How Microbes and Animals Interact

In this episode, host Angela Ardolino interviews Holly Ganz, Ph.D. Ganz is a microbial ecologist who studies how microbes and mammals interact. After creating KittyBiome in 2015, Ganz realized that digestive disorders are common in cats and dogs and that the gut microbiome plays an important role in some of these conditions. Ganz founded AnimalBiome in 2016 in order to create better diagnostics and therapeutics for cats and dogs.

Is Arnica Oil Safe for Dogs?

As essential oils gain popularity, you may begin hearing more and more about arnica oil. Arnica oil, also called Arnica Montana, Wolf’s Bane, Leopard’s Bane, or mountain tobacco, has been used for centuries for its healing properties. But you might be surprised to learn that arnica oil has several benefits for dogs, too.   Before…

Lila the Frenchie’s Allergies

At 3-years-old, Lila the Frenchie is one of the most loving dogs who has ever come through my doors. Lila was suffering from severe allergies, including itchy and irritated skin. Her parents had taken her to a well-meaning veterinarian who had prescribed Apoquel—a common medication given to reduce inflammation and treat allergies and skin issues…

Clara’s Shrinking Tumors

When Clara, a 7-year-old black lab, started coming to Fire Flake Farm for her doggy-vacation, I fell in love with her playful, fun spirit. But Clara was in pain. She had a tumor the size of a grapefruit on her chest, and another the size of a tangerine on her back. Since so much inflammation…

Oh Honey! Is honey safe for dogs?

Oh honey, it’s time we have the talk about the birds and the bees. Specifically, the bees and their honey. Honey is more than just a delicious addition to our diet, and if you are like me, you use it for nearly everything, from soothing a sore throat to preventing seasonal allergies. But you may…