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Peach Custard Kuchen

This peach custard kuchen dessert is fit for the sweet tooth of a queen. A matriarch of any household would enjoy the sweetness of this peach custard kuchen. However not every queen should be invited to attend this luxurious feast. While female cats are more than welcome to have their after dinner treats, this peach custard kuchen recipe is unnatural to the diet of our feline queens and their families.  Peaches are not poisonous in general (besides the cyanide containing peach pits), but they can upset the bowels of cats. To avoid the smell of cat diarrhea in the household, leave this recipe for the human side of the family only. This peach custard kuchen is quick and easy to prepare for the king in your life. Preheat Oven: 400 degrees Fahrenheit Ingredients: 2 medium peaches (1 1/2 c. peaches sliced) 1 c. all purpose flour 2 TBS  coconut sugar 1/4 c. vegan shortening (or soft butter) 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. baking powder 1/4 c. + 2 TBS coconut sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 egg yolks 1 c. whipping cream This peach custard kuchen is naturally sweet and ready to eat. Directions: Mix flour, 2 TBS sugar, the salt and baking powder. Cut in margarine until mixture is crumbly. Pat mixture firmly in bottom and halfway up sides of ungreased square pan, 8x8x2 inches. Arrange peaches in pan. Mix 1/4 c. + 2 TBS sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over peaches. Bake 15 minutes. Mix egg yolks and whipping cream; pour over peaches. Bake until custard is set and edges are light brown, 25- 30 minutes. Serve warm. 9 servings. *With self-rising flour... read more

Cranberry Brussels Sprout Salad

For a new green to sink your teeth into, try this cranberry brussels sprout salad. Serves: 8 people Ingredients: 28 brussels sprouts (Remove bad leaves and soak/rinse) 1 c. pecan 1/2 c. parmesan cheese (finely grated) 1/4 c. cranberries (raisins) salt and pepper 3 TBS apple cider vinegar 9 TBS flaxseed oil 2 tsp. dijon mustard Prepare the brussels sprout salad with home grown brussels sprouts, or buy the brussels sprouts pre-shredded at the nearest whole foods market. Directions: Shred sprouts with food processor or mandelin. Shred or grate parmesan cheese. Toast walnut or pecans. (7 to 8 minutes with flaxseed oil on stovetop) Mix apple cider vinegar, flaxseed oil and mustard with salt and pepper thoroughly as a dressing. Put sprout shreds, parmesan cheese, cranberries (or cranberry raisins), and pecan/walnut in a salad bowl. Mix your cranberry brussels sprout salad well. Add dressing, mix well, and serve! Retain all the valuable nutrients of brussels sprouts by eating them raw and shredded in this salad today. Brussels sprouts are packed with a variety of nutrients that add value to any diet, and support every lifestyle (except perhaps that of a carnivorous one). This green allows many healthful contributions to the diet, more so in some ways, than kale. For example, the glucosinolate content in brussels sprouts is higher, allowing the vegetable to be an increased source of natural cancer prevention.  Additional antioxidants within brussels sprouts allow for cancer detoxification within the body. Anti-inflammatory properties of brussels sprouts protect against chronic inflammatory diseases. Brussels sprouts contain a large amount of vitamin K and C, as well as a substantial amount of folate. Addictive personalities beware:... read more

Potato Candy

These potato candies will give your partner something to talk about. How about love? Make a change this Valentine’s Day. Switch out those annual chocolates for sweets created with a personal touch. Satisfy your significant other’s sweet tooth with this dulce potato candy.  The typical kitchen ingredients are often found in kitchen cupboards, allowing the chef to make this last minute oftentimes without having to make a run to the grocery store. Ingredients: 1/4 c. mashed potato 2 TBS almond milk 16 oz. powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/3 c. peanut butter 1 pinch salt 1 TBS powdered sugar (for dusting) Directions: Combine potatoes, vanilla, almond milk and salt in a bowl and stir until mixed completely. Stir sugar into potato mixture, until dough is slightly firm. Refrigerate dough for around an hour to chill. Sprinkle a thin layer of powdered sugar on wax paper and roll out the dough. Spread thin layer of peanut butter on top of the rolled out potato candy dough. Roll the dough like you would tortilla wraps to shape pinwheels, and refrigerate to chill for another hour. Slice pinwheels and shape into hearts to serve. Surprise your valentine with delectable potato candies. The above picture is an example of what the candy dough will look like after combination of all ingredients except the peanut butter. The consistency of the dough is slightly firm, easily malleable to flatten. The dough can immediately be rolled out when firm. Alternatively after making the dough, it can be refrigerated for an hour to allow for the dough to become chilled. Smoothing out the dough may be easier after letting the... read more

