Particularly for those born under the signs of Leo and Aquarius, this full moon powerfully resonates. This Thursday’s full moon promises scattered emotions, fears uprooted and passionate flare ups. As with all full moons, this is an excellent time to set the intention to release all that no longer serves our highest and greatest good. This can be done through written word, spoken word, prayer, or any method that speaks to you. To release old energies, all we must do is focus on our heart centre and set the intention (written, spoken or prayer) to release all the energies in and around us that no longer serve our highest good. As always, it is important to thank our spiritual beings who help us to release this energy.

The moon is uncomfortable in the air sign of Aquarius. This is because astrologically, the moon is responsible for emotion. It is responsible for a Divine feminine aspect of our solar system. However when it resides in the emotionally detached air sign of Aquarius, there is a desire to detach from our emotional bodies. While our initial inclination with respect to the moon is to become one with our feelings, to become the nurturers of our families and friends, we may find a desire to do so from a distance. Instead of feeling the pull to engage our every nurturing whim, we may find that we are more easily able to take time for ourselves; to walk outdoors and enjoy the weather or to sit and read in a park.

With the moon in Aquarius we may find it considerably easier to avoid engaging in arguments with loved ones. The detached nature of the Aquarius is to listen objectively to the many sides of a conversation without being heated and force our way into winning the argument. Aquarians are generally peaceful. They will hear their loved ones out, take a moment or two to process and return with what they feel is an amicable solution. For those of us who are ordinarily hot headed, we may learn a lot from the reserved nature of the Aquarius.

This planetary alignment includes Aquarius opposite Venus. This creates a strong need for love and affection. However, it is likely to be unrequited. Venus calls for love and Aquarius answers back in a tepid, non-passionate way. Unfortunately we may also see undertones of jealousy, intimidation and impulsiveness. Since our new moon for those of us who have experienced interpersonal shifting and fluxing, we must hold true to ourselves. This is a time where patience and understanding wins the race. We must both be patient with our loved ones as well as with ourselves. This lunar period is not an ideal time to make final decisions. There is a lot of instability in the stars; take the time to review all options and as the moon begins to wane, your choice will become clear.

During this time, the moon also opposes Mars which tends to create a power struggle within romantic and business partnerships. One’s need to control or have ‘power over’ is illuminated. Should you find yourself in a partnership with a controlling partner, this may be the time to notice any ‘red flags’. Martian energy is head strong- after all, he is the God of War. Be mindful that anger and aggression may show their heads at this time.

As is Mars a headstrong planet, so is our Sun’s placement in Leo. Both Mars and Leo have a tendency to want to control everything. Should you find yourself in a predicament whereby you’re needing to have it done your way or failing to compromise, remember that there is certain power in the discipline of ‘letting go’. It’s often more important to be kind than to be right!

With our sun in the sign of Leo, we can expect to be full of physical energy. This is a wonderful opportunity to get through our list of tasks as we well have the energy to finish them all. Leo highlights our ambition and task orientation. For those of us who are generally insecure or shy, we may draw on the outgoing, boisterous Leo energy to accomplish anything our hearts desire.

With passionate Leo, detached Aquarius and the emotions of the moon pulling us in different directions it can be hard to know which way to turn. Our emotions may feel scattered at times, however with the benefit of this knowledge, we are able to reel them in and use the energies to our advantage. Let us channel our scattered energies into engaging in healthy practice for ourselves, our families and our mother Earth.




Companion animals are very sensitive beings. They do their best to communicate their thoughts and feelings with us whenever possible. However on occasion, we may miss a signal or two. It’s always a good idea to take note of our animals’ behaviour when they are healthy so that we are able to note any sudden signs of distress; however big or small. Most animals will not cry or whine when they are in pain, in fact many behave asymptomatically. To stay on top of our animal’s physical comfort, we will want to note the following hidden signs and symptoms that an animal may exhibit when in pain.

