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How to Reduce Hypertension in Aging Cats

Hi Dr. Jan, I have a 16 year old FS Birman who has hypertension (BP ~ 210) and renal disease (BUN 76, Creatinine 3.6), mild anemia. She also has a heart murmur, Grade II/VI. She recently lost her vision, but has a good appetite with normal stools/urination. She is ~ 5lbs. An MRI was suggested […]

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Supplement to Balance a Raw Diet

Is SPARK used to balance a raw homemade diet? Hi Thank you for your inquiry regarding Spark. Spark was not created to balance a homemade diet, raw or otherwise. Homemade diets and raw diets can be excellent for your dog but they need to be properly balanced. Spark does not contain the ratio of calcimin […]

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Ingredients Safe for Cats

Are these safe for cats, quassia wood, black walnut hulls, garrya herb, clove bud and bayberry rood bark in a herb parasite remedy with a strength ratio of 1:1.7 Thank you Tina Hi Tina Black Walnut is not safe in any form for cats–I would not use cloves either–is this a human product?? Please do […]

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Steps to Evaluating Cushing’s Disease

Cappuccino is a Miniature Pinscher that we adopted almost 8 years ago. She is thought to be 11, 12 or 13 – our original veterinarian placed her age at probably 4 when we adopted her. She was a badly abused dog. When we adopted her she had baldness in areas attributed to poor nutrition – […]

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Mitral Valve Insufficiency

Good Morning, Dr Jan: I have a dog , 8 years old, just Diagnosticated with a Mytral valve insufficiency, and now he is taken 2 medicines: Furosemida and Nebibolol (but he is not doing well with them) , and he has a lot of cough an his breathing is heavy. Can I give to him […]

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Kidney Disease, Pancreatitis and Vomiting

Good morning Dr. Janice. I hope you might be able to suggest something regarding my cat’s issue. Alexander’s kidneys are in good shape but in early Stage 1 kidney disease per our vet (creatnine is 2. And BUN is 31 as of 8/15/2014. He had a recent bout of pancreatitis but after one night in […]

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Cat Hyperthyroidism, Kidney and Constipation Issues

Hi Dr. Jan, I spoke to Tyler on the petwellbeing site and he suggested I send you an email. FELINE HYPERTHYROIDISM My 13 year-old cat Dolce seems like she is fine to me but was recently diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism. She is a pampered in-door housecat who only drinks reverse osmosis purified water and Organic […]

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Dentistry for Pets

February is Pet Dental month in many veterinary practises in Canada and the United States. Oral hygiene is an important issue for dogs and cats. Why Does Pet Dentistry Concern Me? Bad breath is very common in dogs and cats and is often the first sign of dental disease. 85% of all dogs and cats have […]

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Asthma in Cats

Just like their human companions, cats can suffer from asthma. It is thought that currently about 1% of all cats suffer from this condition but that number is increasing with increased environment pollution. Feline asthma, or feline bronchial disease (allergic airway disease or allergic bronchitis) is caused by a spasm of the small airways in the […]

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Health Care for Indoor Cats

It is no surprise to find that indoor cats live longer than their outdoor cousins. Indoor cats are not exposed to weather changes, certain poisons, unfriendly dogs, certain infectious diseases or car accidents. An indoor cat may live 12 to 18 years whereas an outdoor cat may only live 2 or 3 years. Indoor cats still […]

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