Category: General Health

Why do dogs eat grass?

“Why do dogs eat grass?” My veterinary colleagues and I are asked this frequently and we honestly do not know the exact reason or reasons. To try to answer this age old question, a few studies have been conducted. Researchers at the University of New England in Australia compared two sets of dogs. One set…

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Pet First Aid Kits and Emergency Preparedness

    As we have all been experiencing an increasing number of extreme weather incidents from mega-tornadoes, massive flooding, droughts and wildfires, everyone should create Pet First Aid Kits, learn about administering pet CPR, and be prepared for emergencies. The Emma Zen Foundation’s website provides comprehensive lists for Pet First Aid Kits and Emergency Kits.…

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Fleas on Dogs and Cats

Many readers probably want to know what we recommend in the form of natural or chemical flea preventatives. As this blog is for general information only, it does not recommend specific brands or products, beyond a flea comb, and shampoos and supplements that are made from natural products, and are intended to help control fleas.…

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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Dogs and Cats

    Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT; alternatively Microbiome Restorative Therapy) is a procedure in which fecal matter is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline or other solution, strained, and placed in a patient, by colonoscopy, endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or enema. The purpose of fecal transplant is to replace good bacteria that have been…

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MDR1 Gene Mutation in Dogs and Cats

The MDR1 Gene Mutation is fairly easy to understand. However, many of the descriptive scientific labels may seem quite complex, so we shall simplify them here. Polypeptide – Linear polymer of many amino-acids bonded together in a chain, forming part of (or the whole of) a protein molecule. Glycoprotein – Any proteins that have carbohydrate…

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The Debates Swirling Around Microchipping of Animals

Microchipping of companion animals is a topic that reflects several heightened issues the United States and the rest of the world are wrestling with these days, including regulation, guardian’s rights and the animal’s health. Implanted microchips emit radio frequencies upon scanning the area that convey an identification number. If the frequencies between the scanner and…

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Common Intestinal Worms in Dogs and Cats

    The following is a quick reference guide for pet caregivers about intestinal worms found in dogs and cats. At the end, I have provided my thoughts on treatment options. Roundworms – Intestinal Parasite How it is contracted Most dogs and cats can be exposed to and many are afflicted with roundworms at some…

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