Author Archive for Jean Hofve DVM

Canine Flu Outbreak

There have been numerous media reports on an outbreak of “canine influenza” that began in Chicago, and could spread to other areas. The original dog flu virus that was characterized a few years ago is known as H3N8, and there is…

What Cats Should Eat

The most common question we get at Little Big Cat is, “What should I feed my cat?”  Now, that’s a pretty big subject! The answer depends on many factors, including your cat’s age and health, as well as the size…

Animal Communication

Many thanks to our guest author, animal communicator Kate Solisti!  The art of listening to an animal and actually receiving something back from them is based on two things: (1) Love and (2) Intuition. I have been a professional interspecies…

Grape and Raisin Toxicity

Beginning in the 1990s, veterinarians began seeing dogs who developed acute kidney failure after eating grapes, raisins, or currants. Despite extensive research, the component that caused the problem was never identified; it couldn’t even be narrowed down to any particular…

CatsWalk Newsletter – Summer 2014

In this issue: 1. News Bites Donate litter to cat shelters! Coconut oil is not for cats Fire safety for cats Studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) works More on the downside of fish Dirty deeds with pet treats 2. Science…

Animal Pain

That idea that animals suffer pain that needs to be treated is, believe it or not, still not completely accepted by veterinarians. In fact, not so long ago, veterinarians deliberately withheld painkillers from animals post-surgery, on the misguided philosophy that “the pain…

Paw Project Movie on Netflix

If you haven’t seen this amazing movie (featuring our own Dr. Jean!)… …Stream it tonight! And please… Spread the word! “The Paw Project is an eye-opening film that will be of interest to millions of cat owners… ” – The Hollywood…

Catswalk Newsletter – Spring 2014

In this issue: 1. News Bites GMO dangers Seeking humans who are allergic to cats Pet Cancer Awareness Month Feline fitness More on jerky treats Is Purina the best cat food? 2. Science Notes Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Red meat allegy from…

2014 Pet Food and Supplement Issues & Recalls

Welcome to the 2014 log of pet food and treat recalls and problems (click here for the 2013 list). Check back here any time for updates, which sometimes occur daily but almost certainly every week. Click on links for specific product…

Mars buys Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura

In a bid for world domination, the Martians…oops, I mean, Mars Petcare (the pet food arm of the candy giant)…is acquiring all of Procter & Gamble’s pet food brands for a mere $2.9 BILLION. It had been rumored for several…

Flea and Tick Product Dangers

A big thank you to my dear friend Dr. Michael Fox (www.drfoxvet.com) for allowing me to reprint this urgent bulletin! BAYER’S NEW CAT, DOG, HOME & YARD INSECTICIDALS:  WHAT IT MY PORTEND FOR THE EARTH COMMUNITY By Dr. Michael W.…

The other side of the “crazy cat” story

If you’ve been anywhere but under a rock the last few days, you’ll know that (1) an airplane is missing, and (2) a “violent” cat trapped a family in a bedroom until 911 responders got it subdued. While we don’t…

Selecting a Good Commercial Pet Food

By Jean Hofve, DVM Commercial food is a great convenience to dog and cat guardians. Responsible consumers who want the best for their animal companions have a bewildering array of foods and claims to choose from. So, how do you…

CatsWalk Newsletter – February 2014

Sign up to have this newsletter delivered right to your email inbox! → In this issue: 1. News Bites February is Pet Dental Health Month! How People Choose Cat Food Recent Cat Food Recalls Jerky Treats Back on the Shelf–and Still a…

Litter-Lifter: 21st Century Scooping

I can’t believe that, in 2014, I just discovered a major advance in litter scooping technology! But the Litter-Lifter® is exactly that.  I should say that I have gone through a lot of scoopers in my life. I’ve tried everything: slotted…

Carrageenan: a Controversial Pet Food Additive

Carrageenan is a seaweed derivative that is commonly used as a food additive in a wide variety of products. There has been a lot of controversy about this ingredient, so let’s take a look at it in more detail. Carragreenan…

CatsWalk Newsletter – November 2014

NOTE: This was reposted in January 2014 because the original was accidentally deleted in a fit of organizational zeal! – Editor In this issue: 1. News Bites Vacation Destinations for Cat Lovers Crazy Cat-Related Patents See the World Through Cats’…

Choosing an Omega-3 Oil for Your Pet

You may already know how important Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is for dogs and cats. I consider it to be the #1 most important supplement you can give your pet. The anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA…

AVMA Kills Anti-Homeopathy Resolution

Last year, a big kerfuffle erupted over a proposed resolution for the American Veterinary Medical Association (the profession’s lobbying organization), to adopt a policy stating that “homeopathy has been identified as an ineffective practice and its use is discouraged.”  The proposed…

10 Reasons Why Dry Food Is Bad for Cats & Dogs

As a holistic veterinarian and animal advocate with more than 20 years of experience and thousands of hours of research under my belt, I’ve concluded that dry food is not a fit diet for our cats and dogs–carnivores who need…

Food Allergies in Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM Cats often develop “food allergies” or “food intolerances” to ingredients found in commercial cat food. The top allergens are: chicken, fish and corn (very common cat food ingredients), beef (often referred to as “meat by-products” or…

Homemade vs. Commercial Food for Cats (and Dogs!)