  1. HIDING- Should you come home from work or school to find your animal unusually hiding behind or under furniture or even in the corner of a closet, pay attention. Most animals, when in pain will hide. This is because genetically, they are wired to steer clear of predators. When they are injured or in pain, they are vulnerable and easy targets for predators. This is why companion animals will hide when they are not feeling well.
  2.  CONSTANT GROOMING/NOT GROOMING ENOUGH- Animals, particularly cats, are very clean beings. Healthy cats will groom themselves after every meal and several times in between. Dogs, too have their way of self-cleaning. It is vital that we as caregivers of these animals notice when their regular grooming habits change. For example, if you are a cat caregiver, pay close attention to the frequency and location of your cat’s grooming. Should you notice that he is excessively grooming (that is to say, more than post-feeding or drinking), you may have an issue on your hands. Pay specific attention to the location on his body at which he is grooming. Do you notice that he is mostly grooming his belly? His legs? If he is grooming excessively in one specific area of his body, he is more than likely in pain or other discomfort. This does not necessarily mean that the animal is in pain in the specific area that he is grooming. The animal could be I virtually any type of pain and feel compelled to lick a specific area. This type of specific grooming can also be linked to an allergic reaction. Either way, it is vital to pay close attention to the area on the animal’s body where he/she is excessively grooming (licking, biting, etc).
    By the same hand, if an animal is not grooming herself at all, this is also a signal from your animal that she might be in pain. When an animal is not grooming, there is a strong likelihood that she is physically unable to groom (muscular pain, organ pain, nausea, etc). Cats and dogs much prefer to be clean whenever possible. They will lick their hair/fur and bite areas in an effort to clean themselves. There is a definite message coming from your animal if she is reluctant to groom/clean herself. It is very important to seek medical attention if you find that your animal is not grooming for more than two days
  3.  NOT EATING OR DRINKING- Much like humans, if animals are in pain or discomfort they will lose their appetite. If this is the case in your home, do not force-feed your animal. If your animal generally loves food and has suddenly stopped eating or drinking for more than 12 hours, be aware that this is a sign that the animal is feeling off. It may be temporary nausea which could pass within a day. Or it could be a symptom of a much deeper issue. If the animal is reluctant to eat for longer than one day, there is a strong possibility that she may be in pain. Whether the pain is preventing her from walking toward her food dish or whether she has hidden bodily trauma, pay very close attention to how she behaves. Especially in the summer time when our animal friends go and play outdoors and are not directly in our eyesight, they may hit their heads or scratch themselves in a painful way that we do not witness. Because we are unable to watch what they are doing every second of every day, we cannot always be sure that they are staying out of trouble. If you have allowed your dog or cat to roam outdoors without watching their every move and subsequently you find that they have no appetite or are disinterested in food and water, this is a clear sign that they may have ingested something that does not agree with them or they have hurt their bodies in some way. Do not avoid the signs. Take your cat or dog to the vet immediately if they suddenly refuse food and water for hours on end. This does not mean that every time your cat or dog misses a meal that you should be concerned. What it does mean is that if your animal has stopped eating seemingly out of the blue, it’s likely a sign of pain.
  4.  NOT ELIMINATING- Often when animals are in pain, they will avoid elimination. Occasionally this is because they are unable to physically get into their litter box or get down the stairs to go outside. Generally, animals will need to eliminate within 45 minutes of eating or drinking. Generally, animals will need to eliminate when they wake up or just after breakfast. If you have been out of bed for an hour and your animal has not gotten up to ‘go’, pay close attention. This behaviour could be because the animal is experiencing muscular pain, digestive trouble, headaches or worse-organ failure. If an animal refuses to eliminate for more than several hours, this is a major concern. There is severe risk of toxic accumulation in the kidneys or bowel and this can be fatal. If an animal has not eliminated in 12 hours and has no pre-existing condition that would explain the behaviour, seek medical attention immediately.
  5.  INABILITY TO SIT STILL- Healthy cats and dogs are able to sit comfortably and rest for hours on end. Usually, their sleep routine is based on ours. They wake when we wake and sleep when we do- often napping in between. If an animal is in pain, they will have difficulty sitting in the same position for a prolonged time. If you notice that your animal is constantly trying to switch sitting or standing positions, they are likely in pain. The pain could be musculoskeletal or organ pain. When in pain, animals will seem restless and impatient. They will be unable to find a comfortable position in which to rest.
  6.  LETHARGY- Most animals who are in pain will not want to play or even get up in the morning. They may seem lazy or tired. However upon closer inspection they may indeed be in too much pain to do any activity at all. If your animal is lethargic it could be for any one of a number of reasons. However, if the lethargy is combined with any of the above symptoms, it bears examination. Healthy animals will not be lethargic. There is always a reason, whether its temperature, diet or pain related. If your animal is lethargic, consider making an appointment with a holistic veterinarian to get to the bottom of it.

There are many hidden signs and symptoms of pain. Not all animals will exhibit their pain in the same way. It is imperative that you do not wait until it’s too late. If you suspect that your animal is in pain, seek immediate veterinary attention. Better to be safe than sorry!






Just at the perfect time for most, the sky births the new moon in Leo. At the end of long and tired Mercury retrograde ( ), we have an opportunity to create the life we deserve. For many of us, Mercury retrograde had us feeling stuck or even temporarily lost. We may have questioned our mere existence relative to spirituality and the Universe. Fortunately, on Wednesday, July 31st, the very day that closes this season’s Mercury retrograde, we are blessed with a new moon.

New moons are utilized as prominently creative times in the lunar cycle. This is because as the moon waxes (grows) throughout its monthly cycle, so do the power of our intentions. As a result, choosing to create a list of personal intentions; or goals during a new moon will allow their seeds to grow accordingly.

The juncture of this new moon in Leo is a powerful one. With both the sun and moon in the empowered sign of Leo, we are sure to feel confident in our choices. We can gracefully move forward with ease and self-assuredness. This lunar positioning brings about a time where we can readily release the past and allow for room to be made to fill with new hopes and dreams.

The Leo nature is headstrong, bold and secure. This 48 hour lunar period is an excellent time to reacquaint with ourselves. What do we wish to achieve over the next few months? What are our longer term goals? By taking a moment to meditate on our heart’s desires and writing them down, we will lock in the creative energies to allow them to unfold. Be mindful, however that any intentions that we create will only occur according to Divine Timing. The Leo way can also feel impatient at times, wanting to complete every task “right now”. Because the sun and moon are in Leo at this time, we may fall into the ego trap of instant gratification. By connecting with our inner wisdom, we may remind ourselves to look at the bigger picture.

Leos are proud beings. They have unparalleled inner strength that carries them through the depths. By drawing on the Lion energy, we embody his courage and self preservation. Should we find ourselves going through challenges bigger than Mercury retrograde, we may find respite during this lunar setting. We may draw on personal strength we hadn’t believed existed. We may be reminded of how string we truly are; that we do have the power to rise above any perceived challenges.

Be mindful of our tendency to need to win an argument, or to “prove our point” during this time. Leos can be stubborn and relentless when it comes to needing to be “right”. Remember that it is more important to be kind than to be right! Not everyone will share our opinions every time. So before you lash out or attempt to go to great lengths to prove your point, take a step back and let it go.

During this new moon we may find that we have excess physical energy. Due to Leo’s fiery, passionate energy, we could easily get carried away in physical activity. If physical activity comes naturally to us, this new moon will be full of vitality! Should we be the types of people who struggle with physical activity, be mindful that any excess energy that we may incur which is not properly burned off could result in irritability and conflict. Whichever disposition you may be, taking the time to go outdoors and bask in the fresh air and summer sunlight will bring us much joy and balance.





