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Pancreatitis in Dogs & Cats

Background As part of the endocrine and digestive system, the pancreas is necessary for digestion of foods, producing enzymes that digest food, and producing insulin. Pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas, disrupts the flow of these enzymes into the digestive tract and leaking them into the abdomen. Rapid enzymatic digestion of the exposed tissues occurs, along…

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Polly the Foster Surgery Week

Polly is a 6 year old, Shih-Tzu foster who was surrendered to Last Hope Rescue. We have been following her condition of very large masses for quite some time and hope she recovers with flying colors! The weekly diary account comes from a third non-profit organization that is financially assisting with Polly’s major surgeries.  …

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Polly the Foster Dog

Polly is a 6 year old Shih-Tzu dog who was rescued from a breeder and then relinquished to Last Hope Rescue in December 2014. The poor girl’s body is ravaged with tumors and tells quite the story. We are happy that she has been given another chance for a better life. This is her story.…

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An Explanation of Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics. Scary word, right? It is purely a newer compounded word that even at the time of this writing, Microsoft Word does not recognize it in its dictionary. I want to take a moment to break it down and explain it to you. Nutri = Nutrition Genomics = A discipline in genetics that applies molecular…

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Dietary Modification to Reduce Copper Accumulation

We now realize that the American Cocker Spaniel is susceptible to the heritable accumulation of abnormal amounts of copper in the liver with resultant chronic liver failure. This disease has previously been called chronic active hepatitis. It appears that the problem has been sporadically present in some of the best bloodlines of all three American…

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Raw versus cooked foods: What is HPP and why does it matter? (Part II)

As I discussed in my previous blog post, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have recently passed resolutions generally against feeding dogs and cats raw protein diets that have not first undergone a process to eliminate pathogens, such as cooking, pasteurization or irradiation. Those who feed their pets…

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