By Jean Hofve, DVM Preparing a home-made diet for one’s pets is a bit of a challenge. However, it is no more difficult than feeding one’s children a balanced and nutritious diet. Most human beings seem to be able to…

Feline Obesity

By Jean Hofve, DVM Obesity is a serious problem for our feline friends. Many serious health problems can result from obesity, such as arthritis, liver disease, heart failure, and renal disease. Prevention is key here: don’t allow your cat to…

Fiber Facts

By Dr. Jean Hofve Recently there has been renewed interest in fiber as a pet food ingredient. One pet food manufacturer published an article on the Internet condemning beet pulp in pet food as unhealthy if not downright dangerous, while…

CatsWalk Newsletter – September 2013

News Bites New Feline Vaccination Guidelines Traveling with Pets Paw Project Launches Colorado Campaign Finally – Tighter Regulations on Kitten and Puppy Mills Winter’s Coming – Are Your Pets Ready? Science Notes Less Diversity in Gut Bacteria Increases Obesity and…

Catswalk Newsletter – August 2013

In this issue: 1. News Bites Paw Project: The Movie! Vegan Diet Nearly Kills Kitten Obesity-Related Diseases in Cats Rhode Island Bans Declaw Requirement for Tenants Dolphin Rights 2. Science Notes Fish Oil Fakery Hope for Allergy Sufferers Another Problem…

CatsWalk Newsletter – July 2013

In this issue: 1. News Bites: Fat cat prompts cruelty charges Iceland hunting whales for dog food Internet vet loses license over online advice Children die in hot cars–and so do pets! Remember what it was like before you had…

Animal Wellness Magazine

by Jean Hofve, DVM Animal Wellness Magazine is the #1 integrative pet health and wellness publication. I’ve been writing for Animal Wellness for many years. It’s a wonderful resource that features the latest information in natural nutrition, holistic veterinary advice, natural products, gentle training…

New Pet Food Standards – Finally?

by Jean Hofve, DVM The standards by which pet food are made are set by an organization calledAAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). AAFCO provides model rules and standards that most states have adopted, and that pet food companies…

Declawing: A Rational Look

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are few feline issues as controversial as declawing. There is a great deal of myth and misinformation out there about it. If you are considering having this surgery performed on your cat, or if a…

College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

by Jean Hofve, DVM Before last week, I had never heard of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). But I am tremendously excited about this organization, and I think a lot of our readers will be interested to learn about it. CIVT is…

Catswalk Newsletter – June 2013

In this issue: 1. News Bites June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month! Fungal toxins found in 98% of pet food Labeling of genetically-modified foods takes a(nother) backward step Texas Court refuses emotional damages in case of mistakenly euthanized dog When “green” isn’t…

CatsWalk Newsletter – April 2013

CatsWalk Newsletter April 2013 by Jean Hofve, DVM Library of Congress ISSN #1550-0764 Please note:  This newsletter is emailed only to current subscribers through Get Response, but please feel free to forward it to friends! If you got it from…

PetMD claims soy is good for carnivores

On a PetMD.com blog,  Dr. Jennifer Coates discusses how nutrition impacts the immune system. No argument here, of course what you, your cat, your dog, or your pet elephant eats has multiple effects on the immune system and every other…

Declawing and Science

By Jean Hofve, DVM (Updated 2/24/2011) This summary presents the main arguments against a legal ban on declawing (of cats and other animals), and the documented, scientific facts about each one–as opposed to the opinions expressed by the American Veterinary…

Instinctive Choice Cat Food

Usually, I don’t like to name names when people ask, “What is the best pet food?” What works best for one pet will give another one tummy problems, and still another one won’t even touch it. Variety is extremely important…

EFT in Practice: The Scary Hair Dryer

Many thanks to Maureen Cram of South Africa for allowing us to reprint this article. Here she explains in detail exactly how she helped her cat get over a serious hair dryer terror.  It is a perfect example of how…

Support Holistic Veterinary Medicine!

As a Little Big Cat reader, you know that we love to advocate and support holistic veterinary medicine; and you probably feel the same way. Here’s the best opportunity to support holistic medicine that you’ll have all year! For just…

CatsWalk Newsletter is Back!

I’m pleased to announce that Little Big Cat’s “CatsWalk Newsletter” will return starting in April 2013! (It’s been dormant since the depressing loss of our entire mailing by a [former] email delivery service last year.) CatsWalk is a monthly e-newsletter…

New Study Slams Raw Diets for Cats

A brand-new study in the Journal of Animal Sciences (J. Anim. Sci. 2013.91:225–237) claims that raw diets aren’t quite the cat’s meow. Researchers from the University of Illinois and an Omaha zoo fed raw diets to domestic cats as well…