Its summer and our cats and dogs love to be outdoors. Fresh air and sunlight are among the most exhilarating environmental factors to companion animals. Particularly in climates where the summer season is short and the winter season is long, we, along with our canine and feline friends wish to enjoy the warmer temperatures for as long as we can.

As many conscious animal caretakers know, cats and dogs are at high risk of dehydration. Not only do they have a layer or hair/fur on their skin to keep them warm, but they also have an alternate type of bodily cooling system from humans. True, some dogs and cats have shorter hair and fur than others but because of their sweat glands and skin thickness, their bodies’ methods of cooling is not as simple as drinking water as it is for humans.

Even in seemingly mild temperatures, animals can become dehydrated. There are several key reasons why an animal can easily become dehydrated. One main element to note is diet. If an animal is eating mainly kibble; dry food, there is a very strong likelihood that your animal will become dehydrated easily. This is because dry food, in essence, drains the water from an animal’s gastrointestinal system in order to process. The draining of the body’s water will leave the animal’ hydration stores easily depleted. On a longer term scale, if an animal’s diet lacks moisture and the animal is exposed to warmer temperatures, this can spell disaster. The vital component in this situation is to recognize that water alone DOES NOT HYDRATE dogs and cats. It is imperative to add essential fatty acids to the diet. EFA’s are readily available in the form of omegas 3 & 6.

A main concern with diet-related dehydration is that water is a key component in waste removal from the body’s organs, muscles, joints and cells. Sadly, far too many cat and dog foods are chalked full of inflammatory ingredients which cause much detriment to our animal’s health and longevity. Because water is vital for the purpose of removing the by-products of inflammatory foods, when it is absent in the body, the animal’s health is in grave danger. Most store-bought foods are high in inflammatory ingredients. Some have fewer than others, but any processed food will have ingredients of concern. Some common, notably harmful ingredients include; corn gluten, meat by product (chicken, pork, turkey), ocean fish, brewers rice, modified corn starch, food colouring (all colours), brewer’s yeast to name several. If your cat or dog food lists any of the above in the first six ingredients, PLEASE consider switching food sources. Many consumers fall prey to recommendations from animal care professionals. Do not be fooled. Read ingredients, research them and ask more than one type of animal care practitioner for their opinion. Do not blindly accept what anyone says, especially if the above ingredients are listed toward the beginning of the list.


Though some signs of dehydration are glaringly obvious, there are several that are lesser so. Here are five lesser known signs that your cat or dog is dehydrated:

  • SKIN ELASTICITY- Take a moment to place your hands behind your cat/dog’s shoulder bones. Pull the skin up just slightly. Note the level of elasticity that exists as you do. To measure, gauge how long it takes for your cat/dog’s skin to go back to its original place. The more quickly it returns, the greater the elasticity. The greater the elasticity, the more hydrated the animal.
  • LICKING- We would all love to think that every time our cat or dog licks us that they are giving us a kiss. However, there are many reasons why animals lick. It is extremely important that if your cat or dog licks you regularly that you rule out any medical conditions immediately. If there are no medical reasons why your dog or cat is compulsively licking you (as opposed to licking/grooming their own bodies), your animal may be dehydrated. Many people believe that water is an adequate source of hydration. While water is an absolutely necessary aspect of cleansing and hydration, it does not prevent dehydration. As per above, adding essential fatty acids to your cat or dog’s diet will help them to absorb and retain moisture. Perhaps even more simply, if your cat or dog frequently licks you, be sure to immediately check their water bowls to ensure they’re full!
  • LOSS OF APETITE- Dogs and cats will lose their apatite if they are excessively dehydrated. This is because their bodies lack enough moisture to create saliva to digest their food.
  • VOMITING- Dogs and cats will vomit when they’re severely dehydrated because they lack the oxygen in the bloodstream for their digestive organs to properly function.
  • ELEVATED HEART RATE- When cats and dogs are dehydrated there is a noted elevation in their heart rate. Dehydration causes strain on the heart. The amount of blood that circulates through the body decreases when the animal is dehydrated. This means that their hearts will beat more rapidly to compensate for the lack circulation of blood. Accompanying signs of dehydration to an elevated heart rate include; dizziness, nausea, vomiting. Panting and drooling alongside an elevated heart rate in both dogs and cats is a very serious warning sign of severe dehydration. These are also symptoms of regular stress, however if your animal has been outdoors in the heat for hours or has not retained much fluid, their life may depend on a vet visit.


When a dog or cat’s body becomes dehydrated, the volume of fluids in the body is reduced. This reduces the delivery of oxygen to organs and tissues. In the short term, these symptoms may be treated through various means. If an animal is exposed to severe dehydration for a prolonged period of time -anywhere from an hour to days; depending on the age, breed and overall health of the animal)-the body’s organs will begin to shut down. Kidneys can fail and there can be a buildup of toxins in the bloodstream that will be fatal. If you suspect your animal is dehydrated, do not hesitate. Take urgent action- go to your veterinary clinic immediately.






As guardians of our animal companions, we most often do our best to give them the best quality of life that we can.  Despite this common interest of cat and dog caregivers, many lack much information on the contrast between what their store bought food lacks and what the animal’s body actually needs in order to function at its healthiest.

