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Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting and Other Prion Diseases

Prion diseases are quite rare and relatively unknown, yet always deadly. This group of diseases has the potential to jump between species via routes such as ingestion or from a blood transfusion. Scientists believe prion diseases could spread between animals through body fluids like feces, saliva, or urine, either through direct or indirect contact through…

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Trichinosis from U.S. Pork Eradicated?

Many veterinarians warn against serving dogs and cats raw or undercooked pork because of Trichinella spiralis, an intestinal roundworm parasite that causes trichinosis (aka trichinellosis). Recently, we have heard that Trichinella spiralis has been virtually eradicated – or effectively diminished – from the United States pork industry. We had specific questions about these claims and…

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Pet Foods: Raw vs. Cooked Food Diets and Bacteria Concerns

The debate over which type of diet is best for dogs and other pets – raw meat-based or cooked meat-based – often stirs strong emotions and polarizes people into taking “sides”, often with no room for acceptance of the other viewpoint. Proponents of raw food diets cite numerous benefits, including: More closely mirrors the evolutionary…

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Vaccine Issues & WSAVA Guidelines 2015-2017

Dr. Jean Dodds recently gave two invited lectures on vaccine issues and guidelines for veterinarians in Israel. She would like to thank BioGal Galed Laboratories and the Israel Veterinary Medical Association for the opportunity and the wonderful time! The following is a summary of the discussion. Update on Vaccine Issues & Guidelines (2015-2017) World Small…

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Green Bananas vs. Ripe Bananas for Dogs and Horses

Are you wondering why a veterinarian is writing on the difference between green bananas and ripe bananas?  Well, dogs and horses can and do eat bananas, which are rich in the minerals potassium and magnesium, as well as folate, a B vitamin. Clearly, we can all feel a texture and taste difference between green and…

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Lectins: The Least Understood Hot Nutritional Topic These Days

Lectins are among the hot nutritional topics these days thatneed a dose of reality. Some people are touting “Avoid!” Other people respond, “Impossible.” I am firmly in the second camp; we need lectins. So, before discussing them, let’s put them in perspective. In life, we hope to simplify decision-making into black or white outcomes. Indeed,…

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AAHA Vaccination Guidelines 2017 for Dogs Review

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recently released its latest vaccination guidelines for dogs. The association’s primary vaccination protocol has been slightly changed since the last revision in 2011. These updates, while not readily apparent, are still significant. Before we delve into those changes, let’s review the core vaccination protocol compared to the one I…

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