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Grief and Dogs
Wall Street Journal article about pet grief
Grief in Horses, from Equine Wellness, by Dr. Ella Bittel


Down Horse: It must not (always) be the end, by Dr. Ella Bittel



The following books, charts and DVDs are about alternative therapies, nutrition, grief and pet loss. There is info about dogs, cats, birds, horses, cows and more. There does not seem to be much holistic or alternative information for reptiles, if you have a suggestion of something you have read, please let me know.

Many of these (and more) are found in our local libraries or at These books have been rated at least 4 out of 5 stars by reader reviews.

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An overview of canine orthopedic equipment
For Paws Hospice Program Matching used orthopedic devices withdogs who need them


Holistic or Natural Pet Care


10 Herbs for Happy, Healthy Cats, by Lura Rogers Seavey
Complete Holistic Care and Healing for Horses: The Owner's Veterinary Guide to Alternative Methods and Remedies, by Norma Eckroate
Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions, by Jan Allegretti
Dog Cancer: The Holistic Answer: A Step by Step Guide, by Dr. Steven Eisen
Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, by C. J. PuotinenHerbs for Pets book
Everything Natural Health for Dogs Book: The healthy, affordable way to ensure a long, happy life for your pet, by Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz
Guide to Herbal Dog Care, by Dr. Randy Kidd
Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog: A Physical Therapy Approach, by Sasha Foster
Herbs for Pets: The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet's Life, by Mary L. Wulff and Greg L. Tilford... LOCAL AUTHORS!
Holistic Care for Birds, by Pamela Leis Higdon
Holistic Dog Book: Canine Care for the 21st Century, by Denise Flaim
Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative, by Donald R. Strombeck
Illustrated Guide to Holistic Care for Horses: An Owner's Manual, by Denise Bean-Raymond
Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats: Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements, by Shawn Messonnier
Natural Health Care for Your Bird: Quick Self-Help Using Homepathy and Bach Flowers, by Bernard Dorenkamp
Nature of Animal Healing: The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat, by Martin Goldstein
Pet Lover's Guide to Natural Healing for Cats And Dogs, by Barbara Fougère
Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs: Safe and Effective Alternative Treatments and Healing Techniques from the Nations Top Holistic Veterinarians, by Martin Zucker
Your Dog's Golden Years - Manual for Senior Dog Care Including Natural Remedies and Complementary Options, by Jennifer Kachnic

Alternative Therapies


Acu-Cat: A Guide to Feline Acupressure, by Nancy A. Zidonis
Acu-Dog: A Guide to Canine Acupressure, by Nancy A. Zidonis
Alternative Treatments for Ruminant Animals, by Paul Dettloff
Animal Psychic Communication Plus Reiki Pet Healing, by Steve Murray
Animal Reiki: Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life, by Elizabeth Fulton
Animal Reiki Handbook: Finding Your Way With Reiki in Your Local Shelter, Sanctuary or Rescue, by Kathleen Prasad
Beyond Horse Massage: A Breakthrough Interactive Method for Alleviating Soreness, Strain, and Tension, by Jim Masterson
Canine Massage: A Complete Reference Manual, by Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt
Complete Guide to Animal Reiki: animal healing using Reiki for animals, Reiki for dogs and cats, equine Reiki for horses, by Sarah Berrisford
Essential Oils for Animals, by Nayana Morag
Essential Oils for Horses, by Carole Faith
Feline Acupressure Meridien Composite Cat Chart (chart)
Four Paws, Five Directions: A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs, by Cheryl Schwartz
Getting in TTouch with Your Dog: An Easy, Gentle Way to Better Health and Behavior, by Linda Tellington-Jones
Hands-On Healing for Pets: The Animal Lover's Essential Guide to Using Healing Energy, by Margrit Coates
Healing Touch for Dogs: The Proven Massage Program for Dogs, by Michael W. Fox
Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils & Hydrosols with Animals, by Kristen Leigh Bell
How to Identify and Release Your Horse's Pain Points: An Owner's Guide, by Lorrie Bracaloni
Modern Horse Herbal, by Hilary Page Self
T-Touch of M.A.G.I.C. for Horses: A Holistic Training Approach to the Body, Mind and Spirit of the horse [VHS], by Linda Tellington-Jones
Therapeutic Holistic Dog Massage, by Elsa Valdez. This is a DVD - learn by watching!
Understanding Equine Acupuncture: Your Guide to Horse Health Care and Management, by Rhonda Rathgeber
Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine, by Allen M. Schoen DVM, MS. A great book if you plan on doing animal accupuncture - dogs, cats, horses, cows, etc.


Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet - When it's time to let go, by Robert Scott


Animals and Afterlife: True Stories of Our Best Friends' Journey Beyond Death, by Kim Sheridan
Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates, by Gary Kurz
Coping with the Loss of a Pet, by Christina M. Lemieux and Wallace R. Clark
Coping with Sorrow on the Loss of Your Pet, by Moira Anderson
Crossing the Rainbow Bridge: Your Pet - When it's Time to Let Go, by Robert Scott
For Every Dog an Angel, by Christine Davis
Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, by Jon Katz
Goodbye, Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, by Gary Kowalski
Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss (Personal & Professional Insights on the Animal Lover's Unique Grieving Process), by Sid Korpi
Grieving the Death of a Pet, by Dr. Betty Carmack
How to ROAR: Pet Loss Grief Recovery, by Robin Jean Brown
Humphrey Was Here: A Dog Owner's Story of Love, Loss and Letting Go, by Mark J. Asher
I Will See You in Heaven (dog edition), by Jack Wintz
I Will See You in Heaven (cat edition), by Jack Wintz
Legacies of Love: A Gentle Guide to Healing From the Loss of Your Animal Loved One, by Teresa Wagner
Living Through Personal Crisis, by Ann Kaiser Stearns
Maya's First Rose: Diary of a Very Specal Love, by Martin Scott Kosins
Paw Prints in the Stars: A Farewell and Journal for a Beloved Pet, by Warran Hanson (a journal YOU create in your pet's memory)
Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children, by Herbert A. Nieburg and Arlene Fischer
Pet Poems, compiled by Patrick Edwards-Daugherty
Saying Goodbye to the Pet You Love: A Complete Resource to Help You Heal, by Lorri A. Greene
Saying Goodbye to Your Angel, by Allen Anderson
The Older Cat: Recognizing Decline and Extending Life, by Dan Poynter
The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss is Heaven's Gain, by Niki Behrikis ShanahanCat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
Three Cats, Two Dogs: One Journey Through Multiple Pet Loss, by David Congalton
Tucker the Spirit Cat: A Meditation on Love & Hope for Anyone Grieving the Loss of an Animal Friend, by Sara Goldenthal
When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering and Healing, by Alan Wolfelt
When Your Pet Dies: How to Cope with Your Feeling, by J. Quackenbush and D. Graveline


Cat Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant
Children and Pet Loss: A Guide for Helping, by Marty Tousley
Daddy Fixes Everything: An Insightful Family Story About Pet Loss and Departure, by Ronen Divon
Dog Heaven, by Cynthia Rylant
For the Grieving Child: An Activities Manual, by Suzan Jaffe
Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies, by Janis Silverman
I'll Always Love You, by Hans Wilhelm
Lifetimes, by B. Mellonie and R. Ingpen
Oh, Where has My Pet Gone?, by Sally Sibbett When a Pet Dies by Mister Rogers (for ages 3 to 103)
Pet Loss: A Thoughtful Guide for Adults and Children, by Herbert A. Nieburg and Arlene Fischer
Sad Isn't Bad: A Good Grief Guidebook, by R.W. Alley and Michaelene Mundy
Saying Goodbye to Your Pet: Children Can Learn to Cope with Pet Loss, by Marge Eaton Heegaard
The Day Scooter Died, by Kathleen Long Bostrom
The Forever Dog, by Bill Cochran
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, by Judith Viorst
When Children Grieve, by Russell Friedman and John W. James (for adults to help children)
When a Pet Dies, by Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers!)
When Your Pet Dies: A Healing Handbook for Kids, (Elf-Help Books for Kids) by Victoria Ryan
When Shiner Died: A Children's Book About Pet Loss, by Rebecca S. Hauder

Natural Supplements

Simpawtico does not endorse any of these products, but found interesting information on these sites.

Pet Nutritional Supplements
Click on the condition and it will tell you what natural supplements might help.

Glucosamine for Horses



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