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Why a Food Change Won't Keep Your Pet From Itching

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Your pet itches and she is causing severe skin problems due to scratching. You suspect food is the cause. You go to the big-box pet store and peruse the brands that claim to “improve skin and coat quality” on the container label....

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Reducing the Cost of Pet Meds?

Filed Under TheDailyVet

The push to mandate that veterinarians provide portable prescriptions (prescriptions that can be filled by someone other than their veterinarian) appears to be moving forward. The so-called Fairness to Pet Owners Act has been reintroduced...

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Nature's Variety Recalls Instinct Raw Chicken Formula

Filed Under Alerts & Recalls

Nature’s Variety, a St. Louis-based pet food company, has recalled its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products...

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Bravo Pet Foods Recalls Select Lots of Bravo Chicken Products

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Bravo Pet Foods, a Connecticut-based pet food company, has recalled select lots of Bravo Chicken products for dogs and cats due to possible presence of Salmonella. Bravo Pet Foods initiated the recall after routine testing by the New...

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High Protein Diets Are Best for Weight Loss in Cats

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Fat cats —they seem to be everywhere (at least to vets). We all know that if fat cats are to enjoy good health and a long life, we need to help them lose weight. But what type of food is best suited to make that happen? A couple of recent...

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Understanding Human Autism Through Dog Behavior

Filed Under TheDailyVet

“Will this vaccine give my dog autism?” I met the question, posed to me in 2004 at the height of the vaccine-children-autism controversy, with reassurance that although any vaccine has the potential for side effects, autism...

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The Natural Dog Company, Inc. Recalls 12" Tremenda Sticks

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The Natural Dog Company, Inc., a Windsor, Colorado, based pet food manufacturer, is recalling its 12 ozbags of 12" Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated withSalmonella. A Colorado Department...

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Focusing on the Big and Little Pictures in Pet Cancer Care

Filed Under TheDailyVet

There are two considerations I have before making treatment recommendations for patients diagnosed with what are known as “solid tumors” (i.e., those that develop in one tissue and can spread throughout the body). The first...

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Warm Temps Triggering Gender Changes in Australia’s Dragon Lizards

Filed Under Strange But True

According to new research from the University of Canberra's Institute for Applied Ecology, Australia’s bearded dragon lizards are, perhaps, the ultimate chameleons. Instead of changing color, however, these lizards are changing gender. Published...

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Coconut Oil: The Over-Hyped 'Super Food' for Pets

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Have you caught the coconut oil super food bug yet? With television celebrityDr. Oz cheerleading for the wonders of coconut oil, pet owners are anxious to add it to their pet’s commercial food diet or use it as the sole source of fat in...

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Reconsidering Universal Spay and Neuter for Dogs

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Recommending whether or not to spay or neuter my canine patients used to be as close to a “no brainer” as it got in veterinary medicine. Unless an owner had plans to show and/or breed their pet, I recommended surgery. Of course,...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Turtles

Filed Under Pet Lover

Whether you're thinking of getting a turtle as a pet or have had one for years, you may not have heard these 5 interesting facts about this beloved reptile. [video] Fact 1 Turtles don’t have ears, but they’re...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Bearded Dragons

Filed Under Pet Lover

Bearded dragons may be relatively new to the shores of America, but they sure are cool.Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about bearded dragons and why should strongly consider getting one yourself. [video] Fact 1 Bearded...

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Snakes

Filed Under Pet Lover

Snakes are some of the most interesting animals on Earth. No wonder so many people have them as pets. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about snakes. [video] Fact 1 The oldest snake fossils have been dated at more...

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Are You Feeding Your Dog the Right Amount?

Filed Under NutritionNuggets

One of the best ways to keep dogs healthy is to feed them the right amount of food. Too little and a dog can suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Too much eventually results in obesity and all of the health problems related to that condition...

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Controversial Reality TV Veterinarians Do Nothing to Help the Profession

Filed Under TheDailyVet

Another day, another veterinarian reality TV show. I don’t know why Animal Planet loves Denver so much, but their latest reality offering, “Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet,” premieres on Saturday, and a bunch of us are already...

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When Treating Pet's Cancer, How Much is Too Much?

Filed Under TheDailyVet

I regularly face owners who decide not to pursue therapy for pets that have what are considered treatable cancers. The reasons for this choice can stem from concerns for too many vet visits, too much strain for the pet to go through, projection...

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6 Disaster Preparedness Tips to Keep Pets Safe

Filed Under Emergency

Don't be caught off guard when a disaster strikes. Watch these 6 emergency preparedness tips on how to create an action plan and protect your pets. [video] 1. Stock a To-Go Pet Emergency Kit Don’t wait until the...

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Carnivore Meat Company Recalls Two Batches of Raw Pet Treats

Filed Under Alerts & Recalls

Carnivore Meat Company, LLC, a Green Bay, Wisconsin, based pet food manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall of select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties and Nibblets because they have the potential...

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That Refreshing Water Could Be Hiding a Killer

Filed Under TheDailyVet

I know why dogs love the water. Growing up, I took every opportunity to enjoy a swim in irrigation ditches, holding ponds, Folsom Lake, and even the Sacramento and American Rivers of California. Our evolutionary roots in water draw us to it...

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'Violently Toxic' Plant to Blame for Colorado Dog's Sudden Death

Filed Under TheDailyVet

We had a weird (and tragic) case of water hemlock poisoning here in Colorado recently. A three-year-old border collie mix was out for a walk around a local reservoir with her people and began “playfully chewing” on a plant, according...

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How to Socialize a Kitten With New People

Filed Under Behavior

By Cheryl Lock If you just brought a new kitten into your home, one of the first things you probablywant to do is introduce him to all your friends. Here’s where you’ll need to take a second. Of course there’s...

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#10 Hermit Crabs

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Hermit crabs are a class favorite for their low maintenance, but as classroom pets they are amongst the most boring of pets. They prefer to spend a lot of their time being still, and they are easily startled back into their shells. Two more...

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Cats with Cancer – What should they Eat?

Filed Under NutritionNuggets-Cats

Taking care of a cat with cancer is hard enough, but when his or her appetite begins to wane, questions about quality of life soon follow. Watching a sick cat’s food intake is very important for two reasons: Cats will often lose...

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Read Excerpts from Dr. Jessica Vogelsang's Memoir, 'All Dog's Go To Kevin'

Filed Under TheDailyVet

This week we're reading Dr. Vogelsang's newmemoir, All Dogs Go To Kevin, and thought you might enjoy reading some of it, too. It is scheduled for release on July 14th, but isavailable for pre-order now. You can find out more about where...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. How does Hill's Metabolic Advance weight solution food work?

A. Hill's Pet Nutrition uses the most advanced technologies to understand how nutrients...

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients...

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