Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Glyphosate and Your Companion Pets

Glyphosate and Your Companion Pets

Due to several recently won or pending civil lawsuits, many of us know of the herbicide glyphosate – commonly known as RoundUp™ and by other tradenames – as a potential cause of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Are there other diseases that have been linked to and might be connected to use of glyphosate? Yes; links have been…

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Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Atopic Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats specifically refers to an environmental (inhalant or contact) or seasonal allergen that causes flare ups in companion pets that typically are genetically predisposed to this inflammatory response. Veterinarians and veterinary dermatologists concur on this definition. To clear up any confusion, however, human atopic dermatitis is commonly referred to as…

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Water Filtration Systems Choosing the Right One for Your Home

Water Filtration Systems: Choosing the Right One for Your Home

If you’ve been following our blogs these days, we have focused a lot on water. From that, you’ve learned that faucet-mounted water filters reduce lead and other metals from tap water if used correctly. Then, you discovered that reverse osmosis reduces nitrates and nitrites from a water supply. Finally, a study found that distilled water…

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Fruit and Vegetable Washes: Yes or No?

Fruit & Vegetable Washes: Yes or No?

As much as we at Hemopet advocate feeding your animal and bird companions some fruits and vegetables, we also have been writing about what’s lurking in your water and food. So, you might be thinking, “Maybe I should reconsider the use of fruit and vegetable washes.” Are they better than water to rinse off your…

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How to Get Your Companion Pet to Take Medication

How to Get Your Companion Pet to Take Medication

Was your first reaction, “That’s easy. Peanut butter.”? Peanut butter is definitely one method to get your companion pet to take medication. Problem is that peanut butter is highly allergenic and a dog or cat might become intolerant of (sensitive to) it. Another reason is a person in your household might actually have a peanut…

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Nitrates and Nitrites in Pet Food

Nitrates and Nitrites in Pet Food

A disturbing and tragic report came out in 1997 that chronicled the deaths of three cats in New Zealand. Upon necropsy, each of the cats’ blood had a brownish discoloration. This abnormal color suggested methemoglobinemia, which is due to nitrate or nitrite poisoning. The commercial cat foods they were eating were tested for nitrite, a…

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Nitrates and Nitrites: How do they affect dogs?

How Do Nitrates and Nitrites Affect Dogs?

Before we discuss how nitrates and nitrites affect dogs, we have to put on our chemistry caps. Chemistry of Nitrates and Nitrites Nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds that consist of nitrogen and oxygen. A nitrate is made of a bond between a single nitrogen atom and three oxygen atoms. A nitrite is a bond…

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