Decades ago, dog birthday parties were not the norm. Today’s pet parents celebrate with gusto. In fact, party supplies are just one contributor to the total amount spent on dogs, cats and other companion animals in the U.S. each year, which the American Pet Products Association estimates at $55.5 billion for 2013.

If you have never thrown your dog a party before, or if you want to improve on your dog’s traditional birthday party, keep these do’s and don’ts in mind:

Do keep the location in mind when putting together the guest list.

A large yard or dog park makes the best location for a birth or adoption day party, but if using a small yard or indoor space, keep guests to a number that won’t create a crowded feeling. Dogs need room to run!

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Do bring dog-friendly food and drinks.

Bring a birthday cake for the pups. PawNation offers an excellent recipe for making a dog-safe cake, or a neighborhood pet supply store may sell such cakes. If celebrating in summer, you can opt for doggie ice cream cups instead.

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Keep multiple bowls filled with fresh eater and bring beverages for the humans. Skip feeding them, though. You want the pups to spend the party playing, not begging for people food.

Do decorate.

Dog-themed decorations for kid parties work just as well when celebrating a dog’s birth or adoption day. Bone-shaped cutouts to hang from trees and paw-print balloons are typically among the offerings. To create a centerpiece for the table on which the cake will sit, tie balloons to a fresh floral arrangement. Take advantage of flower delivery and have one less errand to run, but check the toxic and nontoxic plant list on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website before placing your order.

Do ask for donations in lieu of gifts.

Your pup likely does not need any more toys. Ask guests to instead bring a monetary or product donation for your favorite local animal charity. You can even get a list from the organization ahead of time and include items on the invite that meet its specific needs. You also can suggest they make a donation in your dog’s name to a national charity such as Dogs on Deployment, which supports pet owners in the military, or the ASPCA.

Do plan fun activities for the dogs.

This can include bringing a bucket of balls—always have more than the number of pups invited to avoid fights—or a bubble gun like the one by Bubbletastic, which makes bacon-flavored, nontoxic bubbles. You can find it through online retailers such as Amazon.

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Don’t invite dogs with known aggression issues.

Speaking of fights, do not invite animals with known aggression issues. You have a responsibility as host to create a safe environment for all of your guests. If unsure about a dog’s behavior, talk to the pet parent before extending an invitation.

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Don’t let rough play escalate.

Rough play happens. At a dog party, overstimulation can cause a pup to take it too far. Keep an eye on guests as they play and do not be afraid to ask a pet parent to pull their dog away for breaks as needed. You can also learn more about rough play vs. dog fights and how to handle a fight safely if it happens with this helpful article from the ASPCA.

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Don’t invite people who don’t like dogs.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you may be tempted to include friends or family members who adore your dog but not others. Avoid doing so, or you will spend the party worrying about your four-legged guests giving them unwanted attention.

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beagle-100156614 What are common dog seizure symptoms? Let’s first define what a dog seizure is.  Seizures, also known as convulsions, are one of the most common dog disorders. It is caused by an abnormal burst of electrical activity inside the dog’s brain, specifically the cortex, which is responsible for sensation, movement, thought and memory. It can sometimes spread out to other areas of the brain.

A seizure is sometimes called “epilepsy”.  However, that is incorrect. The difference is that epileptic dogs have unpredictable brain activity that can cause them to have seizures, but not all dogs with seizures have epilepsy. Seizures may last less anywhere from a few seconds to more than 2 minutes.  Before a seizure happens, most dogs experience restlessness and anxiety for a short period of time. After which, they will typically feel wobbly, disoriented, confused and may also have trouble seeing. When I work with dogs who have been through this experience, sometimes they tell me they also have headaches or feel like they’ve been run over, and sometimes, they don’t remember anything about the actual seizure itself. 

Common Dog Seizure Symptoms and Three Seizure Phases

A seizure consists of three components. They are the Pre-ictal Phase, the Ictal Phase and the Post-ictal Phase. The Pre-ictal Phase or aura, is the period of altered behavior where dogs may hide.  Alternately, they may seek out their owner, cling like a Velcro dog, and may appear nervous. This may last for a few seconds up to a few hours.

The Ictal Phase is the seizure itself. This can take anywhere from a few seconds to five minutes or so. During this period, dogs may lose consciousness.  The experience may change their mental awareness of what is around them. The dog may fall over on its side while seeming to be otherwise paralyzed. Sometimes they will make jerky or odd movements that seem to be out of the dog’s conscious control.  The head will often be drawn back.  The dog may urinate or defecate, and they may also salivate heavily. If the seizure does not stop within five minutes, the dog will be considered to be in a prolonged seizure state. If this occurs, then you should seek immediate medical attention. 

Lastly, the Postictal Phase, or the last period of seizure, typically consists of confusion, disorientation, restlessness or even temporary blindness. Often the dog will be not be able to get up easily and could stay in place panting, resting and taking time to recover their senses.  Sometimes they are able to get up and may walk away like nothing happened. In bad cases, they may seem withdrawn, be reluctant to stand up or walk, and behave out of character for them.  Some aggressive behavior in dogs can be attributed to seizures as well.

Can Dog Seizures Be Prevented or Cured?

