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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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Cats-Only Clinics becoming more popular

April 13, 2011
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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 physiology as well as different personalities than dogs. Cat-exclusive clinics are calmer, without the...
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Pet “OCD”

April 13, 2011
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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 as famously washing their hands until their skin is raw,” said Dodman, “animals can...
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Simple injection could cure cat allergies

April 5, 2011
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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 well worthwhile for allergy sufferers who react to cats. It’s still in development in...
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Nora has some competition!

April 4, 2011
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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!
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Zodiac Flea Collars on “Dirty Dozen” List

March 30, 2011
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In general, all medicated flea collars are toxic. And, they don't work. Herbal flea collars are safer, but...they don't work either...
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CatsWalk Newsletter, March 2011

March 24, 2011
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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,...
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Constipated Cats

March 1, 2011
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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 colon causing an inability to defecate). Constipation is uncomfortable, even painful. Constipated cats may...
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Feline Nutrition Education Society

February 1, 2011
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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; in other words, a raw-meat based diet. Their latest blog can be found here....
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Antioxidants

January 22, 2011
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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, and are used in hormone production and numerous cellular reactions. However, excess free radicals...
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Cats, Sickness, Stress, and the Environment

January 13, 2011
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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 WHEN THEIR ROUTINE IS DISRUPTED COLUMBUS, Ohio – A cat regularly vomiting hairballs or...
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Veterinarian’s Oath Revised

January 13, 2011
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...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.
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CatsWalk Newsletter – January 2011

January 12, 2011
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* 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...
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The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care

January 7, 2011
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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 from the Cat Writers’ Association! The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care: An Illustrated...
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Play Therapy

January 7, 2011
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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 can’t be in the same room together anymore…Perhaps your cat is vocalizing so loudly...
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Catch Up With Authors Jean Hofve, DVM, and Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D.

December 27, 2010
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From CatChannel.com (published in Cat Fancy, December 2010 issue) Posted: October 6, 2010, 3 p.m. EDT Learn more about the inspiration behind their book, “The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care.” What was your inspiration behind the book? Celeste Yarnall: I raised 11 generations of championship Tonkinese over a nearly 20-year period using the...
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

December 2, 2010
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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 and often the only symptom in cats. Vomiting associated with IBD tends to be...
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Omega-3s are Essential for Your Cat!

December 2, 2010
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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 nutrient within its body, but must obtain it in the diet. For example, humans...
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Fluoride in Pet Food — A New Danger?

December 2, 2010
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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 higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum legal dose in drinking water. These...
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EFT (Tapping) for Animals

December 1, 2010
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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 tapping them with the fingers. EFT was developed by Gary Craig. The basic theory...
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Homemade Diets for Cats and Dogs

November 18, 2010
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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 you get the hang of it, homemade food is both time and cost-efficient. It’s...
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Feline Acne

November 18, 2010
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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 your cat’s lips or chin (especially in a cat with a light-colored face), or...
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Feline Conjunctivitis

November 18, 2010
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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 (Persian features), and scarring from previous infections. Unlike humans, allergies are almost never involved....
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Feline Diabetes Basics

November 18, 2010
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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 the disease from developing? The following information is excerpted from “Feline Diabetes,” a special...
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Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

November 18, 2010
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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 it always peritonitis (inflammation in the abdominal cavity). Unfortunately, the disease is virtually 100%...
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Finding a Lost Pet

November 18, 2010
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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 numbers are disturbing. Less than 2% of cats entering shelters were reunited with their...
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Fish Oil and Hyperthyroidism — Is There a Link?

November 18, 2010
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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 and their potential association with high iodine levels and feline thyroid disease. She was...
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Flower Essences for Animals

November 18, 2010
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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, an English physician who gave up his busy practice to study and prepare the...
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Geriatric Cats

November 18, 2010
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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 a good quality of life in her older years. Arthritis A recent study found...
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Giardia Natural Treatment Protocol

November 18, 2010
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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 in the system, the digestive enzymes go to work on anything else that might...
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Hairballs

November 18, 2010
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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 as a special gift for us, but frankly, most of us would rather bond...
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How to Care for Your New Kitten

November 18, 2010
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Kittens, like all animal babies, need special care. It is important to provide lots of love and, as well as more practical items like toys, a litter box, and an adequate scratching pad or post. Be sure to kitten-proof your house, removing small or delicate items to prevent damage by curious little paws and...
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How to Keep Your Cat Pest-Free

November 18, 2010
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Are you… •    Using oral or topical flea & tick preparations or collars? •    Dosing your pet with heartworm medication? •    Using ant, roach or other pesticides inside or outside your home? •    Letting your cat roam on chemically treated lawns? •    Using weed-killers or insecticides on your indoor or outdoor plants? All of...
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Humane Pet Food?

November 18, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM The headline reads: “The HSUS Launches New Line of Natural, Organic Pet Food” “Selecting a high-quality pet food is one of the most important decisions a pet parent can make. To celebrate pets, The Humane Society of the United States announces the nationwide launch of a cruelty-free, all natural and...
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Hyperthyroidism

November 18, 2010
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By Jean Hofve, DVM A serious disease called “feline hyperthyroidism” has risen to epidemic proportions since the first cases were diagnosed in 1979. It is a worldwide phenomenon, though worse in the U.S. than other countries. Hyperthyroidism (hyper = too much, thyroid = a hormone-making gland), is seen mostly in older cats age 10...
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