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Mars buys Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura

April 9, 2014
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In a bid for world domination, the Martians…oops, I mean, Mars Petcare (the pet food arm of the candy giant)…is acquiring all of Procter & Gamble’s pet food brands for a mere $2.9 BILLION. It had been rumored for several months that P&G was in the market to sell; and now they got their...
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Litter Give-Away

March 18, 2014
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World’s Best Cat Litter is once again offering a donation of kitty litter to the shelter of your choice…see the details and vote here:  https://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/givelitter/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldsbestcatlitter/app_673077949423152?ref=ts   Related PostsGuidelines for safe handling of cats Pets and Cars: a Potentially Deadly Combination Typhoid Fever and Cats Hot News on Pet Food! Shop AdoptAShelter.com...
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Flea and Tick Product Dangers

March 18, 2014
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 A big thank you to my dear friend Dr. Michael Fox for allowing me to reprint this urgent bulletin! For more of Dr. Fox’s writings about cats and other animals’ health and well-being, please visit his outstanding website,  www.drfoxvet.com.          BAYER’S NEW CAT, DOG, HOME & YARD INSECTICIDALS:  WHAT IT MY PORTEND FOR...
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The other side of the “crazy cat” story

March 14, 2014
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If you’ve been anywhere but under a rock the last few days, you’ll know that (1) an airplane is missing, and (2) a “violent” cat trapped a family in a bedroom until 911 responders got it subdued. While we don’t have an opinion on the airplane, we definitely do want to make a few...
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AVMA Kills Anti-Homeopathy Resolution

January 22, 2014
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Last year, a big kerfuffle erupted over a proposed resolution for the American Veterinary Medical Association (the profession’s lobbying organization), to adopt a policy stating that “homeopathy has been identified as an ineffective practice and its use is discouraged.”  The proposed policy was written by a chronically anti-holistic fanatic, and “supported” (such as it was)...
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Listen to Dr. Jean with The Radio Pet Lady

August 28, 2013
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Listen to Dr. Jean with The Radio Pet Lady

Dr. Jean Hofve will be the guest of her good friend, the Radio Pet Lady (Tracie Hotchner) on September 2, 2013; the recording will be available any time after that. We’ll be talking about feline nutrition,  crazy advice people have been getting from their vets, and a very nasty parasite that could affect your...
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New Pet Food Standards – Finally?

June 15, 2013
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by Jean Hofve, DVM The standards by which pet food are made are set by an organization calledAAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). AAFCO provides model rules and standards that most states have adopted, and that pet food companies abide by. You’ve undoubtedly seen statements on pet food labels referring to either AAFCO...
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College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

May 9, 2013
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by Jean Hofve, DVM Before last week, I had never heard of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). But I am tremendously excited about this organization, and I think a lot of our readers will be interested to learn about it. CIVT is an international educational organization that brings science to holistic animal care–a desperately needed perspective!...
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PetMD claims soy is good for carnivores

April 24, 2013
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On a PetMD.com blog,  Dr. Jennifer Coates discusses how nutrition impacts the immune system. No argument here, of course what you, your cat, your dog, or your pet elephant eats has multiple effects on the immune system and every other body system as well:  PetMD: Optimal Nutrition Gives the Immune System a Boost “Supplemental arginine (an...
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Support Holistic Veterinary Medicine!

March 10, 2013
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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 one week (March 10-17, 2013) a matching drive will  TRIPLE every $1.00 in donations! ...
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CatsWalk Newsletter is Back!

March 6, 2013
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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 email delivery service last year.) CatsWalk is a monthly e-newsletter filled with interesting and important info that cat-lovers (and dog-lovers too!) need to know....
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New Study Slams Raw Diets for Cats

March 1, 2013
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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 as African wildcats, jaguars, and Malayan tigers. Let’s see what happened: Our objective was to evaluate...
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Are Dogs Really Supposed to Eat Corn?

February 26, 2013
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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 be able to digest and assimilate a high-starch diet. Purina is all about how wonderful...
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Funny Vet Stories

February 21, 2013
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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 school. I’m honored to be among the vets included in Caroline’s new article, “7...
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2013 Pet Food and Supplement Issues & Recalls

January 6, 2013
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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 product details. New items will be added to the TOP of the list. Note: Chicken...
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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2013
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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 people have already taken advantage of this super sale, especially since you can get...
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AVMA Resolution Against Homeopathy

December 19, 2012
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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. And what we don’t need is to give AVMA the impression that people who...
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Holiday Sale on ALL E-Books!

