Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Studies Show Pets Protect Children from Allergy and Obesity

Studies Show Pets Protect Children from Illnesses

“Having pets growing up makes you less allergic or nonallergic to them.” That phrase was once considered an old wives’ tale. Nowadays, researchers are proving it to be true. The devil is in the details such as when you have pets growing up, how many pets, and what type of pet you have. Even though…

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Apoquel (Oclacitinib) Use in Dogs with Itchy Skin

Meet Cooper, a Pit Bull Terrier dog. Cooper is a new member of the Hemopet family, lives in the Midwest, and is currently taking oclacitinib maleate (Apoquel). Oclacitinib is prescribed to dogs to suppress their allergy or sensitivity symptoms such as itchy skin or rashes. This is Cooper’s story to try to treat his symptoms…

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The Complicated Pet Food Industry

In general, the pet food industry operates in a fairly veiled manner – particularly the larger manufacturers in the kibble segment. Current primary concerns have focused microbial contamination and the presence of ingredients undeclared on the label. Indeed, a 2013 study of dry pet foods used for food elimination trials stated that 80% of selected pet food diets were…

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Can Inflammation Ever Be Good for the Body?

Oftentimes when we discuss inflammation on Dr. Dodds’ Pet Health Resource Blog, we focus on the bad chronic inflammation that could result in long-term diseases. Flipping the conversation on its head: can inflammation ever be good for the body? Yes; it can. Acute inflammation (short-term) is the body’s defense system protecting itself from an injury or infection. Think about a…

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The Interaction between the Gut and the Immune System

  For centuries, humans have known about the delicate interaction between food consumed and the bodily reactions of the immune system. Dating back to antiquity, Hippocrates documented reactions after food intake similar to a food allergy or sensitivity. Another example is the vitamin C deficiency known as scurvy, which has been recognized since the late 15th century. It…

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The Numerous Scientific Applications of the Word Chimera

Chimera. The word’s unusual origin stems from Greek mythology and refers to a fire breathing she-monster that has a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. Nowadays, scientists and medical professionals apply the word chimera more broadly. The research around chimeric therapies is exploding, complicated, vast and controversial.  Individuals Who Are Chimeras By definition, a chimera is a…

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