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Learn Holistic Pet Healing with Judy Morgan, DVM

July 23rd, 2015 · 6 Comments · Books

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Most of us are just starting to scratch the surface of holistic veterinary medicine, so when a helpful book like Dr. Judy Morgan’s From Needles to Natural: Learning Holistic Pet Healing comes along, we’re so happy to spread the word.

Take A Journey into Holistic Vet Medicine

Dr. Morgan is a forward-thinking holistic-minded vet who was one of America’s early adopters of natural medicine for cats and dogs. Over thirty years ago she made the brave and dramatic switch from solely providing Western veterinary medicine to her patients, to becoming an evangelist for holistic care for cats and dogs.

Dr. Judy Morgan DVM

Dr. Judy Morgan DVM

Among her credentials, Dr. Morgan is certified in:

  • Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, a form of veterinary chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture and Food Therapy from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Southern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Botanical Veterinary Medical Association, and American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

She also maintains an awesomely helpful YouTube channel filled with videos about holistic-based vet care for cats and dogs. Her videos have tons of great tips for pet parents, like this:

From Needles to Natural: A Must-Have Holistic Guide

Dr. Morgan’s book is a detailed and entertaining journey into holistic veterinary care. She takes us on an honest trip down the bumpy road of how she made the dramatic switch from the Western care she was trained to do in vet school, to being an early provider of holistic vet medicine.

We learn about how she successfully administers natural medicine to her animal patients, and we get insight into dozens of examples of holistic-based care for pets with conditions like:

  • Wobblers Disease
  • Dry Eye
  • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Obsity
  • Heart Conditions

In addition, Dr. Morgan’s book also teaches about topics like:

  • Pet food label reading
  • Vaccines: Which ones to do, and when
  • Treating skin and ear disease
  • How to grow hair using food
  • Eastern-based food-as-medicine
  • and treating cancer

There is so much good information packed into Dr. Morgan’s book, it’s a must-have for anyone who loves cats and dogs and wants to get educated about the holistic spectrum of care. This book will never leave our bookshelf, so get your copy here on Amazon, we know you’ll find it as useful as we do. We recommend it highly.

Watch for the August broadcast of Tripawd Talk Radio, when Dr. Morgan will be our special guest!

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Harley’s Story Teaches Kids About Caring for Special Needs Pets

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Books

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How do you tell a child that their pet has an illness like cancer? What can you do to show them the importance of caring for an animal for their entire life, even if health issues happen? Denise Gruzensky’s book “Harley’s Story” is how.

Not Like the Others-Harley’s Story: Having a Pet with Special Needs

What a thrill to meet fellow pet blogger Denise Gruzensky and her dog Shasta at Blog Paws in Nashville! We didn’t get much time to chat but we are so glad she shared her adorable book with us: Not Like the Others-Harley’s Story: Having a Pet with Special Needs. Here’s why we know you’ll love it:

Harley is a kind of dog called a Yorkshire terrier. His first family can’t take care of him, so they have to put him up for adoption and hope that they can find another family to love and take care of him. And they do! Harley is afraid at first, but he soon learns to love and trust his new family, and he really enjoys all the fun things they do together.

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Harley and his people.

When Harley is six years old, Denise, his person, notices that he is drinking a lot and having potty accidents. That’s not like him at all, so Denise decides to take Harley to the veterinarian. That’s when they learn that Harley has diabetes. Harley has to have a shot twice a day now, and he’s afraid. Will Denise be able to take care of him, or will he be sent away because he’s just too hard to take care of?

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Including photographs, Not Like the Others-Harley’s Story: Having a Pet with Special Needs seeks to teach elementary children the value of being different and loving unconditionally. Come along with Harley, a rescued Yorkshire terrier, on his cross-country adventure as he learns to trust his forever family, is diagnosed with diabetes, and figures out how to live with his illness. He may not be like others, but he is not alone and is unconditionally loved.

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Denise and Shasta.

A Book for all Kids with Pets.

We enjoyed this book because of the valuable lessons Denise it shares with kids. You’ll have a hard time finding a children’s book that does a better job at explaining the value of unconditional love for pets. And the adorable photos can’t be beat. We highly recommend it for all parents with kids, not just those whose pets are facing an illness.

Be sure to visit Denise’s blog which features fun activities for kids, like coloring pages and more!


Tripawds Meets a Letter to My Cat Publisher Lisa Erspamer at Blog Paws

June 22nd, 2015 · 6 Comments · Books

Tripawds members are always in our thoughts but Jill the Cancer Fighting Tripawd Kitty was especially on our minds at the Blog Paws conference when we had the chance to meet Lisa Erspamer, publisher of the adorable book that features Jill, “A Letter to My Cat: Notes to Our Best Friends.


It was such a joy to meet Lisa! We’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Jill, but the opportunity to say hello to her book’s publisher brought use even closer together.

Read Love Letters to My Cat

Anyone who loves animals will relate to the heartfelt letters of catitude in A Letter to My Cat. These sweet thoughts convey the infinite bond between a once-in-a-lifetime pet and their human. Jill’s story is especially touching because it relates the journey that she and her Mom had when Jill was one of the few cats in the world who lost a leg to osteosarcoma. Jill’s mom Erica writes in her blog:

It is such a honor to be able to share Jill’s story.  To be able to show the world that a cancer diagnosis does not always mean the fight is over.  To be able to show the world that the word that once felt like a punch in the gut to me: “amputation”, does not mean the end of your kitty’s very happy life.

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Jill gives out pawdographs.

