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jennifer coates dvm published march 01 2013 share this whenever i have an appointment with a large or giant breed puppy i bring up the subject of large breed puppy foods puppies that are going to grow up to be big dogs are predisposed to developmental orthopedic diseases dod like osteochondritis dissecans and hip and elbow dysplasia i use an adult weight of 55 pounds as my somewhat arbitrary division between medium and large dogs nutrition or to be precise overnutrition is an important risk factor of dod the physiological details can be a bit overwhelming but i summarize the situation like…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published february 28 2013 share this staying slim it is not uncommon for pets like humans to struggle with winter weight gain whether the struggle is in preventing it or losing the weight after the fact seasonal weight gain can be a problem here are five things to help your pet 1 monitor your pet if you are concerned about your pet gaining weight during the winter schedule a visit with your veterinarian before the start of the winter season your doctor will record your pets weight so that it can be gauged with any further gains or losses 2 create a…

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ken tudor dvm published february 28 2013 share this as many of you know i have a special interest in pet weight management and weight loss strategies for pets given the epidemic of the overweight or obese state in pets there is no shortage of patients that need these services although allergic related skin and ear problems make up the largest portion of my practice time discussions about weight are a close second what is consistent in these discussions is the owner misconception that it is the type of food and not the amount of food that is the issue virtually every client is convinced that i…

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jennifer coates dvm published april 26 2013 share this today over on nutrition nuggets for dogs i started a discussion on the variability that exists in the diet pet food market now lets look at how owners can actually use the numbers printed on the label of these products to help dogs and cats lose weight im afraid there is just no way to avoid doing some math when it comes to determining how much of a particular food you should feed to achieve weight loss first owners need to know how many calories their pets should be taking in your pets veterinarian is your best source for this…

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jennifer coates dvm published april 26 2013 share this have you ever purchased a socalled diet pet food it may have been labeled as light lite low calorie reduced calorie or something similar but all of these products infer that by purchasing the food in question owners can help their pets lose weight if you have fed a diet food to your dog or cat per the label instructions but meaningful weight loss remained elusive youre in good company i hear this complaint from clients on an almost daily basis why once weve ruled out caregivers and pets cheating on the diet i am quick to blame the…

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lorie huston dvm updated july 26 2015 published april 29 2013 share this there are many reasons that a pet food may be recalled some of the most common reasons include contamination with organisms like salmonella and excesses or deficiencies of specific nutrients it is important to realize that recalls occur as a means of keeping our pets safe in almost all cases when a problem is found reputable pet food manufacturers do everything they can to minimize the danger to our pets this may include issuing a voluntary recall to remove the product from the retail market still many pet lovers wonder…

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petmd editorial updated october 16 2020 published april 23 2013 share this because you care by jessica remitz we take extra care when planning meals for our families but what about our pets food from manufacturing and labeling to understanding ingredients its important to inform yourself about where your pet food is made and whats in it before picking up your next bag or can of food the basics the federal trade commission ftc regulates made in the usa claims or labels for all products human and pet related according to mindy bough vice president of operations for the aspca animal poison…

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petmd editorial published april 19 2013 share this natura pet has expanded the scope of their previous recall to include all natura dry dog cat and ferret food products and treats with expiration dates on or before march 24 2014 due to potential salmonella contamination this natura pet recall expansion includes brand california natural size all sizes description all dry dog food dry cat food and cat treats upc all upcs lot code s all lot codes expiration date all expiration dates prior to and including march 24 2014 natura canned products and mother nature biscuits have not been affected if…

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petmd editorial updated october 16 2020 published april 19 2013 share this be wary of pet food claims by vanessa voltolina all owners want a food that is satisfactory complete balanced palatable digestible and safe for their pets but some are influenced by marketing terms says tony buffington dvm phd and professor of veterinary clinical sciences at the ohio state university veterinary medical center the labels on pet foods regulated by the 50 states with advice from the association of american feed control officials aafco are the only information youll have to evaluate them the claims made…

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jennifer coates dvm updated may 16 2017 published april 19 2013 share this veterinarians often recommend owners feed dogs that have diarrhea a diet consisting of boiled hamburger and white rice for a few days this type of bland easily digested diet gives the intestinal tract a bit of a break while still providing needed calories and nutrients the recommendation is appropriate so long as the dog doesnt have any other worrisome symptoms such as vomiting abdominal pain or weakness the caregivers understand that if the diarrhea doesnt resolve quickly the dog must be brought in for an exam and the…

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jennifer coates dvm published april 12 2013 share this fiber is an important part of a dogs diet but does not get the recognition it deserves the word fiber typically refers to partially digestible or indigestible carbohydrates indigestibility has negative connotations but in reality a dogs diet shouldnt be 100 percent digestible fiber has three main benefits it increases the volume of food a dog can eat without adding much in the way of calories this can help a dog lose or maintain his weight without feeling hungry it adds bulk to the feces as long as it is not taken to extremes fiber…

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jennifer coates dvm published april 10 2013 share this in most veterinary schools the final year of a students training is very different from what came before fourth year students make their way through rotations that typically last a few weeks each some are held within the schools own veterinary teaching hospitals eg internal medicine surgery dermatology and radiology others are with private practices zoos laboratories government agencies basically anyplace where veterinarians ply their trade the goal is to provide students with real life training in various aspects of veterinary medicine…

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petmd editorial published april 09 2013 share this barf world a californiabased raw pet food company has issued a voluntary recall for select bags of barf lamb patties and barf combo patties due to possible salmonella contamination according to barf world only the barf lamb patties and the barf combo patties produced on july 27th 2012 are being recalled the affected bags will have a white sticker towards the top and the sticker will display a use by date of 07272013 this voluntary recall is being conducted at the request of the fda as the recalled products were made on the same day that a…