Watermelon Smoothie Blast

Take a wild ride down the slide with this watermelon smoothie blast. Paint a picture perfect picnic this springtime, with bright pink as the theme. Delight in this watermelon smoothie blast while having a picnic at the local park with the family. While the children and pets expend their energy on the playground, adults can admire their progeny under the protection of the shade from the trees. Creating an affordable, tasty, and healthy menu to fit in the picnic basket begins with the drink to stay hydrated on this family play date. Homemade flavored waters, juices, and smoothies are healthy and fun to prepare for outings with the family. The watermelon smoothie blast is only one of many smoothies that offers a flavorful daily kick of nutritional value. 3..2…1.. Blast off! Swing through the skies in style with the watermelon smoothie blast. Take a blast to the past down memory lane where as a child you spit juicy watermelon seeds as far as your eyes could see. Push your younger sibling on the tire swing and see how high she can soar to her heart’s content. As she is being pushed high to the sky, a giddy giggle ensues, catapulting your spirits through the roof of the playground teepee where you hid during hide and seek. Moments like these are the most meaningful reminders in an adult’s life, that living in perfect harmony in the mind of this little girl meant just a little bit of quality time spent, rather than cashflow to go on some luxurious vacation.  Throw the saliva covered tennis ball once more across the field for the dog to chase. As she runs back quicker than lightning... read more

Benefits of Whole Wheat Muffins

Take steps towards a health and balanced lifestyle, one recipe at a time. These whole wheat muffins contain many natural ingredients including whole wheat flour, applesauce, oats, and a variety of freeze dried or fresh fruits. The ingredients provide rich nutrients that allow for an ample intake of daily nutritional value. Fruits are a source of a natural sugar called fructose, and many valuable nutrients. Nutrients and fructose from fruit reduce the risk of cancers, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Table sugar, also known as sucrose, does not have the same nutritional value then that of fructose. It is significant to note that the sugar within high fructose corn syrup, is not healthy. Fruits have phytonutrients and fiber to allow for a slower release of sugar absorption in the blood. High fructose corn syrup, found in many popular soda brands, has rapid sugar absorption within the blood, and is linked to weight gain and diabetes. This flour provides healthy nutritive value for all lifestyles. Whole wheat flour is composed of grain that is high in fiber and manganese. Whole wheat in the diet reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of numerous diseases, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and gallstones. While white flour undergoes extremely refined processing of wheat grains, whole wheat flour is not as heavily processed. As a result, whole wheat flour has an increased amount of healthy fiber and nutrients. Nutrients within whole wheat flour include vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B3 (Niacin), and B5 (Pantothenic Acid), as well as minerals manganese, selenium, and magnesium. Makes: 16 muffins Ingredients: 1/2 c. buttermilk (or homemade vegan alternative) 1 c. unsweetened applesauce 1 large egg (or store... read more

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

  Eating right, getting tight with these whole wheat oatmeal raisin muffins. These whole wheat oatmeal raisin muffins are the perfect solution to the everyday question, “What’s for breakfast?”. The wholesome and healthy ingredients within these oatmeal raisin muffins make this recipe the right choice for a family that is on the go. Homemade muffins have an edge over prepackaged muffins for a variety of reasons. Preservatives and refined sugars within processed muffins do not always bode well within the human body. The plastics and cardboard used in order to sufficiently prepackage individual portion sizes of muffins are also extremely wasteful. Inherent manufacturing “flaws” within food packaging lead to excess wastes in garbage landfills. Senseless shopping for a quick morning fix such as prepackaged store-bought muffins can lead a customer towards an unsatisfactory lifestyle choice, down the road of excess waste and waist. Appearance is not always what it seems: An eager child could easily be attracted to the appeal of a box on a grocery store shelf due to the aesthetic appeal of the packaging. Unfortunately, certain eye-catching advertisement effects on or within packaging could make responsible recycling tricky. For effortless recycling tips, check out the latest recycling guide from Earth911 and start separating out food packaging appropriately today. A healthy dose of these oatmeal raisin muffins a day will completely change your life. Makes: 16 muffins Ingredients: 3/4 c. raisins 1 1/4 c. oats 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour 1 c. unsweetened applesauce 1 large egg (or store bought vegan alternative) 1/2 c. raw coconut sugar 1/2 c. buttermilk (or homemade vegan alternative) 2 TBSP avocado oil 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda... read more

