Author: Jean Hofve DVM

When NOT to Induce Vomiting

Cats and dogs can get into a lot of trouble! If they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t, the common advice is to induce vomiting by giving them syrup of ipecac or hydrogen peroxide. (My favorite item recovered by this method was…

The Difference in Cost of Veterinary Care

Today I’m posting an article written a few days ago by a colleague, Dr. Carolyn Karrh, who was sad and frustrated after a dog died after being spayed. The dog was a high risk patient, but was brought to a low-cost,…

Restful Sleep

Restful sleep is a topic that most of us don’t give enough attention to… unless it’s to fret about not getting enough of it! And hardly anyone thinks about sleep as far as animal companions are concerned. But getting enough…

Cat Scratchers – What Do Cats Like?

Having the right cat scratching “implements” is critical in preventing claw damage to carpets and furniture. New research provides insight into where and why cats scratch. Scratching is a deeply embedded instinct in cats. It is used as a visual…

Cat Senses

Science has discovered what many cat-lovers have known for years… most cats depend more on their vision than on their sense of smell! I could have told you that when I brought my freshly-shaved dog home one summer afternoon. My…

Preventive Care Perspectives

Veterinarians quickly get frustrated when clients turn to those alternate sources of information, even though they themselves are unwilling or incapable of providing that advice.

The Ideal Diet for Cats

Data suggest that diet is largely irrelevant in terms of extending longevity… On the other hand, there is plenty of research showing that the more prey-like the diet, the better for the cat. Certainly dry cat food has no place in the diet if longevity is the goal.

The Woman-Cat Bond

You may have heard of the “human-animal bond,” but my colleague and friend Dr. Jane Bicks (who makes Life’s Abundance pet food) just posted a great summary of research on the bond between humans and cats; and more particularly, the…

Are Cats Really Domesticated?

There is an ongoing debate in the science community about cats. That is, are they fully domestic, or are they still essentially wild? The premise is that unlike dogs, who are thoroughly domesticated in mind and body, it’s unclear just…

Catnip Fiends?

Here’s a gaggle of giggles to brighten up your day… some cats who’ve had a little too much of “the ‘nip”! https://www.distractify.com/catnip-junkies-1238334409.html Related PostsPets Age Faster Than People Nora has some competition! Moving with Your Cat Litterbox Secrets Let’s Talk…

E-Cigarettes: Dangerous for Pets

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/a-warning-to-pet-owners-who-use-e-cigarettes?Wt.mc_id=facebook The ASPCA Poison Control Center says that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) often contain high concentrations of nicotine, which is a dangerous poison for dogs and cats. Nicotine exposures are increasing, and the types of exposures are changing. In 2012, e-cigarettes…

More Research on Declawing

Our good friend Jo Singer interviewed Dr. Kristen Doub, a veterinarian practicing in Utah and the director of The Paw Project’s Utah branch. Dr. Doub has been researching declawed cats by taking x-rays of their paws. Among her findings: 66% of…

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…

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

If you haven’t seen this amazing movie (featuring our own Dr. Jean!)… It’s available on YouTube for just $1.99, as well as on Netflix if you’re a member! …Stream it tonight! And please… Spread the word! “The Paw Project is…

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…

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.net) 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.…

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…

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…

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’…

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…

Food Allergies in Cats

Cats often develop “food intolerances” or “food allergies” to ingredients found in commercial cat food. Currently, the most common allergies in cats are: chicken, dairy, fish, beef, lamb, and eggs. However, an allergy can develop to any protein to which…

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; it affects more than half of American cats today. Many serious health problems can result from obesity, including arthritis, diabetes, liver disease, heart failure, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract…

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…