Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 2 Antifungal Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 2: Antifungal Resistance

A Review of Microbes and Antimicrobial Resistance Microbes are: Bacteria Fungi Viruses Parasites Antimicrobial drugs are: Antibiotics for bacterial infections Antifungals for fungal infections Antivirals for viral infections Antiparasitics for parasitic infections Antifungal Resistance in Context First identified in 2009 in Japan from a man’s earwax, the fungus, Candida auris, has quickly spread around the…

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Hemopet Responds to the FDA Implicating 16 Brands of Dog Food That May Cause Heart Disease in Dogs

Hemopet Responds to the FDA Implicating 16 Brands of Dog Food That May Cause Heart Disease in Dogs

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) named 16 brands of dog food that may cause heart disease in dogs. The specific heart condition is called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). This release has caused national and international concern bordering upon hysteria, without any admitted good reason for listing these food brands. In…

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Antiviral Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 1: Antiviral Resistance

“Antimicrobial resistance happens when micro-organisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and antiparasitics). Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as ‘superbugs’.” – World Health Organization (WHO) Microbes and Antimicrobial Resistance Microbes are: Bacteria Fungi Viruses Parasites Antimicrobial drugs…

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Meat and Poultry Marketing Claims Guide

Meat and Poultry Marketing Claims Guide

Going to the fresh meat and poultry section at your local grocery store can be quite confusing these days. Some products are labeled as “Raised without antibiotics”. Others are labeled as “No antibiotics”. Others are labeled as “Raised without antibiotics or hormones. Free-range. Grass fed.” Others have no label claims. Bah!  Now, these various claims…

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PFAS in the Environment and Health

PFAS in the Environment and Health

Bloomberg and several other news organizations have recently written investigative articles about polyfluoroalkyl or perfluoroalkyl (PFAS). If this is a new topic for you have come upon, we thought you’d need some background information. The following article provides you with a guide about this class of chemicals. When you first start reading, you might think…

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Types of Cat Litter, When and How to Switch

Types of Cat Litter, When and How to Switch

Anyone who lives with a companion cat can attest to the myriad of cat litter options these days. Yet, many cat caregivers default to the brand they know their cats will use. That’s usually the brand they have purchased for years. Indeed, switching cat litters can create a cascade of issues like a cat doing…

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Wiping or Soaking a Dog's Paws

Wiping or Soaking a Dog’s Paws

We posed the question, “Do you wipe your dog’s paws after a trip outside?” to our Facebook friends recently. Wow! The response was overwhelming and very insightful. In fact, the reasons if they did or did not were more complex than we expected, and usually depended on the situation and the companion dog’s health status.…

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