Category: General Health

Outbreak of Antibiotic Resistant Campylobacter Bacteria Linked to Pet Store Puppies

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued a report recently concerning the spread of antibiotic resistant Campylobacter jejuni bacteria from pet store puppies to humans. We have summarized the findings and provide analysis. CDC Report Summary 118 persons, including 29 pet store employees, in 18 states were identified with campylobacteriosis illness onset during January 5, 2016 –…

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Pets

Mushrooms are fascinating fungi. Think about it: certain mushrooms are the only straight, out of the ground fungi we and our companion pets can eat. Indeed, they are a member of only a handful of fungi like yeast that can be found in foods or are used to make foods such as cheese and bread. Mushrooms, though, are more…

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Foxtails Are Dangerous for Dogs and Cats

Foxtails are not bad looking for a grass-like weed. They bring to mind prairie landscape images by Grant Wood or Thomas Hart Benton. You might be reluctant to pull them because you don’t know if an ugly weed might replace them. But, they are dangerous and can be deadly for dogs and cats, and on occasion even injure infants…

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Antibiotics: A Too Common Household Name

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently accepted a new drug application and granted priority review for baloxavir marboxil, a flu drug, which is currently sold under the brand name Xofluza in Japan. Significant differences exist, however, between Tamiflu and Xofluza. Tamiflu blocks the neuraminidase enzyme on the viral surface. Once the virus infects a cell, it pumps out…

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Prep Your Pets for the Fourth Fireworks

Much to the consternation of many companion pet parents, many U.S. states are legalizing the sale of fireworks and/or changing the times fireworks can be set off. Indeed, cats and dogs may experience a panic attack to all sudden and loud noises such as fireworks, thunder, alarms, sirens, gunfire and air shows. Of course, others may only react to…

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Cat Declawing: Yes or No?

Declawing Illegalization Several countries have banned declawing of cats, or consider it extremely inhumane and should only be performed under extreme medically necessary circumstances, which are very rare. Denver, Colorado, the provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia, and eight Californian cities have passed laws making the practice of declawing illegal. VCA Canada has announced the end of declawing…

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Environmental Impact on Cancer

Senator John McCain of Arizona. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. All three men were diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and barely understood aggressive cancer of the brain. When the news first broke about John McCain’s diagnosis and the naming of other prominent Washington D.C. area figures who were afflicted with the disease, we thought…

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