Index: Dog Health

Apoquel Alert: Serious Side Effects of New Dog Allergy Medication

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 There is a NEW drug on the market to control itching in dogs from allergies, called Apoquel. It has been launched with much fanfare…from Zoetis.. FDA Approves APOQUEL® (oclacitinib tablet) to Control Itch and Inflammation in Allergic Dogs Zoetis Offers a Targeted New Approach to Rapidly and Safely Stop the Cycle of Itch and Inflammation Associated with Allergic Skin Disease… [Read more]

How to Use Herbs in Treating Your Dog or Cat

Friday, March 14th, 2014 Herbs are relatively safe and gentle medicines – most are very forgiving with fewer side effects compared to conventions medications. There is a synergy between the parts of the plants components, making herbal medicine safe, and effective. The goal of using herbs is to enable your pet’s body to ultimately heal itself. To see how to incorporate herbal healing, let’s… [Read more]

Pet Not Eating? Use These 5 Remedies

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 What is Inappetance? This can be a decrease in appetite, or it can be that your dog or cat completely stops eating. If this has persisted, then your pet may be lethargic, weak – although you should not wait this long for clinical signs to appear. The causes are varied. They can include a sore tooth, to an abscess, to… [Read more]

Pets With Alzheimers: 7 Solutions for Cognitive Dysfunction

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 Cognitive Dysfuntion This is similar to Alzheimer’s in people. Dogs accumulate deposits of beta-amyloid (a protein plaque) in the brain with age. Dogs show signs similar to people with Alzheimer’s. SIGNS Your pet sleeps much more and plays less. He has a graying muzzle, poorer hearing and poorer vision. You may see cataracts. He may show abnormal signs, such as… [Read more]

{Warning} Overdose Death From Cough Medication

Monday, March 3rd, 2014 Do these *really* work? Great question, and it’s one that I always ask myself when I consider using or suggesting an alternate option. A great example comes from treating coughs- in people and pets. For years in veterinary practice I was frustrated in that there was very little that conventionally works…there really aren’t very many good cough suppressants. So I… [Read more]

The Drug Problem In Veterinary Medicine

Friday, February 28th, 2014 Veterinary Medicine has a bit of a drug problem As in using too many of them, too often. A classic overused drug.. Steroids. They are used for many veterinary conditions, from treating asthma in cats, suppressing the immune system in polyarthrits, to the most common condition- stopping the itching in allergic pets. But they come with side effects Here is… [Read more]

Salmonella Recall Alert: NutriPet and Nutri-Vet Dog Treats

Monday, February 24th, 2014 Nutri-Vet, LLC Recalls Nutri-Vet and Nutripet Chicken Jerky Products Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk Recalled Items Nutri-Vet is recalling the lot numbers below because the manufacturer of an ingredient used in the products below informed us of the possibility of Salmonella presence at the manufacturing facility, although no positive test results have been found on Nutri-Vet or NutriPet products… [Read more]

Jerky Treats Now Safe?

Friday, February 21st, 2014 A new story has come out claiming that Chicken Jerky Treats are now safe. Source:dvm360 Two brands of chicken jerky pet treats will soon reenter the market after years of reports of pet illness—even death—associated with consumption of jerky treats made with chicken sourced from China. Milo’s Kitchen and Nestlé Purina (the maker of Waggin’ Train treats) say that since… [Read more]

Soothe Your Pet’s Arthritis:Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 If you have a middle aged to older dog or cat, then likely they have some degree of joint discomfort- arthritis. They should be on a high quality, effective, essential fatty acid (EFA). There are a number of studies backing this up. A study conducted last year in the Netherlands suggests that cats with naturally occurring osteoarthritis show symptom improvement… [Read more]

[Pet Poison Helpline] Top 12 Toxins For Dogs

Monday, February 10th, 2014 The Pet Poison Helpline has an extensive database of Pet Toxins. Here are the top 12 toxins for dogs: 1) Chocolate: the less sweet and the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to your dog. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem ( the toxin is theobromine). Signs include: Hyperactivity,Restlessness, Vomiting, Elevated heart rate, Hypertension (elevated… [Read more]

New Anti-Itch Treatment

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 ‘New’ anti-itch treatment… A very common herb, that is in many of our gardens. It has been used in Western medicine for digestive upset, but it also can be a big help to our pets with recurring allergies, paw licking, ear infections. The herb??? Mint Chinese folk medicine values mint as a treatment for itchy skin and hives. Mint contains… [Read more]

How To Reduce Your Pet’s Risk Of Cancer By 30%-50%

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 ——————————- Cancer ——————————- Cancer, or neoplasia is one of the most feared diseases and diagnoses among dog and cat owners; unfortunately the incidence is on the rise leaving pet owners with many questions about why this is happening, and what they can do to prevent it. The definition of cancer is of abnormal cells which divide without control and are… [Read more]

Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM