Your pet is apart of the family and their health is important!

Should you Vaccinate Your Cat or Dog? and if so how often?


A Little Veterinary Vaccine History

Vaccination is one of the most hotly debated topics in veterinary medicine today. The reason is because while on the one hand we want to protect companion animals from deadly infectious diseases, we are also very concerned with the problems created by over-vaccination.

When humans are vaccinated against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and DPT, the immunizations given in childhood provide lifetime protection. They are not given again in that child’s entire life, much less repeated every year.

When I worked at a humane society 20 years ago, our protocol was to give puppies a five-way combination vaccine at 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 weeks, followed by an annual booster every year for the rest of their lives.

When I got to veterinary school and learned vaccines never wear off, I became quite confused about why vets recommend yearly re-vaccinations. So I asked Dr. Schultz how dogs and cats develop immunity.

Dr. Schultz explained that my questions were the same ones he asked back in the 1970s – how often do dogs and cats need to be vaccinated, and what vaccines are really required?

In the 1970s there weren’t a lot of vaccines available for pets, so according to Dr. Schultz, every time a new one became available, it was added to the syringe.

By the 1980s, there were 12 or 14 different vaccines being delivered as combination products. As an immunologist, Dr. Schultz knew that was not a good idea. And vaccinated pets were beginning to develop adverse reactions, so their bodies also knew the combination vaccines were a bad idea.

In 1978, Dr. Schultz and a colleague, Dr. Fred Scott developed and published a vaccination protocol. It called for pets to receive puppy or kitten shots, be vaccinated again at a year of age, and then be re-vaccinated every three years or less frequently thereafter.

Change is often a very slow process, and it wasn’t until 1998 that the American Association of Feline Practitioners issued guidelines very similar to what Dr. Schultz and Dr. Scott published 20 years earlier.

Core vs. Non-Core Vaccines

There are a lot more vaccines available today than there were back in the 1970s, but we now know there are certain vaccines, called the ‘core vaccines,’ that every dog and cat should receive.

Canine core vaccines include:

  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Adenovirus
  • Rabies

Feline core vaccines:

  • Panleukopenia
  • Calici
  • Herpes
  • Rabies

The diseases these vaccines protect against are very serious, with mortality as high as 60 to 80 percent in young animals. That’s why every kitten and puppy should receive these core vaccines very early in life.

All other vaccines are known as non-core, or optional. Only certain animals need non-core vaccines, as opposed to every animal needing the core vaccines.

I next asked Dr. Schultz for his thoughts on what vaccines are necessary for indoor-only cats that never come into contact with outdoor cats.

Dr. Schultz recommends only the core vaccine panleukopenia for indoor kitties. He explained the last dose should be at 14 to 16 weeks, because by that time the kitten will no longer have the protection passed from the mother cat.

Litters from immunized cats and dogs have some protective antibodies from their mothers at birth. These antibodies are systemic, but they have a finite life. They ultimately die off, but the level of immunity in the mother determines when that die-off occurs in the kittens or puppies. It is only when the antibodies from the mother die off that a vaccination actually immunizes the puppy or kitten.


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What are your thoughts on the topic of vaccines for your pet? What do you choose to do in your home and why?


The Importance of Stretching


Do you stretch before exercising? If so you might be surprised to hear that a lot of people don’t and some have no idea how important it is for us to stretch before exercising and even after. If you do then good for you, you’re doing something right! 🙂

Stretching is important because it helps one get flexible and stay that way. It helps with assisting in correct posture, it increases blood and nutrient supply to your muscles, thereby possibly reducing muscle soreness and very importantly it can help with decreasing possible injury by preparing muscles for work before physical activities.

Not just the bones…Classes like yoga or pilates offer you a chance to spend an hour releasing tension physically and mentally too.


Some Basic Stretching Tips

Yoga The 10 Best Poses for Men


Health Junk Food Haul – Nature’s Pantry Market



You are what you eat.

And we love eating and drinking healthy, we always like to know about new and old food and drink items from our friends who are health food junkies like us. We thought it would be fun to share our Health Junk food hauls with you. Snap a couple of pictures and let you know about some of our goodies and why we think they are so great! Enjoy!

Organic Oranges, Onions, Apples and Avocados of course! 🙂

What else?


I love Chia seeds so drinking them is not a problem for me.

Organic and Non-GMO Verified

Taste the Magic of MammaChia, seed your soul. Oh yeah! It’s so yummy and it makes being health-conscious enjoyable!

  • 2500 mg Omega-3
  • Excellent source of fiber
  • powerful antioxidants
  • 4g Complete Protein
  • 95 mg Calcium
  • Gluten-Free & Vegan

ALL in one bottle of goodness! They have 9 flavors but I’ve only tried the 3 above. They were all delicious but I think Cherry Lime is my favorite at the moment. Those with a texture issue may find it a bit strange to drink with the little balls but I think it makes it fun to drink!


Blueberry Blast Liquid Acidophilus Probiotic

This probiotic has done wonders for me over the last few years. It must be kept in the fridge after it’s been opened. It’s easy on the tummy and after suffering from IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) this probiotic has helped with my tummy issues.

