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Sherry is a Nutritionist, Writer, National Speaker, Ghostwriter of books for Natural Medicine Doctors and an Author of 2 healthy cookbooks. She is a Nationally Certified Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer in Pilates, Yoga, Body Pump, STEP and Aerobics with over 20 years experience. She served as the On-Air Nutritionist for QVC television in the United States and the UK and hosted her own weekly “Healthy Living” segments for PBS. Sherry is passionate about helping animals and worked with “Helping All Animals” in Palm Springs, CA. in their rescue efforts, and is a member of the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States. Her experience working as a Veterinarian’s Assistant for many years’ aids in her passion for helping animals lead healthy and happy lives. For more information on Sherry, visit www.sgtotalhealth.com or write to Sherry at [email protected] - call 517.899.1451

11 Foods Your Pet Should NEVER eat

Harmful Food For Dogs You might think feeding your pet from the table or giving them the same food or drink that you enjoy is...
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5 Common Health Problems To Know Before Adopting A Pet

By Sherry L. Granader Rescuing or adopting an animal from a shelter can be a loving and rewarding experience. However, there are some common health...
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Earthday and Going Green With Your Pet

  It's earth day and going “green” is popular today. Recycling, taking reusable shopping bags to the grocery shop and owning compost bins. But are you...
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Can My Pet Get The Zika Virus?

By Sherry L. Granader Nutritionist It is impossible to turn on the news or open a newspaper and not hear about the Zika virus. It is...
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9 Smart Things To Consider Before Adopting A Pet

Adopting A Pet Triggers You open the newspaper and see a beautiful Persian cat that needs a new home - and you think adopting a...
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Tips For Picking Out The Right Dog Treats

We all love a treat, especially dogs. And while we may be able to control the consumptions of our treats, we need to do...
hip dyplasia

Reduce Your Dog’s Risk Of Hip Dysplasia

What Is Hip Dysplasia? Mention the words hip dysplasia and thoughts of pain for your pet probably come to mind. It is a genetic disorder...
xylitol

Xylitol – Deadly For Dogs

What is Xylitol? Read the label on your package of gum and you will see an ingredient known as xylitol that is widely used in...
overvaccinated

Spread Out Your Pet’s Vaccines…Here’s Why

This information should not be considered a substitute for veterinarian advice.  Please consult with your veterinarian about specific pet vaccines and potential side effects. ...
cancer in pets

4 Easy Tips To Help Your Pet Reduce The Risk Of...

Pet cancer is not something you want to think about your pet having but this serious disease increases with age in our household pets....
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Alternatives To Declawing Your Cat

Most people do not realize what a cat goes through during a declawing procedure. Having been a veterinarian’s assistant for many years, I saw...
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What Is Zoonosis?

What Is Zoonosis? No – zoonosis is not planning a trip to the zoo. It is a disease that can be spread from animals to...
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6 Steps For Taking Your NEW Pet To The Vet

Vet Stress Walk into any veterinarian office and you will smell all sorts of funny smells, see other animals and hear scary sounds. Well, that...
diabetes in dogs and cats

Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

It may be shocking to learn a diagnosis that your pet has diabetes, however with good care, it is possible for your favorite companion...
lyme disease pets

Springtime And Lyme Disease

By Sherry L. Granader As spring arrives in the northern part of the United States, Lyme disease appears to be a concern mainly in the...
mange in pets

Mange In Pets

Tiny mites and parasites are the main cause of the skin disease, mange. It is quite common for some mange mites to be residents...
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Uroliths (Bladder Stones) In Cats

Cats can develop bladder stones at any age, regardless of their sex, age or breed. The most common type is known as Struvites that...
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Braces For Your Pet’s Teeth…Really?

By Sherry L. Granader Have you ever thought about braces for your pet’s teeth? If you notice your pet’s teeth are crooked, causing inflammation of...

Prosthetics For Pets

By Sherry L. Granader Prosthetics have been a solution for many people to improve the quality of their life. The same is true for our...