One such prime example is an animal’s digestive health. When we examine the content of store bought foods (as opposed to raw or homemade) we will find that there is a wide variety of brands that claim to have adequate sources of fibre to aid in the digestion and elimination process of foods through the gastrointestinal system. Fibre is a necessary ingredient in any diet. Fibre is responsible for digestive health and regular bowel movements. Healthy sources of fibre in the diet for animals and people help to prevent constipation, improve blood sugar, helps us feel fuller for longer, prevents heart disease, bowel cancer, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease and other types of gastrointestinal cancers and diseases.
Surely, every dog/cat food marketing company will tell consumers the same thing; adding “several types of fibre” into our cans and bags of companion animal food. However what they do not tell you is that most of the sourced fibre in these foods is insoluble fibre. Within the spectrum of available processed foods; lowest to highest quality, there is a dire lack of soluble fibre.

The difference between soluble and insoluble fibre is simply that soluble fibre is digested along with the other food components. Once digested, it becomes a gel-like substance that coats the digestive tract to allow for a much easier time digesting food, processing and eliminating through softening the stool as it passes through the body. Insoluble fibre is found mainly in grains. While it does help the elimination process, it is geared toward passing stool more quickly through the body as opposed to allowing the nutrients of the food to be absorbed and stored in the body to optimise health. Both are necessary in any diet of an animal and person to live an optimally healthy life.

Both of these fibres sound fairly effective so far, right? Well what many of these popular food brands neglect to tell you, the consumer, is that their sources of insoluble fibre are not from grains. They are not from wheat bran, vegetables or psyllium. They are from chicken beaks. They are from chicken feet. They are from sawdust. SAWDUST. Sure, chicken beaks are high in protein and fibre. But the protein in chicken beaks is keratin, the same proteins found on our hair, skin and nails. This protein is NOT a soluble form of protein. In fact, it does nothing but pass right through the digestive system unhinged, not allowing for any of it to be absorbed into the body to nurture and heal our animal friends. Further, the concept of adding sawdust to dog and cat food and passing it off as digestible fibre is outlandish and appalling.

To add to the mix, cats are physiologically unable to digest grains altogether! They lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible for the digestion of grains. This means, even if cat food only had sources of insoluble fibre, we would be causing harm to our kitty friends by feeding them these grains. Any cat food whose first several ingredients include; brewers yeast (a preservative), barley, oats, brown or white rice, corn gluten (another preservative), psyllium, etc, have the potential to negatively impact our cats’ health. Because they are not genetically wired to digest grains, when they do eat them regularly, the grains get metabolized as sugar. If the sugars are not adequately burned off, they inevitably cause insulin spikes. And as many of us are aware, insulin imbalances lead to diabetes. The trouble is that when cat food brands eliminate fibre sources altogether, our kitty companions are rendered with tummy aches and an inability to properly pass stool through their bodies. Thankfully, there is a welcome solution. 

With all of this misleading information, what happens to our animals? The simplest way to answer that would be to put ourselves in their position. What would happen to our bodies if daily, we consumed chicken beaks and sawdust in place of whole food fibre sources? To list a few side effects, we would surely be gassy, constipated, have irregular bowels, tummy aches, obesity and overall lethargy. The chronic pain and suffering that stems from obesity would be enough to deter us from this fibre-less lifestyle in a heartbeat. To make matters more severe, some of us could acquire cancers from consuming non food items daily.

How do we remedy this? Of course, as always, researching what we feed our animal friends is crucial. We must research the ingredients, brands and where the foods were sourced. In addition to research, it will do wonders to supplement our animal companions’ diets with whole food sourced fibre. Below are five choices of high quality, effective and nourishing sources of fibre that can be safely added to the dietary regimens of cats and dogs. Be sure to ask your holistic animal care practitioner which choices are best for your animal companion. It is unnecessary to add all five. You may begin with one at a time as well to see which source is most agreeable to your animal friends.

1)      CHIA SEEDS






Adding healthier sources of fibre to our animal’s diets will improve the balance of intestinal bacteria. Often, with a lack of fibre, there will be an imbalance resulting in inconsistent bowels. Due to inflammatory bowel disease, other gastrointestinal inflammation and an inability to properly flush out the gastrointestinal system, this limiting intestinal behaviour can cause a weakening in the immune system and open the door to chronic and life threatening health problems.

Understanding the benefits of adding fibre to our animal’s diet is the first step in giving them the quality of life that they each deserve. Knowledge is power. The more we know about what our animals’ bodies need, the longer we can keep them in our lives and in our hearts!






All those who love their animal friends wish more than anything for them to live long and healthy lives. Sadly, in today’s society many innocent animals are victimized by marketing schemes, ignorant feeding routines and nutrient poor foods. Because of the money making machines that are so prevalent in today’ society, we are often left watching our aging companion animals fade away. Did you know that treating and/or preventing most early-stage terminal illnesses is within YOUR grasp? Here are five common terminal illnesses that so unfortunately plague many North American companion animals. Alongside them is an explanation of their causes and how YOU can prevent them.


1)    DIABETES- More prevalent in cats than dogs, diabetes is a completely preventable illness. Diabetes occurs when there is a deregulation in the body’s insulin levels. Insulin levels in the body become abnormally elevated due to high levels of sugar in the blood. Insulin is produced by the pancreas which is intended to lower blood sugar. When the pancreas does not produce sufficient levels of insulin, the body develops diabetes. In the circumstances of cats, we often see diabetes as a later onset disease. This is prominently due to an increase in grains in cat food. Most dry cat food is composed of human grade cereal. This sugary ingredient is quite harmful to our feline friends in so many ways. Primarily, cats cannot digest grains. In fact their gastrointestinal systems lack the digestive enzyme that is responsible in all other mammals for the breakdown of grains. Thus, when we examine the feline’s gastro system and its attempt to breakdown the grains that it cannot digest in the first place, coupled with the sugary white nature of the human grade cereal which the food itself is composed of, we have a recipe for disaster. When cats eat grains, particularly kibble (dry food), they cannot digest the sugars in the formulas. As the sugar passes through their bodies, it accumulates and creates insulin spikes. This deregulation of insulin in the body wreaks havoc on the pancreas and frequently leads to diabetes. The moral of the story is: to prevent our cats from contracting diabetes, we must ensure that we are feeding them grain free or very low grain-based diets.

