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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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Medicinal Mushrooms for Pets

Mushrooms are fascinating fungi. Think about it: certain mushrooms are the only straight, out of the ground fungi we and our companion pets can eat. Indeed, they are a member of only a handful of fungi like yeast that can be found in foods or are used to make foods such as cheese and bread. Mushrooms, though, are more…

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Foxtails Are Dangerous for Dogs and Cats

Foxtails are not bad looking for a grass-like weed. They bring to mind prairie landscape images by Grant Wood or Thomas Hart Benton. You might be reluctant to pull them because you don’t know if an ugly weed might replace them. But, they are dangerous and can be deadly for dogs and cats, and on occasion even injure infants…

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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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