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Lemon Parmesan Grilled Brussels Sprouts

The lemony zest of this charming side dish will give you a fresh perspective on luxury. Eating clean is a lifestyle choice that boosts positive environmental relations and good health in order to thrive within a society that cares. Sustainable resources and a symbiotic approach to life will allow for a global transformation beyond imagination. This brussels sprouts recipe is just one of many unparalleled vegetarian recipes that make this chef overjoyed to make a difference. Whether one’s family chooses to contribute to our mother Earth through clean eating, recycling, or volunteering to clean up a nearby highway, one family can make a world of difference. These lemon parmesan grilled brussels sprouts are just one recipe at Travel Animal Doctor that offer a fresh take on a new way of living. The smoky flavor of these brussels sprouts and fresh parmesan cheese will take this family’s tastebuds through a behind the scenes road trip of astronomical proportions to the Smokies. The world class smoky flavor will remind the children of a trip they once took, will soon take, or can imagine taking to the Smoky Mountains. Children can be told about clean travel habits in the Smoky Mountains, where ecotourists abound respect and the park resources with care to create the lifestyle of their dreams. This lemon parmesan grilled brussels sprouts recipe is more than just an appetizer of one course prepared by a mother for her family. Through the nutritional value, a diverse taste, and a bit of imagination, this recipe can be a stepping stone to a parent who may choose to gift her child with diverse tastes towards a more sustainable future. Ingredients: 1 lb brussel... read more

Sunrise Smoothie

 If the morning bird catches the worm and this sunrise with smoothie in hand, why would that bird ever want to sleep in again? The picturesque mountain view beams with light as the cool sweet fruit blend frosts the glass in the breezy morning air. This sunrise smoothie, condensing at the brim of the glass, is a breakfast escape from the day that awaits. As you sit in your chair and take in this extraordinary view, you take a picture with your camera, and take a glance at your to do list. All anxieties from approaching deadlines dissipate in the wind, one sip of this sunrise smoothie at a time. As the clouds depart, the tip of the sun peers out, ready to start the off day right. A bird’s eye view of a sunset in paradise. As the sun shines boldly through the billowy clouds, the glistening pond peers shyly over the tree line. This healthy breakfast can be split up among family in pint size glasses, or it can be enjoyed solitary in a tall glass worthy for a queen. The frozen fruit and kale offer a blast of fresh vitamins and nutrients to the body. The super-vegetable, kale, is known to improve an array of physical ailments including lowering the risk of heart disease, cancer, and aiding in blood glucose control in diabetics. Kale has a boatload of nutrients such as iron and magnesium, as well as vitamins including Vitamin K, A and C. Senses can feel complete with these fresh and frozen ingredients that give a chilled taste of the sunrise in the breeze. Ingredients: Banana Frozen peaches Frozen blueberries... read more

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Sink your teeth into a moist morning muffin with this recipe from Travel Animal Doctor. Nothing says breakfast like a fresh and wholesome blueberry muffin. If you are busy or on the go, grabbing a muffin off the counter to take to work is a quick and easy homemade fix. There are many recipes out there for blueberry muffins. From a health foods standpoint, this recipe utilizes ingredients that are necessary for the body without being concerned about preservatives from pre-packaged muffins found at the local grocery store. Alternatively, one can make these whole wheat oatmeal blueberry muffins alongside a light lunch or a hearty meal in the evening. Only the healthiest of dry ingredients are needed for these whole wheat oatmeal blueberry muffins. Makes: 12-15 muffins Ingredients: 1 1/4 c. oats 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour 1 c. unsweetened applesauce 3/4 c. freeze dried or frozen blueberries 1/2 c. brown sugar (or raw coconut sugar) 1/2 c. buttermilk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 TBSP avocado oil 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt Preheat Oven: 375 degrees Directions: Line a 12 c. muffin pan with paper or tin muffin lining. (Alternatively one can use cooking spray with no lining.) Measure all dry ingredients out (except for blueberries) and combine in a large mixing bowl. Add applesauce into the middle of the dry ingredients. Measure all wet ingredients out and whisk together in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the dough is moist. Mix blueberries in, distributing the berries evenly within the muffins. Evenly distribute the muffin... read more

VeryBerry Spectacular Homemade Popsicles

Blast off your summer with these VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicles. While a variety of flavors may be incorporated, this three berry mixed popsicle mix is sure to take off, leaving a brilliant blaze of glory in it’s wake. The frozen raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are mixed together in a chilling blend and frozen for a party in your mouth like no tomorrow. This slurried mixture is blended smoothly with apple juice to offer in yet another fruity flavor to the mix. The berries in these VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicles are frozen and healthy, as all nutrients within the berries remain at peak condition. Ingredients: 1 banana 2 c. blueberries 2 c. strawberries 2 c. almond milk 1 c. raspberries 1/4 c. apple juice *An alternative route to using fresh berries is buying a bag of frozen mixed berries at a local natural foods health store. This will add nutritious value to the berries by retaining nutrients. Directions: Rinse fresh fruit, or get a large mixing bowl and pour out the frozen mixed berries to rinse thoroughly before adding to the blender. Add the fresh fruit to a blender, incorporating to it the apple juice and almond milk to blend. Blend mixture thoroughly and add these ingredients to the individual ice pops in tray. Let set for 24 hours in freezer. Wah la! You have your VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicles ready to go. Better grab these quick, before the yummy berry popsicles shoot into space. This VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicle is ready to fill one’s stomach with a rich and flavorful goodness that puts store bought popsicles to shame. While other milk types can... read more

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

  Let this strawberry lemonade smoothie take you back to the wild strawberry fields of your youth. You know those fields, the ones you enjoyed perusing for wild berries of all sorts at your great aunt and uncle’s quaint farmhouse in days gone by. Your great aunt would make the tastiest lemonade that she would let sit out on the porch so it would ferment in the sunlight. This strawberry lemonade smoothie is just the fix you need to give you an instant blast to the past, and a brief glimpse of a family reunion will enter your mind. That same sunlight that would make that fermented drink so sweet in your past would send you quickly back to reality as it shines behind your dining room curtain, tempting you to go outside. In the here and now, as you prepare this dulce strawberry lemonade smoothie, your planned day will race through your mind. As your thoughts are doing flips and cartwheels over the satisfaction of this naturally sweet morning pick me up, you will salivate over the opportunity to taste this luxurious smoothie. Praising the Lord for your opportunity to kick this day off right, you will be eager to hit the ball out of the ballpark with your work, until your light lunchtime meal of tea and salad. Overjoyed, over the simplicity of your balanced daily plan, you are eager to take a brisk walk shortly after lunch to get your dog out and exercised. This will allow you to reenergize your brain to finish your tasks efficiently once you return. Finally your significant other will make his way home from work, and you... read more

