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Robert Scott Bell interviews Dr. Jean

August 8, 2011
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When I was in California in March, I was interviewed by Robert Scott Bell, who has a radio show on Natural News Radio (from the NaturalNews Network). We covered a whole lot of ground in an hour! Program Description: Doctor of veterinary medicine Jean Hofve joins me for a candid conversation about pet ailments, pet...
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Swimming cats!

August 4, 2011
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Swimming cats!

Our good friend, Mary Ellen at AngelScribe.com, is featured in a video interview about her 5 swimming cats! She had been worried that they might get loose and fall in the pool, but no worries…the feline’s amazing instincts include dog-paddling! However, it is very important to show your cat how to get out of...
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Declawing – Annotated Reference List

August 2, 2011
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1.     Ansah OB, Vainio O, Hellsten C, et al. Postoperative pain control in cats: clinical trials with medetomidine and butorphanol. Vet Surg 2002;31:99-103. Medetomidine and butorphanol provided equivalent pain relief up to 2 hours. 2.     Atwood-Harvey D. Death or declaw: dealing with moral ambiguity in a veterinary hospital. Soc Anim. 2005;13(4):315-42. Discussed strategies used...
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Studies Pertaining to Declawing (Annotated)

August 2, 2011
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Adapted from Patronek, Studies Pertaining to Onychectomy, 2001 Additional studies not cited in the original noted in color; additions and comments by Jean Hofve, DVM Study No. Cats Time Relevant Outcomes Description of Study, Sample and Major Findings Comments Benson et al., 1991 18 Post-operative plasma catecholamine levels Randomized experiment. 24 cats were randomized...
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Indoor Enrichment for Cats

August 2, 2011
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Cats are smart, and they naturally know everything they need to know about being a cat. However, they do not know about things like cars, dogs, infectious diseases, and other outdoor hazards. Like young children, cats need to be protected from dangers they can’t anticipate or handle. That’s why Little Big Cat recommends that...
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CatsWalk Newsletter July 2011

July 31, 2011
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In this issue: 1. News Bites Purina ONE dry cat food recalled Kitten survives washing machine ordeal Mountain lion’s long walk ends in Connecticut Cat winning as “Biggest Loser” 2. Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy and Healthy 3. Cat TV 1. News Bites Purina ONE cat food recall: Nestlé Purina has issued a recall on...
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Police dog’s remarkable survival story

July 29, 2011
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This morning brought us an amazing story about a courageous police dog named Shadow, who took a bullet to the face during a standoff with an armed suspect. Sadly, his handler, Officer Brent Long, was killed, but the story of Shadow’s survival is definitely worth reading. It also provides a glimpse into the cutting-edge...
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Plants that clean the air (from Mercola)

July 21, 2011
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One of the items posted in Dr. Joseph Mercola’s newsletter this morning was pushing his special air filter, which is fine, but he also mentioned that many plants are good at pulling toxins out of the air. Unfortunately, several of the plants listed are toxic to cats. Plant Toxicity Feston Rose Non-toxic Devil’s Ivy...
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Pets are good for us!

July 14, 2011
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Another day, another study on the benefits of companion animals. This one was reported in the Washington Post (a rarity these days, when most of the news coming out of Washington is not so great!).  A team of psychologists from Miami University and St. Louis University surveyed ordinary pet guardians to find out just...
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Consumer Reports giving bad pet advice — again!

July 13, 2011
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For decades, Consumer Reports was THE place to go for product reviews and advice on big purchases. But when they enter the area of pet care, they consistently give very bad advice. Their product-review algorithm simply falls apart when applied to living, breathing beings. Example: “get the cheapest pet food at the cheapest store,...
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Awesome audio from nutritionist Dr. Celeste Yarnall

July 10, 2011
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My writing partner (The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated Handbook), nutritionist Dr. Celeste Yarnall, recently did a fantastic, in-depth interview on pet health and nutrition on InnerHealingCompass.net‘s radio show. Celeste has been involved in natural health and nutrition  for 40 years; her knowledge and experience are awesome! She raised 11 generations...
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Itch Relief Update

July 7, 2011
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Dr. Patty Khuly’s blog this morning was terrific! She has personally been dealing with a very itchy skin eruption, probably what most of us would call hives or “heat rash.” I am totally sympathetic…last summer I developed a series of severe itchy rashes, I think from some bug or other that apparently lives in...
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Animal Planet: More “My Cat From Hell”