Seizures can’t be prevented.  However, once it is diagnosed, many of these disorders can be managed through medications, energetic healing and lifestyle changes. If the dog has seizures, or is suspected to have had one, then it should not be bred, because this condition could be passed down to the pups. All seizures should be taken seriously. Most dogs with primary seizure disorders require lifelong treatment.  Although, I have experienced cases where they have gone away after a period of time, never to return. Sometimes other medical disorders or conditions can be mistakenly diagnosed as seizures because of their clinical signs and symptoms. It is important that your veterinarian diagnose the condition accurately.  It is always best to consult with your veterinarian if you feel your dog has any of these symptoms.

As a leading animal communication expert, I can often pinpoint symptoms that are not easily seen.  After all, who knows best what they are actually experiencing?  Only the dog can tell us for sure what their experience is like.  Sometimes the dog can tell us what triggers the seizure, if it causes them a great deal of pain, and what helps or makes them worse.  For example, a dog may have a severe headache, but you may not see or recognize any outward signs of their pain.  Their vision may become blurred, fuzzy, or the images seem distorted like in a carnival fun house of mirrors.  Headaches are common as are body aches, tension, and a pending sense that something is wrong.  Having a conversation directly with your dog asking them if they are experiencing any pain or discomfort can mean early detection of not only seizures, but of other serious illnesses as well.

What You Can Do if You Think Your Dog is Suffering From Seizures

A veterinarian can misdiagnose an illness because they don’t know or aren’t trained in how to communicate directly with the dog.  By all means, take your dog to the vet if you notice any of these symptoms.  It’s also incredibly important to take the time to consult a professional animal communicator who can get the direct feedback that’s needed from the dog.  This is vital so that all of the symptoms the dog is experiencing can be known, and the vet is getting the right information needed to properly address the condition(s).  The animal communicator will also be able to explain what is about to happen and reassure the dog about what is being done to help them.  This one step, often missed in animal caretaking, can make all the difference in the world between suffering in the dark feeling alone versus the experience of knowing they are lovingly being cared for, and that their opinions are respected.

If you feel your dog is experiencing an undiagnosed illness, and you want to work with an animal communicator, then I invite you to fill out an application to speak to me about your situation.  There is no cost for this initial Pet Assessment Discovery and Strategy meeting.  This meeting will be to determine if I am the right practitioner to work with your dog, and to formulate a plan for alleviating and/or resolving your dog’s issues.  Click here to fill out an application now.

Author: Val Heart is a leading animal communication expert, speaker, bestselling author & master healer. Val is often called The Real Life Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars.  Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pets and the Heart Catalyst for underperforming show horses to achieve their true potential. Learn how to talk to animals yourself!  Get your free Quickstart to Animal Talk Course

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Hi Friend,

I was recently in Los Angeles attending a business mastermind retreat with my mentor Eli Davidson. She asked us to each bring something with us that reflected our greatness, qualities we admired, something unbreakable. Then we got to do a show and tell with our colleagues at the retreat.

2 My special something was my blue scarab pet rock. Many years ago, I found this really cool rock on an adventure walk about. It was a roundish, grey river rock and it had a very nice energy to it.

Later on I decided to paint it according to my fancy. And of course, as you can see, the little pet rock family has expanded with 2 ladybugs and a salmon colored scarab!

Scarabs were treasured, even worshipped in Egypt, due to their ability to take dung and fertilize the ground with it, from which came the bountiful harvests Egypt depended on.

In class, the first point I made about my special rock was that the scarab was an inspiration to me, demonstrating the ability to turn the trash, pain, disappointment, so-called waste of our lives into treasure, life changing experiences, the very fertilizer needed for the soul to grow, heal and become prosperous and abundant.

The second point I made was about the ability to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Rocks are all around us, we often don’t even see them as we walk our path. I find them extraordinary and have even had conversations with rocks that were astonishing.

3 I encourage you to take a moment to experience the world around you in a new different way.

Try this: Close your eyes, relax, breathe deeply, let your mind be quiet. Let go of any distractions, tensions, worries or concerns for just this one moment in time.

Center yourself, feel your love for animals, connect with your appreciation and admiration for all of nature. Let yourself feel a deep sense of gratitude.

Take an everyday something you normally wouldn’t notice much. You might even take it for granted, completely overlooking it’s brilliance. Consciously choose to connect with it in a new way.

Shift your focus, tune in and connect. Feel the energy, the spiritual essence, the life force inherent in the beings, objects, the forms surrounding you. Let yourself come into close communion with it, whether it’s an animal, a bird, a plant, tree or even a rock or a building.

Try asking a question. What would you most like help with? If you could tap into their knowledge, experience and wisdom, what would you most love to know about? Let yourself imagine a dialogue between you. Ask questions and listen carefully for the reply.

If those beings, objects or forms chose to speak with you, if they had a message to share with you… what would it be?

The response could be a flash of image, a feeling, a thought, a concept, a gut knowing. When you do it right, the experience can literally be an epiphany, life changing moment, a small hinge that can open an enormous door.

Think that’s pretty far out there? Maybe it is, but you won’t know what you don’t know until you try it.

