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Harmony and Health- Creating Wellness For Your Pet

Posted by vanvolkenburgh on July 28, 2008

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Dr. Anyes Van Volkenburgh
Veterinarian, third generation intuitive and energy healer, Pet Vet

Most of us understand the basics of creating wellness. Health begins with a sound diet, exercise, and having fun with our loved ones. Our pets are important family members, like us in many ways, but with their own unique animal needs and abilities. Our pets give us so much – the unconditional love, joy and pleasure they offer us through their loving companionship enhances our lives and makes us healthier people. But it’s easy in the hectic nature of our lives to take our pets for granted and miss opportunities to nurture them for their optimal wellness. Creating wellness requires that we meet the basic needs we all share, and to honor the special needs of our pets.

We Are One, but We Are Not the Same

Pets have special nutritional needs, and are far more limited in their physical ability to deal with a poor diet and the toxins in our environment. With shorter life spans and smaller organ systems, its important to give them the best diet we can that suits their animal physiology and to limit their exposure to toxic chemicals in their food, and in so many household products we use. Consider choosing non-toxic household cleaners, natural cat litter, and safe non-toxic bath products to limit your pet’s exposure to toxic materials.

From the holistic perspective, the foundation of good health is a good diet. Dogs and cats need different food from what we eat, and many pets, particularly cats can have trouble digesting the grain-based fare (like that found in most commercial pet foods) that humans can tolerate. When their nutritional needs are met, pets have great vitality and abundant energy, and have better digestion and can maintain their appropriate weight, which are both causes of so many health problems of pets today. For more information on quality food for your pets, click here to read our article, “What You Need to Know About Your Pet’s Food.

A good diet provides energy for a healthy activity level, meaning daily exercise. It’s easy to neglect the exercise and play needs of our pets, but the consequences can be severe. Beyond the impact on their health, too little physical activity can create a host of inappropriate behaviors and creates a great deal of stress for our pets. Dogs need daily cardiovascular exercise in the form of a walk or run. If you are not walking your dog because their on-leash behavior is a nuisance, consider getting a Gentle Leader head collar or harness. There is even a kitty harness to take your cat out for a safe outing in the great outdoors. Both dogs and cats need fun toys to stimulate their desire to play and stay fit. Many dogs love a good game of fetch and there are many great fetch toys available to provide a fun workout. Cats stay fit with interactive toys that stimulate their hunting instincts, and a good scratching post is a must to help them stay limber.

Beyond the Basics – Understanding Your Cat’s or Dog’s Nature

Another way we can honor the unique needs of our furry friends is to consider their species-specific characteristics. Understanding the unique qualities of the feline and canine natures can help you create a home where your pet feels at ease and reduces their stress levels. Most cats crave freedom and autonomy. They want a safe space of their own and the ability to direct their own activities. Cats that feel thwarted in their ability to play, sleep, explore and interact on their schedule can experience health-damaging stress and develop some bad habits that create stress for everyone.

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How do Pets Get Sick?

Posted by vanvolkenburgh on February 20, 2007

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Did you know that animals in the wild rarely if ever get disease? Then why do our pets suffer the same illnesses we do, from cancer, heart disease and diabetes, right down to insomnia, allergies and obesity?   I believe the answer is two-fold…  For one, our pets are exposed to our stressful lifestyles. They cannot help but pick up our anxiety and worries, poor exercise habits, environmental toxins, excessive eating of processed foods and many other “modern day” factors that lower the immune system’s resistance to getting sick. But it is also because…  …animals are here to teach us love. Our pets, in their ability to love us unconditionally, are closer to God and far more evolved than we are. They come into our lives to love us and to teach us to love the way they do. In doing so, animals often take on the consciousness and energy of their human companions. As they mirror our thoughts and feelings, they internalize them in their bodies and manifest the physical symptoms associated with them.  I saw this recently with a cat that had developed a sudden bladder problem. I questioned the owner to find out what was going on in the cat’s environment that might be an “irritant” literally to the second chakra area.  It turned out that her boyfriend had just moved in with them recently and she was having trouble adjusting to the situation. The cat’s body, in resonance with her owner, had manifested her  ambiguity and distress. The knowledge that the mind, body and soul must all be treated as a whole to bring about true healing is implicitly understood and practiced successfully in Eastern medicine. Even Western medicine is recognizing emotional stress as the key cause of a growing number of illnesses. Yet, veterinary medicine is only beginning to venture into this fascinating field.   It is my belief that the origin of all disease is spiritual. Healing must take place, first and foremost, on the spiritual level. Then harmony will be manifested in the body as total physical well-being. There are so many ways to heal and communicate with your pet. I will explore them in more depth in future eZines. Meanwhile, this month:  

1. Tune in and talk to your pet  

Pay special attention to how your pet’s environment may be affecting them, positively or negatively. Become more attuned to their responses to people, sounds, certain foods, etc. Do emotions run high in the household? If so, make sure to take time out everyday to let the animals in your life know you much you appreciate and love them!   You can convey this to your beloved pet simply by talking to them. Tell them how important they are in your life an how much you appreciate their love and devotion. Or take them for an extra long walk in nature this week to ground them and bring them into harmony with their own inner nature. 