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jennifer coates dvm updated june 18 2015 published april 09 2013 share this have you thought about how far youd go monetarily speaking to prolong the life of your pets you should i recommend you come up with a specific dollar amount for each of them these numbers do not have to be lines in the sand but at a difficult time can serve as warning signals that perhaps emotions are starting to come into conflict with the realities of your budget this is not an easy thing to do particularly when you find that the numbers vary wildly between pets in your home or in comparison to what friends and…

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jennifer coates dvm published february 20 2013 share this mention the word strangles to a horse person and they may cringe the disease is so dreaded because once it is diagnosed on a farm the youknowwhat really hits the fan strangles is caused by infection with streptococcus equi bacteria horses are exposed to the bacteria either through contact with an infected horse or through contaminated objects eg water buckets grooming supplies etc the bacteria gain access to the horses body through the nose or mouth and then travel to the surrounding lymph nodes those lymph nodes become swollen and…

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anna obrien dvm published february 15 2013 share this i was taught at school and later reinforced by my boss that any eye issue should be considered an emergency even if it sounds minor forgive me a little literary quotation but i think charlotte bronte summed it up quite nicely the soul fortunately has an interpreter often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter in the eye lets explore some of the most common eye issues seen in large animal practice eye disorders of small ruminants sheep and goats sheep and goats while so different in some ways are quite similar in other…

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jennifer coates dvm updated july 02 2014 published february 14 2013 share this its valentines day so how about some tales of love from the animal world im not talking about owners who love their pets thats almost a given or should be i want to hear about animals that obviously love each other ill start us off with a tale from my own household my cat victoria has not lived the easiest of lives she was a feral teenage mom on the streets of washington dc when i adopted her she was terrified of everything and didnt leave the closet she sought shelter in for six months eventually she began to…

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petmd editorial published february 08 2013 share this paris a genetic switch allowed dogs to adapt to a starchrich diet and evolve from meatmunching wolves into mans leftoverloving best friend according to scientists comparing the genetic code of the domestic dog to that of its wolf cousins a team of researchers from sweden norway and the united states found several telling differences our findings show that the digestive system of dogs have adapted to be able to live on a diet similar to ours coauthor erik axelsson from uppsala university in sweden told afp of the study published in the…

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jennifer coates dvm published february 05 2013 share this when i was at my continuing education conference last year i sat in on a few lectures about stem cell therapy and subsequently wrote a post about what i had learned i was and still am excited about the prospects of treating animals with stem cell therapy but felt a bit deflated when the subject of cost was brought up its in the thousands at this time stem cell therapy is financially out of reach for most pet owners there are other options however platelet rich plasma is available at a fraction of the cost of stem cell therapy platelet…

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lorie huston dvm published february 04 2013 share this feline leukemia is a concern for many cat owners it seems most cat owners have heard of the disease but many do not fully understand how their cat can get feline leukemia or how it can affect their cat lets talk a little bit about that what is feline leukemia feline leukemia is caused by a virus known as the feline leukemia virus or felv it is a contagious disease that can be passed from cat to cat through direct contact usually close contact with an infected cat is necessary for transmission of the virus casual contact is not typically…

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jennifer coates dvm updated november 04 2014 published february 01 2013 share this im bummed out after reading a study that looked at whether exposing kittens to canned cat food at a young age increased their acceptance of it as adults after a period of eating dry food this is an important question many owners elect to feed their cats dry food because it is cheaper and more convenient there may come a time however when feeding canned food becomes imperative for example canned cat foods are generally better for weight loss and the management of diabetes mellitus but making the switch is not…

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lisa radosta dvm dacvb updated may 09 2017 published january 30 2013 share this one of the most common questions i am asked in my clinic is why does my dog act like this in all aspects of our lives we get very caught up in the why if we can figure out why something happened maybe we can figure out how to fix it possibly we can make sure we do not make the same mistake the next time i dont always have the answer to that question for every owner who comes into my practice in most cases i can identify an underlying cause in almost all cases i can come up with a couple of hypotheses for what was…

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anna obrien dvm published january 25 2013 share this im always amazed at how well most horses cope with the wintertime blues most healthy adult horses given their coats arent clipped hold up pretty darn well when the thermostat starts to dip as long as they have access to plenty of good quality forage and a shelter for protection against strong winter winds and precipitation the catch here however is the qualification most healthy adult horses the young the old and the compromised do have special needs as the weather turns nasty i am lucky enough to see many older and greatly beloved equines…

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anna obrien dvm published may 31 2013 share this choke in horses is a fairly common problem however its probably not what you think while choking in humans conjures images of someone turning purple with his hands at his throat while someone else performs the heimlich maneuver choke in horses is something different choke in humans is caused by something lodging in the trachea blocking the airway choke in horses is caused by something lodging in the esophagus a choking horse can breathe but a choking horse cannot swallow the primary cause of choke in horses is a lump of poorly chewed food…

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anna obrien dvm published may 24 2013 share this in the back of my vet truck i keep a souvenir in a plastic capped test tube in this tube are several gold metallic spheres of various small sizes ranging from grit to not quite peasized i removed them from the urinary tract of a pygmy goat medically they are called urinary calculi and they can be the bane of existence for owners of male sheep and goats whoever was in charge of the design of a male small ruminants lower urinary tract should be fired firstly the shear length of the male goats urethra is enough to increase risk of blockage…