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How Obesity is Causing Arthritis in Our Pets

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Arthritis is a common ailment affecting our pets today, especially middle-aged to senior dogs and cats. Like in people, one of the main contributors to arthritis in dogs and cats is excess weight putting stress on joints – and there is...

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How Obesity is Causing Arthritis in Our Pets

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Arthritis is a common ailment affecting our pets today, especially middle-aged to senior dogs and cats. Like in people, one of the main contributors to arthritis in dogs and cats is excess weight putting stress on joints – and there is...

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5 Signs Your Cat is Stressed (and How to Relieve it)

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The anxiety and fear associated with stress affects your cat similar to the way it affects people, though cats tend to hide it well. Even worse, chronic stress "suppresses the immune response, causing a broad range of illnesses," says...

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5 Signs Your Dog is Stressed (and How to Relieve it)

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Is your dog acting unusual? Perhaps he or she seems overly anxious or depressed. Stress is more common in dogs than you may think. Even worse, stress can negatively impact your dog's health. Here are five common signs of stress in dogs to...

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Cat Refusing Food? Spitting Up? It May Be Due to Sensitive Stomach

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Cats can be finicky over so many different things, but it's especially frustrating if they turn a snout to the food in front of them. Let's look at some possible reasons why this may be happening and how to help your cat. Why...

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Dog Not Eating? Spitting Up Food? It May Be Due to Sensitive Stomach

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Many dogs eat like there's no tomorrow. Other dogs don't show much enthusiasm and turn a snout to nearly everything put in front of them. Here are a few reasons why this may be happening and how to help your dog. Why Isn't...

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5 Common Dog Illnesses that are Impacted by Nutrition

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A high quality, well-balanced diet is fundamental to your dog's health, but do you know why? Here are just a few illnesses commonly seen in dogs that are directly affected by their diet. 1. Obesity Obesity is a nationwide epidemic...

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Why You Need a Surgeon to Perform Your Pet's Cancer Surgery

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Certain combinations are indelibly etched in our minds as cohesive partnerships. For example, can you think of peanut butter without contemplating jelly? I challenge you to hear the word “ying” and not think of “yang.”...

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Are 'Natural' and 'Organic' Just Words on a Dog Food Label?

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Take a close look at the front of a few dog food labels the next time you are at the pet supply store. Do you know what’s behind the phraseology that you see there? In some cases, what is written is defined by a regulatory body, but other...

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World's Oldest Two-Faced Cat Dies at 15 Years of Age

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I was saddened to hear the news of a remarkable, two-faced, 15-year-old cat who recently passed away. Yet, I’m intrigued to learn more about this feline and how he lived to such an advanced age despite his physical challenges. The...

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Gifted Pets Often Become Returned Pets After Holidays

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For better or for worse, the holidays often bring new pets into our households. Your addition may have been well-planned and thoughtfully implemented, which is always the recommended course. However, many new pets end up in our homes either...

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The 12 Days of a Vet's Christmas

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By now, it’s less than twelve days until Christmas, and all through this house, things are relatively quiet. From between mid-November until about mid-February, the large animal veterinary realm is hushed. Except for the spattering of...

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Early Signs of Kidney Disease in Cats

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a leading cause of death in older cats. The condition is insidious because by the time a diagnosis can be made, kidney function has already declined to at least two-thirds to three-quarters of what is considered...

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5. Initiate 'Hold and Release' Protocols

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A “hold and release” program is a protocol that can be especially useful in preventing recalls. In these programs, the finished product is held from being shipped for sale until all testing has been completed and the results...

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Using Viruses to Treat Cancer in Pets

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Surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy are the more commonly known treatments for cancer in pets. But newer technologies are opening up other possibilities. I read a recent experiment summary (abstract) describing the use of genetic modified viruses...

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What is Taurine?

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Whenever the topic of feline nutrition is discussed, the word “taurine” will surely come up, but do you really know what taurine is and why it’s important? Taurine is an amino acid. For those of you who are interested...

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4. Set High Quality Control Standards

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There should be an array of standard protocols and quality control tests that are performed routinely in the facility. Cleaning procedures must be strict and must take place regularly and without fail. Equipment should be maintained and inspected...

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3. Separate Cooked and Uncooked Ingredients

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Because many potential contaminants are present in uncooked ingredients, it is important to separate these ingredients from those that have already been cooked, processed, and are ready for packaging. A pet food manufacturing plant should have...

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2. Source Ingredients Carefully

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Sourcing ingredients from reputable locations that have high quality control standards is another step that pet food companies can take to reduce the occurrence of cat food recalls. Sourcing from questionable areas may lead to the attainment...

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1. Keep Pet Food Operations 'In-house'

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Manufacturing their own pet food rather than outsourcing the process to a third party is one of the most effective ways companies can prevent cat food recalls. By operating their own manufacturing facility, a pet food company has much greater...

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Why Do Pet Food Recalls Happen

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In order to fully understand how cat food recalls can be prevented, you must know why they occur in the first place. There are many different reasons a pet food recall may occur, but one of the more common reasons is that a contaminant, such...

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5 Ways to Prevent Cat Food Recalls

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In order to fully understand how pet food recalls can be prevented, you must know why they occur in the first place. Learn more about pet food recalls and what you might be able to do to prevent them too.

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Cat Food Label Lessons: How to Read the Ingredient List

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When shopping for cat food, do you ever wonder what some of the information printed on the label means? petMD has created a series to take out the guess work and demystify pet food labels. This article will discuss how to read the ingredient...

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Finding the Causes of Cancer in Cats and Dogs

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Hearing the news that your pet has been diagnosed with cancer can be both devastating and terrifying at the same time. It is natural to have many questions about exactly what the diagnosis means, what might happen to your pet as the cancer progresses,...

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Does Inappropriate Urination Make Your Feline Friend a Cat From Hell?

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Having been involved on the production side of the Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat From Hell (MCFH) for three seasons, I am now familiar with and have some expectation for the circumstances I find myself in when providing a house call...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. I have been told a high protein diet could help my dogs seizures is there any truth in this please

A. Seizures can be caused by a variety of things such as epilepsy, toxicity, brain lesions...

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