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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 first 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,...

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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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Holiday Dangers for Cats and What You Can Do to Lower the Risks

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We all enjoy special foods, particularly over the holidays. During these weeks, our homes are often filled with chocolates, wine and other culinary masterpieces. Many of these items can be quite dangerous for our pets, both feline and canine. For...

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Why Do Spays Cost So Much?

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I used to work in a general veterinary practice in a wealthy part of Wyoming. Despite the fact that many of our clients arrived at the clinic driving cars worth more than my annual salary, the question “Why does a spay cost so much?”...

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Dog Found Paralyzed on Thai Beach Given New Life in Canada

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When Canadian model Meagan Penman was traveling in Thailand this summer, she didn’t expect to go home with a dog. But when Penman was at the beach in Hua Hin, a paralyzed stray wandered up to her, dragging his back legs in the sand. Penman...

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Love Animals? There's An App For That

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I have had a smart phone for a while. After kicking and screaming a few years ago, my husband dragged me into the 21st century, touting the values of a smart phone. Why, this thing tells you the weather, the price of tea in China, your horoscope,...

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How You Feed Your Dog Is As Important As What You Feed

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Let’s say you’ve already figured out what type of food you’re going to feed your dog. I hate to break it to you, but your work’s not quite done. There are three more aspects of feeding dogs that require your attention. How...

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4. Kissing Bugs

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Like mosquitoes and ticks, kissing bugs (triatomines) are blood suckers. They are attracted to odors and warm-blooded hosts (like our dogs). They also are the cause for a deadly disease in dogs and people called Chagas disease. Currently there...

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3. Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are an outdoor nuisance that can quickly become an indoor problem. But it isn't only the biting from the female mosquitoes you need to worry about. Heartworms, which are spread through mosquitoes that carry the infective larvae,...

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2. Ticks

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Ticks also love to hang around shady and wooded areas, waiting for an unsuspecting host (like your dog) to get close enough to attach to. Once attached, tick(s) feed on the host's blood (which can be any mammal, including you!) and can transmit...

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1. Fleas

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These small brown insects hide in cool, shady areas among shrubs, leaves and tress until a host (like your dog) passes by. The flea(s) then jump on your dog and are brought into your home, quickly becoming a menace. In fact, according to the...

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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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