August 30 - Holistic Pet Day
It's National Holistic Pet Day. This day celebrates the growing interest in natural and holistic medicine and celebrates those animals who are treated with holistic pet care. Here are some tips to help you develop a holistic approach to caring for your pets:
Feed a natural diet: Read the label on your pet's food. Avoid by-products and chemicals such as BHT, BHA, and ethoxyquin whenever possible.
Decrease your use of vaccines: Current conventional research has shown that most pets do not need annual "shots." Insist on vaccine antibody titers to determine if and when your pet may need a booster.
Focus on your pet's consistent good health, rather than simply treating disease: Don't wait for your pet to become ill. Regular (every 6-12 months) physical examinations and blood and urine testing will allow you to do this. A healthy pet is less likely to become ill.
Consider massage: Massage can help animals in a variety of ways and for a variety of ailments.
August - National Catfish Month
The month of August was designated as National Catfish Month by Congress in the late 1980s to highlight contributions the U.S. catfish industry makes to the economy, while providing consumers with a healthy, safe and great-tasting product. Each year, four states that produce the majority of the nation's catfish - Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi - recognize their most respected and successful farmers as "Catfish Farmers of the Year."
The marketing arm of the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry, has more information including catfish recipes.