Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

UPDATED SECOND PROGRESS REPORT: Study of Microalbuminuria in Dogs Fed Raw Food Diets

With the increasing popularity of raw food diets for dogs (and cats), no data were available that determined the laboratory reference range values for healthy animals fed these diets. Were they different than those of dogs fed commercial kibbled foods?  In 2003, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Wynn, we investigated the basic clinical laboratory parameters…

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Raw versus cooked foods: What is HPP and why does it matter? (Part II)

As I discussed in my previous blog post, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have recently passed resolutions generally against feeding dogs and cats raw protein diets that have not first undergone a process to eliminate pathogens, such as cooking, pasteurization or irradiation. Those who feed their pets…

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Changing Vaccine Protocols (Part IV)

During the past few weeks, I have informed you about the dangers of overly vaccinating our pets and provided titering as a possible alternative solution. I decided to post a clinical analysis and study that Lisa Twark, DVM and I conducted about the effects of vaccines. – Best, Dr. Dodds The challenge to produce effective…

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Avoid unnecessary vaccines with titer tests (Part III)

In my last two posts, I discussed the potential side-effects (vaccinosis) of over-vaccinating our pets, and the difference between MLV (modified live) and killed vaccines. I cautioned that dogs and cats with immune-mediated diseases are especially vulnerable to vaccinosis, since over-vaccination places additional stress on their already compromised immune systems and has been linked to…

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Vaccines: When too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad (Part 2)

In my last post, I began discussing that when it comes to canine and feline vaccines, too much of a good thing can be problematic. To restate what I mentioned before, vaccinations at the appropriate times, for the appropriate animals, in the appropriate circumstances are of the utmost importance to preserve health and well-being. Responsible…

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Vaccines: When too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad

In my book, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answer You Need for Your Dog, I discussed the critical role a properly functioning immune system plays in your dog’s health. If the immune system is weak (immunodeficiency), your pet’s ability to fight off disease is compromised or absent, which can expose them to many infections, including bacterial,…

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