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Pollen, mildew, dust — to many people, they’re essentially harmless. For those with allergies, they are the triggers that send their immune system into overdrive. Allergies are a malfunction of the immune system that causes it to be hypersensitive to stimuli. When the immune system is triggered, immunoglobulin E (IgE), a type of antibody, signals for the release of histamines. Histamines, which tell mucous membranes to produce mucus and cause blood vessels to dilate, are the catalyst for the inflammation that produces watery eyes, runny nose, and other symptoms we […]

There are many diseases that are prevalent among both humans and animals. Although humans and animals do have anatomical differences, some disorders affect each in similar ways. Endocrine disorders affect many people and hypothyroidism in dogs, characterized by low thyroid function, is becoming more common. Indications like reduced energy, vitality, and growth are common indicators something may be off. Although there is a prescription drug market for pets, research suggests natural remedies are available. What is Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid […]

While it’s safe to say we love our pets, we might not feel the same way about their dander. An allergy to dander (the dead skin pets shed) is common, yet understanding and finding relief from pet allergies is a little more complicated. Reactions to dander are more than nasal irritation, they really start in our immune system. [1] A healthy immune system seeks out foreign bodies and works to get rid of them. When you have pet allergies, you have a hypersensitive immune system. (more…)

When it comes to our pets’ health, it doesn’t always register that they too can suffer from nutritional deficiencies. We take such good care of their safety that we may overlook the spectrum of nutrients their bodies require. As a result, many dogs don't receive enough necessary nutrients (some of which are also lacking in the average human's diet). Iodine, for example, is essential for thyroid health — in humans and animals — yet most of us don't get enough and neither do our dogs. Iodine supports your dog's metabolism […]

Alternative and complementary therapies have been used for thousands of years to remedy ailments and promote good health. Some popular therapies are even offered to animals. Because animals have similar spinal columns that can suffer misalignments over time, it might not surprise you to hear that animals can benefit from chiropractic care. (more…)