Nature’s Life® Blueberry Blast Probiotic features our special blend of 9 live fermented, non-filtered and non-centrifuged active cultures as follows:
Lactobacillus acidophilus (3 strains)
Lactobcillus bulgaricus
Lactobacillus rhamnosus
Bifidobacterium bifidum
Lactobacillus thermophilus
Bifodobacterium lactis
Bifidobacterium infantis
BILLIONS OF LIVE CELLS. At time of manufacture, each tablespoon serving contains billions of friendly organisms to help support healthy digestion and immune function.
Nature’s Life® Blueberry Blast Probiotic is ALL NATURAL and has a smooth and delicious taste. Our unique mixture of acidophlus strains is cultured in dairy-free, non-GMO soy protein isolate. Blueberry Blast’s formula contains NO milk, NO dairy, NO yeast, NO corn, NO wheat, NO glutan, NO rice, NO di-calcium phosphate, NO wax preservatives, NO artificial coloring, NO artificial fillers and NO animal-by-products.
This is a natural product and amounts vary from lot to lot. However, a typical Amino Acid Profile for one serving is:
Alanine 20mg
Arginine 30 mg
Aspartic 40 mg
Cystine 0 mg
Glutamine 70 mg
Glycine 20 mg
Histidine 10 mg
Isoleucine 20 mg
Leucine 30 mg
Lysine 20 mg
Methionine 0 mg
Phenylalanine 20 mg
Proline 20 mg
Serine 20 mg
Threonine 10 mg
Tryptophan 0 mg
Tyrosine 10 mg
Valine 20 mg


Nature’s Life®’s Blueberry Blast Liquid Acidophilus supports healthy digestion, robust immune system and easier weight management and many other benefits associated with a healthy digestive system.
Blueberry Blast liquid Acidophilus Probiotic:
Has 9 Potent Strains of Probiotics
Gives Billions of Live Cells per Serving at Time of Manufacture
Gives 32 Servings Per Bottle, Has a Smooth and Delicious Taste
Is Milk Free
Has an All Natural Formula
Offers a Full Amino Acid Profile

They have a few flavors and I’ve tired a few of them but I always like the flavor of the Blueberry Blast.




Enlightened Kombucha

I have loved their Kombucha for years and I love their story too.

With a unique blend of proprietary probiotics and powerful antioxidants, each bottle is designed to nourish your body from the inside out.


Yogi Teas are awesome and I love all kinds of teas for all kinds of reasons, brands, flavors, health benefits ect.  I highly recommend the Honey Lavender Stress Relief works well and tastes great.

Yogi has a cool page on their website that allows you to find your perfect tea depending on the flavors you enjoy and the benefits you are wanting to get out of your cup of tea.

You can check it out here.

Well that’s it for this Health Junk haul. What kinds of health goodies have your purchase lately?

Have any to share? Let us know by email or in the comments.

*We have not been paid or given these products. We purchased all products and items on our own and these are our own opinions posted.

Non GMO Project iPhone App Shopping Guide


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Designed to support consumers in knowing what’s in our food and avoiding GMOs, this app features a list of the brands and products that are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program. The Non-GMO Project’s program is the ONLY third-party non-GMO verification program in North America, and “Non-GMO Project Verified” is the only non-GMO claim backed by transparent and rigorous standards. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization originally founded by retailers committed to providing consumers with reliable non-GMO choices.

This App is Available for both iphones and iPod Touchs.

Active Folks Have Fewer Colds

A recent study suggests that staying physically active may reduce the number of colds you get. The study participants who were most active had 25 percent fewer colds than those who were least active.

Experts offer this caveat, however: More is not necessarily better. Exercising too much can actually weaken the immune system and compromise its illness-fighting power.

Source: BallyTotalFitness

MORE Trending Health Terms

Thirdhand Smoke

It sticks around for hours, days or even months after a cigarette is smoked: a residue of toxins (lead, cyanide, and arsenic among them) that clings to virtually all surfaces in a room, a car , and other enclosed spaces long after the smoke is gone. Researchers have found that thirdhand smoke can combine with nitrous acid, a common indoor air pollutant, to form a carcinogen that can be inhaled by anyone in a room. (Source: Study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.)



You have it if you’re as kind and understanding about your own shortcomings as you are about a friend’s. It’s a hot topic in psychology, the New York Times reports, and the focus of two new books: Self-Compassion: Stop beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind, by Kristin Neff, PhD, and The Self-Compassion Diet, by Harvard psychotherapist Jean Fain. “Self-compassion is the missing ingredient in every diet and weight-loss plan, ” Dr. Fain told the Times.



Attention, downward-facing dudes. You may not know it yet, but you’re practicing broga: yoga for men with strength-building moves—and without the chanting. Namaste, man.



Forget the martinis: One way to impress clients today is to get them spinning—at the gym, that is. Can’t come to terms? Box it out, and close the deal in the steam room.



You may want to wait on this one till you get home. Forty percent of women in a survey experienced exercise induced orgasms on more than ten occasions. Kind of makes you want to sit up and take notice!

