Food decisions

Food decisions

In a recent survey, pet owners and veterinary professionals were sharply divided on pet food ingredients and types of dog and cat diets. 61 percent pet owners and 25 percent veterinary professionals felt grain-free diets are healthier for dogs. 35 percent pet owners...
Deadly Flea and Tick Prevention

Deadly Flea and Tick Prevention

Bravecto, also known as fluralaner, was released for use on dogs in the United States in spring 2014 to aid in the treatment and prevention of flea and tick infestation. Prior to release on the market, the drug had been tested on small groups of healthy dogs in a...
Avoid These Deadly & Disgusting Ingredients

Avoid These Deadly & Disgusting Ingredients

What dog/cat food ingredients should pet parents stay away from and why? Carrageenan in canned food – highly inflammatory. Meat and bone meal – from rendered animals, may have high levels of heavy metals and euthanasia solution Unspecified meat or meat...
Is Household Dust Harming Your Pets?

Is Household Dust Harming Your Pets?

A recent Swedish study found high levels of flame retardant chemicals in blood samples taken from household cats. The brominated chemicals are used to increase flame resistance in carpets, electronics, and furniture. As the chemicals break down, they become airborne...
Can You Clone Love?

Can You Clone Love?

While attending the Super Pet Expo in Chantilly, Virginia, last month I came upon a booth called ViaGen. It appeared to be a veterinary or medical endeavor, so I stopped by to see what they had to offer. I was astonished to find they were a cloning company! I love my...
National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day

Today is National Siblings Day. I have a sister who is 15 months older than I. We get along pretty well, but we live 300 miles apart. When we were young we fought like crazy, making our parents want to send us outside to work it out. I remember throwing shoes at her...
Poor Diet Leads To Poor Health

Poor Diet Leads To Poor Health

I recently saw a very nice, older Labrador that was drinking and urinating more than usual. The dog was obese, weighing in at 120 pounds, with an ideal weight of 75 to 80 pounds. Her coat, foot pads, and nose were light gray, dry, and cracked. She was arthritic and...
Avoid This Treat!

Avoid This Treat!

Wow! Just had an interesting (and by interesting, I mean NOT GOOD) conversation with a representative from the Nylabone company. I was asking about their NUBZ product sold at Costco. A new patient ate a bag of these treats and then seemed to become ill. The dog is...
This Popular Treat Is Not a Good Choice

This Popular Treat Is Not a Good Choice

I often hear clients say they hide medications in peanut butter, make treats with peanut butter, and fill toys with peanut butter for their pets. I cringe because I don’t think this is a good choice. Some companies have been adding xylitol to peanut butter,...
My Kitty Doesn’t Like to Drink

My Kitty Doesn’t Like to Drink

Cats are really desert dwellers and are not programmed to drink large amounts. They also will not drink if their food is near the water bowl (no water near “the kill”) or if the water is near the litter box (don’t drink where you…). They...