There is energy, wisdom and sentience in everything around you. Humans haven’t cornered the market on intelligence!

Remember other species have voices, feelings, wisdom and divine Spirits just like we do.

Animals need you to be able to hear them, to recognize, respect and revere them for the Angels, Teachers, Healers and Guides they truly are. Ultimately they can be your best teachers when you know how to tune in, listen and learn from them.

Much love to you and your loved ones,


Val Heart
The Real Dr Doolittle, Leading Animal Communication Expert, Speaker, Bestselling Author
Founder of The HEART System™ – 5 easy steps for solving problem with pets
Specializing in healing pain, illness, trauma; improving training, behavior, performance; easing transitions and reconnecting in the Afterlife

P.S. Ready to learn more about communicating with animals? If you’ve taken the FREE QuickStart to Animal Talk course, then you’re eligible to join the exclusive Animal Talk Coaching Club! Or, you can really dive in with the How to Talk to Animals Beginning Core Foundations Course!

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“The greatest lesson of life is that you are responsible for your life.” – Oprah Winfrey, talk show host

Bio: Val Heart – Expert animal communicator, speaker, bestselling author & master healer, Val is often called The Real Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars. Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pets. Get your Free QuickStart to AnimalTalk Course at
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Did you know that a dog’s breath is 102 degrees with 100 percent humidity? They cool themselves by panting. But during the summer, it can be harder for them to get cool without some help from their owners. Keeping your dog in the heat, even in a dog house or shady area, can lead to heat stroke. Stay aware of the rising temperatures to prevent your pet from feeling the heat.

How Hot is Too Hot?

Because animals don’t process or react to heat in the same way as us, it can be difficult for owners to measure how hot is too hot for their pets. When walking on any surface, place your hand on it for 30 seconds first. If it hurts your hand, it will hurt their paws. Their paws can burn, blister, crack and even bleed if exposed to overly hot surfaces. And never leave your pet in the car, even with the windows rolled down. On an 85-degree day, the temperature in the car can reach over 102 degrees in just 10 minutes, according to the Humane Society. That is hot enough to do organ damage or cause death. Once a dog’s internal temperature reaches 109, heatstroke sets in. Take action at the first signs, including:

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  • Excessive panting
  • Red lips and gums
  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive thirst
  • Staggering or Limping

Ways to Beat the Heat

  • Make your own frozen treats. Nothing cools you, or your pet, down better on a hot day than relaxing with something cold. Making them yourself is an inexpensive way treat your pet. Try a strawberry banana frozen delight from doggy dessert chef.
  • Take the dive together. If you have a pool, there is no reason why you shouldn’t take them in with you. Just be sure that they are good swimmers and there is a safe way for them to get out. Supplemental pool supplies like a pet pool ramp, like the ones offered at, can ensure they have a safe way in and out of the pool.

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  • Lounge in the shade with some wet towels or a cooling mat. A dog’s blood circulates closest to the skin at the head, neck, and under-belly. Providing cold or frozen mats, water bottles or towels for them to lay on cools them faster, according to the RSPCA.
  • Provide a well-ventilated area. Because they sweat through their tongue and paws, smaller areas, such as a dog house, can become humid very quickly. On excessively humid days, it is difficult for them to cool off. Giving them a well-ventilated, shady spot and providing fans to circulate the air, can help keep them cool.

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  • Have water fun in all forms. Many water toys are available, such as the Hydro Ball, Bone, or Saucer that squirt your dog for some cooling fun. But simply filling a bowl with water or chicken stock, throwing in your pet’s favorite toys, and freezing it can give your pet plenty of frozen fun time too.

Bio: Val Heart – Expert animal communicator, speaker, bestselling author & master healer, Val is often called The Real Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars. Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pets. Get your Free QuickStart to AnimalTalk Course at
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How Snails and a Corral The Snail That Got Away – my 1st Entrepreneurial Venture

Not many people know this, but my first entrepreneurial business when I was 28 years old was as a snail farmer! 

I was so excited!  I joined the Snail Farmers Association of America.

My company was called Texcargo (a play on the word Texas and Escargot) and my mission was to supply fresh, live, happy snails to the best restaurants in town. 

Possessing few carpenter skills, I nevertheless managed to build a snail corral to contain my little slimy beasties, and went to work gathering the perfect snails for my collection.  

I worked very hard to create the perfect environment and foods for them to flourish and multiply.  And multiply they did.  I soon had tiny bb sized snail babies climbing everywhere! 

I planned their diets carefully, made sure they were happy with lots of things to do including a tiny little jungle gym made out of tree branches, plants and herbs.  I began talking to restaurant owners, and lined out contracts and timelines for their delivery. 

Unfortunately, all my grand plans came to naught when I began communicating with the cute little critters.  I got to know them and started playing with them…  When I started naming them, I realized I just didn’t have the heart to… well, eat them. 

Shortly after that, my charges figured out how to escape their corral. In spite of my best efforts to herd them back in their corral, I was unable to round them up. 

So in retrospect, I’m happy to say I never got my snail farm off the ground.  To this day, I still have a very soft spot in my heart for the sweet natured, tiny but big hearted little creatures. 

