Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

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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Water Filters, Lead and Pets

Water Filters, Lead and Your Companion Pets

Please help the residents and their companion animals of Newark, New Jersey afflicted by lead in their water; we encourage everyone to donate to the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. The organization says that an online gift will go 100% toward purchasing bottled water. The United Way of Genesee County continues to collect…

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The Next Generation of Potential Remedies Against Microbes Like Phages

The Next Generation of Potential Remedies Against Microbes

Our recent antimicrobial series discussed concerns that the currently available antibiotic, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral drugs are losing efficacy due to the efficient ability of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses to mutate. So, there is urgency in seeking alternatives, which researchers are now actively pursuing. Think about it: something in nature must be keeping these…

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Dog Paw Inflammation

Dog Paw Inflammation: More Important Than You Know

Oftentimes, when dog companion parents notice something a bit odd about their companion dog’s paws, they assume the dog stepped in, walked through, or got something lodged in the paws. This very well could be the case. However, dog paw inflammation can also be a sign of a more complicated problem. Definition The medical name…

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Itch relief for dogs

Anti-Inflammatory Cream for Dogs

The bugs have been out in full-force this summer! Whether they are simply swarming or actually biting, they can be aggravating. To seek relief from the itchiness caused by bug bite inflammation, you might desperately grab calamine lotion or some other anti-itch cream. For humans, calamine lotion is fine. For pets, it is not recommended.…

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