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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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Moxxor Omega-3s

December 20, 2012
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Moxxor Omega-3s

You know how important Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is for cats and dogs. The anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) have been thoroughly researched, and are abundantly proven to be beneficial for dogs and cats. (If you’d like more background info, please click here for general article on Omega-3s,...
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AVMA Resolution Against Homeopathy

December 19, 2012
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UPDATE 1/10/13: http://atwork.avma.org/2013/01/10/homeopathy-resolution-now-what-happens/#comments I was sad to hear that many people who called or wrote to AVMA were rude or even hostile. That is never a good way to get your point across; it marks you as just another whacko. And what we don’t need is to give AVMA the impression that people who...
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Holiday Sale on ALL E-Books!

December 15, 2012
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It was the elves that got to me…they’ve had me slaving day and night to update every single e-book in our collection! Then Santa came along with all the reindeer, and made me lower every single price! (Hey, I’m Norwegian–I can’t argue with reindeer!) But seriously, folks…I’ve gone out and gotten the absolute latest...
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Pets in Pain–Don’t let them Suffer

December 11, 2012
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We are honored to have a wonderful guest blogger today, Dr. Shelley Brown of Harmony Veterinary Center, Arvada, CO. Dr. Brown practices integrative veterinary medicine, including acupuncture, cold laser, and homotoxicology. She is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.  I hear it all the time–“My pet’s limping, but she’s not in pain”...
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2012 Pet Food and Supplement Recalls

December 7, 2012
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This list is being kept as up-to-date as possible. The most recent recalls are at the top. Check FDA’s or manufacturers’ websites for detailed  information on affected products, lot numbers, and best-by dates. December 6, 2012 1. FDA has issued a warning not to feed Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (sold at Costco) due...
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Dr. Jean’s best-selling eBooks on sale now!

December 6, 2012
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Sale ends at midnight on Friday, January 4, 2013! For the holidays, we’re having a crazy sale on all of Dr.  Jean’s e-books, including the Amazon best-seller, What Cats Should Eat: How to Keep Your Cat Healthy with Good Food. Normally a bargain at $8.97, you can get it between now and January 4, 2013, either as a PDF ebook...
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Urinary Incontinence

November 30, 2012
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One of the more unpleasant conditions that pets may develop is urinary incontinence. This means that involuntary passage or leakage of urine occurs. It’s a relatively common problem in dogs, but uncommon in cats.  Usually, you’ll first notice a wet spot when the animal gets up from lying down. This is because when the...
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PetEssiance Herbal Tonics and Essences

November 23, 2012
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Ojibwa Tea of Life, a local Denver company, produces amazing herbal products that work wonderfully for our pets. Dr. Jean has known and worked with Master Herbalist and company owner Michelle Kalevik for more than a decade; together they created the PetEssiance™ line of herbal and essence products. All Ojibwa Tea of Life products are pure,...
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Filling Pet Prescriptions at Human Pharmacies

November 21, 2012
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I just came across a very disturbing article in a veterinary publication about the errors being made by human pharmacists when filling prescriptions from a veterinarian. The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) conducted a survey to determine how often mistakes are occurring; and the results are horrifying! Examples of these errors include: • Changing Insulin. Pharmacists...
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Declawing Alternatives

November 17, 2012
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By Jean Hofve, DVM All reasons for non-medical declawing have non-surgical alternatives. There are many humane choices will still protect both human and feline health, as well as sofas and Persian rugs: Scratching posts, mats, corrugated cardboard, logs, softwood boards, sisal rope Training (yes, cats CAN be trained!) Regular claw-trimming Rotary sanders (Peticure, Dremel)...
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Can You Make Your Cat Sick?

