Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

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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Pets in the Classroom

Pets in the Classroom: 4 Reasons Why They Help Children Study

The involvement of pets in the classroom has become more and more popular lately. In fact, a study carried out by the Waltham Centre has recently found that “the inclusion of animals in a classroom setting can have an indirect effect on learning by directly affecting motivation, engagement, self-regulation and human social interaction.” Whether the…

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Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral Lick Granulomas in Dogs

Acral lick granulomas – which are also known as acral lick dermatitis – are skin lesions that are typically found on a dog’s lower limb or flank and are caused by excessive licking. Acral lick granulomas are reddened, thickened, scarred and irritated skin. The constant licking causes the wound to become infected with bacteria. What’s…

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Hot Spots on Dogs

Hot Spots on Dogs

If you think your companion dog has a hot spot and look it up on the internet, you will be bombarded with three different terms: superficial pyoderma, acute moist dermatitis, or pyotraumatic dermatitis. Additional confusion may come about because your dog does not have a “hot spot” according to the veterinary world, but simply has…

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UN Lays Out the Case for Plant-Based Diets to Combat Climate Change

UN Lays Out the Case for Plant-Based Diets

Before we get into the United Nations (UN) report entitled “Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems”, we would like to address some of the headlines we’ve read covering this report. Yahoo News: “People ‘have to…

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dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs a study on protein source

Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs: Study on Protein Source

Null Hypothesis: Animal ingredients are essential for amino acid homeostasis in dogs. Alternative Hypothesis: Animal ingredients are not essential for amino acid homeostasis in dogs. Homeostasis Definition: Any process that living things use to actively maintain fairly stable conditions necessary for survival. Prospective Study: Amino Acid Concentrations and Echocardiographic Findings in Dogs Fed a Commercial…

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More Need-to-Knows About Raw Diets for Pets

More Need-to-Knows About Raw Pet Food Diets

Dr. Dodds and many veterinarians advocate feeding raw pet food to companion dogs and cats. We have discussed the topic of raw pet food diets numerous times before as in our article, Pet Foods: Raw Vs. Cooked Food Diets and Bacteria Concerns. We have noticed that the health and vigor of pets improve immensely when…

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