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2014 Pet Food and Supplement Issues & Recalls

April 10, 2014
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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 details. New items will be added to the TOP of the list. Click here to...
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Mars buys Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura

April 9, 2014
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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 months that P&G was in the market to sell; and now they got their...
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Litter Give-Away

March 18, 2014
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World’s Best Cat Litter is once again offering a donation of kitty litter to the shelter of your choice…see the details and vote here:  https://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/givelitter/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldsbestcatlitter/app_673077949423152?ref=ts   Related PostsMore money, fewer vet visits Dr. Jean Takes on More Absurd “Experts”! 2012 Pet Food and Supplement Recalls Support Bill to Stop California Landlords...
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Flea and Tick Product Dangers

March 18, 2014
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 A big thank you to my dear friend Dr. Michael Fox for allowing me to reprint this urgent bulletin! For more of Dr. Fox’s writings about cats and other animals’ health and well-being, please visit his outstanding website,  www.drfoxvet.com.          BAYER’S NEW CAT, DOG, HOME & YARD INSECTICIDALS:  WHAT IT MY PORTEND FOR...
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The other side of the “crazy cat” story

March 14, 2014
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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 have an opinion on the airplane, we definitely do want to make a few...
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Selecting a Good Commercial Pet Food

February 18, 2014
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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 know what’s best for your animals? The most reputable manufacturers of “superpremium” and “natural”...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – February 2014

February 7, 2014
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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 Problem Pet Food Safety Info Rabies on Staten Island 2. Science News Thiamine Too...
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Litter-Lifter: 21st Century Scooping

February 2, 2014
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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 spoons, garage sale and thrift store finds, standard-issue big box buys, and the most...
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Carrageenan: a Controversial Pet Food Additive

January 30, 2014
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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 is a  edible red seaweed. Sounds good, right? Many seaweeds contain lots of trace...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – November 2014

January 25, 2014
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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’ Eyes Cats Stealing Dog Beds FDA and Pet Food 2. Science Notes Cats =...
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Choosing an Omega-3 Oil for Your Pet

January 24, 2014
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Choosing an Omega-3 Oil for Your Pet

You know how important Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is for dogs and cats. The anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) have been thoroughly researched. Omega-3 supplementation has been abundantly proven to be beneficial for dogs and cats for a wide variety of conditions, including chronic kidney disease(1), arthritis(2), allergies(3),...
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AVMA Kills Anti-Homeopathy Resolution

January 22, 2014
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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 policy was written by a chronically anti-holistic fanatic, and “supported” (such as it was)...
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10 Reasons Why Dry Food Is Bad for Cats & Dogs

December 20, 2013
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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 a meat-based diet. I constantly try to make the case against feeding dry food....
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Food Allergies in Cats

November 19, 2013
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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 “meat and bone meal” on pet food labels), wheat, and dairy products. However, an...
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Homemade vs. Commercial Food for Cats (and Dogs!)

November 19, 2013
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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 do that, since we have survived as a species. As any parent knows, it...
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Feline Obesity

November 18, 2013
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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 become overweight in the first place. Pay  attention to your kitten’s growth to make...
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Fiber Facts

November 18, 2013
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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 others are touting the benefits of the latest fiber source, pecan shells. There is...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – September 2013

September 5, 2013
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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 Disease Risk Antibiotics are Good for Bad Bacteria Common Feline Anesthetic May Cause Brain...
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Listen to Dr. Jean with The Radio Pet Lady

August 28, 2013
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Listen to Dr. Jean with The Radio Pet Lady

Dr. Jean Hofve will be the guest of her good friend, the Radio Pet Lady (Tracie Hotchner) on September 2, 2013; the recording will be available any time after that. We’ll be talking about feline nutrition,  crazy advice people have been getting from their vets, and a very nasty parasite that could affect your...
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Catswalk Newsletter – August 2013

August 17, 2013
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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 with Outdoor Cats 3. Report from the AAFCO Annual Meeting 1. News Bites Paw...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – July 2013

July 11, 2013
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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 a cat? Class action suit over toxic treats will proceed 2. Science Notes: Marine...
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Animal Wellness Magazine

July 9, 2013
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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 techniques, and much more.  To view a sample issue online, visit www.animalwellnessmagazine.com, and click on SAMPLE...
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New Pet Food Standards – Finally?

