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Pet Obesity

August 15th, 2014

Obesity is not only an epidemic in humans, but also approximately half of America’s dogs and cats are overweight. According to Ernie Ward, DVM, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 44 percent of dogs are overweight and 10 percent are clinically obese. The results are even more startling when looking at felines, as 57 percent of cats were overweight, including 17 percent who are obese. The results come from a statistical study of 870 animals from 95 vet clinics across the United States. Read more about Pet Obesity

Pet Food Labeling

August 14th, 2014

Trying to decipher food labels on human food is hard enough, but understanding pet food label is even more difficult.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has set guidelines and standards for pet food and provides a summary of labeling rules. When a product advertises a particular meat in the name of the food, the percentage of meat it must contain is determinate on the wording. If a product name states the meat first, as in "Lamb for Dogs'' or "Tuna Cat Food,'' the FDA rules require that at least 95 percent of the product consist of the named meat, excluding the water that is added for processing. If the pet food name has 2 meats, such as "Beef 'n Chicken Dog Food,'' then two food items together must make up 95 percent of the total, and the first-named product must be the majority. This rule does not apply to grains, so if it is a “Lamb and Rice dog food,” for instance, it still must contain 95% lamb. Read more about Pet Food Labeling

Pets Can Disturb Sleep

August 13th, 2014

A study by the Mayo Clinic, finds an increase in the number of people experiencing sleep disturbances because of their pets. 110 patients at the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine in Arizona provided information about pets at night as part of a comprehensive sleep survey. It was determined that whether it be because of snoring, whimpering, wandering, the need to "go outside," or medical needs, 10 percent of those who visited the center, reported annoyance with their pets sometimes disturbing their sleep. This is a huge increase from their previous 2002 study, where only 1 percent reported such complaints. Read more about Pets Can Disturb Sleep

Male only Mosquitos

August 8th, 2014

British researchers claim to have figured out a way to eliminate biting mosquitoes. Since female mosquitoes drink blood when they are producing eggs, and male mosquitoes sip nectar, scientists discovered they could accomplish the goal of stopping mosquitoes from biting by eliminating the female offspring. Like humans, the sex of a mosquito is determined by X and Y-chromosomes. Males have one X, which is inherited from the mother, and one Y, which is inherited from the father. Females, on the other hand, inherit one X chromosome from each of their parents, resulting in two X chromosomes. What the scientists do is damage the X chromosome in the father mosquito, so that he passes along viable Y chromosomes to create male offspring, and non-viable X chromosomes to its would-be female offspring. The result is that only the young non-biting male mosquitoes survive, because a female baby will not hatch alive with one damaged X chromosome. Read more about Male only Mosquitos

Bone Marrow Transplants for Dogs!

August 4th, 2014

Dr. Steven Suter, VMD, MS, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology), a professor of oncology at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, is using Bone Marrow Transplants (BMT) to treat dogs with Lymphoma. This is the most high tech facility in the country performing this type of procedure. At NC State/CVM, they are performing both Allogenic (or donor) bone marrow transplants as well as Autologous transplants, in which the bone marrow comes form the patient, so a separate donor is not needed. Read more about Bone Marrow Transplants for Dogs!

Chihuahuas Need Homes

August 2nd, 2014

Arizona’s most popular exports have long included the 4 C’s: Copper, Cattle, Citrus and Cotton. Lately, Chihuahuas could be added to that list! In Arizona, and much of the southwest, Chihuahuas are in excess, and there is overpopulation in animal shelters. The breed, which comes from Mexico, is so popular in some Phoenix neighborhoods that they roam the streets in the hundreds. The city has exhausted the charitable network of foster families who used to take them in, but no longer have the space for even one more. Read more about Chihuahuas Need Homes

Rodenticide – what’s new with Rat Poison?

August 1st, 2014

In 2008 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to prohibit the use of second-generation or long-acting anticoagulants in household rodenticides. Manufacturers were forced to be compliant with these regulations in 2011, and many now use bromethalin instead of anticoagulants in their products. Bromethalin is a neurotoxin that affects the part of the cell which helps turn food into energy (Mitochondria). This chemical also decreases ATP production, which is the chemical in cells that stores energy. This affects the brain, liver, and sodium and potassium pumps; which results in too much liquid accumulating in the central nervous system. The frightening reality is that with bromethalin, the new toxin of choice for rodenticide manufacturers, there is no known detection test and no antidote. Read more about Rodenticide – what’s new with Rat Poison?

Time for me to get a dog...

July 30th, 2014

Pet Smart Charities, the countries leader in pet adoptions has teamed up with, the world’s largest dating website, to reveal what pet-lovers want when looking for a mate. They tallied the responses of over 1,000 members in the survey, “The Truth about Pets and Dating.” Read more about Time for me to get a dog...

Obesity in Cats

July 25th, 2014

A great majority of cats seen in veterinary practices are overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to many serious, sometimes life-threatening, health conditions for your pet including joint disease, back pain, diabetes mellitus, increased risk of pancreatitis, hepatic lipidosis, cholangitis, chronic diarrhea, urinary blockages and interstitial cystitis. Read more about Obesity in Cats

Adopting a Dog

July 11th, 2014

There are many things to think about when adopting a pet. It is a big commitment and should not be entered into lightly. Dr. Julie Dinnage, speaking on behalf of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), advises on several factors to take into account when making this important decision
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