November 13, 2012
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This is a question many people would like to know more about! Animal disease transfer to people is called “zoonosis.” Humans transmitting diseases to their pets is called “reverse zoonosis.” How and why this happens is still poorly understood. But veterinarians wonder if pets could be getting sick from humans, and not the other...
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Pet Insurance

October 30, 2012
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Pet Insurance

The idea of pet insurance has been slow to get off the ground, but is becoming much more common. At first, I thought it was a bad idea. And maybe you have the same worry–I was concerned that it would lead to the same disastrous mess that human medicine and medical insurance are in....
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Another cat lost at JFK

October 25, 2012
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It wasn’t that long ago that a cat named Jack got lost at JFK airport; he was not found for weeks, and when he was, he was too far gone to survive. Another cat went missing at JFK on Thursday. A tabby named Xiaohwa was removed from her carrier so TSA could inspect it....
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What Your Vet Must Tell You about Vaccines (but probably won’t)

October 14, 2012
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What Your Vet Must Tell You about Vaccines (but probably won’t)

Many thanks to our good friend Jan Rasmusen for the following video and information. Click here to browse her vast resources on vaccines and more. Please be sure to sign this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/veterinarians-fully-inform-us-before-vaccinating-our-dogs-and-cats The Darker Side of Pet Vaccination: A Video to Save Lives My sweet Maltese Jiggy died in August. His last moments are...
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Help pass anti-declawing legislation in California!

September 18, 2012
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The California bill prohibiting landlords from requiring declawing cats and debarking dogs has overwhelmingly passed both sides of the state legislature and is on Gov. Brown’s desk for signature. As you may remember, former Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed it the last time it passed, at the urging of the California Veterinary Medical Association. We are...
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Rice Bran – No Good for Cats!

August 10, 2012
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You would think that cat food manufacturers would make sure that the ingredients they use are safe for cats. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Rice bran is what makes brown rice brown. It is the fibrous outer portion of the rice grain. Many cat foods incorporate brown rice and/or rice bran; these...
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AAFCO August 2012 Report

August 9, 2012
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Thanks to an amazing and heartwarming outpouring of support from so many wonderful people, last weekend I was able to attend the 103rd Annual Convention of AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials), the organization that makes the rules about how pet food is made. These rules are embodied in a book called the...
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AVMA vs Raw Food

July 25, 2012
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The AVMA recently adopted a policy position against raw meat diets for pets. Their reasoning is wrong and their science is unfounded. Here is my reasoning on why AVMA (as well as the AAHA which adopted the same policy almost as soon as AVMA voted on theirs) is wrong. 1. AVMA has a financial Conflict...
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Tell FDA: Label Genetically Modified Foods!

July 12, 2012
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Did you know that 85% of corn and more than 90% of soy in the US is genetically modified? GM foods may cause serious damage to your body, but the FDA does not want to give you a choice whether to eat them or not. According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, animal...
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Declawing: A Physical Therapist Assistant’s Perspective

June 6, 2012
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Thanks so much to by Ruth Y. for letting us post her great article about the long-term physical effects of declawing! (Originally posted at Pictures-of-Cats.org). There are many good reasons to be against declawing, but the most persuasive are perhaps those which deal with the changes in a cat’s functional mobility and the potential for arthritis...
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Support Bill to Stop California Landlords from Requiring Declawing

June 6, 2012
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Reprinted with permission (and great thanks!) from Jo Singer.  California is one step closer to stopping landlords from demanding declawing and devocalization of pets. Good news may be soon be announced by the Great state of California, where eight forward-thinking cities have already banned the practice of cat declawing, recognizing that it is inhumane. According...
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Relief for Declawed Cats

June 6, 2012
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So, your cat is declawed: maybe it was done prior to adoption; or a landlord or  family member may have insisted on declawing, your veterinarian may have talked you into it, or you just didn’t know at the time how physically and psychologically damaging declawing is. But at this point the damage is done,...
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Chronic Pain of Declawing

June 6, 2012
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Chronic Pain of Declawing

Declawing is an extremely painful procedure. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), “Physically, regardless of the method used, onychectomy causes a higher level of pain than spays and neuters. Patients may experience both adaptive and maladaptive pain; in addition to inflammatory pain, there is the potential to develop long-term neuropathic or...
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Pet Insurance

June 2, 2012
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Great thanks to Lisa L. Richman  for allowing us to reprint her excellent analysis of pet insurance, not to mention her impeccable journalism and courage in taking on the Wall Street Journal! Monday Medical Issues: Pet insurance – worth it? Just a few weeks ago, on May 7, Wall Street’s MarketWatch published an article published by contributing...
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Green Cleaning

May 30, 2012
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Mercola.com has a very good article on “green” household cleaners–and why the ones you buy at the store (even those that claim to be “green” or that you get from the health food store) may actually be no safer for you or your pet than the other toxic brews on store shelves. By Dr. Mercola...
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A Declaw Story

May 28, 2012
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A Declaw Story

NOTE: One of our readers, Karen Whitaker, contacted us with this story about her cat Sasha, and has graciously (and courageously)  given us permission to post it. Thank you so much, Karen, for telling your story, and helping people understand the devastating consequences of declawing. This kitty probably isn’t the image anyone has of...
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Got Fleas?