We leave large footprints wherever we go, whoever we are, whatever body we are disguised inside.  It’s sharing our heart that makes a difference – for ourselves and those we are here to serve. 

My lifelong, heart inspired goal is to be consciously aware of the world around me, to be open and connected, and to feel and express even more love for you and your animals than ever before. 

Will you join me in following your passion, sharing your blessings, and loving, touching and changing the lives of the souls you are here to serve? 

Remember other species have voices, feelings, wisdom and divine Spirits just like we do.  They need us to be able to hear them, to recognize, respect and revere them.  Ultimately they can be our best teachers if we know how to learn from them.

If you also want to help animals live better, happier and healthier lives, then there are 2 things you can do right now.

First:  learn how to communicate with animals yourself.  Get started with my How to Talk to Animals Beginning and Advanced Courses, and come play with me LIVE in the Animal Talk Coaching Club for coaching, opportunities to practice and ongoing support to develop your skills.  Click Here

“I almost gave up on my scared, aggressive, rescued Haflinger horse, Gabe. He was a huge management problem, the whole ‘family’ was fed up. After my first session with Val, I could not believe the changes! The very next morning my dangerous boy was a joy to be around! I could lunge him without a halter or rope, and he would even stand to let me get on bareback! I’ve changed in a fundamental way too. And I almost didn’t do this for myself! If you are thinking of calling Val, I would not hesitate to say Do It!” Lou Robinson, Cornell University 

Second:  If you have a Powerful Sense that YOUR pet needs to tell you something, then Apply for a Complementary Discovery & Strategy Meeting Now.

For a limited time, I have a few new openings to help folks who are serious about improving their animal’s health, behavior and understanding. 

Gaining more clarity on what you really want from your pet, what’s in the way and together creating a plan to get you where you want to go IS the first step in solving any problem. Often changes occur simply by doing this one thing.

Claim Your Complementary Relationship Rescue Discovery Meeting – Click the link and fill out the short application.

If you’d like to experience breakthroughs you’d never expected, insights, healing, entertainment, enlightenment AND wisdom from your master teacher disguised as an animal, then now’s the time.

Much love to you and your loved ones, 

The Real Dr Doolittle & Leading Animal Communication Expert
Founder of The HEART System™ – 5 easy steps for solving problem with pets
Specializing in healing pain, illness, trauma; improving training, behavior, performance; easing transitions and reconnecting in the Afterlife

P.S.  Ready to learn and master communicating with animals?  Begin with the How to Talk to Animals Beginning Core Foundations Course!  Click to check out the Animal Talk Coaching Club:

P.S.S.  Prefer a Done For Me solution to solving behavior or health problems, or improving performance?  Let’s talk about it!

Apply For a Complementary Relationship Rescue Discovery Meeting – Click here and fill out the short application.

“To trust in the force that moves the universe is faith. Faith isn’t blind, it’s visionary.  Faith is believing that the universe is on our side, and that the universe knows what it’s doing.”  ~ Unknown
Bio: Val Heart – Expert animal communicator, speaker, bestselling author & master healer, Val is often called The Real Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars. Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pets. Get your Free QuickStart to AnimalTalk Course at
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race-horses-10020450 Although horse whispering has been around for ages, it most recently became a worldwide phenomenon in the mid 1990’s with the bestselling book and block buster movie with Robert Redford called The Horse Whisperer. The term is a colloquial for natural horsemanship. That is, it’s a collective term used to describe a variety of horse training techniques where abusive training methods are rejected. These techniques are unique in that they are very precise and share the general principal of developing a rapport with your horse. This is largely accomplished through animal communication techniques learned from and derived from observing free roaming horses.

Traditional horse training methods typically use unnecessary force. Horse whispering is a radical departure from this ‘traditional’ technique. Users and practitioners focus and relate to the behavior of the horse.  Their goal is to build a trustworthy partnership between animal and rider. In addition to using positive reinforcement training based on horse psychology, the best horse whisperers also know how to communicate with their horses to get the best results possible.

Have you ever tried to communicate with an animal but felt stonewalled?  Did it feel the animals shut you out and didn’t want to talk to you?  Have you experienced being confused by what you think they told you? Or you may have felt like you got stuck in the conversation and were at a loss as to how to proceed?  You know in your heart there is much more to be known and discussed, but you may not have a clue how to get the answers you seek.

That’s because there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about communicating with animals. Even if you are an amateur animal communicator you really can’t afford to make mistakes. Not only is it frustrating to get stuck.  The animal’s health and well-being may depend on your ability to be clear and accurate in hearing their messages to you. That takes practice and continuing education to sharpen your skills. You just need a few more conversational tools in your toolkit!

What kind of results can you get by practicing animal communication successfully and skillfully?  Just imagine the difference it would make to talk to a troubled horse.  If you do it right, your conversation could easily help them blossom to their full potential. Resistant horses have very good, valid reasons for being unable to focus under saddle, in training or in the show ring. When you discover what that is, all manner of possibilities can open up.  The result? Your horse is happily able to perform at peak levels during both practice and competition. When you are able to hear what is really troubling them, health, behavior and training issues can literally melt away…

For instance, a simple chat with a dog who has become dangerous, a worrisome liability to their people, could again become a loving, valued member of the family.  You could find out what happened to make a cat feel wracked with pain and barely able to move.  From your conversation, you could discover what caused them to hurt so badly.  There is often healing and relief simply in the telling and witnessing of an animal’s traumatic story.  Then the kitty can tell you what helps them feel better and what makes them worse.  Through your discussion, you could together explore natural pain relief therapies and allopathic, traditional approaches.  Your cat can become her/his joyful, playful self again.

