Daily Thrive

Eastern Medicine for Man’s Best Friend - A look at acupuncture for pets

  • 1 September 2016
  • Content Editor

By Caren Burmeister, Photography by Craig O’Neal

Pets plagued with allergies, arthritis and hot spots often don’t respond well to conventional veterinarian medicine. But holistic medicine, well, that just might be the cat’s meow.

Acupuncture, laser therapy, chiropractic, massage and nutritional care can be very successful for chronic, degenerative diseases and overall wellness, say Jenna Castner Hauck, who practices holistic therapies at her Jacksonville Beach clinic, Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness.

Don’t Work Yourself to Death - How to deal with workplace stress

  • 1 September 2016
  • Content Editor

By Caren Burmeister

Sometimes people have to hit rock bottom before they turn their lives around. Jacksonville Cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Constantin sees this frequently when it comes to high blood pressure.

One patient, a morbidly obese alcoholic in his fifties who often skipped his medications, had been in and out of the hospital four or five times due to heart failure.

“He was his own worst enemy,” says Constantin of the First Coast Cardiovascular Institute.

Soccer - For family fun and fitness

  • 1 September 2016
  • Content Editor

By Bob Fernee, Photography by Bob Mack

The world’s most popular sport has exploded in popularity in the United States throughout the past few decades. There was a time when soccer was rarely seen on television. Now, it’s shown all the time. Locally, Jacksonville Armada FC, a professional team in the North American Soccer League (NASL), and many recreational clubs serve kids and adults all over the First Coast.

Little Talbot & Big Talbot Island - Adventure away from civilization

  • 1 September 2016
  • Content Editor

Written and Photographed by Maggie FitzRoy

The dunes framing the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park are as natural and undisturbed as they were in the days of the Timucuan Indians.

As I walk along a boardwalk toward the beach, I am alone amid a vast expanse of shrubs, wild flowers and sea oats. Stepping out onto the beach, I see only sand, ocean and sky. The hazy far-off silhouettes of US Navy ships to the south at Naval Station Mayport are the only signs of civilization.

Daily Thrive: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

  • 22 August 2016
  • Content Editor

By Dr. Erin Cann

Photography by: Anthony Hutcherson & TICA

In my 10 years of practice in veterinary medicine, I have seen it all. From obesity to dental disease, animals can have severe health problems if not addressed and treated properly. While all animals may have health-related problems, I have seen these issues arise more frequently in cats. Cat veterinarian visits have decreased by 30 percent since 2001, and only one cat in every five dogs visits the veterinarian within a year. These statistics are alarming and can be attributed to a variety of reasons.

Daily Thrive: How Do You Know If Your Dog is Overheated?

  • 26 July 2016
  • Content Editor

By Caren Burmeister

It’s 106 degrees Fahrenheit outside, or at least it feels like it, and Fido is wagging his tail and scratching at the door. He’s begging to go running at the park. If you can handle the heat, so can he, right? Wrong.

“Unlike people, dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves,” says Dr. Alanna Lowry, a veterinarian at Fleming Island Pet Clinic. “People will bring them out in the same situations, but dogs are more susceptible.”

Daily Thrive: Making the Most of Your Lunch Break

  • 26 July 2016
  • Content Editor

By Jon Vredenburg, MBA, RD, CDE, CSSD, LD/N

Lack of time is typically the number one excuse people will claim for not getting enough physical activity. The lunch hour provides a great opportunity to maintain some level of fitness amidst our busy lives. Although emerging from a mid-day workout dripping with sweat may be great for maximizing the heart rate, it can be bad for business. Thankfully, it is still possible to stay active at lunch, without needing to take the rest of the day off for cleaning up.

Daily Thrive: Family Swimming for Fun and Fitness

  • 26 July 2016
  • Content Editor
Seth and Emily Carpenter playfully toss their son Richmond

By Bob Fernee, Photography by Woody Huband

The tension builds as 3-year-old Richmond Carpenter stands poised, knees bent, looking at the deep end of the family’s backyard swimming pool in front of him. Then with a yelp and a splash, he hits the water, goes under, comes up and starts swimming like a fish, as natural as can be.

His sisters, Zoe, age 9, and Teagan, age 6, let out sounds of celebration when they too create a plunge into the crystal clear blue water. Surfacing, they swim effortlessly to the end of the pool.