4 Great Exercises To Do With Your Pet

Having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences in life.  Exercising your pet, especially when it comes to dogs, will help keep...
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Pet Health Hazards In Puddles?

Top 3 Pet Health Hazards In Puddles? Bad weather, especially when it is raining, can make it difficult to walk your dog. When the weather...
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Diabetes In Dogs

By Sherry L. Granader Dogs, like humans, can also get diabetes. They can be diagnosed with Type I diabetes where there is a shortage of...
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6 Tips for Putting Your Pet on a Bland Diet

By Sherry L. Granader Why A Bland Diet? Many times, diarrhea is the motivator behind feeding your pet a bland diet. Typically, your veterinarian will recommend...
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Top 10 Supplements For Senior Pets

By Sherry L. Granader The supplement business is a multi-billion dollar industry for humans and when it comes to pets, the market is growing rapidly....
ebola and dogs

Ebola And Pets

Waking up every morning and hearing the news about the Ebola crisis, it may make you wonder if it could spread to our dogs,...
bloat in dogs

Bloat In Dogs: How To Prevent this Deadly Condition

Bloat in dogs can be a life-threatening emergency and affects dogs of all breeds, young and old. Recognizing the symptoms early and getting effective...
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Over Vaccination Debate

      There seems to be an ongoing debate among animal scientists as well as pet owners about the fact that we are over vaccinating our...
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How To Avoid – Top 6 Dog Diseases And Injuries

Our loyal, furry friends deserve the best care possible. Living a long a healthy life means knowing the diseases and injuries that can occur...
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Alternative Treatments for Dogs with Cancer

An active network of 20 academic comparative oncology centers has formed The Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC). It is managed by the NIH-NCI- Center...
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What You Need To Know About Cancer In Dogs

Who would have thought that cancer would become the leading cause of death in dogs over 10-years old. Cancer simply means that certain cells...
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Tips On How To Stop Your Dog From Barking

I’m sure you’ve lived in neighborhoods or apartment buildings where there’s a dog that loves the sound of his voice! Night, day or in...
EFT For Pets

EFT For Pets – Emotional Acupuncture

  Advocates claim that EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) may be used to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders in pets, and as...
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Laser Therapy for Pets – Top 10 Benefits

One of the most exciting, alternative treatments available is laser therapy for pets. According to the GA Veterinary Rehabilitation Clinic, “Laser therapy for pets...
separation anxiety in dogs

Calming Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Many years ago, a friend of mine adopted a yellow labrador from her local humane society. Since it was Taz’s third home in just...
dog ear infections

Ready for a Swim? How to Prevent Dog Ear Infections

Swimmer’s ear and summer go hand-in-hand … for you and your canines.  Dog Ear infections (although all may not be related to swimmers ear)...
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Top 5 Summer Pet Dangers

By Sherry Granader. It’s almost summertime, and staying protected and well-hydrated is a must during the hot months of summer. But are you taking the...
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Medical Marijuana for Pets

Medical Marijuana for Pets Medical marijuana has been a hot topic in the news.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN reported that marijuana could have some...
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Amazing Toys And High Tech Gadgets for Pets

We can’t seem to get away from technology whether at home, the office or television.  When it comes to our pets, high tech toys...
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How To Safely Transition Your Adopted Dog To A New Food

By Sherry L. Granader. Adopting a pet can be exciting and fun for you and the entire family, however bringing an adopted pet home for...
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“Down Boy!” How To Stop Your Dog from Jumping?

What’s more satisfying than coming home to an excited greeting from your dog? It’s like a one dog parade just for you! It can...

Pet CPR: What is it and How to Get Certified

By Sherry L. Granader. Imagine this, you come home one day to find your beloved cat or dog lying unconscious and unresponsive on the floor....
Homeopathy for pets

Homeopathy Healthcare For Pets

By Sherry L. Granader.  A Natural Alternative For Healing Just as in the human body, homeopathy is a natural alternative for healing that addresses the underlying...
Antioxidants for pets

Antioxidants For Pets

All about antioxidants for pets! By Sherry L. Granader. All about antioxidants for pets: There are certain vitamins and minerals that help the body reduce the...
heartworms in dogs

Heartworms In Dogs

Heartworms are basically parasites transmitted by mosquito bites.  The heartworms take up residence in the lungs of the dog causing inflammation of the blood...
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Boswellia For Pets With Pain

There is continued interest by pet owners to find natural, alternative remedies, especially when it comes to their pets dealing with pain. Herbs and other...