Easy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

This mouthwatering easy baked mac and cheese casserole will give you that boost of energy you need to take on the world. Power housing through this cheesy kingdom of heaven will leave your tastebuds aching for another bite. The smooth flavor of the creamy macaroni and cheese is only the tip of the iceberg in flavor. Adding cheese overtop and sticking this macaroni and cheese into the oven afterwards will prove to be a rich endeavor. Overall this easy baked macaroni and cheese casserole is entirely too incredible for words. The creamy cheese melted down in layers of cheddar will leave your stomach begging for more. Ingredients: Rotini noodles 2 c. almond milk 2 c. shredded cheese 3 TBS vegan shortening 3 TBS all purpose flour Pepper, sparingly. Preheat Oven: 350 degrees Fahrenheit Directions: Boil water in large pot, adding salt and noodles. As pasta is cooking, melt vegan shortening in another pot, mixing it with flour until browned (1-2 minutes). Add milk, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese until melted. When pasta is almost done but firm, add into pot with cheese sauce and mix. Add cheddar cheese across the top and bake casserole in a 2 qt dish 40-45 minutes until browned and bubbly. Double the cheese, double the fun. This easy recipe of macaroni and cheese is sure to melt your heart. When adding a layer of additional cheddar overtop of an already sultry dish of homemade macaroni and cheese, your dish will prove to be the highlight of your meal.   As a main course or a side dish, this easy macaroni and cheese casserole will provide a... read more

Vegetarian Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Really, the conglomeration of ingredients in these vegetarian stuffed baked potatoes could rid us of world hunger, or kill us trying. With fillings galore, this vegetarian dish ironically caused me to have a glorious and fortuitous heart attack. After my heart attack, I reincarnated as a cat, seeking vengeance in the pet food industry. The prior plague that plaqued my blood vessels was cured, and my veterinarian hooked me up to some tasty natural pet food morsels. Dumbfounded by my luck, my diet regressed when I became fascinated with licking the fuzz off of toilet paper, and catching cockroaches on the kitchen floor. As a cat who is a bit hard to interpret, I suffer from a language barrier, that of which I blame on the fall of the tower of babel. I heard that Babelfish was a good language translation website back in the day, but I would rather eat a fish than try to participate in a one and one conversation with that particular bubbling googly eyed airhead. As a God of my own reality, my feline flaws can really stir up some non-existent emotions. Emotions, feelings, giving up, fitting in. Right now a paw to the face says it all. Does not caring mean I have sociopathic tendencies, or is this characteristic more of a primal instinct influenced by the precious kitty cat society? Bright eyed and bushy tailed is no longer for the weak. As a Sun worshipper, basking in the holiest of “death rays” all day everyday, I seek forgiveness from the Sun God for proving to be a double standard to my natural upbringing, the Cat-holic faith. Perhaps seeking a polytheistic religious... read more

Spicy Cheese and Pepper Quesadilla

Who needs fancy when you can spice up your life with this 5 minute feast? Five minutes out of your day to make a feast so good it haunts you. This spicy cheese and pepper quesadilla is sure to set your mouth on fire, or at least light a flame. Every spark offers value to a fire. As a self-proclaimed spice and health foods connoisseur, this “tried and failed and tried again” chef values each individual ingredient for what it brings to the table. What this quick meal may lack in one area can offer substantial value in another. The tortillas used in this recipe were cajun style, but there are also whole wheat wraps, eggplant wraps and spinach wraps sold at the local fresh food markets. Trying to please everybody will lead you nowhere and back again.  Pleasing yourself with this delicious spicy cheese and pepper quesadilla? Perfection on a palate. Palate, palate, plate. Like a work of art, your inner identity could change with a taste this tempting. Your palate will be christened, one bite at a time. The instant your spicy cheese and pepper quesadilla leaves your plate with no morsel left behind, you will know that your work is complete, and this cheesy masterpiece has found its way home. A satisfying resolution to cause a revolution in your mind. Brainfood to take control of your day, one forkful at a time. Ingredients: 1 Yellow pepper 1/4 Vidalia onion Mixed cheese, mexican blend Cajun wraps Flaxseed oil (or other healthy/organic version such as avocado or grapeseed oil) Directions: Chop up the yellow pepper and Vidalia onion. Combine ingredients... read more

Frozen Cocoa Cappuccino Smoothie

This frozen cocoa cappuccino smoothie is just one of many smoothie recipes that have been perfected on Travel Animal Doctor. Keep your eyes on the prize with this match made in heaven, the frozen cocoa cappuccino smoothie. Dark chocolate coffee beans, a personal favorite, may be added to this classic coffee smoothie in order to top the glass off right. Prepare for the hustle and bustle of everyday life with this frozen cocoa cappuccino smoothie. Tickle your tastebuds with this satisfyingly sweet and creamy smoothie. No longer do you need a fancy car or the biggest house to fit into the tailspin that my dog, Jade, calls life.  When you step out of bed in the morning, into your slippers to make breakfast, this quick energy drink is guaranteed to get you hopping. Food porn to cool off the warmest of hearts, this smoothie recipe will provide rocket fuel for anyone preparing for lift off. Jet through the skies with a cool and satisfying drink that will make you feel vibrant and alive. Stay on your toes with this delicious frozen cocoa cappuccino smoothie in order to live your life in complete satisfaction. Ingredients: 2/3 c. Greek yogurt (plain, honey or vanilla) 1 ice cube 1/2 c. almond milk 1 scoop hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder 1 tsp. organic coffee grounds Directions: Combine yogurt with hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder. Add coffee and ice cube and mix to completion. Enjoy your frozen cocoa cappuccino smoothie! Satisfy your cravings for rich chocolate and boost of caffeine with this smooth cocoa cappuccino kick to the butt. Another avenue one can take in creating this smoothie in a... read more
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Save the Taiji Dolphins – Travel Animal Doctor


