Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

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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Antiparasitic Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 3: Antiparasitic Resistance

“The development of antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials are some of modern medicine’s greatest successes. Now, time with these drugs is running out. Antimicrobial resistance – the ability of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi to resist these medicines – threatens to send us back to a time when we were unable to easily treat infections such…

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Doggles Dog Sunglasses

Dog Sunglasses: Fashion Statement or a Health Necessity?

Dogs are so darn cute in a pair of “doggles” – the popular term for dog sunglasses. But, do dogs benefit from sunglasses? Dr. Dodds and Hemopet present both sides of the argument. Why Some Experts Say the Majority of Dogs Don’t Need Sunglasses as Much as Humans Dr. Robert English – a veterinary ophthalmologist…

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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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