July 6, 2011
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Great news for cat lovers! Animal Planet has renewed Jackson Galaxy’s new series, My Cat From Hell, for 6 more episodes. The first three episodes were mind-boggling…We can’t wait to see Jackson in action again! See the Press Release here: ANIMAL PLANET PREPS TO GO CLAW TO CLAW WITH NEW SEASON OF MY CAT FROM...
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Spaying & Neutering Saves Lives

July 6, 2011
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A very well-written article in today’s Seattle Post Intelligencer reveals that aggressive spay-neuter programs have dramatically decreased the killing of pets simply because they are unwanted. From a ghastly high of 20 million pets per year in the 1960s, and an improved but still unacceptable level of 8-10 million by 2000, it is estimated today...
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EFT in Practice: Help for Separation Anxiety in a Cat

July 6, 2011
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By Colleen Flanagan Reprinted with permission from www.eftuniverse.com. I hope this case study helps people understand that animals have excellent memories, especially for traumatic events.  Also, many pets can see the pictures in our minds and will send pictures to us as a form of communication.  Some critters can even see spirits as their...
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Cats tell Pet Psychic how they feel about declawing

July 3, 2011
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The following article was written during the declaw ban movement in California. Other animal communicators and intuitives have reported the same thing. Pet Psychic Talks to Declawed Cats: Some Find Painful Toe Amputation Hard to Forgive Honestly, declawing is hard for me to forgive, too! I just don’t get why U.S. (and Canadian) veterinarians continue to...
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ASPCA’s tips for a safe 4th of July for your pets

July 1, 2011
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The ASPCA Poison Control Center offers the following pet safety tips for 4th of July — we agree! Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma....
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Audio on pet nutrition by Dr. Celeste Yarnall

June 30, 2011
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Here is a great opportunity to listen to my dear friend and writing partner, nutritionist Dr. Celeste Yarnall, in a candid interview about pet food! Here’s the link: http://www.innerhealingcompass.net/fe/12774-celeste-yarnall
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Double the Fun, Double the Territory!

June 27, 2011
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By Jackson Galaxy Michael, Patty, their toddler Pandora, and most of all, their cat Tess, had a big problem*. As Pandora was becoming more and more mobile, Tess was getting increasingly irritated. The problem culminated a few days before they called me, when Tess took a swipe at Pandora and broke the skin near...
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Don’t Vaccinate Your Adult Cat for Distemper

June 24, 2011
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Annual boosters for feline distemper (panleukopenia) may be a significant factor in cats' development of kidney disease later in life. Avoid this unnecessary and dangerous vaccine for your cat!
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EFT in Practice: Relief for a cat with a urinary blockage

June 20, 2011
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by Michelle LaPrise Article reprinted with permission from www.emofree.com (nowwww.eftuniverse.com/). So…here’s my latest tapping miracle. My kit-kat Junior is 11 and has a problem common among male cats whereby his little plumbing gets blocked every so often and he can’t pee. This is either stress- or food-induced, and flares up about once a year...
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What you don’t know about food can hurt you!

June 17, 2011
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I just finished watching a stunning TED talk on food safety in the U.S. The speaker, Robyn O’Brien, told the story of how one of her children developed a food allergy, and that experience started her on a path of researching the human food chain and its many links to illness. Since pet food...
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People without Pets

June 16, 2011
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There was a great article in the Huffington Post this week about people who choose not to have pets. The writer, Joan Liebmann, wondered if and how people without pets differ from those who do. Her research turned up some very interesting information! For one thing, there are way more people with pets than...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – June 2011

June 16, 2011
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In this issue: 1. News Bites 2. Water, the Forgotten Nutrient 3. Top Ten Summer Safety Tips for Pets! 1. News Bites Adopted cat returns life-saving favor. Rusty, a 10-year-old cat adopted from the Reading (PA) shelter two years ago, would not leave his guardian alone. Due to the cat’s non-stop pestering, Claire Nelson...
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Guidelines for safe handling of cats

June 16, 2011
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Cats get less veterinary care than dogs. That’s an established fact. A study published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association found that: Cats get significantly less attention and veterinary medical care from their owners than dogs. Dog owners took their pets to a veterinarian more than twice as often...
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Animal lovers choose pets over money and politics

June 14, 2011
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A survey of 1500 pet guardians conducted by PetMD found that 90% of pet “owners” would choose their animal companions over money in a divorce, and 56% would not vote for a presidential candidate who was perceived not to like pets. They would also buy products from a company that supports an animal-related charity...
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“Expert” answers pet food questions

June 13, 2011
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Today’s New York Times featured Dr. Tony Buffington, of The Ohio State University, answering questions about pet food. (Click here to read the full article in the NYT.) For fun, I thought I’d take a shot at answering the same questions, so you can compare and contrast! Q. I buy grain-free food for my...
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Cat social event with Jackson!

