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Cat Scratch Disease

The colloquial name for bartonellosis, cat scratch disease (CSD) typically caused by the bacterium, Bartonella henselae, is possibly the most mischaracterized description for any disease out there. Yes; scratches from cats that carry Bartonella spp. can cause bartonellosis in humans, but the name does not identify the actual vector source, namely – cat fleas. In fact, insects are the…

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Dodds Responds to FDA Statement on Canine Heart Disease, Taurine Deficiency and Potential Dietary Causes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on July 12, 2018 that it is investigating a possible connection between grain-free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is also known as canine heart disease (CHD). We address the FDA’s statement later in this article and provide our commentary. First, we must consider the many factors that need to…

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Dodds Rebuts Incorrect Vaccination Article

An article regarding vaccinations was inaccurately attributed to Dr. Dodds and has been circulating. Dr. Dodds reviewed the article, rebutted statements and corrected the vaccination protocol. Corrected Vaccination Protocol Vaccine Initial 1st Annual Booster Re-Administration Interval Comments Distemper (MLV) (e.g. Merck Nobivac DPV, or NeoVacD monovalent CDV only). Optional is recombinant rCDV = Merial Recombitek, but only comes…

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Canine Influenza and Parvovirus Treatment Options

In our last article, we discussed Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (oxavir marboxil), two influenza antiviral medications that are prescribed to humans after infection has occurred. These treatment options are only approved for human use thus far. What about dogs? You may have heard in the past that Tamiflu has been used to treat viruses and assume the use applies to canine…

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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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