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Coconut Oil: The “Good” Saturated Fat

For some of us, coconuts conjure up images of palm trees and tropical locales. For others, they take us back to mouth-watering memories of our mother’s home-baked coconut cream pie – or even the sweet, gooey center of our favorite childhood candy bar! But did you know that besides tasting delicious, the oil pressed from…

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Dr. Dodds’ General Recommendations for Heartworm Preventatives

A normal functioning immune system is an essential component to promote the health and longevity of companion animals. The immune system is a delicately balanced and integrated functional network of circulating and cellular components that protect the individual against acute and chronic disease. Stress has a major influence on this function and can be physiological,…

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Dietary Hyperthyroidism in Dogs

This important study about canine hyperthyroidism – which is rare – comes from my colleague, Dr. Mark Peterson, with whom I have worked on feline hyperthyroidism issues. Recently, I had such a referral case myself of a healthy 3 year old mixed breed dog that suddenly tested as hyperthyroid after eating raw beef treats for…

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Yes or No to the Snake Vaccine for Your Dog?

Question: Dear Dr. Dodds, Tuesday and I are spending a lot of time in the desert and I am concerned about snake bites here, as spring nears. I have seen a snake vaccine for dogs offered in the area. What do you think about it? Thanks! Dr. Dodds Says: The rattlesnake vaccine is a killed, inactivated…

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Avocados – Poisonous to companion animals or not?

In my recent post on garlic toxicity I listed the known toxic food to pets, with avocados among them. But people often approach me, insistent that avocados are not toxic to companion animals. Clearly, there is much debate on this topic among both pet parents and veterinary professionals. So, let’s clear up the confusion and…

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