pet care

Why Heartworm Prevention is So Important

I grew up in a climate that had long, cold, snow-covered winters.  While I am not suggesting that I found that situation enjoyable, it did tend to prevent situations like I faced this past January, where I spent several intense, moments trying to destroy the blood sucking pest that had somehow gotten into my home. During which, I probably looked like I was either having a standing seizure or engaged in a truly bizarre interpretive dance called, “who has mosquitoes in winter?!” And as many… 

This Halloween, Remember Chocolate is Toxic to Pets

The Theobromine in chocolate Halloween candy can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, racing heart, or even death in severe cases. CHAI encourages pet owners to celebrate the occasion with chocolate toxicity in mind and take common sense precautions to protect their animals.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine – Food Therapy Basics

Everyone knows that nutrition is a vital part of whole body health. At CHAI, we discuss nutrition at every appointment, since what an animal eats directly influences their overall health and ability to respond to treatment. Veterinarians trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine techniques can use specific foods to help their patients. Food therapy is safe, effective, and can be combined with other alternative therapies as well as conventional medical treatments. Below is an overview of the basic tenets of traditional Chinese food therapy. Five… 

Plants For Your Garden That Are Good For Your Dog

There are lots of guides out there on plants that are bad or even poisonous for your dog. But what about the ones that can have actual health benefits? Create a holistic, healthy herb garden right here in Chattanooga, with our guide to some of the best plants for your pet. Before you start buying barley grass and getting ginger, however, take a hour or so to make sure your garden is dog-friendly. Leave a water bowl in a shaded area, stop purchasing pesticides and… 

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