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Michael Goldman here, with the Healthy Pet Network. As most of you know, we are overpopulated with dogs and cats. Many stay in shelters or worse waiting for a good, loving home that may or may not ever happen. More people than ever are helping by rescuing dogs or cats from shelters but if they don’t know what to look for, they may end up unhappy or even worst, by bringing the animal back to the shelter which is emotionally traumatizing and devastating to the animal. I want this to be a positive article series so for the next few weeks, I want to focus on the “How To’s” of finding the perfect pet for you and your family. My intent is to lessen the unhappy experiences and to greatly increase the positive experiences & relationships.

In the next couple of weeks, we will cover topics such as:

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Article written by my good friend David Spangenburg

 

“Large numbers of pets and people die or become sick before their time despite the best efforts of healthcare professionals. In order to change this, there must be a realization that we are in a, ‘Medical Ice Age’.” – Dr. Alfred J. Plechner DVM

How would you feel if you found out that they’ve discovered a cure for cancer but they’re not going to let anyone know about it? I’m sure you’re all responding to this question by attacking it. “Why would they do that?” “That makes no sense!” “What about the money they could make?”

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We may not be able to ask our pets if they dream but all of the scientific data along with my own observations, point to the fact that yes, indeed, dogs & cats do dream.

According to researchers, our pets have the same kind of sleep patterns that humans have. That is, they have SWS, or Slow Wave Sleep, the first stage of sleep. This is light sleep in which the cat or dog are easily awakened. Your pet’s breathing is slow and regular but they are ready to spring into action if needed.

The other stage of sleep with which most people are familiar, and which our pets share, is REM sleep. This is when you see your pet twitching or moving their paws. A dog may bark, whine or growl in their sleep. Dogs, cats and humans have similar EEG readings at this point and we know that humans dream during this REM stage, so it makes sense to extrapolate that our pets are dreaming as well.

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Many of you know me for my work in the pet health field. I have studied pet health and trained with world renowned Dr Alfred Plechner DVM for quite a few years, helping many along the way. But did you know that I I have, for even longer, personally trained dogs and even cats to a lesser degree. My wife Terry and myself have a passion for animals and have helped make a difference in their lives through our rescue and sanctuary gaining a ton of experience in both training and pet health.

Let me ask you a question, do you really enjoy working with and being with your dog? Do you feel a need to train and teach your dog new things? Do your friends ask you for training or behavior tips for their dogs? If so you may just be the type of person that should be a dog trainer.

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Just as humans can suffer from inflammation of the pancreas, so can our dog & cat friends. This condition is known as pancreatitis. A dog or cat’s pancreas is a vital organ that helps with food digestion, just as your own pancreas does. It’s very important to understand more about this condition so that you can take your best friend to see a vet as soon as any symptoms are noticed.

 

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