Archives for November 2011

Cancer in Pets: Importance of Folate, Cobalamin, and Anti-Oxidants in Pet Nutrition

A number of various nutrients have been recommended as supplements in pet nutrition of the cancer patient.  The most commonly recommended nutrients include glutamine, arginine, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.  However, there are few if any controlled studies showing … [Read more...]

Skin Disease in Cats: What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is the most common infectious skin disease in cats. It is caused by a fungus or dermatophyte, not a worm, and is highly contagious to other animals as well as people. The most common dermatophyte isolated is Microsporum canis, followed by Microsporum gypseum and … [Read more...]

Pets with Cancer: Dietary Fat and Carbohydrate Recommendations

Optimal pet nutrition plays an important role in treatment of dogs and cats with cancer.  Most commercial dog and cat foods are complete and balanced diets necessary to meet the needs for all essential nutrients when an animal eats enough of the diet to meet its caloric … [Read more...]

Cancer in Pets: Dietary Recommendations

Pet nutrition in an animal with cancer should have the goal of maintaining, if not improving, the body condition of the animal.  The diet needs to taste good, be highly digestible, and preferably energy dense.  Pet nutrition products or diets relatively high in fat content … [Read more...]

Finding a Consensus on Canine CVHD

*Reproduced with permission by Dr. Clarke Atkins! * Canine chronic valvular heart disease (CVHD) is the most important nonparasitic cardiovascular diseases in veterinary medicine, but controversy remains about the best treatment.  THE PLAYERS Canine CVHD, also known … [Read more...]

General Vaccination Recommendations for Cats

Broadly, a vaccine is a modified version of a disease-causing organism intended to stimulate the body’s natural immune system to reduce the risk and/or severity of disease in the future. Most often, vaccines guard against viruses, which cannot be cured by any medications … [Read more...]

Routine Vaccinations in Dogs and Cats: The Risks

Reactions to routine vaccinations for dogs and cats can prevent themselves in varying severity. Mild-Moderate Adverse Vaccine Reactions in Dogs and Cats Vaccination involves the intentional stimulation of your pet’s immune system, and unintended consequences infrequently … [Read more...]

Feline Pancreatitis – Treatment

The recommendation for treatment of feline pancreatitis is largely supportive care.  The ability of veterinary practitioners to diagnose pancreatitis in cats has improved dramatically during the last 10 years, but our ability to treat it has not changed much during this … [Read more...]

Diagnosing Cancer in Dogs and Cats with Cytology

It is not possible to recommend treatment and offer a prognosis for a pet with cancer without a specific diagnosis.  cancer in animals is not a single disease process.  It consists of over 100 different types of diseases that can be grouped into several major categories.  … [Read more...]

The Million Heart Challenge: Help to Raise Awareness for Canine Heart Disease

Boehringer Ingelheim has announced a promotion to raise awareness of canine heart disease by sponsoring a VACATION SWEEPSTAKES. The maker of what now is a very popular and effective medication for the treatment of congestive heart failure in dogs, Vetmedin, has developed a … [Read more...]