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Vitamin D Toxicity in Dog Food
The FDA has become aware of vitamin D toxicity in certain dogs that have consumed dry dog food under several different brand names. The only pet products that have been impacted have been for dogs, and pet owners need to discontinue feeding their pets these contaminated products—this is currently a developing situation, as more foodsRead more.
Check the Chip Day on August 15th!
Did you know that one out of every three pets will become lost at some point in their lives? While this is an unfortunate reality, the good news is that there is a steadfast, reliable and affordable way to bring lost pets back to their warm, friendly homes—microchipping them. Microchips are contained in minuscule, biocompatibleRead more.
The Skinny on Fat Pets
Losing weight seems to be on just about every other person’s to-do list for the new year—but humans aren’t the only ones with an excess poundage problem. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Just like people, overweight petsRead more.
Adventures in Kenya with Dr. Williams
The past three years, I have been privileged to travel to Kenya with Calvary Road Ministries to work with the beautiful Maasai people and their livestock. We travel in June to escape the hot Texas heat to the cool, fall-like weather of the Kenyan winter. Kenya is located on the equator and ranges inRead more.
Identifying and Treating Allergies in Dogs
Dogs can be allergic to many of the same things that people are allergic to, but for them, inhalant allergies typically manifest in red and itchy skin. Allergy symptoms often include: Chewing and scratching Licking paws, rear, thighs and groin Thin coat Scabs, skin infections and bald spots If you are one of the manyRead more.
Declawing Cats with Laser Surgery
Declawing has become more controversial in recent years. Choosing whether or not to declaw a cat is an important decision. For many cat owners, maintaining a peaceful relationship with an indoor cat requires declawing. It helps to curtail destruction of household furnishings and also helps prevent the sometimes significant bodily trauma cats can inflict (intentionallyRead more.
10 Human Medications that Poison Our Pets
Dogs and cats are not like humans when it comes to how they metabolize medications. Although some human medications are used in veterinary medicine, the doses are vastly different. Poisonings from human medications can be life-threatening to our pets. Here are the 10 human medications that most commonly poison our pets: NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Naproxen) OneRead more.
Dog’s-Eye View: What Can My Dog See?
Dogs’ eye anatomy is very similar to ours. The most important structure for vision in both people and dogs is the retina, a membrane located at the back of the eye. The retina consists of hundreds of thousands of cells that are responsible for generating the images we see. Here are some different characteristics ofRead more.
Save On Your Pet’s Dental Care Throughout February
Your pet’s world revolves around their mouth, so regular dental care is essential for keeping them healthy and happy. Without regular dental care, your pet can develop dental disease, which not only causes oral pain and smelly breath, but can also spread to the kidneys, heart and liver. Thankfully, it can be prevented with routineRead more.
Halloween tricks and treats are fun, but chocolate can be disastrous for our four-legged family members. Chocolate is toxic to pets and can cause severe illness and even death. Keep goodies out of reach of pets to avoid accidental poisoning. Why is chocolate bad for pets? Chocolate contains theobromine, which is similar to caffeine andRead more.