Cats Provide The Link To HIV Vaccine

By Sherry L. Granader   Scientists have been on a mission to find an HIV vaccine and have discovered a link to cats in the process. ...
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Is it Safe to Adopt an FIV Positive Cat?

First and foremost, there is a difference between FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia).  Both are very different viruses and often mentioned...
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Behavior vs. Medical Problems in Mares and Stallions

Medical Verses Behavioral Issues Medical problems verses behavioral issues appear or are differentiated by the progression and symptoms of the problem in a horse. For...
heat stroke in dogs

What To Do When Your Dog Overheats

By Sherry L. Granader.   In our previous article, “5 Easy Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke in your Dog,” you learned about heat stroke, the signs...

5 Easy Ways to Prevent Heat Stroke in Dogs

By Sherry L. Granader.   Have you ever had heat stroke? Have you experienced the rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, overwhelming body heat, nausea and light-headedness?  Now...

Eliminating Your Dog’s Unwanted Chewing

By Sherry L. Granader. Chewing is as natural to dogs as sleeping and barking. But when a dog is constantly destroying your home, you need...

Ticks and Fleas … oh My!

By Sherry L. Granader. Summer is here, and in addition to protecting your pets against overheating, dehydration and potential ear infections from swimming, stay on...

Pet Emergencies: What Should You Know?

By Sherry L. Granader.  No one looks forward to an emergency, whether it concerns your two or four-legged family members. But ignoring the obvious –...

Heartworm Prevention

By Sherry L. Granader.  Some wise person once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure;” and nothing could be more true...

Steroid Use in Pets

By Sherry Granader. When we moved from the northern part of the country to a warmer client, little did we realize the immense impact this...

Chiropractic Medicine for Cats and Dogs

Chiropractic medicine has been used in human medicine for many years; however only recently has it been applied to the treatment of animals.  Just...
Arthritis Treatments For Pets

Arthritis Treatments For Pets

Arthritis in dogs is a common conditions but rarely seen in cats.  Technically, arthritis means “inflammation of the joint” and is characterized by stiffness, pain...

Thyroid Conditions In Dogs and Cats

The thyroid gland is located in the neck, producing 2 iodine-containing hormones, T3 and T4 that affect many processes in the body.  The hormones...

Obesity and Other Behavior Problems in Horses

Obesity in horses can be the result of increased consumption of palatable food, lack of stimulation and of course, just like us, decreased exercise...

Glucosamine-Chondroitin For Your Pets With Osteoarthritis

Authored by: Sherry L. Granader Does your pet suffer with osteoarthritis?  Take heart, because there is hope in chondroitin sulfate, the major glycosaminoglycan found in...
Wondering what to do when your dog is sick? We're here to help!

Before You Rush To the Vet….

Wondering what to do when your dog is sick? We're here to help! When our pets our sick, we want to do all we can...

Hyperbaric Chambers To HEAL Pets

If you are a scuba diver or have been treated for burns or other traumatic injuries, then you may have heard that hyperbaric chambers...

Is Dental Disease Possible in Dogs and Cats?

Periodontal (dental) disease is the most common infectious disease in dogs and cats.  More than 80% of dogs and cats between the ages of...

What To Look For In Our Pet’s Food

We may know what to look for when reading labels for the food we eat - like fat grams per serving, calories, sugar and...

HOW To Entertain Your Dog When You Are Away From Home

Does your heart sink every time you have to walk out the door and leave your dog alone at home? It can be heartbreaking...