2)    KIDNEY FAILURE- kidney failure is most prevalent in cats and dogs who eat kibble (dry food). Because dry food is essentially dehydrated food, if ingested for prolonged periods of time the dry food will dehydrate the inner organs by draining them of moisture in an attempt to process them through the digestive tract. The dry food will drain all moisture from the digestive organs in order to moisturize the food to pass it through. After years of dry food taxing the inner organs, the kidneys burn out and are unable to create sufficient moisture to release the toxins from the food in the urine. Once there is a build up of toxins in the kidneys that cannot be released, they shut down which creates kidney failure. Kidney failure is usually a disease that occurs later in an animal’s life. However, between modern day unhealthy food options and other environmental kidney related imbalances, cats and dogs are experiencing kidney failure at earlier and earlier ages. All of this is preventable by ensuring that our animal companions are fed moisture-enriched diets, drinking adequate water and consuming healthy doses of omegas 3&6. Bear in mind as well that water does not adequately hydrate an animal. It does cleanse the organs however often in dry, hot and cold temperatures, water does not get retained in the organs and the animal passes it through urine. By adding omegas 3 & 6 to the diet in the form of coconut oil, salmon oil or CBD oil (to name three), you will be allowing the animal’s body and organs to retain sufficient moisture, thereby nourishing the kidneys and taking positive steps toward preventing kidney failure.

3)      CANCER– Finding out that an animal has cancer is one of the most heartbreaking experiences a person can have. Though cancer is often unpreventable, in many cases it is preventable. There are three common ways that an animal will contract this terminal illness. They are prone to it via genetics, environment and food. The first cause, genetics, is the least preventable cause. There are certainly ways to lessen the likelihood that an animal will contract congenital cancer which will be suggested in the following last two causes.
The second cause, environment, is a result of an animal’s living experiences; living with her/his people alongside the human experience. Should an animal live in an energetically toxic environment such as that in which there is constant fighting, abuse (emotional or physical) from one person or another or toward the animal, drug/alcohol abuse, neglect, starvation, excessive cold or heat among many other environmental factors, the animal is likely to contract the illness due to prolonged stress. When in a highly stressful environment, negative energy wells in the energy field. After years of this lingering energy within the energy field, the negative energy attaches itself to the physical body and creates toxicity. Thankfully, all of these environmental factors can be shifted to create a more comfortable living experience for the animal. Many animals who have been rescued or surrendered from intolerable living situations and moved to loving homes will still harbour the energies of their previous toxic environments which can lead to a build up of stress within the body which results in disease. It is important to engage these rescued animals in regular exercise and energy work to best balance the animal’s body and spirit. For more information on how energy affects animals, read ‘Animals & Energy’ by J Morgan Saifer.
Lastly, food choices play a major role in an animal’s health and overall quality of life. Almost all store bought foods contain preservatives, carcinogens and non-food items. Additionally, they are processed which means that by definition they are no longer in their natural state. It would be nearly impossible for all those of us who care for companion animals make their food from scratch. In fact even if we did, we would likely miss out on vital ingredients unless we did a significant amount of research. For dogs, often a raw food diet is a healthy choice. Of course as with any food selection it’s vital to research its origin. Was it made in Canada? Was it sourced from healthy animal?
There are FAR fewer healthy diet choices for our cat and dog friends than there are healthy. Aside from the falsified labels that have gone into law suits, there are a variety of veterinary recommended foods (science diets) whose first few ingredients read ‘pork by-product, corn gluten, hydrogenated oil’…and the list of non-food items progresses. These non-food items are harmful to the body. The more our animal companions ingest these harmful items, the more toxins build up in the blood stream and major organs. The digestive and waste processing organs become strained from trying to pass the non-food items through the body which results in a build up of toxins. This build up often leads to imbalances in the body which can create cancerous cells. It is imperative to thoroughly research all foods, food companies, ingredients and all other food-related information before reaching a decision about which food to feed our animals.

4)      THYROID– One of the lesser considered yet equally dangerous diseases in cats and dogs is related to the thyroid. Dogs and cats can fall victim to both hypothyroidism as well as hyperthyroidism. Both of these diseases are mainly linked to diet and genetics. Hypothyroidism is a metabolic disease. It occurs when the metabolism does not make enough of the hormone thyroxine which is partially responsible for turning food into fuel. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the metabolism produces too much thyroxine, creating an overactive metabolism. If left untreated, these diseases can be fatal. Both hypo and hyper thyroids are often the body’s reaction to an oversaturation of “nutritional” vitamins and minerals in store-bought cat and dog foods. Because of the North American food and drug’s requirements for cat and dog food, cat and dog food companies are forced to adhere to guidelines that were set long before scientists and animal nutritionists had a firm grasp on modern cat and dog nutritional requirements. Because of these laws in place, these companies are legally forced into over-saturating their foods with excess vitamins and minerals that cats and dogs do not need for a balanced diet. Unfortunately, this excess of seemingly healthy ingredients messes with the metabolisms of our furry family members. Though professionals are seeking to re-examine the North American cat and dog food regulations, the process is a slow and painful one. Thankfully, by paying particular attention to the ingredients of our cat or dog’s food, we will be able to treat or prevent both of these diseases.