December 15, 2012
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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 can’t argue with reindeer!) But seriously, folks…I’ve gone out and gotten the absolute latest...
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Pets in Pain–Don’t let them Suffer

December 11, 2012
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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 Management.  I hear it all the time–“My pet’s limping, but she’s not in pain”...
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2012 Pet Food and Supplement Recalls

December 7, 2012
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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 a warning not to feed Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (sold at Costco) due...
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Dr. Jean’s best-selling eBooks on sale now!

December 6, 2012
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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 can get it between now and January 4, 2013, either as a PDF ebook...
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Urinary Incontinence

November 30, 2012
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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 spot when the animal gets up from lying down. This is because when the...
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Filling Pet Prescriptions at Human Pharmacies

November 21, 2012
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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 occurring; and the results are horrifying! Examples of these errors include: • Changing Insulin. Pharmacists...
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Can You Make Your Cat Sick?

November 13, 2012
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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 veterinarians wonder if pets could be getting sick from humans, and not the other...
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Another cat lost at JFK

October 25, 2012
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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. A tabby named Xiaohwa was removed from her carrier so TSA could inspect it....
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What Your Vet Must Tell You about Vaccines (but probably won’t)

October 14, 2012
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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 to Save Lives My sweet Maltese Jiggy died in August. His last moments are...
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Help pass anti-declawing legislation in California!

September 18, 2012
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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 time it passed, at the urging of the California Veterinary Medical Association. We are...
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AAFCO August 2012 Report

August 9, 2012
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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 how pet food is made. These rules are embodied in a book called the...
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AVMA vs Raw Food

July 25, 2012
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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 soon as AVMA voted on theirs) is wrong. 1. AVMA has a financial Conflict...
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Support Bill to Stop California Landlords from Requiring Declawing

June 6, 2012
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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 have already banned the practice of cat declawing, recognizing that it is inhumane. According...
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Pet Insurance

June 2, 2012
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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 few weeks ago, on May 7, Wall Street’s MarketWatch published an article published by contributing...
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Green Cleaning

May 30, 2012
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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 or your pet than the other toxic brews on store shelves. By Dr. Mercola...
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Got Fleas?

May 6, 2012
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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 your cat and home of fleas, and keep them out. In this book, you’ll...
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Cat Litter Roundup & Review

April 30, 2012
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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 the different types of litter. I thought I’d share some of my most recent...
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Mad Cow Discovered in California

April 26, 2012
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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 (BSE or “Mad Cow Disease”). The cow was, as usual, a dairy cow. Dairy...
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Salmonella Here to Stay?

April 14, 2012
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A recent article from UC Davis caught my eye the other day; it was pretty disturbing. The story starts, “An international research team led by a University of California-Davis immunologist has taken an important step toward an effective vaccine against Salmonella, a group of increasingly antibiotic-resistant foodborne bacteria that kills hundreds of thousands of people...
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Keeping Pets Safe this Spring

April 3, 2012
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Most bulbs will cause irritation in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach, causing drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, or even respiratory or cardiac abnormalities. Lily plants are entirely toxic, especially to cats. Merely chewing a leaf or brushing up against a lily can be fatal.
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Feline Hyperthyroidism Update

March 20, 2012
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Discovery News reported this week that “In a new study that analyzed the blood of 62 domestic cats and 10 feral cats, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that cats living inside homes had higher blood levels of a class of chemicals called PBDEs, compared with their outdoor-living peers.” Unfortunately, that...
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Newly Discovered Virus in China Linked to Feline Kidney Disease

March 20, 2012
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Researchers in Hong Kong have discovered a new virus that they’re calling feline morbillivirus. It is related to the paramyxovirus that causes canine distemper; but in cats it appears to cause tubulointerstitial nephritis, an inflammation of the tissue between the kidney tubules that carry urine out of the body. The full article is quite interesting;...
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Pet food violates federal law–with FDA blessing

March 11, 2012
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The FDA recently released a video about pet food to reassure us that commercial pet food is just fine: (FDA video)… But this video is incredibly misleading, and (if you ask me) even downright patronizing. A brand new, hard-hitting video from our good friend Susan Thixton at TruthAboutPet Food.com totally–and accurately–refutes the FDA’s claims: truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/response-to-fda-pet-food-video.html. AAFCO...
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