Category: General Health

Q&A with Dr. Dodds: Flea Control

It is flea and tick season again!  We thought we would consolidate some of the Q&A’s we have so you can choose the right product – if it is necessary – for your companion animal.  Question: For the first time in many years, I have a flea problem and I am fearful of using flea…

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Pumpkin: Why is it such a popular treatment for diarrhea?

A recent search of the term “pumpkin diarrhea pets” on Google (aka “Dr. Google”) returned more than 485,000 results. Of course I did not check all of them, but the ones on the first few pages extolled the virtues of pumpkin for treating diarrhea, predominantly in dogs and cats. Not surprisingly, I often receive this…

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Dr. Dodds’ General Recommendations for Heartworm Preventatives

A normal functioning immune system is an essential component to promote the health and longevity of companion animals. The immune system is a delicately balanced and integrated functional network of circulating and cellular components that protect the individual against acute and chronic disease. Stress has a major influence on this function and can be physiological,…

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Garlic: Beneficial or Harmful to Companion Animals?

Some foods suitable for humans are harmful – or even toxic – for animals. Most notable among these are: • Avocado • Alcohol • Caffeine and other methylxanthines • Chocolate • Garlic • Grapes and raisins • Nuts (especially macadamia) • Onions • Xylitol (artifiical sweetener) And while we would never feed our pets any…

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Evidence Based Practice and Use of Canine Plasma Transfusions

The concept of evidence-based medicine (EBM) has recently been revised to become evidence-based practice (EBP).  Evidence–based practice represents a more complete discipline that combines research science and publications with the art of medicine, namely clinical and patient experience plus expert opinion. Another medical field that relies to a great extent on the principles of evidence-based…

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