These outcomes are not just possible. They are common when you are able to tap into the spiritual connection between you and communicate with your horse or any animal. These results are possible often just from enjoying a successful conversation with them. However, this is a touchy feely kind of skill.  Your success greatly depends on your dedication to developing your intuition and clearing any internal emotional or mental clutter. You need to train yourself to be sensitive in the right ways to approach an animal, and what not to do.

You must be able to connect with other beings confidently and stay in the conversation no matter what happens or what they tell you.  Finally you should be uber familiar with how this skill works best for you at any time and with any animal. Everyone is different, but we all fundamentally have one of three main ways of connecting, sending and receiving information energetically: clairaudient, clairsentient, or clairvoyant. You are born with these skills.  Everyone has these three abilities, but usually one or more will be dominant. Your job is to know what your primary way of connecting is, and be able to use it well and wisely when needed.  The others can be developed with work, time and practice.

Whether you’re just hanging out with your horse enjoying the day together, when there’s an emergency situation, or you are faced with an animal who is trying desperately to tell you something important, you need to be confident in guiding the conversation to the get to the vital information quickly.  First, to do this well, you need to have achieved a basic foundation of competency.  You must be able to connect, feel and hear an animal’s messages to you. Don’t worry if you are not receiving long eloquent messages!  If you can feel them and get glimpses of what they are emoting or thinking, then that’s a good place to start.

Next, it’s time to build on your skills so you can enjoy successful communication interactions.  Your goal is to easily communicate with every animal every time no matter what the situation is.  Whatever they tell you, you will need to know how to guide the conversation to get the best result possible.  Doing that really well can change your life.  It will also help you improve the lives of the animals you connect with.

Click Here to learn more about The Heart of the Conversation 7 Step  Blueprint for Successful Conversations with Animals™

Author: Val Heart is a leading animal communication expert, speaker, bestselling author & master healer. Val is often called The Real Life Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars. Author of the bestselling book Don’t Screw Up Your Dog!, she is also the Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pet and the Heart Catalyst for underperforming show horses to achieve their true potential. Learn how to talk to animals yourself! Get your free Quickstart to Animal Talk Course.


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Pet Communication Understanding the Importance of the Heartmind Connection Did you know that your pet is talking to you telepathically and energetically all the time, just begging for you to understand them?

I believe everyone is equipped to feel, connect and communicate with their animals.  That does not mean pet owners are always interested in learning, which is tragic when you consider the consequences of poor communication, misunderstandings and lost opportunities for growth, healing and evolvement.

Did you know that all animals communicate telepathically as well as through their body language and vocalizations? All beings, including humans, are born understanding how to feel and connect with others energetically over a distance. It is our first language, an innate gift.

Telepathic, energetic communication is the foundation for all communication whether it’s between humans and humans, animals and animals or humans and animals.

Telepathy is considered the true universal language. Experts agree that approximately 92 percent of all communication comes through energy exchanges, body language and intention. Only 7 percent comes through the spoken or written language. Can you imagine how much information you are missing by not being more open and receptive to the world and beings around you?

Professional pet psychics, also called animal communicators, have simply learned how to connect with animals through the magic of the heartmind connection.  But anyone who loves animals can learn how to connect and communicate too.

The truth is that when we are born, we innately feel and share information with everyone and everything around us through the energetic morphic field.  But as we age, we may consciously forget how to communicate telepathically.

As we grow up, we are taught spoken and written language, which is valuable in itself.  But the other more subtle means of communication become largely unconscious and lost to many of us.

Most pets feel that we humans are very dense, not too bright, difficult to reach telepathically and seem to be cut off from the world around us. They often tell me as a professional pet psychic that they feel sorry for their human friend and don’t know why they seem unable to ‘hear’ them…

The sad thing is they are right. Dogs, for example, usually become very good at using their body language to get across to us what they want or need. What do your dogs have to do to get your attention to demonstrate what they want?

Do they fiddle with their bowl or bring it to you when they’re hungry?  Do they paw your knee, bark and then run to the door to demonstrate what they need you to do so you’ll let them outside when they need to go to the bathroom?

Do they look very intently at you for long periods of time, like they are trying desperately and urgently to tell you something very important?

You know they do, and yes, they are trying to tell you something.

Learning animal communication is an exciting journey into the self, the nature and reality of our world, a behind-the-scenes look at the many complex interconnections between us all, and the real truth about relationships. It’s also about discovering how to connect at deeper levels with other beings…more importantly, your animals.

It’s important to know how to connect with your animal at a deeper level. Like humans, animals can experience an assortment of emotional and physical challenges which affect their health, well being and behavior. Since they don’t use the same spoken language we do it’s often a guessing game trying to learn how to help them when they are experiencing emotional, mental or physical distress.

