Purely Simple Animal Wellness Blog

Equipping you with the information to help you care for your animals naturally and simply.

"Predictive Biology": A New Marketing Scheme By Big Pet Food

It appears that at least one Pet Food Giant has resorted to big words and “new science” to market their substandard, by-product laden, and overpriced pet foods. “Predictive biology” is the new buzz phrase they’re using to make you, a committed and loving pet parent, believe that the food has a...

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Using Integrative Medicine To Save Joey

In May of 2018, Megan contacted me to see if she could set up a consultation for her beautiful 5-year old Palomino Quarter Horse mare, Joey. Apparently Joey had been suffering from “white line disease” (WLD) in both front hooves and a non-specific lameness in her left front leg. White line...

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The Hidden Health Risks To Your Animals

Last night, a high-quality, well-managed breeding facility that I work with on occasion (performing wellness checks on new litters of puppies) emailed me with questions about “aseptic meningitis”. Apparently they sold an 8-week old puppy to a customer out of state, and now, a year and a half...

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Why It's Impossible To Feed Your Pet A Completely Balanced Diet

I’m probably going to raise some eyebrows when I talk about why it’s not possible to offer a balanced diet to your dog, cat, horse, goat, or whatever other animals you have in your guardianship. We’ve been taught all along that we need to feed a “100% nutritionally balanced diet” or your pet...

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Dispelling the Myths About Moist Pet Food for Pets

So you’ve probably been told by well-meaning veterinarians, other animal professionals, and your friends to never give “people” food or wet food to a dog or cat,. The reasons can be many: “Dry food is the best. It packs a lot of nutrition into each chunk of food.” “Dry food is cheaper and the...

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Board-Certified Veterinary Nutritionists And Their Ties To Big Pet Food Giants

Recently, I read with disgust, a Facebook discussion in a private group comprised of holistic veterinarians. One of the holistic docs had recently attended a continuing education seminar on the alleged link between grain-free dog foods and a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy. In that...

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Animals Are Wiser Than We Think

Can animals really “think”? Can they actually “reason”? Each time I witness another act where it appears an animal has “thought it through”, it just confirms my belief that animals do have wisdom and intelligence. One might argue that animals act mainly from innate intelligence (instinct) or...

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The Dreaded C-Word - Do We Really Know What Causes It?

Lately, there have been several mini-documentaries circulating on the web about cancer in dogs. They have great content, stressing how important a natural diet is, how chemically-laden household cleaners, sprays, disinfectants, candles, plug-in air fresheners, etc. can wreak havoc on the...

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Commercial Pet Food - Is It Really Good For Your Furry Friends?

So your pet that has been eating the same brand of food, the same flavor for years – develops an aversion to it – seemingly out of nowhere. You scratch your head, wondering why your furry kid won’t eat. Is she sick? Does she have a bad tooth? Is she depressed? These are all valid concerns...

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Why a Holistic Approach To Your Animal's Health Is So Important

Perhaps you’ve been to the veterinarian’s office for the third time in the past few months for a nagging ear infection in your dog. Maybe you’re frustrated at all the vaccinations your vet is recommending for your indoor cat. Or you’re questioning the high cost of prescription pet...

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