5)      OBESITY- Perhaps the most common and most easily preventable of the terminal illnesses that companion animals contract is obesity. Far too many humans fail to realize that a balanced diet is one of the most crucial elements to a long and healthy life; for animal and person! Sadly, many consumers fall prey to marketing schemes and medical industry propaganda. Companion animal obesity is 100% the responsibility of the human caregivers. It is unequivocally up to us as the guardians and caretakers of our animal friends to ensure that they are receiving a species appropriate diet and NOT a diet full of preservatives, inappropriate proteins, grains, carcinogens and other filler-type substances found in most store bought dog and cat food. As supremely important as it is to feed our animal friends a balanced, holistic diet, it is equally so to provide them with adequate exercise. Like humans, animals gain many benefits from regular exercise such as cardiovascular and respiratory health, muscular endurance, self confidence, healthy circulation of blood (especially in the wintertime!), and many, many more. By combining a healthy, balanced diet with regular exercise, we as caregivers will have the power to keep obesity out of our homes!

Quite clearly, almost all dog and cat terminal illnesses are largely linked to poor diet. Though genetics play an equally important role in the health and longevity of companion animals, we have the power to lessen the likelihood of early stage illness and lessen the pain of later-onset illness. We can ensure that we research and feed species appropriate diets. We can manage their health by taking daily notice of their health so that we are able to spot the first signs of a shift and react accordingly. By spotting the early warning signs, we will potentially be able to save an animal’s life. By not blindly trusting marketing companies and medical professionals, we are able to understand that every cat and dog has her or his own individual dietary needs. We can take the time to learn what works for our animal friends as individuals. This way we will be able to ensure that our animal family members live long and healthy lives!






The first new moon of the summer season makes its appearance in our night sky at 9:16 pm Pacific time. The new moon is a time for new beginnings. The birth of each lunar cycle yield many opportunities to begin again with a fresh start. Whether a personal fresh start on a small or large scale, utilizing the new moon’s energy to summon the confidence to let go of the old and begin anew is a very powerful and empowering step!

New moons are a time to contemplate any areas in which we feel out of balance. They are a time to accept that there are some external circumstances in our lives that we cannot change, so we must adapt. Developing a positive attitude takes work. The very first step to self examination is to look deep within ourselves. By peering into the depths of our consciousness, we are ideally able to find aspects of our personalities relationships or lifestyles that are out of alignment with our highest selves. By Drawing on this new moon’s influential energies, we will find the inner power to adjust our outlook to a more positive one.

Most notably, this new moon is not only a Divine calling to begin any new path that your heart desires, this lunar period carries with it our year’s first solar eclipse. Though in the northern hemisphere we will be unable to witness the magnificent celestial event, its ripples of energy will be felt worldwide. A solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are in astrological alignment with our Earth. This powerful alignment births an opportunity to realign ourselves in a healthier and higher state. Because during the new moon we are seeking new beginnings, the eclipse will amplify the knowledge and desire to let go of our old, unhealthy patterns and create new, higher beliefs, thoughts and actions.

While the sun represents our outward personalities, the moon illuminates our shadow sides; the sides of ourselves that we often wish not to acknowledge. The moon represents out subconscious tendencies- the actions and reactions that we exhibit that stem from a subconscious level. In other words, we may not be fully conscious of how or why we are acting and reacting to situations in a specific way. The solar eclipse’s blessing is that given that the sun (personality) and moon (subconscious) are in alignment with Earth, we can easily begin to peer into our subconscious to connect with our shadow sides. Seeking out these self aspects can often be alarming, as we have buried them deep in our subconscious for a reason. However, spiritual life is all about spiritual evolution. We must acknowledge that which we fear within ourselves so that we can begin to heal and move forward as healthier, more whole entities.

With both the sun and moon in the watery sign of Cancer, we can expect to feel a general sense of compassion toward all beings. Cancer is the maternal, nurturing sign that brings about a desire be with family. There is a desire to nurture children and loved ones. While this is a truly selfless deed, it is equally s important to nurture ourselves. It will help to continue to remind ourselves that when we spend our energy caring for others, we have little left to care for ourselves. We can easily become depleted. Particularly since both the sun and moon are in Cancer, both our conscious and subconscious will be geared toward matters of the home. We may find that we are longing for family or loved ones whom we have not seen for a period of time. We may find that we are extra needy during this time as well. Whatever the case may be, if we find that we are seeking external sources to create a sense of joy and fulfillment within ourselves, we must remember that the most beneficial way to find joy and fulfillment is to look within ourselves. Any matters that exist external to us are ultimately here to teach us how to learn to go within for approval.

One of the benefits of this new moon is that it will shake up what has been stagnating in your life. If there are any areas in your life that require you to set better boundaries, now is the time to do so. With the sun and the moon in Cancer, you may feel a pull to spend all of your energy reserves helping others. If this does happen during this lunar period, it is an invitation to learn to set better boundaries between yourself and others. This will create a more harmonious situation for you.

This solar eclipse promises to bring new light to the aspects of your consciousness which had gone dark. This celestial event is a invitation to make the changes necessary (however hard they seem) to evolve to the highest and best version of you. By taking regular intervals of time to ground and center, you will have the best possible opportunity to grow and flourish!





As if this month’s multi-faceted full moon in Sagittarius wasn’t enough, this week is fortunate enough to include our summer solstice. The full moon in Sag brought along with it an overload of information. It was hard to discern which path would be most prosperous for us as we had so many options! As Sagittarius is the most versatile of signs, by embodying its energy, we are prone to either feeling overwhelmed or electrified with the profound volume of knowledge and ideas that approach us.

Without a doubt, this week’s lunar energies were chaotic at best. It had a unique way of magnifying any emotional turmoil that we had been facing for the previous six months. Not only was the emotional dial turned up full blast, but because ethereal Neptune had made its way into the sign of Pisces, we had grave difficulty in distinguishing truth from fantasy. In essence, this last weekend was the perfect weekend for solitude. Solitude would have presented us with the doorway to reflect upon our feelings, to discern what was real and what was imagined.

