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Cats, Dogs: Food Therapy for Senior Pets – Updated

 “When treating an illness, the first step should be dietary therapy.  Only when this is unsuccessful should one try drugs..” –Sun Si Miao Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Food therapy is practiced by TCVM practitioners as another tool to help their patients along with acupuncture and herbal therapy.  Food therapy is used to treat specific […]

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Cats, Dogs: Seizures in Pets

Seizures can be very scary if they happen to your pet.  Seizures in pets are usually accompanied by thrashing, yelping crying, excess drooling, and possibly urination and defecation. They result from abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This can be caused by things outside the brain such as electrolyte imbalances, hormonal problems, metabolic imbalances, low […]

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Dogs, Fun: Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race

The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race started last Saturday. Last year some of my fellow veterinarians and I were up in the Yukon doing some research with these dogs to see how running this long distance of 1000 miles from Whitehorse to Fairbanks affected the dogs. We were fortunate for our research project that Brent […]

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Cats: Top 5 Aging Problems in Cats

As cats age they experience changes in their health.  As the guardian of an older cat, it is important to understand the most common illness and conditions that affect geriatric felines. Here is my list of the top 5 common senior cat problems and what you can do for these conditions. Dental disease Older cats […]

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Cats, Dogs, General: Annual Exams for Cats and Dogs

We all know that our pets age faster than we do. Many times people ask me how old their pet is in “people” years.  The old rule of thumb 1 dog year equals 7 human years and 1 cat year equals 5 human years is not always correct but it does give you a pretty […]

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Dogs, General: Common Causes of Coughing in Dogs

If your dog is coughing, it can be very concerning and annoying.  Coughing is a symptom rather than a disease unto itself.  Some of the most common causes of coughing are: Allergic disease Collapsing trachea Heart Disease Bronchitis–Kennel cough or another infectious disease Asthma Lung tumors Allergic disease can cause coughing and be accompanied by itching […]

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Cats: Perfect Diet for Cats with IBD

Most cats with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) need their food cooked as they are lacking digestive power.  Raw feeding does work for some of them though.  I would first try cooked and then go from there. 3 lbs of ground chicken or mackerel 4 oz Chicken Livers 1 cup cooked brown rice 1-1/2 cup of cooked […]

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Cats, Dogs: Kidney Anorexia

Keeping Your Kidney Disease Patients Eating I am frequently asked about diet recommendations for cats and dogs with kidney disease in hopes of preventing Kidney Anorexia. Usually, this is because these pets are not eating their regular diet. It is very important to keep these animals eating Here are the top reasons why dogs and […]

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: Antifreeze Toxicity

Antifreeze is the most common poisoning found in pets. Most pets get exposed to antifreeze from leaking car radiators. This substance is lethal and it only takes a small amount to poison your pet. The substance is sweet and less than 3 ounces is enough to poison a medium size dog.  For a cat that […]

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Cats, Dogs: Deicing Dangers

The winter season is here with the cold, snow and ice. When snow is on the ground, municipalities apply commercially prepared snow and ice melting products. Home and business owners also apply similar chemicals to sidewalks, porches and driveways. Most ice melting compounds contain salt products that can damage vegetation and hard surfaces and are […]

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