Category: General Health

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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How do you know when your dog needs to go potty?

We recently posted the question on social media, “How do you know when your dog needs to go outside?” Several responses from expert pooch parents were hilarious and they gave excellent tips, which we provide below. Of course, it raises the question, “How can new puppy or rescued dog parents get to the ‘clues’ level?” Well, we found some…

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Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

Depending on where you live, many businesses are now increasingly pet-friendly such as clothing stores, hotels, pet supply stores, photography studios, etc. For people who use and need service dogs for medical purposes or assistance, this can be a blessing and sometimes a problem. Compounding the problem is the definition of what is considered to…

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Medical Cannabis and Its Impact on Pets

Before we discuss the topic of medical marijuana, hemp and their use in pets, we should review current laws and regulations concerning these products. The use of marijuana – medically or recreationally – is illegal at the federal level in the United States. Hemp, by contrast, is legal because it is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).…

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