Because this was the last full moon of the spring season; the last full moon before the start of summer, it was an opportunity to align with the culmination of any areas of our lives that were out of balance. There was an opportunity for a strong awareness of where we have room to grow and how to get ourselves there. It was a strong sense of personal empowerment. This final full moon of the spring season had the prospect of allowing ourselves to face our emotional battles head on before the beginning of the coming summer season.

Amidst the chaos of the full moon in Sagittarius, we find ourselves at the end of spring, about to enter into the resilient season of summer. We can take comfort in our alignment with Mother Earth’s ability to heal – despite all sorrowful, disparaging energies that come her way she always knows how to rebalance herself. It takes time, yes- however there is a certain reassurance that as we are her children, we have her innate ability to do the same.

The summer solstice is a time of great joy and enlightenment. The solstice symbolizes spiritual ascension. The summer solstice contains within it the day of the calendar year with the longest number of daylight hours. This means that the sun is in its highest point in the sky of the year. The summer solstice is a celebration of the sun. It is a celebration of light; Earthly, universally and individually. We may celebrate our reconnection or rekindling with Light. We may revere this first day of the new summer season as a new beginning for ourselves. We may view it ultimately as a victory of light over darkness.

The summer solstice, as with all celestial events, is about the celebration of nature. As with each beginning of a new season, this is a time to give thanks for what Mother Earth has gifted us both past and present. In celebration of the longest day of the year, we may wish to honour the sunlight, warm, fresh air, the surrounding life that springs eternal. We can take this time to connect with all of Mother Earth’s beautiful creatures; land, sea, mineral and sky. In connection with all of these creatures we may take the time to acknowledge the light that exists within all of us. And that really, there are fewer differences between all life forms that we may have initially thought. The light of the summer solstice may bring about the brilliance of knowing that the similarities that all of Mother Earth’s creatures share are of a much higher vibration than are any perceived differences.

This celestial week yields powerful potential. As with all identifiable challenges, we have the knowledge and fortitude not to fall victim to their taunting. We may rise above and face these perceived challenges with confidence and faith. Aligning ourselves with the empowering energy of the summer solstice, we can cast away the darkness and step into the victorious light.




There’s no doubt about it. Summer is well on its way! With the climbing temperatures, almost all companion animals will want to spend their time outdoors. For those of us who are the caretakers of especially adventurous animals, we are well aware that they can very easily find themselves in all kinds of outdoor trouble. Too, with climbing temperatures, animals are getting warmer internally which means a stronger likelihood of heat rash and hot spots.

More often than not, energetic, explorative animals will have a run in with any number of outdoor items that can cause scrapes and scratches and even rashes on their skin. Not only can animals get rashes from being outdoors in the woods, but as we know animals are often prone to food-related allergy rashes, heat rashes, hot spots and seasonal allergy rashes.

Did you know that it’s not always necessary to run to the vet upon the finding of a scrape or rash?

Here are five readily available holistic, non-invasive remedies that can be helpful in treating a scrape, rash or hot spot:

  • ARNICA– Arnica cream is a plant-based remedy that can be effectively used to treat cuts, scrapes or rashes. It is also beneficial in the post-surgery rehabilitation process. Due to its healing olfactory properties, arnica can be helpful to relieve emotional stress. Arnica can be used as a healing topical cream on areas of the skin where an animal has suffered trauma. Arnica may have contraindications with other medicines, please consult your vet before use.
  • CBD OIL– CBD oil has many versatile uses. One of which is its ability to treat rashes and cuts. Its medicinal ingredients help to soothe itchy, dry skin and bring moisture to affected areas.
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR PILLS– Interestingly, not all rashes can effectively be treated from the outside (topically). Some rashes such as hot spots and allergies can be treated more successfully through oral consumption of remedy. One such oral remedy is apple cider vinegar pills. The vinegar will attack any bacteria that have infiltrated the body internally. By administering apple cider vinegar pills twice daily for several consecutive days, the vinegar will alleviate much of the rash. Of course, dosages and duration of treatment heavily depend on the type of rash as well as the size and breed of your animal. Please be sure to check with a trusted professional before beginning any new treatment. Additionally, be sure that you are administering the apple cider vinegar in pill form as opposed to the liquid itself. The liquid is extremely acidic (hence the name!) and may cause several types of discomfort for your animal.
  • VITAMIN E OIL– Vitamin E oil can be used to treat rashes as well as to moisturize dry skin. Though generally, dry skin is a result of poor diet, by approaching any rashes/dry skin with vitamin E oil as well as a diet change will surely initiate an overall healthier body and skin for your animal. Vitamin E oil helps to mend minor cuts, scrapes and post-surgical scarring.
  • LICORICE ROOT– The licorice root herb (not to be confused with licorice candy!) has been shown to aid in combating itchy skin and rashes. By topically applying licorice root extract to the affected area, the itchiness will disappear. Licorice root extract fights against bacteria that create rashes. Licorice root can also be taken orally as a treatment for several other conditions. Licorice root’s additional benefits include; anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, among several others. Including licorice root along with any medical anti-inflammatory treatment is often helpful in reducing painful symptoms of arthritis, dermatitis, gastrointestinal issues, liver disease ad UTI’s.

It’s important, as always to remember that every animal is different and that each individual animal will respond differently to each type of remedy. Be sure to avoid using more than one remedy at once. Begin by using a small amount of one remedy to see if it helps. Avoid using too much at once. This way you can keep track of how each remedy affects your animal’s skin. Be sure to consult with your holistic animal care provider before beginning any new treatment plan. This way, you will have the best possibility of keeping your animal safe and rash-free!