Trending Health Terms


Do you start to feel positively witchy when a too-long meeting makes you eat lunch an hour later than usual? You’re probably hangry, a new phrase folks are using to describe hunger-related mood swings, according to When blood sugar levels dip too low, according to the site, the body’s ability to process the brain chemical serotonin is affected, resulting in crabbiness, anger, and a low threshold for frustration.


E-Book Moments

The theory that people remember less of what they read from digital books (on iPads and Kindles) than from paper-based books, as coined by Time magazine. Some experts believe that reading on paper provides more opportunities for memorizing and retaining information because you can relate words to their location on the page (left side, right side, near a chart, etc.), which helps cement the material in your mind.


Tight Pants Syndrome

A cluster of symptoms—including abdominal pain, heartburn, and reflux a few hours after meals—that predominantly affects overweight men who wear poor-fitting pants with too-tight waistlines, according to ABC News Medical Unit. Doctors are also seeing a comparable version in women, in which skinny jeans can contribute to pelvic pain, yeast infections, and itching. Bottom line: Don’t suffer too much for beauty’s sake, advises Orly Avitzur, MD, a Tarrytown, NY-based neurologist. If it hurts to wear a new trend or a too-tight favorite piece of clothing, skip it.


Surgeon Enthusiasm

The measure of how likely a surgeon is to recommend an operation for a condition that can be treated in other ways. A recent study suggested that this eagerness helps explain why surgery rates for back problems and other tough-to-treat ills vary wides across the country: You’re almost 25 times more likely to get spinal fusion in Idaho Falls, Idaho, for instance, than in Bangor, Maine. (Source: Study in the journal Spine.)


Decision Fatigue

The notion that the mental work of making decisions over and over again can warp your judgment and lead to poor choices. In one example, an Israeli study found that judges granted more parole requests early in the day than they did after making a series of rulings. According to the New York Times, “the more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain.”

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Must. Stay. Awake. Yes, it’s the 3 o’clock mantra. And who hasn’t mumbled it while fighting off midday yawns and drooping eyes?

Fatigue and flagging energy seem to be epidemics, especially among women who burn the candle at both ends (and who doesn’t?). Instead of moping, pump up your mojo with these 10 strategies from experts in sleep, fitness, nutrition, psychology, and alternative medicine.

1. See the light

Get the right light, and you’ll have lots more energy. But that can be a challenge, given the poorly lit offices we sit in and the scant doses of daily sunlight (which contains brain-activating short-wavelength blue light) we get. “Our circadian rhythms are more sensitive to blue light than any other kind,” says Mariana Figueiro, assistant professor at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

To take advantage of that energizing blue boost, lift your shades the minute you get up or take a 30-minute walk first thing in the morning. And go outside as often as you can during the day (especially right before you need to be extra-alert), says Scott Campbell, Ph.D., director of the Human Chronobiology Laboratory at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Westchester, New York. To up your blue light at work, use lamps with “natural” lightbulbs — try Sylvania’s Daylight Extra bulbs, an Ott-Lite, or a light box that uses blue-light technology.


2. Get pumped with protein

Unless you plan to run a marathon, carbo-loading for energy is out. Instead, eat protein to increase mental alertness and energy, says Debra Hollon, M.S., R.D., a clinical nutritionist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Protein contains tyrosine, an amino acid that elevates the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. It increases satiety, too. And when you feel fuller, you’re not apt to overdo the breads and sweets that induce rollercoaster highs and lows.

Eat plant- and animal-based protein throughout the day — an egg or high-protein cereal for breakfast, 10 almonds midmorning, a cup of low-sugar yogurt in the afternoon — and your stamina should stabilize. Get pumped with protein — reconsider the egg


3. Lend a hand

Research shows that you get a “helper’s high,” a rush of endorphins that lasts for hours, when you volunteer, says Kimberly Kingsley, author of “The Energy Cure: How to Recharge Your Life 30 Seconds at a Time.” You don’t have to look far to help out, she says. “There may be a single mom in your family who needs a babysitter or a lonely neighbor who’d love to chat.”


4. Breathe hard — more often

That post-workout rush of energy you feel is well-documented: Movement sends oxygen through the bloodstream to invigorate cells. That’s why Gerald K. Endress, fitness director at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, suggests that you break up your workouts to maximize your oxygen intake. Best new ways to boost your metabolism


Lift weights, roll out the exercise ball, or do five minutes of yoga in the morning. Climb a few flights of stairs at lunch and jog after dinner. To add an extra kick to your workout, breathe deeply for your first one or two minutes of cardio, Endress says: Inhale from your belly; then breathe out slowly, imagining you’re pulling your navel toward your spine. The fast new way to walk off weight


5. Bag a new brew

Boost your energy with white tea, which has a delicate flavor that requires little sweetening. “Of all the teas, white tea goes through the least processing,” says Iman Hakim, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson and a leading researcher on the benefits of tea. As a result, white tea has the highest concentration of L-theanine, an amino acid that, according to recent research, stimulates alpha brain waves to boost alertness while producing a calming effect. And because a cup of white tea contains less caffeine (15 milligrams) than other teas (up to 50 mg) and coffee (120 mg), it’s more hydrating, another key for sustaining energy.

Source: CNN Health