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WHOLE DOG JOURNAL READERS: Welcome… This Blog’s for You!

June 25, 2009
GTHello!  I am very happy to be writing for Whole Dog Journal again, and equally excited to introduce you to my new blog.  Here you will find upto-date, unedited informationWDJimage about holistic pet care,  natural pet care products,  and current issues within the rapidly expanding natural animal care industry. 
I invite you to subscribe to this site, to keep up on the latest news and to share your comments and experiences with me and thousands of other like minded animal lovers! Read more…

Herbs for Pets 2nd Edition Released!

May 28, 2009

<>HerbsPetsBookr2web3inchThe long awaited second edition of Herbs for Pets , by author/herbalists Gregory L. Tilford and Mary L. Wulff has just been released from Bowtie Press… FINALLY!

For the past decade, Herbs for Pets has been an indispensable resource for anyone who owns or cares for companion animals. Written by two of the world’s most respected animal herbalists, the second edition of this exhaustive compendium offers the latest scientific information as well as traditional, historical and philosophical perspectives on hundreds of medicinal plants and and natural therapies— all in a more compact portable package. Here you will find an illustrated tour through the herbs— primarily Western, but also ayurvedic and Chinese— that grow in North America; their holistic applications and contraindications; and alternative approaches to treating a wide range of ailments. You will also learn to identify and grow a variety of herbs for yourself. Valuable to the health of your pet and the environment, this book will prove a go-to resource time and again for helping your pet the natural way. 328 pages; soft.


Herbs for Seasonal Allergies in Pets

May 14, 2009

Cedar, an Australian cattle dog has red, runny, eyes. He itches too. Probably because of a sudden rise in

Nettle (Urtica spp.)

Nettle (Urtica spp.)

mold or pollen, an event that always follows a spring snowmelt. Regardless, he’s suffering, and I need to do something.

The cat is sneezing again too— just like she does every spring. Come to think of it, I’ve been waking up with sore, red eyes too— and I am sneezing a lot. Yep… hay fever season is upon us.

A large percentage of dogs, cats, and probably most other animals suffer, at least to some degree, from seasonal allergies— just like humans. Airborne pollens and molds are probably the most common culprits, but the list of possibilities is practically endless. Finding and removing the exact allergens that cause your pet’s misery can be virtually impossible. It doesn’t matter where you live either — with spring comes a plethora of potentially allergenic particles— particles that are everywhere— in the wind, and in the water dish. Read more…

Pet Food Supplements Sales Expected to Rise

May 8, 2009

hmvWEBnewv3.23.09Consumers spent $1.3 billion on natural pet care supplements in 2007, and annual sales are expected to continue rising to as much as $1.8 billion by 2012. Read more…

Herbs for the Anxious Dog or Cat

May 6, 2009


The efficacy of an herbal calming formula is influenced by several other factors— while quality, composition, and concentration of active ingredients all factor into the equation, we also must consider the physical and behavioral nature of the recipient dog, the causes of his anxiety, and the context in which a product is used as important aspects of how an herbal calming formula will act within the body. Read more…

States Clamp Down on Dog Breeding and Selling Facilities

May 6, 2009

Some state governments are working to enact strict laws that will require dog breeders and retailers to maintain clean, humane shelter for the pooches thet are sellng.  In Montana, legislation has been introduced (HB 548) that would regulate pet stores and dog breeders and require the state to conduct regular, unannounced inspections of those facilities.   If adopted, the new rules would would cover dog health standards, as well as procedures the the department must follow to implement facility registration and inspection, beginning on July 1, 2009.  Under the new laws, facility operators would be required to pay a biennial registration fee of $415.

In Maine, legislators are are working to increase its annual pet shop licensing fees from $150, to $150 plus $500 for each dog offered for sale in the previous year.  The state is also aiming to impose big increases in license fees to dogs owners that have failed to have their companions spayed or neutered.  Owners of dogs over six months old that are capable of reproducing would be subject to a $150 license fee, as opposed to the current $11.  Proponents of the new legislation are calling it “an act to ensure humane dog and cat breeding in the state.”

What are your thoughts?