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Jade here, the director at Travel Animal Doctor, reporting on the Taiji Dolphins. Czermak Photography / Foter / CC BY This morning humom called me up on the bed and rubbed my belly. When she began to pull her hand away and reach for her computer I begged her, “Not yet!” I wiggled closer to her so that she had no choice but to keep scratching. I get really excited when she speaks to me, and began to wag my tail when she asked me if she had ever told me about the dolphins.You haven’t, not yet, but I would love to hear about them, I barked with a wag of my tail. The Story Humom spent some time at an aquarium where she helped ultrasound dolphins. She described each individual personality of her patients with a twinkle in her eyes. She recalled a young’n who was spritely and quite the trouble maker. The adolescent listened but only when his independence was won over by some yummy fish. There was an older female who had unbelievable patience and tolerance for the adolescent and the ultrasound procedure. They were an extraordinary spectacle to behold and their antics provided quite a show. Much like I offered my belly to my humom, the dolphins flipped over to present their own bellies for use of the ultrasound. They were well trained and made it relatively easy to perform the brief check ups. When enough was enough, the adolescent splashed at the doctors in an attempt to get them soaked as he swam away. Inquisitively I looked at humom, as if to ask her... read more

Orangutans Endangered due to Palm Oil


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How, exactly, are the orangutans endangered due to palm oil? Jade here, barking for the orangutans. What do the words slavery, animal abuse, and murder have in common? These words, as well as deforestation and complete environmental destruction, are linked to an ongoing plight targeting orangutans and people of Indonesia and Malaysia due to the palm oil industry. My mom worked with orangutans at one of her veterinary externships. One time humom came home with an enchanting tale about caring for an estranged baby orangutan. The baby orangutan wore a diaper and hugged her tight as he peered up at her with his big deep brown eyes. As Humom told me this story I witnessed a far away look of dismay in her eyes. Schristia / Foter / CC BY-SA I waited patiently as I often do when Humom gets sad in the middle of a good story. After a minute, I detected those familiar crows feet and licked her face to welcome her smile’s return. Joy overcame humom as she remembered how the small orangutan grasped around her waist and took food straight from her spoon to his lips. I begged humom to tell me why she was upset. It was then that I learned the predicament orangutans are in. They are being kicked out of their homes in the wild so consumers can have cheap peanut butter, candy, cookies, cosmetics and conditioners. Poor are enslaved to work in the palm oil industry. Poachers slaughter adult orangutans for meat and illegal trade. _paVan_ / Foter / CC BY It is important to save the Asian rainforests from the devastation... read more

5 Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Farmer’s Market


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5 Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Farmer’s Market Promote healthy living for your family, exercise your dog, and support your local farmers by going to a pet-friendly farmer’s market. 1. Convenience Since my husband and I often go on hikes with our dog, Jade, on the weekends, it is convenient to stop by a pet-friendly farmer’s market on the way home. 2. Avoiding GMO's Consuming genetically modified organisms is not healthy. By buying locally and fresh, you may be able to avoid genetically engineered foods easier than you would in a grocery store. 3. Avoiding Excessive Sugar Intake You also do not have to worry as much about buying foods with excessive sugars. After watching the movie, Fed Up on Netflix, I was appalled that you will not find a percent daily value of sugar in your nutritional facts. It took some digging of my own to even find the daily requirements for sugar on the internet. The recommended daily sugar intake for women is 6 teaspoons according to the American Heart Association (AHA) which is 24 grams a day.  Many other sources reported that 20 grams of sugar a day is the AHA daily requirement of sugar for women. The AHA daily sugar intake recommendation for men is 9 teaspoons of sugar a day, or 36 grams a day.  In one can of Pepsi there are 25.6  grams of sugar. I found it shocking that even orange juice, apple juice, and Nesquick chocolate milk have more grams of sugar in one drink than is healthy for my heart for one day according to Sugar Delirium Blog. My next trip to the grocery store was pretty... read more

The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay


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The Ultimate Guide to Horseshoe Crabs at Delaware Bay The spawning of the horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay is an extraordinary spectacle to behold.   Horseshoe Crab Mating As the high tides sweep in, males cling to the back of the female onto the shoreline of Delaware Bay.  The female digs into the sand and releases eggs every few feet which are then fertilized by the male. After the mating is complete, the horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay return to the water, and the waves wash sand overtop of the eggs. There is a yearly spawning report that accepts volunteers to help count the numbers of horseshoe crabs that come ashore each year. Diminishing Horseshoe Crab Population The horseshoe crabs at Delaware Bay are largely decreasing in population due to development and poor water quality, according to marine biologist, Dr. Clare McBane, from New Hampshire Fish and Game. The National Wildlife Federation further credits the population decline to habitat loss and human predation for use in conch and eel bait.   Since the horseshoe crab population is diminishing, so is the population of the Red Knots shore birds, who really on the crab eggs for food. These shore birds frequent the Delaware Bay area to feed on the horseshoe crab eggs every spring. Red Knots The rufa subspecies of Red Knots were listed as a threatened federal candidate species under the Endangered Species Act since 2006. This status means the bird is likely to become endangered, facing extinction, in the foreseeable future. The Red Knots fell from 100,000 to 25,000 along the Delaware Bay, as reported by SmithsonianMag in 2009. Fast... read more

Traveling Veterinarians Help Reintroduce Kihansi Spray Toads


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Traveling veterinarians help reintroduce once extinct in the wild, Kihansi Spray Toads in Tanzania. Veterinarians For the first time ever in the history of our world, in 2012, a special amphibian species was returned to their natural ecosystem after being extinct in the wild. Veterinarians played an important role in the success of the reintroduction of the Kihansi Spray Toads. It just goes to show that while veterinarians are popularly known to take care of cats, dogs and farm animals, they can also help to save an entire species. The job of a zoo veterinarian is to ensure the toads are healthy so that reproduction is successful. Collaboration It is the collaboration of Tanzanian universities, conservationists, scientists, animal keepers, directors and all of zoo administration, that made the success of release of the Kihansi Spray Toads possible. While many may think that this is a good ending to a story, I believe it is only the true beginning. Which is where I will start; at the beginning of a story. What drove these toads to extinction in the wild? Chytridiomycosis In an age when chytrid fungus is killing off the amphibian population at large throughout the world, the kihansi spray toads are only one of at least five-hundred affected amphibian species. Chytrid fungus causes a devastating disease called chytridiomycosis, which appears as infections of skin cells on the pelvis, belly and digits of frogs, toads and salamanders. The condition causes thickened skin, also known as hyperkeratosis, followed by sloughing of the affected skin. The chytrid fungus was not the main cause of extinction in the wild of the kihansi spray toads in 2009. The... read more

