Author Archive for Jean Hofve DVM

The “Greening” of Cats

Here are a few good ways  to make living with a cat “greener” (that is, more “environmentally friendly”) by exercising some discretion in how you shop. Buy earth-friendly cat products. Such products are made from recycled or recyclable materials, minimally…

It’s Happy Cat Month!

September is “Happy Cat Month”! The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has produced a pretty good video introduction to cat care–and it doesn’t even promote declawing (whew!). There are a lot of cute cats in this video! Related PostsGot Fleas?…

Vet “expert” falls for universal pet food marketing trick

The veterinarian that writes for Dr. Joseph Mercola (www.mercola.com), Karen Becker DVM, has a regular e-newsletter she sends around. Sometimes the information is valuable; it is nearly always sensationalized; but often it’s just dead wrong. Here are her latest gaffs…

Redox Signaling: the Anti-Aging Breakthrough

By Jean Hofve, DVM I don’t get suckered into too many things. As a science geek, I research everything! I’ve seen many products come and go. I’ve tried quite a few. Most of them quickly lose their shine, and don’t…

CatsWalk Newsletter August 2011

In this issue: 1. News Bites Recall of ground turkey across the West Wolverines killing cats in British Columbia Manufacturer runs out of heartworm drug Click to donate cat litter to shelters! “New” Avian Flu will destroy all life on…

Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Cancer: pet guardians fear this diagnosis above all others; not only because the conventional treatments are so perilous, but also because, despite treatment, it is most often fatal. More than half of dogs over the age of 10 will die of…

Pets’ Top “Complaints”

An interesting article at Southampton.patch.com cites animal communicator Patty Payne and the top five “shocking” things she’s heard from pets. I have no doubt about #3; two of my cats have a running feud and I’m sure they’ve said some…

Robert Scott Bell interviews Dr. Jean

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…

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!…

Declawing – Annotated Reference List

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:…

Studies Pertaining to Declawing (Annotated)

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…

Indoor Enrichment for Cats

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…

CatsWalk Newsletter July 2011

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…

Police dog’s remarkable survival story

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…

Plants that clean the air (from Mercola)

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…

Pets are good for us!

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…

Consumer Reports giving bad pet advice — again!

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…

Itch Relief Update

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…

Animal Planet: More “My Cat From Hell”

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…

Spaying & Neutering Saves Lives

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…

EFT in Practice: Help for Separation Anxiety in a Cat

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…

Cats tell Pet Psychic how they feel about declawing

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…

ASPCA’s tips for a safe 4th of July for your pets

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…

Double the Fun, Double the Territory!

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…

EFT in Practice: Relief for a cat with a urinary blockage

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…

What you don’t know about food can hurt you!

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…

People without Pets

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…

CatsWalk Newsletter – June 2011

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,…

Guidelines for safe handling of cats

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…

Animal lovers choose pets over money and politics

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…

“Expert” answers pet food questions

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…

Cat social event with Jackson!

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/

It’s Adopt-a-Cat Month!

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…

Heartworm now found “in all 50 states”

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…

Pets and Cars: a Potentially Deadly Combination

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…

Outdoor Cats’ Secret Lives

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,…

What if your pet gets into YOUR medications?

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.)

Lifestages, Lifestyles, and Cat Food

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…

More money, fewer vet visits

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…