Josephine’s Story: Retraining the Pet Owner

Josephine I met Josephine the cat when I was a senior in vet school, during my internal medicine rotation. Josephine’s owner was a clinical psychologist, and she brought her kitty to the vet school because no one had been able to figure out why Josephine weighed so much. She was looking for answers, to help heal her pet.   Josephine did weigh a lot, she tipped the scale at 33.5 pounds. She was a big girl, but should have normally weighed about 14 [...]

What Most Vets Don’t Know About Pet Cancer

If you’re a pet parent or love someone who is, then here’s some news you need to hear… if you want your pets to live long and healthy lives. Because the sad truth is, the rate of cancer in pets is exploding. Just 50 years ago, 1 in 100 dogs got cancer. Today it is a staggering 1 in 1.65 dogs. Dogs have the highest rates of cancer of any mammal on the planet. Cats aren’t far behind. About 1 in 3 [...]

Tui-na Massage for Pets: Powerful Healing

Tui-na massage is a type of bodywork rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It promotes healthy blood flow, soothes joints and muscles, and even blances the function of the body’s vital organs by applying pressure to specific points and channels throughout your pet’s body. It can help reduce pain and improve function and mobility in painful or arthritic dogs and cats. Using various massaging techniques implemented with Tui-na, you can help your pet heal and feel great right at home. Tui-na has [...]

The Truth About Raw Food for Pets

Since the beginning of 2018, we have seen reports of at least thirteen recalls for various pet foods or treats. The reasons for recall are all pretty scary, ranging from possible salmonella contamination (especially in raw food for pets), to the presence of euthanasia drugs – YIKES! Many pet owners know that feeding your pet whole foods is a great way to avoid mysterious and potentially dangerous ingredients, and opt for home cooked or raw diets. But here’s the thing [...]

Dog Love: Trust, Healing and Forgiveness

There is no love like dog love. Few creatures, if any, in this world are as loving and devoted as a dog. They greet us with happy tail wags and sloppy kisses, snuggle us when we are lonely or sad (or for no good reason at all) and provide us with unconditional love and friendship. What could be better? As pet parents, we want nothing less than the very best for our friends who give us so much, and it’s hard [...]

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Meet Dr. Ruth Roberts: Holistic Pet Expert, Veterinarian and Pet Health Coach

Do you know Dr. Ruth Roberts? Learn a little more about Dr. Ruth’s background and outlook on pet health and integrative veterinary medicine, and what makes her a holistic pet expert. From her childhood experience with pets, to her extensive education in traditional veterinary and Chinese Medicine, Dr. Ruth tells us what led her to dedicate her life to pets and develop The Original CrockPET Diet.   Also, don’t forget to tune in to our Facebook pages every Thursday for a live [...]

Food Energetics and Healthy Pet Diets

Cooking at home with The Original CrockPet Diet gives you access to the epitome of healthy pet diets. But understanding some basics of food energetics will help you choose the right ingredients, just for your pet. The core concept of Food or Diet Therapy, is achieving balance. In most western countries, our idea of a balanced diet is one that includes a mix of different food groups. While this type of variation is a good idea, it does not always [...]

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Great Gifts for Pets and Pet Lovers

Our pets give us their unconditional love and companionship all year long, expecting nothing and hoping to be loved in return. They boost our moods, lengthen our lives and can turn our entire day around. The holidays are a great time to show a little gratitude to the furballs in your life; you can also delight friends and fellow pet lovers by giving gifts to help them care for their own four legged companions. Here are some of my [...]

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Are Pet Vaccines Safe?

When it comes to making the right choices for your pets, the matter of vaccines always comes into question. Are vaccines safe for pets? Does the potential for illness outweigh the possibility of reaction? The debate surrounding the safety of pet vaccines is at an all time high right now. Experts and laymen are at each other’s throats, throwing “studies” and “facts” around like wildfire. Parents have never been so concerned – or confused. It seems like making the right [...]

Acupuncture for Pets: Finding Balance

Acupuncture for pets is becoming an increasingly popular therapy option for many animals worldwide. As a staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the practice of acupuncture has many many functions, from pain control to relieving dermatitis. Photo: The Washington Post There are many moving parts in the ancient science of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The cornerstone of this field, in my opinion, lies in food energetics and balancing the body through the design of food therapy. But even The Original CrockPET Diet cannot go [...]