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

Solid nutrition starts with one soft bite of a whole wheat oatmeal cranberry muffin. Making healthy lifestyle choices improves ones own wellbeing as well as the environment. There are countless diets that support green living, and can be of benefit for those who are willing and ready to make a change for the betterment of society. The Travel Animal Doctor blog focuses mainly on vegan and vegetarian diets in order to heal the biology of the Earth, the body, and the mind. However, there are many other lifestyle choices that can be explored, employed to make a conscious attempt to right the wrongs of an unjust civilization. This whole wheat oatmeal cranberry muffins recipe is rich with healthy nutrients that offer unimaginable dietary value. Makes: 12 muffins Ingredients: 2 TBSP flaxseed oil 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour 1 1/4 c. oats 1 large egg 1 c. applesauce (unsweetened) 3/4 c. freeze dried or frozen cranberries 1/2 c. buttermilk 1/2 c. raw coconut sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt Although this list of dry ingredients were dry prior to baking, do not be fooled by how moist these whole wheat oatmeal cranberry muffins become once baked. Preheat Oven: 375 degrees Directions: Spray cooking spray or place muffin lining into a 12 c. muffin pan. Measure out dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add applesauce into the middle of the dry ingredients. Measure and whisk all wet ingredients thoroughly in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until dough is moistened. Mix berries in, thoroughly mixing the cranberries within the muffins. Distribute the muffin cups evenly in the muffin tray. Bake oatmeal cranberry muffins 17 minutes. “Hungry?... read more

Fresh Watermelon and Feta Samplers

Living a life of luxury with the robust taste of feta and watermelon. A blast from the past, the watermelon is a summertime fruit that has a rich and mysterious history. Described as an angelic fruit, National Geographic found watermelon to be a fruit that was a diuretic and also a natural cure for heatstroke. Promoting simple living, these fresh watermelon and feta samplers are an easy and quick appetizer to prepare for any summer event. The sheer bulk of the watermelon alone allows a quantity that offers plenty of bang for the buck.  Just one unique recipe of a fruit that could be prepared in a variety of ways, this versatile ingredient can be thought of as a cooling reminder of heavensent intelligent design. “I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.”- Jil Sander Moisten your palate with these watermelon and feta samplers today. The watermelon is not the only ingredient that makes this appetizer pop. Paired with the fresh feta cheese, these watermelon and feta samplers are a creation so holy that each tastebud would feel revived through rebirth. As a vegetarian who seeks natural sources of vitamin B and calcium regularly, the use of this fresh feta cheese in the recipe is ideal. Ingredients: Watermelon Feta Balsamic vinegar Brown sugar Appetizers sent from the heavens to Earth to provide a refreshing new perspective on life. Living a healthy vegetarian lifestyle is only one route to ensuring our plants and animals a better future in America. When taking into account the history of our foods, it is not difficult to live in earnest appreciation over provisions from mother nature. While one lifestyle is appropriate... read more

Pierogi Casserole

“He had a broad face, and a round little belly. That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.” – Twas the Night Before Christmas This easy baked pierogi casserole is a desirable course that is guaranteed to make a vegetarian smile. This baked pierogi casserole offers fundamental nutrients when hunger strikes. Cabbage is one of the healthiest vegetables for an incredibly affordable price. The daily nutritional value of this cabbage includes a massive amount of Vitamin K, and C. Cabbage also has a large amount of Vitamin B6, necessary for protein, energy, and cardiovascular regulation. B vitamins are essential in a diet, and an important dietary requirement for vegetarians to control. A sample of ingredients that make up this baked pierogi casserole provide a variety of nutrients towards your vegetarian lifestyle. Ingredients: 1/2 lb Morningstar bacon 4 c. cabbage (shredded) 12 oz. cottage cheese 10 oz. muenster cheese (cubed) 8 oz. kluski noodles 3/4 c. chopped onions 1/2 c. saltine crackers (crumbs) 2 TBS vegan shortening (melted) paprika sour cream (garnish) Life can’t get any better than sharing this home-cooked baked pierogi casserole with the family. Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes Preheat Oven: 350 degrees Fahrenheit Serves: 4-6 people Directions: Fry bacon until crisp. Add onions into skillet where bacon was fried, and saute for 5 minutes. Add cabbage, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cook kluski noodles and drain. Pour noodles into 3 qt. baking dish and mix ingredients. Top with the saltine crackers mixed with shortening. Bon appetit! Celebrate the Christmas holiday with Christ’s family in your heart and this baked pierogi casserole at your dinner table. Like a bear preparing to hibernate,... read more
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Save the Taiji Dolphins – Travel Animal Doctor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potato Candy

These potato candies will give your partner something to talk about. How about love? Make a change this Valentine’s Day. Switch out those annual chocolates for sweets created with a personal touch. Satisfy your significant other’s sweet tooth with this dulce potato candy.  The typical kitchen ingredients are often found in kitchen cupboards, allowing the chef to make this last minute oftentimes without having to make a run to the grocery store. Ingredients: 1/4 c. mashed potato 2 TBS almond milk 16 oz. powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/3 c. peanut butter 1 pinch salt 1 TBS powdered sugar (for dusting) Directions: Combine potatoes, vanilla, almond milk and salt in a bowl and stir until mixed completely. Stir sugar into potato mixture, until dough is slightly firm. Refrigerate dough for around an hour to chill. Sprinkle a thin layer of powdered sugar on wax paper and roll out the dough. Spread thin layer of peanut butter on top of the rolled out potato candy dough. Roll the dough like you would tortilla wraps to shape pinwheels, and refrigerate to chill for another hour. Slice pinwheels and shape into hearts to serve. Surprise your valentine with delectable potato candies. The above picture is an example of what the candy dough will look like after combination of all ingredients except the peanut butter. The consistency of the dough is slightly firm, easily malleable to flatten. The dough can immediately be rolled out when firm. Alternatively after making the dough, it can be refrigerated for an hour to allow for the dough to become chilled. Smoothing out the dough may be easier after letting the... read more

Watermelon Smoothie Blast

Take a wild ride down the slide with this watermelon smoothie blast. Paint a picture perfect picnic this springtime, with bright pink as the theme. Delight in this watermelon smoothie blast while having a picnic at the local park with the family. While the children and pets expend their energy on the playground, adults can admire their progeny under the protection of the shade from the trees. Creating an affordable, tasty, and healthy menu to fit in the picnic basket begins with the drink to stay hydrated on this family play date. Homemade flavored waters, juices, and smoothies are healthy and fun to prepare for outings with the family. The watermelon smoothie blast is only one of many smoothies that offers a flavorful daily kick of nutritional value. 3..2…1.. Blast off! Swing through the skies in style with the watermelon smoothie blast. Take a blast to the past down memory lane where as a child you spit juicy watermelon seeds as far as your eyes could see. Push your younger sibling on the tire swing and see how high she can soar to her heart’s content. As she is being pushed high to the sky, a giddy giggle ensues, catapulting your spirits through the roof of the playground teepee where you hid during hide and seek. Moments like these are the most meaningful reminders in an adult’s life, that living in perfect harmony in the mind of this little girl meant just a little bit of quality time spent, rather than cashflow to go on some luxurious vacation.  Throw the saliva covered tennis ball once more across the field for the dog to chase. As she runs back quicker than lightning... read more

Benefits of Whole Wheat Muffins

Take steps towards a health and balanced lifestyle, one recipe at a time. These whole wheat muffins contain many natural ingredients including whole wheat flour, applesauce, oats, and a variety of freeze dried or fresh fruits. The ingredients provide rich nutrients that allow for an ample intake of daily nutritional value. Fruits are a source of a natural sugar called fructose, and many valuable nutrients. Nutrients and fructose from fruit reduce the risk of cancers, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Table sugar, also known as sucrose, does not have the same nutritional value then that of fructose. It is significant to note that the sugar within high fructose corn syrup, is not healthy. Fruits have phytonutrients and fiber to allow for a slower release of sugar absorption in the blood. High fructose corn syrup, found in many popular soda brands, has rapid sugar absorption within the blood, and is linked to weight gain and diabetes. This flour provides healthy nutritive value for all lifestyles. Whole wheat flour is composed of grain that is high in fiber and manganese. Whole wheat in the diet reduces blood pressure and lowers the risk of numerous diseases, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, and gallstones. While white flour undergoes extremely refined processing of wheat grains, whole wheat flour is not as heavily processed. As a result, whole wheat flour has an increased amount of healthy fiber and nutrients. Nutrients within whole wheat flour include vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B3 (Niacin), and B5 (Pantothenic Acid), as well as minerals manganese, selenium, and magnesium. Makes: 16 muffins Ingredients: 1/2 c. buttermilk (or homemade vegan alternative) 1 c. unsweetened applesauce 1 large egg (or store... read more