Stem Cell Treatments For Pets

Stem cell research is a subject of fierce controversy, simply because the most versatile cells can only be derived from embryos.  However, scientists have...
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Behavior Problems In Horses

Horses are magnificent creatures; however, a variety of behavior problems in horses can occur despite of the love we have for them.  Some of...

Prevent Boredom In Your Dog

Dogs are much like children, and they enjoy toys that not only trigger “play time” but also stimulate their brains.  Preventing boredom in your...

4 Reasons Why Your Dog Won’t Eat

It can be aggravating – and scary - when your dog won't eat. It’s important to determine why they have lost their appetite in...
Bach Flower Essences

Bach Flower Essences® For Pets

Treating our loving animals with holistic methods is becoming increasingly popular over the past several years.  One reason is that the side effects of...

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Cats are notorious for not drinking enough water.  This habit can lead to a disease known as FLUTD – Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease....

Enzymes For Your Pet

By Sherry L. Granader Enzymes are used for a variety of functions in our pet’s body.  Digestion, cellular processes and absorption of dietary nutrients are...

Hormone and Glandular Extracts For Pets

There is a belief that dates back to ancient times that consuming an extract from the same organ will enhance that specific body part...
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Natural Herbal Remedies For Skin Allergies in Dogs

There are several natural remedies that help treat allergies in dogs. You may recognize some or all of the symptoms and reactions in your...

Chronic Cha Cha Cha in Pets

CHRONIC DIARRHEA IN DOGS AND CATS Like humans, dogs and cats may suffer from chronic diarrhea at some point in their lives. It is often...
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Chronic Illness: Nutrition and Supplements for Pets

NOTE:  Please review all pet dietary supplements with your veterinarian prior to use Our pets are part of the family, and what we feed them...

The Passing of Barney – Grieving for Your Pet

Barney, the Scottish Terrier, who belonged to former president George W. Bush, has died.  Barney was twelve years old and passed away due to...

Recognizing and assessing pain in animals

Recognizing pain in animals is a challenge at best, since they do not communicate the same way people do. There are some behaviors that...

Essential Fatty Acids for Pets

Almost all animals would benefit from essential fatty acids (EFAs). They play a major role in maintaining a healthy coat and skin for dogs,...

Canine Influenza – Can My Dog get the Flu?

With all the recent news about the flu, you may be wondering - "can my dog get the flu?".  Although it is quite rare...

How to Prevent Contagious Diseases in Pets

All pets have the potential to spread disease; however the good news is that the risk is small that you will get sick from...

Urinary Tract Infections in Pets

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in dogs and cats are basically a bacteria overgrowth in the urinary tract, with the infection in the bladder. The...

Wobbler Disease in Pets

Wobbler disease is a condition where the spinal cord is compressed. Wobbler disease in pets may also be referred to as Wobbler Syndrome, or...
dermatitis in dogs

Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs

Atopic dermatitis is as an allergic skin disease caused by exposure to allergens inhaled or absorbed through the skin.  It is quite common and...

Detoxification For Your Pet

Like humans, our pets are exposed to a wide variety of toxins every day that can affect their health. Insecticides, chlorinated water, pollution, commercial...

Drug resistance in pets

It has become quite common these days for dogs and cats to develop resistance to drugs like antibiotics and antimicrobial medications. Some factors include...

Pet Emergency Care

Pet emergency care situations are typically sudden and unexpected, ranging from serious injuries, to bites, to possible poisonings. Ongoing illness or even sudden illness...

3 Considerations – When It’s Time To Euthanize Your Pet

Quality of life for your pet should always be a priority, especially during treatment for serious illness, including cancer and other diseases.  Your pet’s...
cancer in pets

Reducing Cancer in Pets

Cancer in pets can be difficult to deal with. It was a sad day when I made the decision to put down my beautiful...
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Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) offers animals that have been trained to improve an individual’s emotional, physical and social well-being and reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem...

New Trends: Micro Pigs as Pets

In the 1970’s, iguanas were popular.  Then came the 80’s, when the reptile was the pet in vogue.  Exotic fish made an appearance for...

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