Blog

Apoquel (Oclacitinib) Use in Dogs with Itchy Skin

Meet Cooper, a Pit Bull Terrier dog. Cooper is a new member of the Hemopet family, lives in the Midwest, and is currently taking oclacitinib maleate (Apoquel). Oclacitinib is prescribed to dogs to suppress their allergy or sensitivity symptoms such as itchy skin or rashes. This is Cooper’s story to try to treat his symptoms…

Read More

The Complicated Pet Food Industry

In general, the pet food industry operates in a fairly veiled manner – particularly the larger manufacturers in the kibble segment. Current primary concerns have focused microbial contamination and the presence of ingredients undeclared on the label. Indeed, a 2013 study of dry pet foods used for food elimination trials stated that 80% of selected pet food diets were…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

Top 10 Facts on Nutrition

1. Nutrition is the key to a healthy immune system and resistance to disease.2. Provide variety of whole, nutrient dense foods for health and longevity.3. Feed species appropriate diets; needed not just to survive but thrive.4. True food allergies rare; food intolerances common. Food elimination trials poorly followed.5. Dogs have become obligate omnivores; genome evolved…

Read More

Hairballs: Chronic Conditions and Prevention

Pet caregivers seem to have become accustomed to thinking that hairballs are the status quo for cats. It is true that many cats spend several hours per day grooming themselves and that can lead to a build-up of indigestible keratin (the insoluble protein in hair).  Veterinarians may only become concerned when the situation is a…

Read More