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

  Eating right, getting tight with these whole wheat oatmeal raisin muffins. These whole wheat oatmeal raisin muffins are the perfect solution to the everyday question, “What’s for breakfast?”. The wholesome and healthy ingredients within these oatmeal raisin muffins make this recipe the right choice for a family that is on the go. Homemade muffins have an edge over prepackaged muffins for a variety of reasons. Preservatives and refined sugars within processed muffins do not always bode well within the human body. The plastics and cardboard used in order to sufficiently prepackage individual portion sizes of muffins are also extremely wasteful. Inherent manufacturing “flaws” within food packaging lead to excess wastes in garbage landfills. Senseless shopping for a quick morning fix such as prepackaged store-bought muffins can lead a customer towards an unsatisfactory lifestyle choice, down the road of excess waste and waist. Appearance is not always what it seems: An eager child could easily be attracted to the appeal of a box on a grocery store shelf due to the aesthetic appeal of the packaging. Unfortunately, certain eye-catching advertisement effects on or within packaging could make responsible recycling tricky. For effortless recycling tips, check out the latest recycling guide from Earth911 and start separating out food packaging appropriately today. A healthy dose of these oatmeal raisin muffins a day will completely change your life. Makes: 16 muffins Ingredients: 3/4 c. raisins 1 1/4 c. oats 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour 1 c. unsweetened applesauce 1 large egg (or store bought vegan alternative) 1/2 c. raw coconut sugar 1/2 c. buttermilk (or homemade vegan alternative) 2 TBSP avocado oil 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda... read more

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

Solid nutrition starts with one soft bite of a whole wheat oatmeal cranberry muffin. Making healthy lifestyle choices improves ones own wellbeing as well as the environment. There are countless diets that support green living, and can be of benefit for those who are willing and ready to make a change for the betterment of society. The Travel Animal Doctor blog focuses mainly on vegan and vegetarian diets in order to heal the biology of the Earth, the body, and the mind. However, there are many other lifestyle choices that can be explored, employed to make a conscious attempt to right the wrongs of an unjust civilization. This whole wheat oatmeal cranberry muffins recipe is rich with healthy nutrients that offer unimaginable dietary value. Makes: 12 muffins Ingredients: 2 TBSP flaxseed oil 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour 1 1/4 c. oats 1 large egg 1 c. applesauce (unsweetened) 3/4 c. freeze dried or frozen cranberries 1/2 c. buttermilk 1/2 c. raw coconut sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt Although this list of dry ingredients were dry prior to baking, do not be fooled by how moist these whole wheat oatmeal cranberry muffins become once baked. Preheat Oven: 375 degrees Directions: Spray cooking spray or place muffin lining into a 12 c. muffin pan. Measure out dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add applesauce into the middle of the dry ingredients. Measure and whisk all wet ingredients thoroughly in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients until dough is moistened. Mix berries in, thoroughly mixing the cranberries within the muffins. Distribute the muffin cups evenly in the muffin tray. Bake oatmeal cranberry muffins 17 minutes. “Hungry?... read more

Fresh Watermelon and Feta Samplers

Living a life of luxury with the robust taste of feta and watermelon. A blast from the past, the watermelon is a summertime fruit that has a rich and mysterious history. Described as an angelic fruit, National Geographic found watermelon to be a fruit that was a diuretic and also a natural cure for heatstroke. Promoting simple living, these fresh watermelon and feta samplers are an easy and quick appetizer to prepare for any summer event. The sheer bulk of the watermelon alone allows a quantity that offers plenty of bang for the buck.  Just one unique recipe of a fruit that could be prepared in a variety of ways, this versatile ingredient can be thought of as a cooling reminder of heavensent intelligent design. “I am convinced that there can be luxury in simplicity.”- Jil Sander Moisten your palate with these watermelon and feta samplers today. The watermelon is not the only ingredient that makes this appetizer pop. Paired with the fresh feta cheese, these watermelon and feta samplers are a creation so holy that each tastebud would feel revived through rebirth. As a vegetarian who seeks natural sources of vitamin B and calcium regularly, the use of this fresh feta cheese in the recipe is ideal. Ingredients: Watermelon Feta Balsamic vinegar Brown sugar Appetizers sent from the heavens to Earth to provide a refreshing new perspective on life. Living a healthy vegetarian lifestyle is only one route to ensuring our plants and animals a better future in America. When taking into account the history of our foods, it is not difficult to live in earnest appreciation over provisions from mother nature. While one lifestyle is appropriate... read more
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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

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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