Category: General Health

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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Cytopoint for Itchy Skin | Dr. Dodds Hemopet

Cytopoint for a Dog’s Itchy Skin

Several readers asked us about Cytopoint, a newer medication to relieve itchy skin in dogs, and how it is different than Apoquel after an article we recently penned about the latter. What is the difference between Cytopoint and Apoquel? Apoquel (oclacitinib) is a synthetic medication that modulates two (JAK1 and JAK3) out the four known…

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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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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 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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FDA Issues Warning about Flea and Tick Products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on September 20, 2018 about the isoxazoline flea and tick products fluralaner for dogs and cats (Bravecto®), afoxalaner for dogs (Nexgard®), and saroloner for dogs (Simparica®). The recently introduced isoxazoline, lotilaner (Credelio®) for dogs falls into this same class. Dogs and cats with no known prior medical history of muscle…

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