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Thanksgiving Tips for Pets

With the Thanksgiving hustle and bustle just a few days away, I wish you a healthy and happy time with friends and family. The last thing you need is to stress over your pet and the bounty of food around, so I thought providing a few general tips and reminders would be useful. Friends &…

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The Plague Is Still Around

Simply saying “the bubonic plague” brings visions of squalor, dirt, millions of rats scurrying about, and people falling over and dying in the middle of the street during the mid-14th century. Indeed, Europe’s population was decimated and approximately 50 million people died during that time.  Nowadays, we think the horror is over and shudder at…

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Know Your Bordetella Vaccine

Many boarding facilities and doggy daycares require your companion dog to have the Bordetella vaccine every six months or annually. This requirement may be due to laws (regional, local, or state), the facility’s insurance purposes, or the belief of those responsible. The shortened interval is because the duration of vaccinated immunity to Bordetella bronchiseptica lasts for only 6…

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Nosodes Instead of Vaccines

Homeopathic nosodes are often touted as alternatives to conventional vaccines. In fact, I often suggest the homeopathic nosode remedies, Lyssin, along with Thuja, to help blunt the effects of potential and actual adverse vaccine reactions. However, I do not recommend nosodes to prevent or treat infectious diseases. They do not generate measurable humoral immunity; the B-cell response we want to protect…

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Canine Influenza H3N2 Virus Updates

On April 9, 2015, I reported that five dogs had passed away from canine influenza out of 1,000 known cases in the Chicagoland area. Chicago is densely populated with dogs and provides a rich resource of social opportunities for them, so these factors would contribute to the flu spreading so quickly. Most of us assumed…

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Tail Docking Dogs – A Controversial Topic

    This article and my position may upset some people. Tail docking should not be an animal rights issue, it is a medical issue. I encourage everyone to read completely before forming an opinion. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and several well-known veterinarians oppose the practice of tail…

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