As with all problems, the place to start is with a conversation.  They need to be heard, listened to and respected. What they tell you can make a huge difference in how quickly you can help them, in what actions you decide to take on their behalf, and how much money it will cost you, if any.

Learning to communicate with your pet can transform and deepen your whole relationship, allowing and encouraging them to connect with you. As you learn to see and respect them as intelligent, responsive beings with spiritual qualities you can admire and learn from, you’ll begin to know them at a much deeper level. And they’ll delight in responding to you because now they know that you’re more intelligent and interesting than they thought!


Author: Val Heart is a leading animal communication expert, speaker, bestselling author & master healer. Val is often called The Real Life Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars. Author of the bestselling book Don’t Screw Up Your Dog!, she is also the Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pet and the Heart Catalyst for underperforming show horses to achieve their true potential. Learn how to talk to animals yourself! Get your free Quickstart to Animal Talk Course.

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How to Help An Aging Cat 5 Tips on Caring for Senior Felines One day your cat can no longer jump on top of things they once used as their perch, such as the refrigerator or bookshelf. You may also notice your cat’s appetite or weight begins to wane, their sleeping time increases and even their playtime habits change as they slow down.  Even though cats tend to age more gracefully than other pets, they still age.

According to ‘America’s Veterinarian’ Dr. Marty Becker, author of 22 books and three time New York Times best seller, there are several things you can do to help both you and your cat enjoy their golden years.

Medical issues
There are many common medical problems in aging cats. They include cancer, renal disease, overactive thyroid, intestinal issues, pancreatitis and diabetes. Less well known problems are kitty senility, decreases in vision, hearing and loss of the sense of smell and taste.

One of the worrisome health problems with our aging furry feline friends, Dr. Becker explains, is arthritis. This degenerative, inflammatory disease is often the reason many cats suddenly stop jumping around or on top of things as much, and they lose touch with their playful inner kitty.

How can you tell if your cat is affected? Watch out for these signs that something isn’t right in their world.

Behavior changes include crying in the night, not consistently using the litter box or getting lost in the house.  Their appetite may change, their coat may look unkempt, or they may suddenly gain or lose weight.  They may also act confused about relating to family members, which is a significant sign there is a problem.

Of course, these are not always just signs of aging!  They can also be indicators of dental disease, cancer or arthritis, or other serious medical conditions, so do not write off behavior changes as simply aging problems. It’s important to seek the expertise of a qualified veterinarian, especially a vet who specializes in feline and geriatric care.

Cats are masters at hiding things so the symptoms of problems can be subtle.

Tips to make things easier for your furry feline friend
1.  Reconsider and adjust things like the height of their favorite perch, window seat or shelf. You may even offer them a safe, secure and warm bed on the floor where they can easily reach it.

2. Notice how difficult it might be for them to step into and out of their litter box. Jumping in and out of a tall litter box can become quite a challenge as they get older, especially if your cat has arthritis or hip problems or any kind of back pain.

3.  Be sure the liter is the right depth. If it’s too deep it is like wading through sand, it’s hard to move around easily especially as their balance and strength decrease.  If it’s not deep enough, they could splash themselves or not be able to cover anything up which makes them uncomfortable.

4.  Aging cats also tend to display less interest in being stroked, brushed and touched by their human caretakers than they may have before. They do still need to be touched and brushed, and may even require more help with their coat like bathing or grooming.  Be patient and gentle when you interact with them and do what needs doing in small baby steps so as not to stress them overmuch.

5.  They may be less inclined to play, or have less stamina for the games they used to enjoy so much.  You can still offer games and let them watch you or others play which encourages them to enjoy the activity.  And they may get so enthused they decide that they want to join in after all!

The very best way to know for sure what your kitty is actually going through is to communicate with them so they can tell you what their experience actually is from their viewpoint.  What they tell you will help your vet best know how to help them feel better for as long as possible.

Catching problems in time to be proactive will make all the difference in your ability to resolve whatever it is as quickly and easily as possible.  At the least you can take action to help ease their symptoms and slow the aging process.


Author: Val Heart is a leading animal communication expert, speaker, bestselling author & master healer. Val is often called The Real Life Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars. Author of the bestselling book Don’t Screw Up Your Dog!, she is also the Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pet and the Heart Catalyst for underperforming show horses to achieve their true potential. Learn how to talk to animals yourself! Get your free Quickstart to Animal Talk Course.

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Smart Tips on How to Introduce Your New Baby to Your Pet For many pet owners, their dogs are often treated like children.  However, when a human baby or child is about to enter the home for the first time, your dog may be less than thrilled about the new addition.  If your dog is displaying behavior issues already, these will likely be worse once you bring home a new baby.

The good news is that nine months is a lot of time to work on correcting your pet’s issues. If you are unsure how to resolve any existing behavioral problems, this is a good time to work with a professional. In the meantime, there are several smart steps you can take during your pregnancy and after the birth to help with the household transition.