Travel Animal Doctor: World Health Day


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World Health Day is today, and food safety is the topic of the day. -Travel Animal Doctor But food is not the only daily requirement that, contaminated, can be harmful and may harbor disease. People have probably heard stories about waterborne diseases in developing countries, but it also occurs right at your back door. How would you feel if you stopped by the gas station for some coffee on the way to work, and was unable to get it because the water in the city was bad? This is what happened to a man going through Toledo, Ohio in August. In August 2014, 287,500 inhabitants of Toledo, Ohio were unable to drink their own water due to insurmountable algae blooms in their watershed for days. The algae bloom produces toxins that are deadly to humans. The algae also block the sunlight, causing death and stagnant growth to grasses in the water. These grasses provide habitats to shellfish and fish, and are a food source for waterfowl. As the algae dies, it decomposes at the bottom of the basin and depletes the water of oxygen. This oxygen is necessary for the survival of animals living in the environment, including eastern hellbenders, giant salamanders native to the Ohio watersheds. As a fortunate extern at the Toledo Zoo, I stumbled upon a conservation project that should be well recognized for its efforts. This project helps hellbenders throughout Ohio, and utilizes their populations in watersheds as early indicators of polluted waterways. The Toledo Zoo has successfully reared Eastern hellbenders, to be released into cleaned up watersheds around Ohio. There had been drastic decline of... read more
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To: Poseidon’s Fans at Travel Animal Doctor

Hi everybody, this is Poseidon the cat, introducing myself to all the fans here at Travel Animal Doctor. My newly adopted pet parents have been enjoying my rambunctious ways for the past few weeks. My new sister Jade has been having fun running around with me.  I enjoy stirring up the home with antics at every turn. Yesterday I hid from Jade under the table cloth of the family coffee table. A sudden rush of energy started in my butt. I started wiggling it to try to keep my composure, but the rush was just too strong. I fixated my stealth-like stare on the target. Suddenly the rush of energy within me charged into my legs and without hesitation I bolted. My powerful pounce at Jade took the tablecloth with me. Thirty seconds later I was ensnared! In a heroic attempt to save the contents that were on the table, my trusty sidekick, the ground, caught the coasters, the glasses, the remote control and the wii controller. On impact, the objects cried in terror. A symphony of crashes resounded throughout the living room. Trying to break free, I wriggled and squirmed. I bit and clawed at the table cloth with all my might while my adoptive pet parents sat staring at each other in disbelief.  The evil table cloth monster had me in its grips and would not let me go. While at first I felt defeated, I decided this was kind of fun. Since the tablecloth was sheer I could still stalk my sister, Jade. I calmed myself and kept my eyes on the prize, Jade’s tail. I quieted myself and scrunched... read more

Traveling with Your Dogs- Travel Animal Doctor

If you are planning to travel with your dogs, there are some things you should keep in mind. Are you planning a long road trip with your dogs? After years of traveling with dogs, I have learned there are some essential things to bring along. Follow along for 13 quick veterinary tips for traveling with your dog: 1. Buckle Up Safety first! Remember to put on their seat belts before you start your drive. When dogs get excited they may try to get in the front seat with you or impede your driving. 2. Car Seat Covers Are you concerned about getting fur all over your clothes? Do you pick up friends in your car and get embarrassed with the fur they get on their clothes from your car? Avoid getting hair all over the backseat by purchasing a car seat cover for your car. 3. Portable Water There are a number of bowls that you can keep in your car so that when you are on the move, your car can stay hydrated. I have seen a number of water bowls made out of material that can easily fit in a a car seat pocket. We use a water bottle with a lid that turns into a bowl from which Jade can drink. We also keep a collapsible bowl in a car seat back pocket. 4. Avoid Toxins Prevent unintentional pet poisoning. Make sure gum, fast food, and caffeinated drinks are not in the same vicinity as your canine friends. 5. Air Conditioning Keep your pets cool. You can avoid overheating by ensuring plentiful airflow to your puppy dogs. 7. Bathroom... read more

Kitty – Proofing Your House for a New Cat with Lids – Travel Animal Doctor

Kitty – proofing the home for a newly adopted cat can sometimes be a challenge. – Travel Animal Doctor The adventure continues with our family and our new cat, Poseidon. Our domestic short-haired cat, Poseidon, was recently adopted by our family from the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. As soon as we got him we knew that our lives had changed forever. Soon after we brought Poseidon home, we realized he was an extremely curious cat. We shut doors to closets and rooms so he would not be over- stimulated, and so that he could get used to one room at a time. Even with the doors shut he has had a way of getting into everything that he can. The following are a few things our family has done in order to kitty – proof our house. 1. Lids to Your Yarn While we were already warned that Poseidon loves toilet paper, we did not think to cover our yarn. In a flash he found the basket of yarn and went crazy with the array of colorful strands that he could unroll. 2. Lid to the Litter Box We ordered a self- cleaning litter box before we took Poseidon home. He ended up coming home with us before it got here so we got the second litter box set up for him but did not bother to get a lid since the expensive one was on the way. We also heard he loved to climb so we went to Home Depot to buy shelves to build on one of our walls. While we were gone Poseidon decided to make a disaster... read more

How to Find the Perfect Cat for Adoption- Travel Animal Doctor

When looking for the perfect cat to adopt for the family, it can be quite difficult. Not because there are a lack of cats to choose from, but because there are so many adorable cats just waiting for you to take them home. So how do you find the perfect cat for your household? Where can you go to find kittens and cats galore? Look no further than below to read tips to find the perfect feline companion for your home: The Search for the Purr-fect Pet for You Our family has been in the search for a kitty for the last few weeks. We have gone back and forth about whether or not to get one, but finally decided to just go for it. Jade, our dog, loves all animals. My husband and I thought the right cat could make the perfect companion. Finding a cat that gets along with our dog was an interesting challenge. We visited three animal shelters but it was hard to pick just one. While I would love one cat my husband loved another. My friend, a feline-only practitioner, has a quote that comes to mind for this, “Cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.” Unfortunately one is all we can have in our apartment. The following is how our family found our perfect meow -tastic bud. 3 Avenues to Find the Perfect Pet 1. Animal Shelters Visiting neighboring animal shelters is always fun. The past few weekends my husband and I have stopped by a few animal shelters and found many potential companions, but we couldn’t agree on our favorite. 2. Petco Cat... read more

