Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Tank's Story NutriScan Case Study

Tank’s Story: NutriScan Case Study

Name: TankBreed: Pit BullAge: 2.5 years oldSex: Male Before NutriScan Tank had stomach issues such as loose stools since he was 8 weeks old. Additionally, he had recurring ear infections and rashes that turned into bacterial skin infections from scratching. Tank’s blood panels were inconclusive. He was on a grain-free food which seemed to help…

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The Importance of Picking Up After Your Pet

The Importance of Picking Up After Your Pet

Ahh…Spring! For much of North America, the record snowfall, rain and flooding have left many of us feeling battle-worn. So, while spring brings renewal and revitalization, will be facing the specter of excessive pet waste, as the winter grounds thaw around us and even in our backyards! No matter what the conditions are outside –…

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Strokes in Dogs and Cats

Strokes in Dogs and Cats

With the untimely passing of actor Luke Perry, awareness of strokes came into the spotlight. Can dogs and cats have strokes? Yes; they can. Here’s what you need to know. Types Just like humans, dogs and cats can have one of two types of stroke: ischemic or hemmorhagic. IschemicIschemic strokes are caused by a blood…

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Steve Brown Discusses Vitamin D Toxicity in Pet Foods

Steve Brown Discusses Vitamin D Toxicities in Pet Food

For the past few weeks, Hemopet has been trying to understand how toxic levels of vitamin D ended up in pet food. What appeared odd was that these excesses happened with two different types of pet foods – kibbles and canned – that were manufactured in different plants and affected various brands. Indeed, the processing…

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Are the Alternatives to BPA Safer?

Are the Alternatives to BPA Safer?

When researchers set up experiments, they include a control group and an experimental group. Sometimes with these studies, the outcomes are serendipitous and the researchers learn something new. This has happened twice in the past couple of years regarding bisphenol A (BPA) experiments. We summarize these experiments and give tips to empower you to protect…

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Canine Fecal Microbiome

The Canine Fecal Microbiome

The debate over whether commercial processed dog food versus raw or home-prepared dog food is better for a companion dog sparks heated, passionate discussions. Kibble-based diets typically have more grains or substitutes for grains such as potatoes or peas, whereas home-prepared or raw diets generally are more meat based. Up until recently, most evidence has…

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FDA Updates on Heart Disease in Dogs

FDA Updates on Heart Disease in Dogs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated announcement on February 19, 2019 about the possible link between certain diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM; a form of heart disease) in dogs. DCM can be associated with a deficiency of the amino acid, taurine. At this time, it is believed that dogs do not need…

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