June 15, 2013
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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 abide by. You’ve undoubtedly seen statements on pet food labels referring to either AAFCO...
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Declawing: A Rational Look

May 17, 2013
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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 veterinarian has suggested it, please read this article first to learn more about this...
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College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

May 9, 2013
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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 an international educational organization that brings science to holistic animal care–a desperately needed perspective!...
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Catswalk Newsletter – June 2013

May 2, 2013
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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 Carcinogens found in pet fur Natural Balance sold to Del Monte Cats unfairly blamed...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – April 2013

April 30, 2013
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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 a friend and would like your own subscription, please use the link at the...
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PetMD claims soy is good for carnivores

April 24, 2013
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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 body system as well:  PetMD: Optimal Nutrition Gives the Immune System a Boost “Supplemental arginine (an...
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Declawing and Science

April 24, 2013
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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 Medical Association (AVMA) and various other individuals and organizations. Assertion #1: A 2011 poll...
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Instinctive Choice Cat Food

April 4, 2013
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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. As I emphasize frequently, variety is extremely important for our cats and dogs. Feeding the same food year...
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EFT in Practice: The Scary Hair Dryer

March 11, 2013
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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 EFT can solve all kinds of issues, whether large or small. Please visit Maureen’s...
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Support Holistic Veterinary Medicine!

March 10, 2013
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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 one week (March 10-17, 2013) a matching drive will  TRIPLE every $1.00 in donations! ...
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CatsWalk Newsletter is Back!

March 6, 2013
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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 email delivery service last year.) CatsWalk is a monthly e-newsletter filled with interesting and important info that cat-lovers (and dog-lovers too!) need to know....
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New Study Slams Raw Diets for Cats

March 1, 2013
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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 as African wildcats, jaguars, and Malayan tigers. Let’s see what happened: Our objective was to evaluate...
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Are Dogs Really Supposed to Eat Corn?

February 26, 2013
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by Jean Hofve, DVM Purina was the first to trumpet the results of an letter in the journal Nature reporting an in-depth study of the genetics of dogs vs. wolves. Their findings suggest that dogs have adapted their DNA to be able to digest and assimilate a high-starch diet. Purina is all about how wonderful...
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Funny Vet Stories

February 21, 2013
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Funny Vet Stories

A couple of weeks ago, my pal Caroline Golon of Catster.com asked if I had any funny stories from my years as in clinical practice. Oh, yes indeed–and one in particular from the first practice I worked in after vet school. I’m honored to be among the vets included in Caroline’s new article, “7...
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Physical Consequences of Declawing

February 1, 2013
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Physical Consequences of Declawing

Declawing changes the way the cat’s paws function, and this creates stress on the joints of the paw, wrist, elbow, shoulder, and spine. The cat’s gait changes, as weight is shifted backward from the toes to the large rear pad of the paw. Research has demonstrated that, after declawing, cats shift their entire weight...
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2013 Pet Food and Supplement Issues & Recalls

January 6, 2013
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Welcome to the 2013 log of pet food and treat recalls and problems (click here for the 2012 list). Check back here any time for updates, which sometimes occur daily but almost certainly every week. Click on links for specific product details. New items will be added to the TOP of the list. Note: Chicken...
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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2013
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Ok, so I’m a day late…but I want to share two pieces of good news! First, the holiday sale on all e-books in our Bookstore and on Amazon.com has been extended until midnight on Friday, January 7, 2013! Lots of people have already taken advantage of this super sale, especially since you can get...
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Health – the Greatest Gift

December 20, 2012
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Health – the Greatest Gift

My dear friend and world-renowned veterinary homeopath, Dr. Christina Chambreau, has a very specific idea about how to achieve optimal health for your cat or dog. She believes (and I agree!) that keeping a journal is the key to early diagnosis of problems as well as the best way to monitor any treatments or...
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