The Dark Side to 2 Common Pet Food Ingredients


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What would you say if I told you that some pet food ingredients commonly eaten by dogs- if eaten to excess, could do some serious harm?   Monkey See, Monkey Do It is easy to see a pet food product on the shelf, and believe that all the ingredients in it are 100% safe for you to give to your pet whole. Do your own research on homemade and people foods before giving them to your pets. Human Foods As the colder months set in, I become a glutton for warm apple cider with a cinnamon mixing stick. Cinnamon sticks commonly found in stores are made of cassia cinnamon. Cassia cinnamon contains measurable levels of courmarin that can be damaging to the health of your pooch. mysza831 / Foter / CC BY   Apple stems, seeds, and leaves, etc contain cyanide, which is also toxic to dogs. Check it out. Learning the Facts Cinnamon Rarely, skin irritation can occur inside the mouth of a cinnamon sensitive pet. A large quantity of cinnamon powder (greater than 1 tsp.), or a small amount of essential oil is dangerous for your pet. Find out more about toxic side effects of cinnamon at Pet Poison Helpline.   Apples Apple seeds, stems and leaves contain cyanide, and large amounts ingested can also harm your pet. For more information about poisoning from apples, visit ASPCA. My dog just had a seed, I’m scared! Remember that a large quantity of seeds is necessary to really harm your pet. Many of the true dangers of apples and cinnamon come from an excessive amount of accidental consumption. Contact Your Veterinarian ASAP If you believe your pet has accidentally ingested... read more

Save the Taiji Dolphins – Travel Animal Doctor


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Jade here, the director at Travel Animal Doctor, reporting on the Taiji Dolphins. Czermak Photography / Foter / CC BY This morning humom called me up on the bed and rubbed my belly. When she began to pull her hand away and reach for her computer I begged her, “Not yet!” I wiggled closer to her so that she had no choice but to keep scratching. I get really excited when she speaks to me, and began to wag my tail when she asked me if she had ever told me about the dolphins.You haven’t, not yet, but I would love to hear about them, I barked with a wag of my tail. The Story Humom spent some time at an aquarium where she helped ultrasound dolphins. She described each individual personality of her patients with a twinkle in her eyes. She recalled a young’n who was spritely and quite the trouble maker. The adolescent listened but only when his independence was won over by some yummy fish. There was an older female who had unbelievable patience and tolerance for the adolescent and the ultrasound procedure. They were an extraordinary spectacle to behold and their antics provided quite a show. Much like I offered my belly to my humom, the dolphins flipped over to present their own bellies for use of the ultrasound. They were well trained and made it relatively easy to perform the brief check ups. When enough was enough, the adolescent splashed at the doctors in an attempt to get them soaked as he swam away. Inquisitively I looked at humom, as if to ask her... read more
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Travels with Your Cat and Dog

Planning for holiday travels with your cat and dog? With the fall holidays just ahead of us, it is just the time to take a quick trip to see the family. If you are planning a trip, and traveling with your dog and cat, here are 10 handy tips for to road. Traveling with your Cat and Dog 1. Separation When traveling with multiple pets it is helpful to make sure they are separated for easy maneuverability on your drive. This allows easy access to a specific pet that needs your attention during the drive. 2. Food Ensure that any caffeinated beverages, gum and fast food are not in the vicinity of your pets. 3. Small Objects Take a quick look at the surroundings around your cage or carrier. Small objects such as lose screws, strings, nails, or rubber bands can cause major problems for your kitty if ingested. It is easy to miss seeing a small object like this without looking for them. 4. Hard Pet Carrier If this is a short trip, consider using a hard pet carrier for your cat. This will avoid harm of your pet and yourself during transport. In my article yesterday I mentioned to never put anything past an anxious cat. It would be dangerous if the cat chews through a soft carrier during the drive. Finally if you are stacking suitcases or objects in the car the last thing you want to do is have something fall on a soft pet carrier during the trip. 5. Keep Pets Occupied To alleviate stress from the trip make sure your pet’s travel areas are comfortable. Include blankets... read more

Flying with Your Cat Onboard

Have you ever thought about flying with your cat when traveling? My husband and I were flying home from a vacation when we heard over the airplane speakers, “There is an emergency with an animal. Are there any veterinarians on the plane?” As I had just graduated veterinary school and was not practicing, I was sure there was someone more qualified than I, to take the call.  Five minutes later, the flight attendant repeated the message. I appeared to be the only saving grace. I walked up the aisle to find a young couple traveling with a stressed out cat.  The cat had anxiously managed to chew through his cloth pet carrier and was sitting with big eyes in his pet mother’s lap. The couple looked up at me and asked if I could pill their cat.  I said I could, but would need someone to restrain him because cats don’t often take well to being pilled. Sure enough, the cat’s reaction to the pill was sheer terror.  The cat managed to jump out of the pet owner’s arms STRAIGHT AT THE FACES of the man and woman sitting behind them.  Luckily, the owner was quick enough to catch the cat in mid air. Next, the cat used the owner’s lap as a trampoline and diverted it’s escape underneath the seat of two people across the aisle a few rows ahead of us. The owners were frantic. The cat in face people were stunned. The people that the cat ran at next were frantic. That poor terrified feline soul was in a state of utter anxiety. Retrieving the cat from under the... read more

Traveling with Your Dogs- Travel Animal Doctor

If you are planning to travel with your dogs, there are some things you should keep in mind. Are you planning a long road trip with your dogs? After years of traveling with dogs, I have learned there are some essential things to bring along. Follow along for 13 quick veterinary tips for traveling with your dog: 1. Buckle Up Safety first! Remember to put on their seat belts before you start your drive. When dogs get excited they may try to get in the front seat with you or impede your driving. 2. Car Seat Covers Are you concerned about getting fur all over your clothes? Do you pick up friends in your car and get embarrassed with the fur they get on their clothes from your car? Avoid getting hair all over the backseat by purchasing a car seat cover for your car. 3. Portable Water There are a number of bowls that you can keep in your car so that when you are on the move, your car can stay hydrated. I have seen a number of water bowls made out of material that can easily fit in a a car seat pocket. We use a water bottle with a lid that turns into a bowl from which Jade can drink. We also keep a collapsible bowl in a car seat back pocket. 4. Avoid Toxins Prevent unintentional pet poisoning. Make sure gum, fast food, and caffeinated drinks are not in the same vicinity as your canine friends. 5. Air Conditioning Keep your pets cool. You can avoid overheating by ensuring plentiful airflow to your puppy dogs. 7. Bathroom... read more

9 Quick Tips for taking Extra Long Road Trips with your Cats

When traveling involves taking your cats along, it can become difficult when you need to take extra long road trips with your cats.   Not only do you need to be concerned with the road, but you also have to make sure that your cats are safe throughout the road trip. Just as significant as keeping your cats safe, is the age old dilemma of where your cats are going to go to the bathroom. While you and human passengers can just stop at a gas station, it is not as easy for your furry feline counterparts. A cat should not have to hold his or her bladder during long trips. It is important to give your cat access to a litter box on the road. Forcing your cat to “hold it” can cause bladder infections. If you have kittens, their bladders will be even smaller. Besides the problem of where will your pet pee, you do not want to deprive him of water during the long trip. Your cats should stay hydrate and cool throughout the trip. Avoid overheating by ensuring air circulation is always present for your pets. Supply water in a bowl that cannot spill to avoid dehydration. Here are nine quick tips for what to remember when you need to hit the road with your felines in the backseat. 1. Cage Fit a cage large enough for your cat/cats in the backseat, with a litter box and water. Water Bowl Use a bowl that can hook to the side of the cage to avoid water spilling. 3. Water Bring extra water in case you need to refill the bowl throughout... read more