Read all the “Letters” Books

OK so you’re owned by canines? Well there’s a special book for you too! Check out A Letter to My Dog, also published by Lisa Erspamer:

A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends

Dogs know how to talk to us they do it all the time. A pair of raised ears or a wagging tail can speak volumes to those in the know. In this heartfelt ode to the furriest of family members, dog lovers get the chance to say something back, sharing personal letters penned to their beloved companions. With gorgeous accompanying photographs by Robin Layton, this collection of letters and portraits features a wide range of dogs and their owners, including everyday people with remarkable stories as well as celebrities like Hilary Duff, Tony Bennett, and Oprah Winfrey alongside their pooches. Throughout, these tales of perseverance, love, and loyalty celebrate the deep and devoted friendships that humans share with their pups.

A Letter to My Mom

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the next book in the A Letter to My series (after A Letter to My Dog and A Letter to My Cat) takes on mothers, with celebrities and civilians writing letters of gratitude and admiration to the women who raised them, alongside gorgeous, intimate photos.

This book is absolutely awesome! It was so easy to read. You feel like your reading someone’s private letters. I loved that each letter gave you insight into that person’s life and relationship with their mother. It was so intimate and so sweet! I didn’t realize that a lot of the letters were written by famous people to their mothers until the end. There are also letters from non-famous individual’s as well. There are little biographies at the end of the book about each author of the letters. This book would make a great gift for any mother! I plan on writing my mother a ‘thank you’ note and adding it to the end of the book and giving it to her for her mothers day.

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Try Natural Flea Protection with Wondercide

May 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Products

It’s that time of year when we weigh the pros and cons of weapons in the war against fleas. Do we choose natural flea protection for pets or go for the big guns?

Natural flea protection

There’s no doubt that conventional flea medications work. That’s because they have so many toxic ingredients that manufacturers warn you against touching your pet where the flea medication has been applied.

We think that’s crazy. If conventional flea medication for pets is dangerous for us to touch, but considered “safe” to put on our animals, then how can it be safe?

Natural Flea Protection 1: Toxic Chemicals 0

Natural flea protection without chemicals means that, instead of one fast and easy chemically-induced drop on our dogs and cats, we wage a battle on three different fronts;

  • the yard
  • the home
  • and those nasty fleas.

It’s more work for us, but choosing poisonous flea medications to protect our pets isn’t a wise move. Here’s why:

Tripawd Oreo and his pack are all about natural flea protection. In this blog post, “I fought the fleas and I think I won,” they share a favorite products for keeping fleas away, Wondercide EcoTreat.


Enjoy a Flea-Free Yard

The active ingredient in Wondercide Flea and Tick Products is cedar oil, which has been used for centuries to protect from pests (think Grandma’s cedar chest!). Cedar oil works by blocking octopamine, which is necessary to regulate heart rate, movement, and metabolism in “bad bugs” like fleas and ticks. When cedar oil is present in the area, pests are repelled. When contacted by cedar oil, pests die.  *For indoor infestations, use Wondercide Natural Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home.

Natural flea protection pesticies don’t work the same way as chemical pesticides. Chemical-based treatments utilize water or petroleum distillates as a carrier for their active ingredients, most often permethrins, or other formulations using primitive, nerve gas byproducts, commonly referred to as pyrethroids.


For best results treating active flea & tick problems, you must apply twice within 7-10 days to ensure you break the egg cycle. We recommend the Hose End Sprayer method when applying for treatment of active pest problems.




Get Holistic Pet Care Health Help with Dr. Morgan’s Nutrition, Diet and Treatment Tips

April 13th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Books

If you’re a Tripawds member, you’re probably looking for information about healthy dog and cat foods and other ways to keep your pet healthy and strong. We aim to please, so here is a great new resource we think you should examine:

From Needles to Natural: Learning Holistic Pet Healing

This guide to holistic pet care is written for the layperson like you and me, by Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM, VVA, CVCP, CVFT, of Clayton Veterinary Associates. Here’s why you need this book:

After using traditional Western veterinary medicine to treat her animal patients for many years, Dr. Judy Morgan discovered a better way to help them live longer, healthier lives.

Get Started Learning About Holistic Pet Care

In From Needles to Natural she shares her journey from traditional to holistic veterinary medicine and helps pet owners understand the differences between good advertising and good health for their animal friends. With more than thirty years of experience as a practicing veterinarian, Morgan blends her personal story as a lifelong animal lover with this collection of professional opinions about animals and animal care.

The book covers a variety of topics including:

  • pet nutrition and food therapy
  • pet food labels
  • veterinary chiropractic care
  • acupuncture
  • understanding the array of vaccines and medications.

Morgan, who has produced a full webinar series on YouTube, discusses alternative and supplemental treatments for pet illnesses. Here’s her first webinar video, “Reading Pet Food Labels.”

While narrating heartwarming tales of the pets she’s treated, Morgan dispels the myths about effective pet care and teaches pet owners the benefits of feeding and treating an animal holistically.

Cook Healthy Dog Food with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dr. Morgan also co-authored another helpful holistic pet care book about home cooking for pets that recently hit shelves, “What’s For Dinner, Dexter?: Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory.

Home cooking for your dog can be fun and easy. By using Chinese Medicine theory, you can keep your pet healthy using fresh, wholesome food ingredients. Learn to use food as medicine by following the simple guidelines in What’s For Dinner, Dexter? Over 50 main dishes for your dog, some travel meals and snacks.

We haven’t read these books yet but they sure look fantastic. If you check ’em out before we do, drop us a line below and let us know what you thought.