Author Archive for Jean Hofve DVM

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…

Are Dogs Really Supposed to Eat Corn?

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…

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…

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…

2013 Pet Food and Supplement Issues & Recalls

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…

Happy New Year!

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…

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…

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.…

AVMA Resolution Against Homeopathy

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.…

Holiday Sale on ALL E-Books!

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…

Pets in Pain–Don’t let them Suffer

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…

2012 Pet Food and Supplement Recalls

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…

Dr. Jean’s best-selling eBooks on sale now!

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…

Urinary Incontinence

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…

PetEssiance Herbal Tonics and Essences

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…

Filling Pet Prescriptions at Human Pharmacies

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…

Declawing Alternatives

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,…

Can You Make Your Cat Sick?

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…

Another cat lost at JFK

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.…

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…

Help pass anti-declawing legislation in California!

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…

Rice Bran – No Good for Cats!

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…

AAFCO August 2012 Report

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…

AVMA vs Raw Food

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…

Tell FDA: Label Genetically Modified Foods!

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…

Declawing: A Physical Therapist Assistant’s Perspective

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…

Support Bill to Stop California Landlords from Requiring Declawing

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…

Relief for Declawed Cats

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…

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;…

Pet Insurance

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…

Green Cleaning

green cleaner

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…

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…

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…

Cat Litter Roundup & Review

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…

Mad Cow Discovered in California

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…