FDA Releases List of Brands of Dog Food Most Frequently Associated with DCM Heart Disease

As I have written before, many dogs and cats have developed life-threatening heart problems from eating grain-free diets. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a serious heart condition in which the heart muscles deteriorate leaving a flabby, thin-walled heart. Heart muscle requires the amino acid taurine for good health. In the early 1990’s, many cats were diagnosed […]

Recall For Pig Ear Dog Treats Due To Salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration and The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention are investigating pig ear treats for dogs that may be contaminated with the bacteria Salmonella. The pig ears in question were made by Pet Supplies Plus and sold in bulk bins through their stores in 33 states. The Michigan Department of Agriculture […]

Distemper Outbreak in Maricopa County East Animal Shelter

Tragically, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has reported the deaths of 49 dogs since June 3, 2019 due an outbreak of distemper virus at the East Animal Shelter. The distemper virus, morbillivirus, is highly contagious between dogs. The dogs are infected by either inhaling the virus or coming into contact with secretions that contain […]

Counterfeit Drugs for Dogs & Cats

Counterfeit drugs are becoming a serious problem in veterinary medicine. With all the online and big box pharmacies, how do you know if your pet’s drugs are safe and effective? According to the FDA, here are some of the signs of a rogue online pharmacy: The price is too good to be true. The pharmacy […]

You Make the Diagnosis: Dental Problem in a Dog

Dental problems are common in dogs and cats. Pictured below is the L side of the maxilla, upper jaw, of a dog. Study the image and then answer the following questions: 1) What is wrong with this dog’s mouth? 2) Is is painful? 3) What is the best treatment for the problem? DIAGNOSIS: Fractured incisor […]

Trazadone for Animals

Trazadone is a serotonin antagonist/reuptake inhibator that veterinarians prescribe for behavior problems in dogs. It is actually an antidepressant that works well for dogs with anxiety or fear issues especially when combined with other anti-anxiety medications such as amitriptyline. It is also used to calm dogs during hospital stays and surgical procedures. Trazadone has less […]

Voluntary Hill’s Prescription Canned Dog Food Recall January 2019

On January 31, 2019, Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced a recall of their canned canine prescription diets due to excessive levels of vitamin D. Please see the list below to see the SKU and lot numbers involved. If you have cans from this list, please stop feeding it immediately and bring it back for a refund. […]

Hawaiian Monk Seal K13

K13 is an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. The scientific name for this species is Monachus schauinslandi but I prefer the Hawaiian name ilio-holo-i-kauaua which means ‘dog that runs on water’ or ‘dog running in rough seas’.┬áMonk seals are named for the loose folds of skin around their necks that look like a monk’s cowl. I […]

The Morris Animal Foundation Funds New Feline Studies

The Morris Animal Foundation has a long history of funding studies that help diagnose, treat and prevent disease in animals. Since 1950, the foundation has funded many many projects that have led to significant discoveries. They have invested $15.8 million in 368 studies at 60 different institutions around the world. Here is a list of […]

The Morris Animal Foundation Funds Many New Studies on Dog Diseases

The Morris Animal Foundation has a long history of funding studies that help diagnose, treat and prevent disease in dogs and cats. Since 1950, the foundation has funded many many projects that have led to significant discoveries including the first vaccine to prevent parvovirus enteritis in dogs. This infectious disease destroys rapidly dividing cells in […]