Did you know that a vast overwhelming majority of companion animals suffer from dehydration? As caretakers and caregivers of companion animals most of us aim to do the very best we can for them. We aim to give them the best home environments, play time and of course their precious food. An animal’s food should be a source of joy, love and nourishment. But is your dog or cat receiving the right balance of nutrition?

Many cat and dog caregivers feed their animals dry food. While this was once the norm, any research teams in recent years have realized that dry food is not by any means an adequate diet for a cat or dog. In fact, it is not really food at all. What would happen to our bodies if we ate dehydrated food every day for 12-20 years? If you guessed that our organs would become completely depleted of moisture, you would be correct. In order for the kidneys and GI system to process and pass the dry food through our systems, our digestive organs would have to draw water from all of the organs of our body; to include, skin, hair, bladder, kidneys, liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas and intestines to name a few. And after prolonged exposure to moisture depletion, our organs would begin to fail at an unnecessarily early stage of our lives.

In addition to dry food, many consumers are told by animal health professionals to administer their recommended brands of food. Blindly, consumers will believe that their animal care professionals know best and agree to do so. Shortly thereafter, they will notice that their cat or dog as an excessively dry coat and skin, sheds profusely and has digestive trouble. Why? Because they neglected to read the ingredients of what they have been recommended to feed their animal friends. Most of these labels read “pork by-product” and corn gluten” to name the first two of many sickening non-food items. The lesser the whole food ingredients, the further we stray from healthy animals.

When posed with the comment that “most animals are severely dehydrated”, my students and clients will almost always respond with “but my dog/cat drinks so much water! How can they possibly be dehydrated?” There is a very common belief in the animal loving community that water can effectively hydrate a cat or dog. And this would be false. Water alone does not hydrate an animal. Just like people, when an animal is thirsty, she will drink water. But alternative humans, what the water does as it travels through the body changes. Instead of getting absorbed into the inner organs, muscle tissues, joints, skin and coat, it runs right through their kidneys to be eliminated, most often failing to moisturize and nourish the body.

If we look, for example at the genetic lineage of cats, we will note that the origin of species was in the deserts of Africa where there was no water. They subsisted on the meats and blood of other animals. There was no water for them to drink. Therefore water drinking is a learned behaviour and not an innate behaviour. Further, when they do drink water, their bodies have not altogether adapted to absorbing its moisture as a primary source of nourishment.

With all of these moisture-depleting feeding habits, how do we reconcile? While creating new and exciting ways for our animal friends to drink water is extremely helpful, we must ensure that their diets also include food sources that help to keep the moisture in the body, organs, tissues, joints, muscles, skin and coat. The one staple that is crucial to every animal (and person)’s diet is Omegas 3 & 6. Animals do not require Omegas 9 for healthy body function. Omegas 3 & 6 EFA’s (essential fatty acids) allow for the animal’s body to retain adequate moisture derived from water and other wet foods. By adding EFA’s to our cats’ and dogs’ daily diets, we will be vastly improving their health and quality of life. Though most store-bought foods do contain Omegas 3 & 6, it is often nowhere near enough to keep an animal’s body healthy.

The following are five excellent sources of EFA’s that any dog and cat parent can begin to regularly add to their animal companion’s diet:

1)      RAW FOOD- Despite what most Western Veterinarians will suggest, raw food is the most species appropriate diet for dogs and cats. Whereas these professionals will explain several reasons why their food is better for animals than the raw, they have neglected to admit the reality of the situation- just as people animals need whole foods to survive. Of course, humans do not consume raw meats. However we do require whole foods to be the healthiest versions of ourselves. Keep in mind: these veterinary recommended food companies fund the veterinary schools at which the vets are taught. This old-school thinking has been engrained in the minds and curriculums of vets from day 1. There is far more evidence to support species-appropriate diets for a far healthier quality of life for animals. It is paramount that every cat or dog caregiver research for herself.


2)      CBD OIL- In addition to extreme dehydration, store bought and professional recommended foods are sickeningly high in inflammatory substances. Both preservatives and additives found in almost all cat and dog foods will, after prolonged exposure, cause inflammation of the joints and tissues. Long term effects of this inflammation include arthritis, joint pain, organ failure and cancers among other preventable bodily harm. CBD oil will help to reduce inflammation as well as add extra EFA’s to the body to help retain moisture and cognitive function. CBD oil will also help to improve circulation and ranges of motion as the animal ages.


3)      WILD SALMON OIL- By adding fish oils from known fish sources to our animal’s dietary regimen, we will be adding a healthy dose of Omegas 3 & 6, encouraging healthy moisture retention in the organs, tissues, muscles, brain, skin and coat. It is important to note what type of fish oil we are using. Salmon, for example, is a high source of EFA’s. Should a bottle read “fish oil” without any specific fish mentioned, we should note that it is likely a poor fish source that is likely to be quite polluted.


4)      COCONUT OIL- Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial foods to add to any animal’s diet. Coconut has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in EFA’s. For a complete list of the benefits of coconut oil, see:


5)      SARDINES- Sardines are a highly revered source of EFA’s. Despite their stench, they are rich in many vitamins and minerals. Note that canned sardines are extremely high in salt and may not be the ideal source of nourishment for cats and dogs. Fresh fish is always the highest and best way to proceed when aiming to add nutrient rich whole foods to the diet.


These are just five readily available sources of EFA’s. It is always important to check with your holistic veterinarian before changing your animal friend’s diet. It is even more important to realize that for animal and person alike, food is medicine. Ideally, food should be a way to nourish and nurture our bodies, minds and spirits back to optimal wellness. We must remember that an overwhelmingly substantial number of animal health-related issues are caused by poor nutritional habits. Therefore, these health issues can be healed by healthy nutritional habits. Be sure to research species appropriate diets, healthier choices, EFA’s and whole foods for every animal under your care.