Kristina Callender, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and AHELPer since 2011
"Why does it feel like grief when my animal companion is living with illness or advanced age?"
Jeannie Black and her "Lucky" share a tender moment in his last months of hospice care. (Photo: Jeannie Black Photography)Read more
By Michelle Nichols, M.S.
AHELP Project Director and Co-founder
Hospice philosophy puts great emphasis upon “Care for the Caregiver” (you!)
Supportive friends can boost both yours and your friend's moods when you are feeling down. Add a mental health professional to your Care Team for emotional guidance. (Photo: Michelle Nichols)Read more
“Supporting my animal friend through a hospice approach to care sounds right to me. What next?”
Being supported by trusted veterinarians and other professionals is important to success in the hospice care you seek for your animal friend. (Photo: Carol Soukup)Read more
“Why animal hospice? My beloved animal friend is not ready to die yet.”
[Andy and his friend, "Armin", share a tender moment during hospice care. Credit: Michelle Nichols]
Consider what hospice and palliative care is about. If you’re like us, you’ll begin to ask, “Why NOT animal hospice and palliative care?”
While looking for a safe flea repellant for cats, I came across a recommendation by a breeder for a home-made flea dip using neem leaf tea (as opposed to the much stronger neem oil). It was intriguing — but I cannot find that article again.
Instead, I found a recipe – for a neem leaf tea anti-flea spray – on www.naturalnews.com. The entire article, How to Use Organic Neem Leaf for Flea and Tick Control for Cats by Susan Lavarie, is interesting. I’ll just quote the recipe and instructions here, and I’ll add the caveat that I don’t know anyone who has tried neem leaf tea for flea control. It would be great to hear in the comments from a cat guardian who has. I myself can only conduct the trial on a certain little dog – not the same thing, I know – but I will update this post with the result.Read more