Reduce the energy
When it’s time to bring your new baby home, allow your dog to enter the house and greet everyone with her usual excitement while you remain outside the house with the baby. After your dog has done her usual greeting and releases some of her energy, put her on a leash. This is important in the event she reacts poorly to the baby.  It will also help your dog know that she is under control and can calm down while in hand.  The person with the leash should have some treats in hand. Introduce the baby to your dog and reward her for every good, calm and/or unexcited behavior.

If you have an extra hyper dog, take them for a long walk before the baby arrives home for the first time. Drain your dog of its extra energy and make sure they are in a calm state before entering the home. Your dog will pick up on the new scent as soon as they enter the house. If everyone inside the house is also in a calm state, any lingering anxiety your dog may have will settle fairly quickly. Allow your dog to smell the baby from a respectful distance, teaching the dog to respect the boundaries of the baby.

Set boundaries
Using items that belong to the baby, such as a burp cloth or toy that has the baby’s scent is a useful tool in helping to set clear boundaries. Allow your dog to smell the items from a distance while you are holding them. This teaches your dog that the smell, the items, belong to you. Giving your dog permission to smell the items, and teach them to not sniff them when you ask them to leave it alone, will help teach your dog respect for both you and the baby.

Establish nursery boundaries on the first day. It is often a better idea to teach your dog that the nursery is off limits and they are not permitted to enter the room without your permission. Over time, for continued good behavior you can allow your dog to smell and explore the room while you are there, but when you leave, the dog also has to leave the room. Doing this will set clear rules that you are the leader and that the room belongs to you and must be respected.

Don’t forget your dog
Understandably, a new baby takes up a lot of your time.  However, it is equally important that you remember to take good care of your dog and give them attention too.  While new toys are nice, they are not necessary for your dog to feel important. Keep your dog happy by making sure you stay on schedule with their usual routine. Feeding time, dog walks and play time should be kept the same along with consistent leadership. This will help your dog feel secure and relaxed with the new baby in the house.

If your dog is still in puppy stage when the baby arrives and has a tendency to bite, you will want to correct that habit to avoid injuries to the baby. You can learn more by reading How to Train a Puppy That Bites.

As your dog is more comfortable and relaxed around your baby and you know you can trust her to be respectful, then you can begin to allow more contact.  Eventually, if you do it right, you can give your dog babysitting privileges once they’ve earned it.


Author: Val Heart is a leading animal communication expert, speaker, bestselling author & master healer. Val is often called The Real Life Dr Doolittle™ and Animal Communicator to the Stars. Author of the bestselling book Don’t Screw Up Your Dog!, she is also the Founder of The HEART System™ for solving problems with pet and the Heart Catalyst for underperforming show horses to achieve their true potential. Learn how to talk to animals yourself! Get your free Quickstart to Animal Talk Course.

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brown-pony-1003089 As you shake the grain bucket to call your horse in for dinner, he lifts his head in acknowledgement. Slowly, he ambles toward you, then he abruptly stops, looks at his side and proceeds to lie down. Not only is he not interested in eating, but he is also looking fairly uncomfortable, every now and then rolling on the ground. It would appear that he is having a dreaded bout of colic. You’ve heard others’ stories about how they’ve coped with a colic crisis; however, it’s time to take a veterinary approach to handling colic and dispel some of the prevailing myths.

A Starting Point

The first order of business, besides remaining calm, is to determine how serious your horse’s bellyache may be. If he’s down, encourage him to get to his feet and see if he’ll stand quietly. Take him to a patch of green grass, if available, and see if this stimulates him to eat. If he is still uncomfortable, put him on a longeline or in a round pen and work him at a vigorous trot for about 10 minutes (provided he doesn’t have a musculoskeletal ailment that prevents exercise). This trotting motion may move gas bubbles around and relieve a simple colic. If he hasn’t improved and shows no interest in food following this exercise, it’s time to call your vet.

A general rule is that if the colic doesn’t resolve completely within half an hour, you should seek veterinary attention. While waiting for the vet, start gathering some information about your horse’s vital signs (read on for instructions on collecting vital signs.)

Responding to Your Horse’s Pain
Through the years, horse owners have thought that a horse with colic should be walked until the pain has abated, even if this means walking your horse all night, for hours on end. However, this approach is not in your horse’s best interest and does little to help his plight. Although your horse may be exhibiting discomfort or a lack of appetite related to his colic, if he’ll lie quietly, then you can leave him be while waiting for your vet. It’s best if he conserves his energy resources by resting calmly—either standing on his feet or lying on the ground.

However, if your horse’s pain level is such that he is trying to thrash or roll violently, it may be better to move him around at a walk or a trot to keep him from injuring himself. Be sure to not put yourself in a position where you could be trapped or injured.

One pervasive myth is that an intestinal twist can be prevented by not allowing a colicky horse to roll. However, a horse can be standing upright and still develop a twist that requires surgery. If the intestines lack normal motility and/or are distended with gas or accumulated intestinal contents, such as in an impaction, then this may pull the bowel out of position, resulting in a displacement. A displacement may also be a full-blown torsion, in which the intestine has rotated on its axis. Rolling may increase the chance of displacement of a loop of bowel, particularly when intestinal motility is compromised.