Cumberland Trail, Chattanooga TN- Travel Animal Doctor

The Cumberland Trail in Chattanooga, Tennessee is known for unique rock formations and picturesque views. – Travel Animal Doctor Entering this state park by way of the North Chickamauga Creek Segment allows you to enjoy a brisk walk down to the creek to find crawdads before taking a breathtaking hike up the Hogskin Loop to the Coal Tipple Remnants and Open Mine. This state park is pet-friendly and parking is free at the North Chickamauga Creek Segment. If you choose to take the Lower Hogskin Loop, I recommend that you take caution when hiking with your dog. As you ascend up the trail there are points in which the loop becomes pretty steep. If your version of a dog walk is your dog walking you, this trail may be too sharp of an incline. The climb is exhilarating, and is for the most part canopied by trees. While the ample shade shelters you from the hot basking sun in the summer, mosquito repellant is highly recommended. Taking the Lower Hogskin Loop requires a moderate to high activity level for beginner hikers.  I am able to hike every other weekend if I am lucky, and I found some parts of the hike rather difficult. If you watch the ground you many notice centipedes and toads. Small wildflowers can be found alongside of the Lower Hogskin Loop trail. As an amateur hiker, it took me three to four hours to leisurely hike a littler further than the open mine and back to the parking lot. I did not make it to the Wood Stairs or the Boston Branch Overlook. While ascent up the Lower Hogskin... read more

This Pet-Friendly Beach Gave Me Crabs – travelanimaldr.com


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Bowers Beach is a public pet-friendly beach located in Bowers, Delaware – travelanimaldr.com My husband and I took a road trip with our dog, Jade, so that we could see what all of the hype was about in the spring horseshoe crabs event. If you missed my last article: “All About the Horseshoe Crabs”, click here for a quick overview on the mating rituals of the horseshoe crabs. Arrival to Bowers Beach We arrived in the early afternoon and excitedly made our way to the beach with our doggy bags, towels, and phones to snap pictures and videos. The sight of this prehistoric looking crab was absolutely spectacular. Though the species have been around longer than dinosaurs, flying insects, and people, individuals have a lifespan of around twenty years. Crabs, Crabs, Crabs The horseshoe crabs become sexually mature at around ten years of age, at which point they scurry ashore during new and full moons each spring, when high tides can sweep them high up on the beachfront to mate. Sometimes the crabs would get stuck on their backs and would require our help to turn them right-side up. By the end of the trip my husband and I were crab- flipping naturals, saving thirty toppled crabs so that they could fulfill their reproductive goals. My husband and I were not the only ones that were intimidated by the sight of this living ancient relic.   Jade’s New Friend Jade, startled by the creature and the incoming waves, sat directly on top of her “pet parents” as often as she could. While Jade’s first time on the pet-friendly beach seemed pretty overwhelming, she... read more
Healthy living through easy and luxurious recipes at Travel Animal Doctor

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

Sink your teeth into a moist morning muffin with this recipe from Travel Animal Doctor. Nothing says breakfast like a fresh and wholesome blueberry muffin. If you are busy or on the go, grabbing a muffin off the counter to take to work is a quick and easy homemade fix. There are many recipes out there for blueberry muffins. From a health foods standpoint, this recipe utilizes ingredients that are necessary for the body without being concerned about preservatives from pre-packaged muffins found at the local grocery store. Alternatively, one can make these whole wheat oatmeal blueberry muffins alongside a light lunch or a hearty meal in the evening. Only the healthiest of dry ingredients are needed for these whole wheat oatmeal blueberry muffins. Makes: 12-15 muffins Ingredients: 1 1/4 c. oats 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour 1 c. unsweetened applesauce 3/4 c. freeze dried or frozen blueberries 1/2 c. brown sugar (or raw coconut sugar) 1/2 c. buttermilk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 TBSP avocado oil 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt Preheat Oven: 375 degrees Directions: Line a 12 c. muffin pan with paper or tin muffin lining. (Alternatively one can use cooking spray with no lining.) Measure all dry ingredients out (except for blueberries) and combine in a large mixing bowl. Add applesauce into the middle of the dry ingredients. Measure all wet ingredients out and whisk together in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the dough is moist. Mix blueberries in, distributing the berries evenly within the muffins. Evenly distribute the muffin... read more

VeryBerry Spectacular Homemade Popsicles

Blast off your summer with these VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicles. While a variety of flavors may be incorporated, this three berry mixed popsicle mix is sure to take off, leaving a brilliant blaze of glory in it’s wake. The frozen raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are mixed together in a chilling blend and frozen for a party in your mouth like no tomorrow. This slurried mixture is blended smoothly with apple juice to offer in yet another fruity flavor to the mix. The berries in these VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicles are frozen and healthy, as all nutrients within the berries remain at peak condition. Ingredients: 1 banana 2 c. blueberries 2 c. strawberries 2 c. almond milk 1 c. raspberries 1/4 c. apple juice *An alternative route to using fresh berries is buying a bag of frozen mixed berries at a local natural foods health store. This will add nutritious value to the berries by retaining nutrients. Directions: Rinse fresh fruit, or get a large mixing bowl and pour out the frozen mixed berries to rinse thoroughly before adding to the blender. Add the fresh fruit to a blender, incorporating to it the apple juice and almond milk to blend. Blend mixture thoroughly and add these ingredients to the individual ice pops in tray. Let set for 24 hours in freezer. Wah la! You have your VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicles ready to go. Better grab these quick, before the yummy berry popsicles shoot into space. This VeryBerry spectacular homemade popsicle is ready to fill one’s stomach with a rich and flavorful goodness that puts store bought popsicles to shame. While other milk types can... read more