June 3, 2011
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Great blog  and video featuring our own Jackson Galaxy, host (and star!) of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell.” Good job, bro! http://www.ex-boyfriendcollection.com/blog/fuzzy-friday/fuzzy-friday-internet-fame-and-finally-animal-planet-gives-the-people-what-they-want/
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It’s Adopt-a-Cat Month!

June 1, 2011
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June is Adopt-a-Cat month! It’s also the start of kitten season, when tens of thousands of unintended and unwanted kittens will be dumped at shelters. People think, “Oh, kittens are so cute, they’ll be adopted.” But the sad truth is that there just aren’t enough homes available, and shelters everywhere will euthanize litter after...
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Heartworm now found “in all 50 states”

June 1, 2011
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According to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), its “every-three-years survey, which tracks heartworm incidence from data supplied by more than 5,000 veterinary clinics, has documented cases in every state.” [Note: this may, and probably does, mean that two or three cases, but not necessarily more, have been reported by these drug-pushing clinics, which represent...
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Pets and Cars: a Potentially Deadly Combination

May 28, 2011
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Even though the weather doesn’t feel like it in many places, summer is upon us! So it’s time to remind folks about the volatile combination of cars and pets. Every year, hundreds of pets, mostly dogs, die of hyperthermia from being left in the car in dangerously hot conditions. What most people don’t realize...
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Outdoor Cats’ Secret Lives

May 27, 2011
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A study done at the University of Illinois tracked 42 owned outdoor and free-living cats for two years. The report, published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, found that stray/feral cats had larger territories than pet cats; in one case, the cat’s home range covered more than 1,300 acres! Unowned cats were much more...
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What if your pet gets into YOUR medications?

May 25, 2011
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Great post by Dr. Patty Khuly over at PetMD on what to expect when your pet eats one of the five most-prescribed medications! (In case you’re curious, those five are: Lipitor, Nexium, Plavix, Advair, and Abilify.)
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Lifestages, Lifestyles, and Cat Food

May 23, 2011
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The number and types of commercial cat food seems multiplying like rabbits. One online store carries 353 different dry foods, and 735 varieties of canned food! Here’s a sampling of the lifestages cat food is made for: Babycat (0 to 4 months) Kitten (0 or 4 to 12 months) Adult (1 to 7 years)...
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More money, fewer vet visits

May 22, 2011
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The headline read: “Revenue growth can’t hide ‘alarming’ decline in client visits.” This news, from the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, went on to note that “Income increased at many pet practices in 2010, but frequency of veterinary visits remains depressed.” In other words, fewer guardians took their pets to the vet,...
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Microchip reunites Michigan cat with owner 


May 20, 2011
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WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) — A lakeshore woman thought her family’s pet cat was dead weeks after it slipped out of her house. Then she received a phonecall that led to a reunion with her beloved pet — thanks to a microchip. Esther Sue is a seven-month-old house cat that likes to play fetch. But...
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Omega-3 Update: more info, more choices

May 10, 2011
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Virtually all cats and dogs are deficient in Omega-3 fatty acids. Choose the right supplement to help fight inflammation and the degenerative diseases it causes.
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Heartworm in Cats

May 1, 2011
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Heartworm in Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM In a seemingly diabolical plot, veterinarians and pharmaceutical companies have teamed up in a marketing campaign to frighten guardians into giving year-round heartworm preventatives to their cats. They say they’re doing this to improve protection for individual pets, but the facts say they have other motives. With few exceptions, heartworms...
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CatsWalk Newsletter – May 2011

May 1, 2011
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In this issue: 1. News Bites Jackson’s new TV show on Animal Planet! OCD and autism in pets? Hypoallergenic diets–aren’t! Bomb-sniffing mice? Cats-only clinics gaining in popularity Click to give free kitty litter! Curiosity not necessary to kill a cat! Most common household toxins Breaking news: pig ears recalled due to Salmonella 2.  It’s...
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Flea/Tick Drug Promeris Causes Autoimmune Disease

April 20, 2011
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The flea/tick preventative Promeris Duo for dogs and cats has been proven to cause Pemphigus foliaceus, an autoimmune disease. The reaction is “rare but serious,” according to the study’s lead author, Thierry Olivry, DrVet, PhD, Dipl. ACVD, of North Carolina State University. The product, ProMeris Duo (Metaflumizone–amitraz ), which is also used for treating...
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