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The Interaction between the Gut and the Immune System

  For centuries, humans have known about the delicate interaction between food consumed and the bodily reactions of the immune system. Dating back to antiquity, Hippocrates documented reactions after food intake similar to a food allergy or sensitivity. Another example is the vitamin C deficiency known as scurvy, which has been recognized since the late 15th century. It…

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The Numerous Scientific Applications of the Word Chimera

Chimera. The word’s unusual origin stems from Greek mythology and refers to a fire breathing she-monster that has a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail. Nowadays, scientists and medical professionals apply the word chimera more broadly. The research around chimeric therapies is exploding, complicated, vast and controversial.  Individuals Who Are Chimeras By definition, a chimera is a…

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Articles Circulating about Heart Disease in Dogs

Articles currently circulating state that grain-free dog foods cause the heart disease condition called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs due to a taurine deficiency. These articles fail to paint a clear picture, and are biased and misleading because they largely ignore prior scientific research studies into taurine deficiency and DCM. Our Unequivocal Statement: No independent survey or scientific research has…

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FDA Issues Warning about Flea and Tick Products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on September 20, 2018 about the isoxazoline flea and tick products fluralaner for dogs and cats (Bravecto®), afoxalaner for dogs (Nexgard®), and saroloner for dogs (Simparica®). The recently introduced isoxazoline, lotilaner (Credelio®) for dogs falls into this same class. Dogs and cats with no known prior medical history of muscle…

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Fall Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

If you visit farmers’ markets regularly, you will notice a turnover of local fruits and vegetables due to seasonal changes. Indeed, food items from farmers’ markets are usually fresher and often more nutritious for you and your pets. With autumn upon us, what is available these days? It really depends on the temperature where you live. However, many gardeners…

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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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Different Vaccine Types and Advancements

Vaccine innovations are rapidly expanding to develop new, more effective, alternative or safer vaccines against a wide variety of diseases in people and animals. While vaccines carry both health benefits and some health risks, we decided to step back and provide you with a basic glossary of the types of vaccines currently available, vaccination variables, words commonly associated with vaccines,…

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