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The Ghost Cow of Griggstown

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Happy Halloween, everyone! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays because it takes place in one of the prettiest months of the year AND it involves lots and lots of candy. This time of year I love driving around the farmland of central Maryland....

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Why a Diet Change Won't Fix Food Your Cat's Allergies

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When I discuss the possibility that a cat might be suffering from a food allergy, owners will often say “that’s not possible, I changed his food and he didn’t get any better.” This has no effect on my tentative diagnosis...

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Mislabeled Pet Food: Are Your Pets at Risk?

Filed Under TheDailyVet

When you shop for your food, you trust the labels to tell you what you are buying. This is especially true if there are certain foods or ingredients you need to avoid for medical reasons. That is why regulations require that labels accurately...

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How We Talk About Pet Cancer - Words Matter

Filed Under TheDailyVet

The vernacular surrounding a diagnosis of cancer is intense: We speak of fighting the disease. Those who endure treatment are survivors and warriors. We battle against it and, ultimately, we dream of a world where cancer is eradicated. I’m...

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New App Promises to Help You Hook Up With Your Perfect Pet-Match

Filed Under Health & Science

Looking for love online has never been easier. With advancements in technology, getting hooked up with your perfect match is as simple as swiping a finger on your smartphone or tablet. But we’re not talking about finding your next...

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Highlights of the 2014 Holistic Veterinary Conference

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2014 American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. It was my first opportunity to go as a conference participant (as we veterinarians regularly must...

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Can Reversible Birth Control for Dogs Be a Reality?

Filed Under TheDailyVet

When veterinarians discuss the pros and cons of spaying and neutering dogs, the choice is presented as an either/or decision. This isn’t surprising. While an intact dog can always be spayed or neutered later, once these surgeries have...

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Study Finds 45% of Raw Pet Foods Contaminated with Dangerous Bacteria

Filed Under NutritionNuggets

I have recently developed a special interest in the bacterial contaminants in dog food that can be transmitted to people. Why? Because my one year old son has an obsession with our dog’s kibble. The second my back is turned he scoots his...

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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Cat

Filed Under TheDailyVet

While Halloween may be a fun and exciting time for your kids, your cat may find it more stressful than fun. A steady stream of strangers ringing the doorbell, all wearing strange costumes and shouting “Trick or Treat” may be enough...

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Make Way for Mini Cows

Filed Under TheDailyVet

It used to be that my belief in miniature cows was like that of UFOs and the Loch Ness Monster: I’d believe they existed if I saw one. I had heard of mini cows before and ignorantly blustered my way around the anecdotal evidence....

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Pet Pills and Products: An Environmental Safety Concern

Filed Under TheDailyVet

How do you get rid of expired or unused medications and health care products for your pet? How about your own medications and personal care products? Do you throw them in the garbage or flush them down the toilet? Did you know that the...

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Understanding Chemotherapy and the Roles of Specialists

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are confusing topics. When complicated terminology is combined with the anxiety associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it’s easy to understand how things become blurry. Further complicating things are...

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Dogs and Ebola – What We Know

Filed Under TheDailyVet

The association between Ebola and dogs has been all over the news lately. After potentially being exposed by their infected owners, a Spanish dog, Excalibur, was euthanized, while a Texas dog, Bentley, is being held in isolation at an undisclosed...

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Spanish Town Deploys Dog-Poo Police

Filed Under Strange But True

MADRID, Oct 16, 2014 (AFP) - A Spanish town is deploying citizen street patrols and actors dressed as detectives to combat an invasion of dog droppings. Actors in Sherlock Holmes costumes will spend the next two weeks pressing the case...

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VPAID Certification

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Top Tips for Pet Earthquake Preparedness

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Drought, wildfires, and earthquakes are some of the natural disasters that we Californians currently face. This may deter some people from moving to The Golden State, but I'd rather endure a chance that the earth will shake around me or...

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Diets for Helping Cats with Chronic Diarrhea

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Chronic diarrhea is an all too common problem for cats and their owners. In a perfect world, veterinarians would always be able to fully work up the case, come to a definitive diagnosis, and prescribe treatment that cures the diarrhea. But as...

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Dying Man's Condition Improves After Seeing His Beloved Dog

Filed Under Health & Science

Every pet lover knows and understands the bond between a dog and his human. It is an incredibly special connection that heals all wounds and lifts all spirits. And medical workers in a Kentucky hospital are experiencing that amazing, heartwarming...

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German Hunters Angered by Proposed Ban on Shooting Cats

Filed Under Strange But True

BERLIN, Oct 09, 2014 (AFP) - German hunters are up in arms over a proposed law that would prohibit them from shooting cats, a practice they say helps save birds and rodents. The hunters' federation of the rural state of North Rhine-Westphalia...

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7 Common Cat Myths Disproved

Filed Under TheDailyVet

With cats being the mysterious creatures they are, a number of myths have sprung up around them. Many of these myths are far from being true and some even border on being ridiculous; but they persist, nevertheless. Cats always land...

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Lion Cub Abandoned by Parents, Taken in by Sheepdog Mom

Filed Under Strange But True

WOJCIECHOW, Poland, Oct 09, 2014 (AFP) - A lion cub who was abandoned at birth by his parents has been cuddling up to a shaggy-haired sheepdog and mother-of-five at a private zoo in Poland. Parys was born last week at the small zoo in...

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Treating Large Animals is Easier than Treating Small Animals

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Recently, my elderly and dilapidated cat, Scabs, who is named for a reason, has had the sneezes, much to my consternation. Scabs is an indoor cat and sleeps 25 hours a day — how could she catch a cold? I mean, she doesn’t DO anything....

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Texas Ebola Patient's Dog will be Spared, Say U.S. Officials

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WASHINGTON - The pet dog of a Texas healthcare worker who was infected with Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient will not be killed, US officials said Monday. The American answer to the question of what to do with a dog whose owner...

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How Much Should You Feed Your Dog in Fall and Winter?

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Fall is here and winter is approaching. Do you plan to feed your dog the same amount of food as you did this spring and summer? Why? Do you plan to feed the same food? Why? Is your dog as active in the winter months when the temperatures are...

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The Art and Science of Diagnosing GI Disease

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Diagnosing GI (gastrointestinal) disease in dogs and cats is not always a quick process because most conditions (and there are a lot of them) cause similar symptoms — namely some combination of vomiting, diarrhea, poor appetite, and/or...

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