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Hemp Oil and CBDs

As a veterinarian (and a big fan of actual science!), I have been very cautious about using or recommending any form of marijuana (Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and hybrids) for pets. Dogs and cats can become extremely ill from consuming marijuana. They are highly sensitive to the psychoactive component, THC, which interferes with neurotransmitter function. Marijuana toxicity is a serious and growing problem in pets, especially in states where medical and/or recreational marijuana is legal; the strains of the plant used for this purpose are extremely potent. "Edibles" may be ...

2018-08-31T23:54:02-07:00

What Cats Should Eat

Freshly expanded & updated for 2018! How do you know which food is the best to feed your cat? The answer depends on many factors, including your cat's age and health... as well as the your wallet! However, whatever your budget, if you learn the basics about how to assess the quality of any given cat food, you’ll be able to find a few foods that suit your cat. In order to answer the question, “What should cats eat?” Dr. Jean has just updated and expanded her Amazon.com best-selling ebook, ...

2018-05-21T09:22:38-07:00

City the Kitty

This handsome fellow is City the Kitty. As a magnificently polydactyl (many-toed) cat, he has a special abhorrence for declawing! City--along with his mom, biographer, and photographer, Lori--works tirelessly to educate people and stop declawing. That's not an easy job, with months-old twin babies at home to safeguard (not to mention, keep an eye on!). To help fund his efforts, City has published a beautiful book of photos that, for just $14.99, he will personally pawtograph for you! Please consider supporting this effort! City is quite the character... here is ...

2017-08-07T10:53:27-07:00

Improve Microcirculation for Health and Healing

Figure 1 Updated 6/30/19. The body’s circulatory system is the key to healing. Every modality, from surgery and drugs to massage, herbs, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and all forms of detoxification, depends on this vast, miles-long network of blood vessels to deliver oxygen, remedies, and nutrients to all the cells of the body, as well as remove waste products and carbon dioxide. The circulatory system works the same way in all mammals, including cats, dogs, horses, and humans. (See Figure 1.) It carries red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other ...

2019-06-30T13:32:46-07:00

MOXXOR Omega-3s

With all the media attention, and 80 zillion products on store shelves, you've probably gotten the message about Omega-3 fatty acids. But did you know that they're just as important for cats and dogs as for people? The anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) have been thoroughly researched, and are abundantly proven to be beneficial for dogs and cats. (If you'd like more background info, please click here for a general article on Omega-3s, or click here to read about the various choices of Omega-3s ...

2017-10-13T12:37:58-07:00

Paleo Dog

Paleo Dog: Give Your Best Friend a Long Life, Healthy Weight, and Freedom from Illness by Nurturing His Inner Wolf is the latest book by award-winning authors Jean Hofve, DVM and Celeste Yarnall, PhD.* Paleo Dog is your guide to optimal health for every dog, from the most pampered Teacup Poodle to the most rugged Mastiff, and every breed, age, and lifestyle in between. “The Paleo Dog Program isn’t just about diet. It’s also about the dog’s whole lifestyle. Many factors contribute to degeneration, aging, and the tragically short life ...

2017-07-02T20:32:01-07:00

The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook

To order the book as an instantly downloadable electronic (PDF) file, just click on the “Add to Cart” button below. To order it in paperback from Amazon.com, The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook. To order a personally autographed copy from author Celeste Yarnall, visit CelestialPets.com. All proceeds from e-book sales support Dr. Jean's work with AAFCO on pet food regulations, and help defray the costs of Celeste's cancer treatment. is an information-packed, lavishly illustrated e-book (PDF) by nutritionist Dr. Celeste Yarnall and Little Big Cat’s own Dr. ...

2019-06-30T13:20:50-07:00

Animal Wellness Magazine

by Jean Hofve, DVM Animal Wellness Magazine is the #1 integrative pet health and wellness publication. I’ve been writing for Animal Wellness for many years. It’s a wonderful resource that features the latest information in natural nutrition, holistic veterinary advice, natural products, gentle training techniques, and much more.  To view a sample issue online, visit www.animalwellnessmagazine.com, and click on SAMPLE on the right-hand side of the page. Animal Wellness Magazine normally sells for $6 per issue ($36/year), I'm delighted that they have extended their special offer (provided exclusively through  veterinarians) to Little Big Cat readers. This means you ...

2013-07-09T23:52:44-07:00

Instinctive Choice Cat Food

Usually, I don't like to name names when people ask, "What is the best pet food?" What works best for one pet will give another one tummy problems, and still another one won't even touch it. Variety is extremely important for our cats and dogs. Feeding the same food year in and year out is a good way to create food intolerances and allergies, as well as finicky behavior; and it puts pets at risk for serious deficiencies or excesses. One cat rescue that fed only Wellness canned food had ...

2018-03-26T13:42:19-07:00

Health – the Greatest Gift

My dear friend and world-renowned veterinary homeopath, Dr. Christina Chambreau, has a very specific idea about how to achieve optimal health for your cat or dog. She believes (and I agree!) that keeping a journal is the key to early diagnosis of problems as well as the best way to monitor any treatments or response to changes such as an new diet, supplement, or remedy. There are many "early warning signs" of ill health, most of which we consider normal in our pets. However, what we're really looking at is ...

2018-06-09T13:49:55-07:00

PetEssiance Herbal Tonics and Essences

Ojibwa Tea of Life, a local Denver company, produces amazing herbal products that work wonderfully for our pets. Dr. Jean has known and worked with Master Herbalist and company owner Michelle Kalevik for more than a decade; together they created the PetEssiance™ line of herbal and essence products. All Ojibwa Tea of Life products are pure, non-irradiated, and organically grown/sustainably wildcrafted. For Little Big Cat readers only: when ordering, please use Coupon Code "lbc" to receive a special discount! PetEssiance Herbal Pet Tea Based on the famous “Essiac” herbal formula (Slippery Elm ...

2014-02-02T10:05:07-07:00

Only Natural Pet Store

Only Natural Pet Store is the largest online retailer of natural pet foods and products. Dr. Jean has been working with Only Natural Pet for several years; in fact, many of her articles can be found in their Holistic Healthcare Library. ONP sells most of Dr. Jean's "Approved Brands" of cat food (listed in her eBook, "What Cats Should Eat") including frozen raw products; as well as recommended supplements; toys like "Da Bird"; and an immense array of other handy and helpful cat (and dog) care products. Enter coupon code DRJEAN20 ...

2019-07-28T14:29:38-07:00

BioSuperfood for Super Health

By Dr. Jean Hofve There are a zillion products out there that make marvelous claims about how they will improve your animal companion's health. Many of these claims are exaggerated, and sometimes so fantastic that they seem too good to be true--and usually, they are! However, several years ago we discovered a product that does everything it claims--and much more. In all these years of looking, we have never found any other product that works quite as well, or that is as palatable to even the fussiest cats and dogs--an ...

2014-02-19T07:33:58-07:00