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Homemade vs. Commercial Food for Cats and Dogs!

By Jean Hofve, DVM Preparing a home-made diet for one's pets is a bit of a challenge. However, it is no more difficult than feeding one's children a balanced and nutritious diet. Most human beings seem to be able to do that, since we have survived as a species. As any parent knows, it is not essential to balance all the nutrients in each individual meal, but over time the intake of nutrients in a varied, healthy diet will be balanced. What parent would ever consider feeding their children only ...

2017-03-21T18:26:13-07:00

Feline Obesity

By Jean Hofve, DVM Obesity is a serious problem for our feline friends; it affects more than half of American cats today. Many serious health problems can result from obesity, including arthritis, diabetes, liver disease, heart failure, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract problems, skin conditions, and many more. When possible, prevention is better than cure; don't allow your cat to become overweight in the first place. Pay attention to your kitten's growth to make sure he does not fill out "too much." The average weight gain for a kitten is approximately one pound ...

2017-02-21T18:12:06-07:00

Fiber Facts

By Dr. Jean Hofve Recently there has been renewed interest in fiber as a pet food ingredient. One pet food manufacturer published an article on the Internet condemning beet pulp in pet food as unhealthy if not downright dangerous, while others are touting the benefits of the latest fiber source, pecan shells. There is a lot of myth and misunderstanding concerning fiber, so let's take a closer look at this controversial ingredient. The term "fiber" (or "roughage") applies to complex carbohydrates that are resistant to mammalian digestive enzymes, although certain ...

2014-02-19T07:35:48-07:00

CatsWalk Newsletter – September 2013

News Bites New Feline Vaccination Guidelines Traveling with Pets Paw Project Launches Colorado Campaign Finally - Tighter Regulations on Kitten and Puppy Mills Winter's Coming - Are Your Pets Ready? Science Notes Less Diversity in Gut Bacteria Increases Obesity and Disease Risk Antibiotics are Good for Bad Bacteria Common Feline Anesthetic May Cause Brain Damage How Homeopathy Works Low-Carb Diets Protect Against Diabetes Whether and When: Compassionate Thoughts On Euthanasia News Bites New Feline Vaccination Guidelines: The American Association of Feline Practitioners just released an update to its 2006 guidelines ...

2018-06-09T13:51:14-07:00

Catswalk Newsletter – August 2013

In this issue: 1. News Bites Paw Project: The Movie! Vegan Diet Nearly Kills Kitten Obesity-Related Diseases in Cats Rhode Island Bans Declaw Requirement for Tenants Dolphin Rights 2. Science Notes Fish Oil Fakery Hope for Allergy Sufferers Another Problem with Outdoor Cats 3. Report from the AAFCO Annual Meeting 1. News Bites Paw Project: the Movie! The Paw Project has finally released its dramatic, hour-long movie about cat declawing! The film follows Dr. Jennifer Conrad's career as veterinarian to animal movie stars; how she began doing surgical repairs on the ...

2019-06-30T13:20:43-07:00

CatsWalk Newsletter – July 2013

In this issue: 1. News Bites: Fat cat prompts cruelty charges Iceland hunting whales for dog food Internet vet loses license over online advice Children die in hot cars--and so do pets! Remember what it was like before you had a cat? Class action suit over toxic treats will proceed 2. Science Notes: Marine Omega-3s show benefit in asthma Cell damage from common antibiotics can be mitigated by antioxidants Exercise helps brain cope with stress How coronavirus mutates into FIP Your cat isn't ignoring you, he's just waiting for you ...

2018-09-17T09:44:39-07:00

Animal Wellness Magazine

by Jean Hofve, DVM Animal Wellness Magazine is the #1 integrative pet health and wellness publication. I’ve been writing for Animal Wellness for many years. It’s a wonderful resource that features the latest information in natural nutrition, holistic veterinary advice, natural products, gentle training techniques, and much more.  To view a sample issue online, visit www.animalwellnessmagazine.com, and click on SAMPLE on the right-hand side of the page. Animal Wellness Magazine normally sells for $6 per issue ($36/year), I'm delighted that they have extended their special offer (provided exclusively through  veterinarians) to Little Big Cat readers. This means you ...

2013-07-09T23:52:44-07:00

New Pet Food Standards – Finally?

The standards by which pet food are made are set by an organization called AAFCO (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 feeding tests or AAFCO Nutrient Profiles. In order to claim that they are “complete and balanced” for a given life stage (or all life stages), pet foods must meet one of those two standards. This is not a glamorous topic, ...

2018-09-17T09:44:39-07:00

Declawing: A Rational Look

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are few feline issues as controversial as declawing. There is a great deal of myth and misinformation out there about it. If you are considering having this surgery performed on your cat, or if a veterinarian has suggested it, please read this article first to learn more about this major surgical procedure. Isn't it worth a few minutes of your time to make sure that you make a rational and informed decision? Declawing is not a simple or routine surgery. It should never be done ...

2016-11-19T12:31:11-07:00

College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

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! It primarily provides courses for veterinarians, but it isn't limited to just vets. For example, they offer courses that lead to certification as a Natural Animal Therapies Consultant. For anyone interested in working in the animal ...

2017-03-23T14:21:04-07:00

CatsWalk Newsletter – April 2013

CatsWalk Newsletter April 2013 by Jean Hofve, DVM Library of Congress ISSN #1550-0764 Please note:  This newsletter is emailed only to current subscribers through Get Response, but please feel free to forward it to friends! If you got it from a friend and would like your own subscription, please use the link at the bottom of the page.  For easier reading online click here In this Issue: 1. NewsBites Stay away from Chinese chicken New poison puts pets at risk Most vets prefer dogs "Safe" antifreeze Does your music annoy your ...

2018-06-09T13:50:14-07:00

PetMD claims soy is good for carnivores

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 amino acid) has been linked to increased T-cell immune function. T-cells direct and regulate the body’s immune responses and/or directly attack infections and cancers. Because arginine levels do not have to be disclosed on a pet ...

2017-03-23T14:04:04-07:00

Declawing and Science

This summary presents the main arguments against a legal ban on declawing (of cats and other animals), and the documented, scientific facts about each one—as opposed to the opinions expressed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and various other individuals and organizations. Public opinion is subject to change; and the change is now moving in favor of more humane treatment of all animals. The veterinary profession is finally getting clued in, having added "animal welfare" to its Veterinarian's Oath late in 2010 (41 years after it was first written). The inertia ...

2016-08-30T20:10:42-07:00

Instinctive Choice Cat Food

Usually, I don't like to name names when people ask, "What is the best pet food?" What works best for one pet will give another one tummy problems, and still another one won't even touch it. Variety is extremely important for our cats and dogs. Feeding the same food year in and year out is a good way to create food intolerances and allergies, as well as finicky behavior; and it puts pets at risk for serious deficiencies or excesses. One cat rescue that fed only Wellness canned food had ...

2018-03-26T13:42:19-07:00

EFT in Practice: The Scary Hair Dryer

Many thanks to Maureen Cram of South Africa for allowing us to reprint this article. Here she explains in detail exactly how she helped her cat get over a serious hair dryer terror.  It is a perfect example of how EFT can solve all kinds of issues, whether large or small. Please visit Maureen's website at www.stuffbusters.co.za to read more of her great articles! Do you have any companion animals that are scared of everyday items in your home? Hair driers, vacuum cleaners, brooms, washing machines… I am sure you can add ...

2015-09-25T10:03:40-07:00
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