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Dr. Jan Q&A: 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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Dr. Jan Q&A: Shih Tzu Diagnosed with Pituitary HAC

Hi there Dr. Huntingford, I am writing to you about a patient of mine, Chloe.  She is a 12 yr, spayed female shih tzu who I diagnosed with pituitary HAC this past summer.  She is currently on trilostane (1 mg/kg BID).  I would say her disease is moderately managed on the current protocol.  Her owner […]

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Dr. Jan Q&A: Natural Product Suggestion for Luxating Patella

Dear Dr. Jan, Just wondering if you have a “natural” product suggestion for a one and a half year old, small mixed breed (probably Chihuahua/Pomeranian) dog with a luxating patella. He may need surgery, but we would like to offer him some nutritional and supplemental support. Thank you, Rosanne A Hi Rosanne, I deal with […]

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Dogs: Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is common in dogs. Small breed dogs such as poodles, Yorkshire terriers and ShihTzu tend to suffer from chronic valvular disease and this leads to congestive heart failure. In large breed dogs, the problem is generally with the heart muscle and is actually called cardiomyopathy. With congestive heart failure the heart […]

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Pet Parent Help: 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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Dogs: Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety is a very common behavioral problem in dogs. It comes about because the dog fears or dislikes isolation. This causes him to engage in undesirable behaviors such as excess barking or whining, inappropriate urination or defecation, destructive behaviors or hyperactivity. Typically these dogs engage in these undesirable behaviors while the owners are gone […]

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Cats: 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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Cats: 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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Dogs: Inspiration from your Dog

Here is something to make you smile through out your day. The original was written by Deanna Mascle but I have added and adapted to it. 5 Life Lessons I Learned From my dog: 1. We humans don’t touch each other enough, but our dogs do. Dogs know that a simple touch, lick, a kiss […]

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Dogs: Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (Senility in Dogs)

Pet owners frequently complain of age related problems with their older pets. Common complaints are house training issues, memory loss, confusion, disorientation, panting, drooling, wandering, night pacing and other sleep disturbances , obsessive licking and other conditions. These behaviors usually start gradually and many times owners do not notice them until they are quite severe. […]

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