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

  Let this strawberry lemonade smoothie take you back to the wild strawberry fields of your youth. You know those fields, the ones you enjoyed perusing for wild berries of all sorts at your great aunt and uncle’s quaint farmhouse in days gone by. Your great aunt would make the tastiest lemonade that she would let sit out on the porch so it would ferment in the sunlight. This strawberry lemonade smoothie is just the fix you need to give you an instant blast to the past, and a brief glimpse of a family reunion will enter your mind. That same sunlight that would make that fermented drink so sweet in your past would send you quickly back to reality as it shines behind your dining room curtain, tempting you to go outside. In the here and now, as you prepare this dulce strawberry lemonade smoothie, your planned day will race through your mind. As your thoughts are doing flips and cartwheels over the satisfaction of this naturally sweet morning pick me up, you will salivate over the opportunity to taste this luxurious smoothie. Praising the Lord for your opportunity to kick this day off right, you will be eager to hit the ball out of the ballpark with your work, until your light lunchtime meal of tea and salad. Overjoyed, over the simplicity of your balanced daily plan, you are eager to take a brisk walk shortly after lunch to get your dog out and exercised. This will allow you to reenergize your brain to finish your tasks efficiently once you return. Finally your significant other will make his way home from work, and you... read more

Easy Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

This mouthwatering easy baked mac and cheese casserole will give you that boost of energy you need to take on the world. Power housing through this cheesy kingdom of heaven will leave your tastebuds aching for another bite. The smooth flavor of the creamy macaroni and cheese is only the tip of the iceberg in flavor. Adding cheese overtop and sticking this macaroni and cheese into the oven afterwards will prove to be a rich endeavor. Overall this easy baked macaroni and cheese casserole is entirely too incredible for words. The creamy cheese melted down in layers of cheddar will leave your stomach begging for more. Ingredients: Rotini noodles 2 c. almond milk 2 c. shredded cheese 3 TBS vegan shortening 3 TBS all purpose flour Pepper, sparingly. Preheat Oven: 350 degrees Fahrenheit Directions: Boil water in large pot, adding salt and noodles. As pasta is cooking, melt vegan shortening in another pot, mixing it with flour until browned (1-2 minutes). Add milk, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese until melted. When pasta is almost done but firm, add into pot with cheese sauce and mix. Add cheddar cheese across the top and bake casserole in a 2 qt dish 40-45 minutes until browned and bubbly. Double the cheese, double the fun. This easy recipe of macaroni and cheese is sure to melt your heart. When adding a layer of additional cheddar overtop of an already sultry dish of homemade macaroni and cheese, your dish will prove to be the highlight of your meal.   As a main course or a side dish, this easy macaroni and cheese casserole will provide a... read more

Vegetarian Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Really, the conglomeration of ingredients in these vegetarian stuffed baked potatoes could rid us of world hunger, or kill us trying. With fillings galore, this vegetarian dish ironically caused me to have a glorious and fortuitous heart attack. After my heart attack, I reincarnated as a cat, seeking vengeance in the pet food industry. The prior plague that plaqued my blood vessels was cured, and my veterinarian hooked me up to some tasty natural pet food morsels. Dumbfounded by my luck, my diet regressed when I became fascinated with licking the fuzz off of toilet paper, and catching cockroaches on the kitchen floor. As a cat who is a bit hard to interpret, I suffer from a language barrier, that of which I blame on the fall of the tower of babel. I heard that Babelfish was a good language translation website back in the day, but I would rather eat a fish than try to participate in a one and one conversation with that particular bubbling googly eyed airhead. As a God of my own reality, my feline flaws can really stir up some non-existent emotions. Emotions, feelings, giving up, fitting in. Right now a paw to the face says it all. Does not caring mean I have sociopathic tendencies, or is this characteristic more of a primal instinct influenced by the precious kitty cat society? Bright eyed and bushy tailed is no longer for the weak. As a Sun worshipper, basking in the holiest of “death rays” all day everyday, I seek forgiveness from the Sun God for proving to be a double standard to my natural upbringing, the Cat-holic faith. Perhaps seeking a polytheistic religious... read more

Spicy Cheese and Pepper Quesadilla

Who needs fancy when you can spice up your life with this 5 minute feast? Five minutes out of your day to make a feast so good it haunts you. This spicy cheese and pepper quesadilla is sure to set your mouth on fire, or at least light a flame. Every spark offers value to a fire. As a self-proclaimed spice and health foods connoisseur, this “tried and failed and tried again” chef values each individual ingredient for what it brings to the table. What this quick meal may lack in one area can offer substantial value in another. The tortillas used in this recipe were cajun style, but there are also whole wheat wraps, eggplant wraps and spinach wraps sold at the local fresh food markets. Trying to please everybody will lead you nowhere and back again.  Pleasing yourself with this delicious spicy cheese and pepper quesadilla? Perfection on a palate. Palate, palate, plate. Like a work of art, your inner identity could change with a taste this tempting. Your palate will be christened, one bite at a time. The instant your spicy cheese and pepper quesadilla leaves your plate with no morsel left behind, you will know that your work is complete, and this cheesy masterpiece has found its way home. A satisfying resolution to cause a revolution in your mind. Brainfood to take control of your day, one forkful at a time. Ingredients: 1 Yellow pepper 1/4 Vidalia onion Mixed cheese, mexican blend Cajun wraps Flaxseed oil (or other healthy/organic version such as avocado or grapeseed oil) Directions: Chop up the yellow pepper and Vidalia onion. Combine ingredients... read more
Reviews at Travel Animal Doctor

Green Spring Gardens Park Review – Travel Animal Doctor

Visit Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA for a peaceful botanical experience. The Story: The Green Spring Gardens park has a way of calming the busiest of minds. There are ponds with fountains and turtles, and the biggest lily pads I have ever seen. If you live in Northern Virginia, or are even passing through, this small garden park is worth the stop. My dog Jade and I visited the Green Spring Gardens park when a fire alarm went off in our complex a few weeks before getting our cat, Poseidon.  Instead of waiting outside with a boat load of people and their pets, we decided a quick outing would be a positive activity to brighten up our day. The Park: Our luck instantly turned around when we saw a sign for the Green Spring Gardens Park. Since Jade was there with me we did not go into the horticulture center or the library. There is a lot of parking available for free just outside the park. After parking, Jade and I walked down a gravel trail. This gravel trail took us past a quaint historical home. Soon after this historical house we turned right onto a trail aside a small pond with a large fountain in the center.  Across the pond we could see 5 turtles sunning. The Woods: Delighted, we continued on the path to see what we would come across next. Around the corner from the first pond was a second pond with one side filled with lily pads. This pond also had a fountain in the center, and a park bench on the far side of... read more

