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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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The Skinny on Soy: Exposing a popular pet food protein

As those of you who read my posts and follow my work are aware, I advocate that optimum health begins with optimum nutrition. This is not just an “opinion”; it is a fact born out by the latest scientific research, which is focused on functional foods designed for the individual person or animal. This is…

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Garlic: Beneficial or Harmful to Companion Animals?

Some foods suitable for humans are harmful – or even toxic – for animals. Most notable among these are: • Avocado • Alcohol • Caffeine and other methylxanthines • Chocolate • Garlic • Grapes and raisins • Nuts (especially macadamia) • Onions • Xylitol (artifiical sweetener) And while we would never feed our pets any…

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NutriScan Clinical Analysis

Dr. Dodds is currently working on a formal paper about NutriScan – the food sensitivity and intolerance test she developed – with updated clinical trials and analyses. We cannot divulge the latest results until after the paper is published. However, we can share statistics that prove the efficacy and validity of the test. Since starting…

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UPDATED SECOND PROGRESS REPORT: Study of Microalbuminuria in Dogs Fed Raw Food Diets

With the increasing popularity of raw food diets for dogs (and cats), no data were available that determined the laboratory reference range values for healthy animals fed these diets. Were they different than those of dogs fed commercial kibbled foods?  In 2003, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Wynn, we investigated the basic clinical laboratory parameters…

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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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