Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Types of Cat Litter, When and How to Switch

Types of Cat Litter, When and How to Switch

Anyone who lives with a companion cat can attest to the myriad of cat litter options these days. Yet, many cat caregivers default to the brand they know their cats will use. That’s usually the brand they have purchased for years. Indeed, switching cat litters can create a cascade of issues like a cat doing…

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Wiping or Soaking a Dog's Paws

Wiping or Soaking a Dog’s Paws

We posed the question, “Do you wipe your dog’s paws after a trip outside?” to our Facebook friends recently. Wow! The response was overwhelming and very insightful. In fact, the reasons if they did or did not were more complex than we expected, and usually depended on the situation and the companion dog’s health status.…

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Reptiles and Amphibians in Our Ecosystem | Jean Dodds, DVM. Hemopet

Reptiles and Amphibians in Our Ecosystem

Many of you may wonder why I would be writing about these very diverse species that include snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and salamanders. Firstly, they are not just a curiosity but are important beautiful creatures that share our world and changing ecosystem. The ecosystem is made up of plants, animals, microorganisms, soil, rocks, minerals, water…

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Acupuncture for Anxiety in Dogs

The Effect of Acupuncture on the Reaction of Dogs to Thunder

A team of researchers in Brazil conducted a controlled and interesting study using acupuncture to reduce anxiety in dogs that resulted from the sound of thunder. Groups Control – Eight dogs were not given any acupuncture treatment prior to sound stimulus. Acupuncture – Eight dogs were given acupuncture at points that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)…

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Thinking Outside the Box of Treats

Thinking Outside the Box of Treats

If you’ve been down the treat aisle in a pet supply store recently, you’ll have noticed that the variety of products has exploded to the point of becoming overwhelming. Not only do we have the treats filled with byproducts from yesteryear, but also “better-for-you” treats that have high quality ingredients, are grain-free, are vegetarian, are…

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Lymphatic System and Diseases in Dogs | Hemopet

Lymphatic System and Diseases in Dogs

The lymphatic system plays an important regulatory and functional role in all our bodies and in those of our companion and livestock animals, birds, fish and even reptiles. Recent cases examples in humans, involved: different court verdicts that sided with two plaintiffs who both developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using glyphosate (Roundup TM), a popular weed…

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How Pets Are Affected by Climate Change

How Pets Are Affected by Climate Change

Over the past several years, the earth has experienced extreme weather patterns from heat to cold, hurricanes to flooding, and tsunamis to snowfalls. While many of us are learning to adapt to the immediate emergencies, such as rescuing people and companion pets from flooded houses, we need to consider the health effects caused by these…

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