A Female Guide to Solo Travel Review- Travel Animal Doctor

A Female Guide to Solo Travel is the “go-to” source for any woman who is planning a trip or interested in travel. – Travel Animal Doctor Lisa Imogen Eldridge, an expert traveler and author of A Female Guide to Solo Travel, writes incredible sample itineraries and tips for aspiring female world travelers. Parts A Female Guide to Solo Travel is divided into four parts for easy reading. The first, Why Travel Solo?, discusses the pros and cons of solo travel. The second part, Plan Your Trip, gives many helpful hints on travel preparation, and finances. On the Road, the third section, discusses travel hacks to stay safe, happy, and healthy while on the road. Finally, Coming Home gives insight on how to manage post-travel depression. Six Underlying Themes of A Female Guide to Solo Travel 1) Funds Lisa Eldridge writes about some of the many job options available to travelers. A travel fund source increasingly intriguing to me is the ability to work on organic farms in the area as you travel. If you are a woman who wants to travel while making a living, A Female Guide to Solo Travel is the perfect guide for you.  2) Inspiration With this book, you realize that the world is at your disposal. Traveling allows you to immerse yourself into different cultures. Through your personal travel experiences you start viewing life with new eyes. Wanderlust sets in when I read A Female Guide to Solo Travel.   3) Vacation Lisa Eldridge wrote a sample itinerary for everywhere imaginable. A Female Guide to Solo Travel is not only a book for the world traveler. A brief guide to travel in North America is included for seasonal vacationers.   4) Tips Throughout this... read more

Day One Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats Review- Travel Animal Doctor

The tantalizing scent of these Day One apple cinnamon dog treats have Jade drooling before she even gets a taste. – Travel Animal Doctor   Day One Apple Cinnamon Treats As these are treats, they are not a substantive or main food source for your pet, and should be given sparingly to compliment a healthy pet diet. Make sure that fresh water is always handy for your dog while he/she enjoys this drool-worthy apple cinnamon flavored snack. Apple Cinnamon Properties: Pets should have fruit in moderation. The apple flavor in this treat offers just the moderation your pet needs. Apples have Vitamin C and antioxidant properties for your dog. Apples support gastrointestinal health and help with degenerative joint disease. In this study from Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, cinnameldehyde was synthesized from cinnamon in the laboratory. Results of their research conclude that a chemical derived from cinnameldehyde has anti-cancer properties in animals. This finding indicates that cinnamon may have potential for use as an anticancer agent. Ingredients: Ground Whole Wheat Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Oat Flour, Olive Water, Whole Egg, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Apple Concentrate, Ceylon Cinnamon Review: The size of these crunchy reward treats are perfect for a small congratulatory “good girl” or  “atta boy” treat. When I opened the bag, the aroma of the cinnamon was so prominent that my husband believed that I had lit a cinnamon scented candle somewhere in the household. When he realized that I had just opened a bag of apple cinnamon flavored treats to give one to Jade, he could not resist tasting a bit of an apple cinnamon treat for himself. While the Day One apple cinnamon treats are human... read more

Dog Food, Treats, and Training- Travel Animal Doctor

Jade here at Travel Animal Doctor, sitting patiently for my food and treats.  Sit with me for a moment as I share some tasty and/or helpful pet products. At a Twitter party with Blog Paws, I won natural whitefish Wild Calls dog food. I enjoyed the flavor and ate up the contents quickly. Thanks Wild Calls and Blog Paws! Blog Paws has regularly scheduled Twitter parties for anyone interested in partying with their pets on their laps. To learn more about BlogPaws, click here. While I know that I am always a good girl, my humom says it more often when I behave. Here is a bit from my humom about a product that offers an easy training solution for pets. Humom Takes It Away: Do you feel like you are the only one in your group of friends with a bad behaving dog?- Travel Animal Doctor It is especially embarrassing as a veterinarian when my dog misbehaves. Do you hope to train your pet through positive reinforcement with food and treats? By simply dispensing food and treats at the times your pet is being good, you are strengthening your dog’s good behaviors. The Problem Jade would get extremely excited and jump around when people she liked would come over to visit. Since she is a large dog, her jumping could easily hurt someone. It was a behavior that had to change. The Solution Jade’s humom read up on positive reinforcement. Now whenever someone comes to the door Jade is instructed to sit and stay. She has gotten much better through the use of positive reinforcement training. PetTutor The PetTutor system is a... read more

Skoubee Review of Skoubee.com- Travel Animal Doctor

Have you heard the hype at Skoubee.com over Skoubee medals? – Travel Animal Doctor With Skoubee, the only thing a pet rescuer needs is an internet connection to retrieve your pet’s data, to return your pet to home. Have you ever lost a pet? The most well behaved pet can still be displaced from home through accidents and natural disasters. Use Skoubee.com to help set a plan in place for your pet in case he/she needs to find his/her way home. The Skoubee medal directs people to the Skoubee.com website where people who find your lost pet can view your pet’s profile. Skoubee QR Code Not only can you download a QR Scan app for your Android and/or iPhone cell phones in order to scan groceries at the groceries store and clothes at the mall. Now this QR code is applied to a medal to put on your pet’s collar, and aid in finding your lost pet. You do not need to download a QR scanner app to find the pet owner’s information. Simply go to skoubee.com as the medal instructs. – Travel Animal Doctor Skoubee Identification Number On the same side as the QR code, there is a number underneath the code. By manually submitting the number that is found under the code onto skoubee.com the pet rescuer will automatically be directed to your pet’s social profile. Skoubee Pet Profile The great thing about Skoubee.com is that it allows the Skoubee medal user to register for a pet profile. Here the owner can input any helpful information necessary to handle and care for your pet. Your Pet’s Special Instructions... read more

“Speed Reading” with Amazon Audible


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Have you tried Amazon Audible? Has your mind ever spun in a million directions to the point that you could not sleep? Have you fallen victim of a restless night because although your eyes are tired, your brain just won’t slow down? Imagine that after a long and busy day, all you want to do is come home and hit the sack. The chores are done, and you should be able to relax, but your mind is just not ready to fall asleep. If you do not feel like zoning out in front of the television, how do you settle your brain down? An alternative solution to television is Amazon Audible.  By listening to the books you want to read, you do not have to use those eyes that have been working all day long. Incredibly, by listening to the storyline you can get through large portions of a book you have been dying to read without falling asleep. Amazon Audible is the perfect solution for a person who is restless but not ready to go to bed. Audible enables the user to get through a book much quicker than it would take to read one. The best thing about the Amazon library is that it has a vast selection of books to pick from, and has always had the desired book. Most recently I listened to a book called, Anti Cancer a New Way of Life, through the use of Amazon Audible. The author of this book, a cancer patient himself, offers helpful insight into treatment of the disease through his personal experience. The author, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, decided to research every... read more
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