To Feed or Not to Feed?
A horse with mild colic may act as if he is improving, only to relapse after eating a bit of hay as his stomach fills. In general, it is OK to offer a sloppy mash to try to stimulate his appetite, since the presence of feed and the act of eating stimulate intestinal motility. But avoid offering grain or other fermentable feed when possible. Initially, offer only small quantities of mash or his regular hay until you are certain your horse is on the mend. If he gobbles a bran mash and eagerly seeks more food, this is encouraging. Wait a short while to see how he handles the ingested food, and then offer small amounts at frequent intervals rather than just dumping a large pile of hay into his feeder.

Short periods (10 minutes) of grazing or eating grass hay can also give you an idea of how much your horse has returned to his normal self. At all times, your horse should have access to clean, fresh water. All the while, check his vital signs, especially his intestinal motility.

Resist the Temptation to Medicate
It is often tempting to give a colicky horse a dose of flunixin meglumine (Banamine) or phenylbutazone paste (bute). This is not necessarily a good idea without first conferring with your vet, for many reasons:

  • Oral medication is poorly absorbed from the intestines in a horse with compromised gut motility, as is often the case with colic. Even under normal circumstances, oral medications require several hours to be absorbed and begin working. An oral dose is less likely to help with immediate colic pain, and once given, it interferes with both a veterinarian’s assessment and the ability to administer this medication intravenously to provide immediate pain relief.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may significantly mask symptoms of a surgical problem, thereby delaying appropriate treatment. These medications can create kidney function problems and/or gastric ulcers in a dehydrated horse.
  • Injectable flunixin meglumine given intramuscularly has been known to create Clostridia infection within the muscles, causing life-threatening consequences. In addition, many horse owners are unaware that the label dose of flunixin meglumine is twice the amount that should be given to a colicky horse—such a large dose is able to mask a surgical condition for as much as half a day. This could delay appropriate medical intervention and reduce the horse’s chances for survival.

Colic Confusion
Other issues may cause a horse to look colicky when in fact there is not an intestinal problem. Some examples include tying up, a mare going into labor, pleuropneumonia, choking on feed, or painful laminitis. Your first course of action is to get a recumbent horse on his feet, gather all his vital signs and note his behavior so you can relay this information to your vet.

Your Veterinarian’s Analysis
After conducting a thorough physical evaluation, including a rectal exam, your veterinarian will have a better idea if your colicky horse has an intestinal displacement that requires surgery, such as a twist (torsion) that won’t respond to medical therapy alone.

Sometimes, however, the decision to go to surgery isn’t apparent until the colic has progressed for some time. Your vet may administer intravenous (IV) fluids in addition to administering pain medications. Intravenous fluids help jump-start your horse’s intestinal motility, keep him hydrated and stabilize his cardiovascular system. There is no downside to being proactive and administering IV fluids to a colicky horse, especially when he is not as responsive to conservative medical therapy (such as anti-inflammatory pain medications and stomach tubing) as expected. Intravenous fluid therapy has the ability to turn around a brewing impaction and to improve intestinal circulation. The objective in all cases is to restore intestinal motility, which relieves distention and pressure created by accumulating gas and dehydrating intestinal contents in a stagnant bowel. This also lessens the likelihood of a surgical displacement.

Your horse’s vital signs should be evaluated periodically throughout the recovery period as his condition can change suddenly and unexpectedly, transforming from what seemed to be a simple medical condition to one that requires immediate surgery. Your horse’s vital signs and demonstration of pain provide significant clues as to how he is or isn’t responding to medical therapy.

The most appropriate means of saving your horse from colic is to practice preventive management.

  • Always provide clean water to keep your horse’s gastrointestinal tract well-hydrated. Make sure his water doesn’t freeze in the winter.
  • Keep your horse’s diet consistent and feed at least 60 percent of his diet (by weight) as roughage (hay or pasture), which is good for the health of the large intestine.
  • Feed good-quality hay that’s not too coarse and stemmy or too fine. Avoid dusty and/or moldy hay.
  • Use feeding practices that minimize eating directly off the ground, such as tire feeders that prevent spreading of hay through the dirt.
  • Feed psyllium products for five to seven consecutive days each month to move dirt and sand through the bowel, particularly in sandy regions.
  • Implement an aggressive deworming program, dosing every six to eight weeks or as recommended by your veterinarian. Internal parasites may interfere with intestinal circulation and cause bowel inflammation, which can adversely affect intestinal motility. Dose appropriately for your horse’s body weight.
  • Remove manure from paddocks at least twice weekly and one to two times per day from stalls to reduce the presence of infective intestinal worm larvae.
  • Have yearly dental exams and tooth floating performed by your vet to enable your horse to adequately chew and process his feed.
  • Allow your horse ample daily exercise from turn-out and/or riding.
  • Minimize stress in herd situations (such as putting a timid horse with dominant horses), confinement, and during transport whenever possible.
  • At the first sign of reduced appetite, lessened manure production, or your horse not acting like himself, call your vet.

Proactive Therapy
Every case of colic is unique, and each horse’s ordeal must be addressed individually. Waiting for hours to see if colic will spontaneously resolve can be a costly decision. A capable equine veterinarian can offer the best assessment and guide you through decisions for providing the most relevant medical approach.

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