Author Archive for Jean Hofve DVM

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.) Related PostsDr. Jean Takes on…

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…

Microchip reunites Michigan cat with owner 


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…

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…

CatsWalk Newsletter – May 2011

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!…

Flea/Tick Drug Promeris Causes Autoimmune Disease

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…

Cats-Only Clinics becoming more popular

Cats-only clinics gain in popularity A recent article by Anne Gonzales at the Sacramento Bee (California) discussed the increasing number and popularity of cats-only veterinary clinics. Sacramento veterinarian Irene Fujishima said that offering cats-only care is important, because have different…

Pet “OCD”

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, director of the Behavior Clinics at the veterinary school at Tufts University, recently spoke about compulsive behaviors in animals at the conference of the The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. “Like people with compulsive behaviors, such…

Simple injection could cure cat allergies

Cat allergies could be cured by a simple injection, scientists hope, according to a report by Martin Beckford, Health Correspondent 7:00AM BST 02 Apr 2011, in The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8422306/Simple-injection-could-cure-cat-allergies.html) While we’re not fans of most injections, this one may be…

Nora has some competition!

If you haven’t seen Nora the Piano-Playing Cat, you owe it to yourself to check out her videos on YouTube. But now, Nora has some serious competition! Although not a cat, her video challenger definitely has the chops!

CatsWalk Newsletter, March 2011

Important news on recalls, toxins, spring hazards, the latest Mad Cow, puppy mills and unscrupulous importers, and the surprising (Not!) finding by a pet food company that cats prefer to eat food that is more like their natural diet. Read up on the current wave of niche marketing rolling across the pet food industry, and get info on the best diet for your own cat. We also take on the Associated Press and the main veterinary organization over ethical considerations.

Constipated Cats

A surprising number of cats have problems with constipation (abnormal accumulation of feces and difficulty defecating), and similar but more serious conditions such as obstipation (complete obstruction of the colon by feces) and megacolon (damaged nerves and muscles in the…

Feline Nutrition Education Society

If you haven’t heard of the Feline Nutrition Education Society, please check it out, join, and if possible, volunteer. FNES is an educational group whose aim is to teach folks how to feed their cats according to their carnivorous nature;…

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are natural compounds that are important in the neutralization or scavenging of “oxygen free radicals,” which are normal by-products of body metabolism. Controlled amounts of free radicals are normally made by the body as weapons against viruses and bacteria,…

Cats, Sickness, Stress, and the Environment

A fascinating study out of The Ohio State University was just published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2011;238:67–73). Here’s part of OSU’s press release about it: EVEN HEALTHY CATS ACT SICK…

Veterinarian’s Oath Revised

…the new oath applies only to veterinarians graduating in the future; current practitioners are responsible only to the old version of the oath that they swore when they graduated from vet school.

CatsWalk Newsletter – January 2011

radioactive

* Breaking news: study shows unsafe levels of toxic heavy metals in pet food * Aflatoxin caused illness in recalled Kroger pet foods * FDA seeking comments on proposed PETNet * Food Safety Bill signed into law * Small animals re-protected * Bottled water report * Medicated topical creams for people can harm pets * Nordic Naturals introduces new fish oil products for pets 2. Powerful new public service announcement from The Paw Project 3. Veterinarian’s Oath Revised 4. Cats, Sickness, Stress, and Environment 5. February is Dental Health Month!

The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care

We are proud to announce that Dr. Jean Hofve’s book, The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care, written with nturitionist Dr. Celeste Yarnall of CelestialPets, won a 2010 Certificate of Excellence as well as the prestigious 2010 Muse Medallion Award…

Play Therapy

by Jackson Galaxy As you pass innocently by a doorway, your cat pounces fiercely on your ankle, gnawing and clawing until blood is drawn, and then bolting away under the bed…Two littermates, now six years old, suddenly start fighting and…

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

By Jean Hofve, DVM Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a common feline problem. With the word “bowel” as part of the name, you might think that the main symptom would be diarrhea. However, vomiting is an even more common symptom…

Omega-3s are Essential for Your Cat!

By Jean Hofve, DVM No doubt you’ve heard of Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6 fatty acids, and essential fatty acids.  But did you know that they are essential for pets, too? The term “essential” means that the animal cannot synthesize the…

Fluoride in Pet Food — A New Danger?

By Jean Hofve, DVM According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, excessive amounts of fluoride were found in 8 major national brands of dog and puppy food. The foods contained fluoride at levels between 1.6 and 2.5 times…

EFT (Tapping) for Animals

By Jean Hofve, DVM The Meridian Therapies, including EFT (Emotional freedom Techniques) are a set of techniques based on points along traditional Chinese acupuncture meridians. Sometimes these are referred to as “tapping” techniques because they involve stimulating certain points by…

Homemade Diets for Cats and Dogs

By Jean Hofve, DVM Homemade diets are great for our cats and dogs. By making your pet’s food at home, you control the quality of the ingredients, and commercial food additives such as colorings and preservatives can be avoided. Once…

Feline Acne

By Jean Hofve, DVM It’s not just for teenagers anymore – cats can get acne too! You may see your cat rubbing his chin against the furniture or other corners more than usual. You might notice little black specks around…

Feline Conjunctivitis

Many cats have chronic problems with conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye membranes). Often, the problem comes and goes. The eyes may be red, swollen, watery, crusty, or goopy. Causes include infection, congenital defects (small or absent tear ducts), facial conformation…

Feline Diabetes Basics

By Jean Hofve, DVM Has your cat been diagnosed with diabetes? Are you looking for the most accurate and up-to-date information on this condition in cats? Are you interested in alternative treatments? Do you want to know how to prevent…

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

By Jean Hofve, DVM FIP is a particularly nasty disease—one that causes great confusion and distress. The name itself is misleading; the only absolutely true point about the name is the “feline,” since it is not especially infectious, nor is…

Finding a Lost Pet

By Jean Hofve, DVM Finding Lost Pets With the warm weather of summer, windows and doors are often open, and pets can get out and lost more easily. Several studies have recently been published about lost dogs and cats. The…

Fish Oil and Hyperthyroidism — Is There a Link?

By Jean Hofve, DVM A reader recently quoted part of one of our newsletters in an email, and (in addition to the subject of her email, which was our warning about alpha lipoic acid) expressed concern about Omega-3 fatty acids…

Flower Essences for Animals

By Jean Hofve, DVM Flower essences (remedies) are specially prepared extracts of the flowering parts of certain plants. They work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside. Flower essences were first developed by Dr. Edward Bach,…

Geriatric Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM Just like humans, cats are prone to a number of medical problems as they get older. With diet, supplements, and extra care, many of these conditions can be prevented, delayed, or managed, to give your cat…

Giardia Natural Treatment Protocol

This is a protocol that I heard about many years ago for getting rid of Giardia, and have used many times successfully (and safely) in cats and dogs.  This protocol utilizes digestive enzymes on an empty stomach. With no food…

Hairballs

By Jean Hofve, DVM There’s nothing quite like the glorious feeling of stepping out of your warm bed onto a cold, squishy, slimy hairball! Perhaps we should feel flattered that our beloved feline companion has left a piece of herself…