2. Meditate with your pet 

If you have the time, practice relaxing with your pet.  Sit or lie down in a comfortable position, close your eyes and begin paying attention to your breath. Imagine each breath you take in filling our body with white light. As you feel the light melting your tensions, visualize your pet in his or her most relaxed, comfortable state. Imagine the white light filling their body and melting all the tension and stress they may have picked up from the hectic environment we live in. It is very likely that your pets will want to be right next to you as you do this exercise. The more you allow yourself to relax, the more your pet will benefit from this healing energy.  Enjoy! I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know your experience with this relaxation technique. 

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Be Your Own Pet Psychic: The Pet Oracle Cards

Posted by vanvolkenburgh on February 20, 2007


I am so delighted and excited t o announce the arrival of the long awaited Pet Oracle Cards. They are finally here and they were worth the wait! I invite you to try the Pet Oracle Cards and experience the magic yourself. They are available through our website or Amazon.com:


Some of my clients have gotten very profound insights into their pets’ likes and dislikes and personalities through the use of the Pet Oracle Cards. Kellie, a 12 year old sheltie, when asked about her arthritis and what we could do to help, told us she wanted to learn agility. Her owner enrolled her in a class, and her hips have been good as new since. Another client took the advice of her golden retriever Ashley and got back together with an ex boyfriend – they are now happily married!  And yet another client successfully lost 15 lbs by following an exercise program suggested by her athletic terrier. The Pet Oracle Cards unlock the magic of direct communication with your furry angels! Can you imagine knowing exactly what your pets think or feel? With the Pet Oracle Cards, you will, the answers will be literally at your fingertips.

If you haven’t heard the buzz yet, (on KTLA Los Angeles, Fox 6 in San Diego, Fox 11 in Los Angeles, CBS in Palm Spring and countless other TV programs), here’s what the Pet Oracle Cards are all about:

The Pet Oracle Cards were created with love and with the intention of helping pet owners create a more loving, more healing, and clearer connection with their pets, and ultimately all animals. The Pet Oracle Cards are a tool which, along with inner guidance, lead to personalized, specific and accurate answers to questions about anything related to your pet, including health, behavior, and emotions. Each card serves as a tool for deepening your understanding of your pet as well as receiving messages from your Higher Self, angels and spirit guides. Easy to use, the Pet Oracle Cards help one effortlessly tune into and communicate with our pets. It is as though our pets speak to us through the cards! The cards amplify your natural telepathic gifts and help you hear the voice of intuition.  All of the messages in the Pet Oracle Cards are positive and uplifting and meant to enhance the connection with your pet. My prayer is that by working with these cards you may develop an even closer connection with your pets and recognize them as the angels and teachers they are.  

Using the cards 

There are several ways to use the Pet Oracle Cards. The first is to approach the cards as a training system for communicating and connecting with your pet. Randomly pull one card a day from the deck and apply the tool suggested in the card throughout the day.  Another way to use the deck is to seek direct guidance on a specific problem or situation you have with your pet by pulling a card with that situation in mind and following the guidance. More elaborate guidance can be obtained by pulling three cards about a specific situation. The first card signifies the root cause of the problem, the second one the specific action you need to take to shift the situation to a higher vibration, and the third one what you’re overlooking and need to become aware of. You can also hold a “conversation” with your pet through these cards. Some great questions to ask are: What do you love most about your life with me? How can I help you with … (arthritis, house training, separation anxiety – the possibilities are endless)? How do you think I should handle…..?Is there anything I can do to make our life better?Is there anything I can do to make ….. (my vacation, the move, adjusting to the new baby) easier for you?What would you like me to change in our life together?What can I do to help you be healthy and happy?

What can I do to enhance our “together” time?

What do you want more of?

What do you want less of?

What do you want to do right now?  

If your pet is sick, you may ask:

What is the root cause of your sickness? What do you need from me at this time in terms of support?How can I help you?What do you need in order to heal?What is stopping you from getting better?What is the lesson for me?What do I need to change in my life so you can heal?   There are countless ways of using the Pet Oracle cards. You can trust your own intuition in deciding how to use them for your and your pet’s highest benefit. I invite you to experience and enjoy the magic the cards will bring to your relationship with your pet! 


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