Food as Medicine


It’s difficult to keep track of what foods are considered healthy these days, isn’t it? It seems like one thing everyone can agree on is that whole foods just have to be good. Unadulterated, nutritious whole foods; foods that look like food, that come from where we live, that are raised without chemical and hormonal […]

Internal Liver Wind and Seizure Disorders


The Liver, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), is responsible for the harmonious flow of chi, life-promoting energy, throughout the dog’s body. The Liver is greatly affected by Wind because Wind can block or disrupt the harmonious flow of chi when it’s internalized. Take a minute to think of windy day with the trees bending and […]

Bach Flower Essences for Fear in Animals

Fear in animals: Dogs

As a Flower Essence Animal Therapist, I am often called to work with animals that have fear issues. Listening to each case, I am able to unravel the story behind the emotions. A lot of the cases I am asked to work with are often termed “Fear Aggression”. To the owner, their animal will appear […]

Seizures in Dogs – What to Do, Causes and Treatment


A friend recently asked me if I knew of anything that could help her 12-year old Shih Tzu who recently started having seizures. Her vet said they are age related and not connected to any other health issue. Our Sadie had a couple of seizures too the year before she passed away; it was just […]

Flower Essences for Grief and Loss


This is probably the hardest article that I have ever had to write; it comes from a place of such sadness, yet gives me the greatest insight into grief. I lost my father earlier this year after he had suffered from a long illness. For the last 15 months of his life my father was in […]

Assessing Pain In Animals


Assessing pain in animals can be tricky business. Animals have evolved to hide pain well in order to survive in the wild. While our pets need not fear losing their place in their pack these days, they still mask pain. First we should observe our pets at home, have them evaluated by a veterinary professional, […]

Flower Essences To The Rescue

Stix, William and Coco

The biggest impact and yet the most under used in my opinion are flower essences to support rescue animals. We live in a world where all and sundry seem to think that everything is disposable; our clothes, our food and even our animals. Some of us humans breed animals for financial gain, although I believe […]

Q&A: Treatment Options For A Dog With Pinched Nerve In Back


Q: Our dog has a pinched nerve in his back creating back leg weakness. We’re looking for treatment options. Lola Michelin, Northwest School of Animal Massage: Pinched nerves are serious business indeed and once your veterinarian has had the opportunity to diagnose the degree of trauma and the location, there are many therapies that will […]

Flower Essences For Early Abrupt Weaning

Cat mom with kitten

Christmas is the time of year when humans are giving and receiving. It is also the time of year when individuals are inclined to purchase cute kittens and puppies as gifts for their family. The initial union is filled with much optimism and happiness but after a few days, the reality of looking after a […]

Canine And Human Help for Stiff Limbs

Dog Human Gall Bladder 34

Ever awaken and realize you’re a bit stiff? You try to stretch your legs and they send you a pain message. Then you stretch your arms out and you feel as if rubber bands are holding you back. Dogs can feel the very same way. As cave animals originally, dogs are programmed to stretch their […]