Risks of Blue-green Algae To Dogs

Blue-green algae has killed dogs throughout the United States and Canada this summer. The algae is actually a cyanobacteria which is extremely toxic to humans and dogs. Cyanobacteria contain chlorophyll which is why the bacteria looks like a plant and is confused with algae.  Blue-green algae outbreaks occur in the summer. The combination of stagnant […]

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 […]

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’. Monk 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 […]

Grain Free Diets High in Legumes Associated With Cardiomyopathy in Golden Retrievers

Given the marketing push behind grain free diets, I feel urgency to share the following information.  Veterinary Cardiologist, Dr. Joshua Stern, has noticed a a disturbing trend in dogs. Golden Retrievers are developing acquired dilated cardiomyopathy, (DCM) caused by lack of an amino acid called taurine. The other form of dilated cardiomyopathy is called inherited […]