their Allergies: a Holistic Approach

The arrival of spring brings sneezing and watery eyes for many humans, but what about your pet? Pets have allergies, too, and since they cannot tell us what is going on, it’s important to know the symptoms and ways you can help your pet feel his or her best. Read More »