Category: General Health

Lead Poisoning in Dogs and Cats

The contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan has become a beacon for failure of governmental oversight and has put thousands of lives at risk for lead toxicity. Thus far, two dogs in the area have been diagnosed with lead poisoning and it is highly probable many of Flint’s dogs and cats have chronic lead toxicosis.…

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Chasing that wascally wabbit again?

It is pretty darn cute when you hear your companion dog’s muffled bark and wonder what he is dreaming about. (Whether or not dogs dream is still up for debate.) The occasional muffled sleep barking, howling, slight twitching, and paddling are fairly common in most dogs. However, these symptoms are mild on the REM Behavior…

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Medicinally Active Native Plants: The use of cannabis for pets

Did you know that approximately 40% of the United States pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants? Many rainforest and other native plants have potent and useful medicinal properties, and some are controversial, misunderstood or abused. Good examples are heroin, an illegal drug, and Vicodin, a commonly prescribed pain reliever. Both are derivatives of opium. Opium…

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Review of Seizures/Epilepsy in Animals

Coauthored with Diana R. Laverdure Dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and trailblazer, Joanne Carson, PhD, Founder of Canine Epilepsy Guardian Angels Seizures are the most common neurological disorder in dogs (Wong, 2013). Witnessing a beloved dog in the throes of a seizure is terrifying; the fear that he will injure himself, that he shouldn’t…

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The Cat That Ate the Kibble

Yes; wet food should be a cat’s primary source of nutrition. How many of you are irked by this statement? You’ve tried and TRIED! Yet, your cat is a creature of habit and can be particularly stubborn. Some cats would rather not eat altogether than sacrifice their beloved kibble. Of course, these eating habits are…

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Revisiting Spaying and Neutering Dogs & Cats

Overview The subject of whether and when to spay or neuter our dog and cat companions is decades old, and the dilemma and controversy has not subsided despite intensive medical, scientific and social study. The list of just some of the relevant references at the end of this article attests to the breadth and scope…

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