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Paw Project Movie

If you haven't seen this amazing movie (featuring our own Dr. Jean!)... It's available on YouTube for just $1.99, as well as on Netflix if you're a member! ...Stream it tonight! And please... Spread the word! "The Paw Project is an eye-opening film that will be of interest to millions of cat owners... " - The Hollywood Reporter "Robustly persuasive, with Conrad compellingly framing her crusade as a battle between a right-thinking vet and a deep-pocketed industry group that purportedly represents her."  - The Los Angeles Times "Eye-opening...charming" - The Village Voice "A ...


Catswalk Newsletter – Spring 2014

In this issue: 1. News Bites GMO dangers Seeking humans who are allergic to cats Pet Cancer Awareness Month Feline fitness More on jerky treats Is Purina the best cat food? 2. Science Notes Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Red meat allegy from tick bite? 3. Animal Pain 1. News Bites GMO dangers: While scientists continue to debate whether genetically modified organisms are good or bad, there's one thing for sure: GMO crops are heavily sprayed with Monsanto's Roundup weed killer, which contains the toxic chemical glyphosate (as well as other "inert" ingredients ...


Mars buys Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura

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 wish. (Click here to read the press release.) While under P&G's auspices, Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura (Innova, Evo, California Natural, Healthwise, Mother Nature and Karma) at least made an effort to look like premium foods, even ...


Flea and Tick Product Dangers

A big thank you to my dear friend Dr. Michael Fox (www.drfoxvet.net) for allowing me to reprint this urgent bulletin! BAYER’S NEW CAT, DOG, HOME & YARD INSECTICIDALS:  WHAT IT MY PORTEND FOR THE EARTH COMMUNITY By Dr. Michael W. Fox I posted my concerns last year about Bayer’s dog and cat “Seresto” anti-flea and tick collars that contain a nicotine chemical (imidacloprid) that can cause seizures, thyroid gland damage, mutations, abortions and birth defects, (and is a class of widely used agricultural chemicals implicated in the catastrophic demise of ...


Selecting a Good Commercial Pet Food

Packaged, manufactured pet food is a great convenience to dog and cat guardians. But responsible consumers who want the best for their animal companions have a bewildering array of foods and claims to choose from. So, how do you know what's best for your animals? The most reputable manufacturers agree with holistic veterinarians that the very best diet for your animal companion is one that you make yourself. A homemade diet, carefully balanced nutritionally, and using raw and organic foods, is closest to what Mother Nature intended. However, many of ...


CatsWalk Newsletter – February 2014

Sign up to have this newsletter delivered right to your email inbox! → In this issue: 1. News Bites February is Pet Dental Health Month! How People Choose Cat Food Recent Cat Food Recalls Jerky Treats Back on the Shelf--and Still a Problem Pet Food Safety Info Rabies on Staten Island 2. Science News Thiamine Too Low in Many Canned Cat Foods  Cancer-Causing Viruses Found in Wild and Domestic Cats New Concerns about Toxic Ocean Fish Cat Bites Can Be Serious 3. Carrageenan: A Controversial Cat Food Additive Who'd have thought that ...


Litter-Lifter: 21st Century Scooping

I can't believe that, in 2014, I just discovered a major advance in litter scooping technology! But the Litter-Lifter® is exactly that.  I should say that I have gone through a lot of scoopers in my life. I've tried everything: slotted spoons, garage sale and thrift store finds, standard-issue big box buys, and the most chic offerings from pet boutiques. And I've hated them all! They're too flimsy, or too awkward, or too small, or the holes are the wrong size. Ack! The Litter-Lifter is different. It is really well thought out. ...


Grape and Raisin Toxicity

Beginning in the 1990s, veterinarians began seeing dogs who developed acute kidney failure after eating grapes, raisins, or currants. Despite extensive research, the component that caused the problem was never identified; it couldn’t even be narrowed down to any particular part of the fruit, such as skin, stem, leaf, seed, or flesh. While chronic kidney disease (CKD) is commonly seen in older cats and dogs, it is usually due to a chronic, low-grade, inflammatory process called glomerulonephritis. Recent research suggests that, in cats, contributing factors may include consumption of fish, ...


Carrageenan: a Controversial Pet Food Additive

Carrageenan is a seaweed derivative that is commonly used as a food additive in a wide variety of products. There has been a lot of controversy about this ingredient, so let’s take a look at it in more detail. Carragreenan is an  edible red seaweed. Sounds good, right? Many seaweeds contain lots of trace minerals and are very nutritious. “Carraigín” has been made from Irish Moss in kitchens for hundreds of years, to create the base for a pudding-like dessert. When cooked, carrageenan takes on a nice gelatinous texture. Today, it’s ...


CatsWalk Newsletter – November 2014

NOTE: This was reposted in January 2014 because the original was accidentally deleted in a fit of organizational zeal! - Editor In this issue: 1. News Bites Vacation Destinations for Cat Lovers Crazy Cat-Related Patents See the World Through Cats’ Eyes Cats Stealing Dog Beds FDA and Pet Food 2. Science Notes Cats = 85% Tiger Gut Bacteria and Cancer A Calorie is NOT Just a Calorie 3. Vets are Ignoring Vaccine Makers’ Warnings 4. Legendary Herbs for Pet Health 1. News Bites Vacation Destinations for Cat Lovers: CNN has ...


Choosing an Omega-3 Oil for Your Pet

You may already know how important Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is for dogs and cats. I consider it to be the #1 most important supplement you can give your pet. The anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) have been thoroughly researched. Omega-3 supplementation has proven to be beneficial for dogs and cats for a wide variety of conditions, including chronic kidney disease(1), arthritis(2), allergies(3), and skin and coat problems(4). But do you know how to choose the best Omega-3 supplement? Let's look at the main sources ...


AVMA Kills Anti-Homeopathy Resolution

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) by a few cherry-picked studies that showed only negative or equivocal results from homeopathy while ignoring a large number of well-conducted studies that show a definite effect. This person also claimed that there is no rational ...


Inflammation and Health

Many feline diseases of aging are caused by chronic inflammation, including arthritis, kidney disease, and even cancer. Inflammation kills cells directly and also deposits toxic inflammatory by-products and other “sludge” in the extracellular matrix that surrounds the cells. This toxic build-up reduces the flow of oxygen, nutrients, and wastes between cells and blood, which creates a fertile environment for parasites, disease-causing organisms, and abnormal cells that can thrive in such damaged environments. Find out what you can do to keep the immune system healthy and prevent the signs and diseases of aging.


Food Allergies in Cats

Cats often develop "food intolerances" or "food allergies" to ingredients found in commercial cat food. Currently, the most common allergies in cats are: chicken, dairy, fish, beef, lamb, and eggs. However, an allergy can develop to any protein to which the cat is repeatedly or constantly exposed. The symptoms of food allergy are typically skin-related and/or digestion-related. Skin symptoms include rashes (particularly around the face and ears), excessive licking (typically paws, legs or tummy), and red, itchy ears. Digestive symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea. These are similar to the symptoms ...

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