May 6, 2012
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Got Fleas?

If you live in a flea-prone area (which is practically everywhere!), you’ll want to get Liz Eastwood’s fantastic Kindle ebook, Natural Flea Conrol for Cats Made Simple.  In her book, Liz explains a simple, effective, and safe program to rid your cat and home of fleas, and keep them out. In this book, you’ll...
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Cat Litter Roundup & Review

April 30, 2012
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Every now and then, I go through a kind of “Litter Dance,” in which I try out a variety of kitty litters on my gang of four. Fortunately they’re amenable to the changes, which allows for a thorough evaluation of the different types of litter. I thought I’d share some of my most recent...
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Mad Cow Discovered in California

April 26, 2012
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I’m in California this week (May 2012) visiting family…and there are so many interesting things happening here! But of course, the one that may most profoundly affect our pets is the discovery of a cow infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or “Mad Cow Disease”). The cow was, as usual, a dairy cow. Dairy...
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Salmonella Here to Stay?

April 14, 2012
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A recent article from UC Davis caught my eye the other day; it was pretty disturbing. The story starts, “An international research team led by a University of California-Davis immunologist has taken an important step toward an effective vaccine against Salmonella, a group of increasingly antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria that kills hundreds of thousands of people...
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Keeping Pets Safe this Spring

April 3, 2012
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Most bulbs will cause irritation in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, causing drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, or even respiratory or cardiac abnormalities. Lily plants are entirely toxic, especially to cats. Merely chewing a leaf or brushing up against a lily can be fatal.
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Aggression in Cats

March 27, 2012
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Last week, Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com posted an excellent article on feline aggression. She cited a study from the Barcelona School of Veterinary Medicine that found aggression overtaking litterbox problems as the top behavior concern of pet guardians. That’s really important news for kitties around the world, because behavior problems are the...
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Feline Hyperthyroidism Update

March 20, 2012
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Discovery News reported this week that “In a new study that analyzed the blood of 62 domestic cats and 10 feral cats, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that cats living inside homes had higher blood levels of a class of chemicals called PBDEs, compared with their outdoor-living peers.” Unfortunately, that...
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Newly Discovered Virus in China Linked to Feline Kidney Disease

March 20, 2012
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Researchers in Hong Kong have discovered a new virus that they’re calling feline morbillivirus. It is related to the paramyxovirus that causes canine distemper; but in cats it appears to cause tubulointerstitial nephritis, an inflammation of the tissue between the kidney tubules that carry urine out of the body. The full article is quite interesting;...
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Pet food violates federal law–with FDA blessing

March 11, 2012
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The FDA recently released a video about pet food to reassure us that commercial pet food is just fine: (FDA video)… But this video is incredibly misleading, and (if you ask me) even downright patronizing. A brand new, hard-hitting video from our good friend Susan Thixton at TruthAboutPet Food.com totally–and accurately–refutes the FDA’s claims: truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/response-to-fda-pet-food-video.html. AAFCO...
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Overweight Pets

March 4, 2012
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Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com has written a fabulous article on  overweight pets and the completely wrong-headed approach being taken by the pet food industry to a problem that they themselves created. I agree with every word! Please take a few minutes to read her whole article: If Your Pet is Overweight, Please...
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Is Your Cat a Potential Star?

February 29, 2012
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Is Your Cat a Potential Star?

Jackson Galaxy’s awesome show, My Cat From Hell, is now casting for season 3! Please help spread the word! IS YOUR CAT’S BEHAVIOR DRIVING YOU OR OTHERS CRAZY? ARE YOU AT YOUR WIT’S END? DO YOU NEED HELP GETTING YOUR CAT TO BEHAVE? JACKSON GALAXY, our expert cat behaviorist, hasn’t met a cat he...
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