Author: Jean Hofve DVM

Pet Cancer — a “Smoking” Gun?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Many studies have shown that second-hand (environmental) smoke is a health hazard to humans, much less research has been done in animals. However, there are a few studies that shed light on the association between pets,…

Pet Food Marketing Hype

By Jean Hofve, DVM A trip down the pet food aisle these days will boggle the mind with all the wonderful claims made by manufacturers for their particular products. But what’s the truth behind all this marvelous hype? You might…

Pet Food Regulation

By Jean Hofve, DVM A note from Dr. Jean: I wrote this for The Whole Dog Journal around 2001. I put it online after the 2007 pet food recall scandal, so you can understand how such a thing could happen,…

Pet Food, People, and the FDA

By Jean Hofve, DVM Pet food labels are plenty obscure, but labels on human food are just as bad. As you get better at assessing pet food, you’ll also want to check out a few labels at the grocery store,…

Play Aggression

By Jackson Galaxy Art has a great relationship with his feline companion, Mouse. That is, except around dinnertime every day. Even though Art watches around the corners to see where Mouse might be lurking, he’s still almost always surprised as…

Poisonous and Dangerous Plants

By Jean Hofve, DVM Aconite (Monkshood, Wolfsbane) Agaricus Mushrooms Aloe 1 Amanita Mushrooms Amaryllis Avocado (leaves, seeds) Azalea Baneberry Black Walnut Bleeding Heart Bouncing Bet (Soapwort) Bulbs (Lily, Daffodil, Tulip, Iris, Hyacinth, Amaryllis, Cyclamen, etc.) Caladium Catnip 2 Castor Bean…

Preventing Vaccine Adverse Effects

By Jean Hofve, DVM For our pets, the rabies vaccine is a legal requirement. There are similar requirements for a variety of vaccines for children entering school, and there is concern that vaccination against “swine flu” may soon become mandatory…

Preventing Vaccine Adverse Effects – 1 page summary

By Jean Hofve, DVM 1 hour before vaccination: One dose of high-EPA fish oil* One dose of antioxidants; curcumin and quercetin in particular have been found to block the ability of vaccine adjuvants to trigger a long-term immune reaction. Immediately…

Probiotics: A Dietary Powerhouse for Your Cat

By Jean Hofve, DVM There are many cats (and dogs) who need extra help with digestive and other health issues. Probiotics have helped solve these problems for many pets. The term “probiotics” (which means “promoting life”) covers a variety of…

Rabies – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

By Special Guest Expert, Jennifer Fry, DVM A recent nationwide survey showed that while owners are overwhelmingly compliant with rabies vaccinations for their pets, some may not fully understand the disease. The survey — conducted by WMS Marketing Services for…

Redirected Aggression: A Case Study

By Jackson Galaxy From The Galaxy Files – “Trouble In Paradise” When I received the phone call for assistance, the voice on the other end was not just frustrated, as I am accustomed to hearing. She was utterly bewildered, and…

Seizures and Epilepsy

There are few things more frightening than witnessing your cat or dog having a full-blown seizure—falling down, paddling with its paws, even barking or yowling. Seizures are the result of an abnormal burst of electrical signals from the brain. Possible…

Slippery Elm

By Jean Hofve, DVM As you may know, it is potentially dangerous to give herbs to pets, especially cats. Many people commonly extrapolate a dose of herbs by using the pet’s weight compared to the “standard” 150-pound human. A large…

Spaying and Neutering

By Jean Hofve, DVM About 4 million “excess” dogs and cats will be killed in shelters this year. By being a responsible caregiver and sterilizing your companion animals, you avoid contributing to this terrible problem of pet overpopulation. Kittens can…

Squirt Bottles, Punishment, and Cat Behavior

By Jackson Galaxy The scenario plays out with cat guardians everywhere: the cat is always getting into something, like jumping onto counters, climbing up screen doors or drapes…and the list goes on. It seems like everyone these days is armed…

Switching Foods

By Jean Hofve, DVM The spice of life is variety, or so they say. If that’s true for people, what about our dogs and cats? I love the commercial where the lady puts down a bowl of new dog food,…

The “Dangers” of a Raw Diet

REVISED 6/30/10 Many proponents tout the benefits of feeding meat raw to our our carnivorous feline and canine companions. But most veterinarians and self-styled “experts” claim that raw diets are highly dangerous to everyone in the household. So who’s right?…

The Importance of the Annual Veterinary Examination

Revised 8/23/16 With the current controversy surrounding annual vaccinations, many people are electing to have their pets get fewer vaccines. This has led to the assumption that they do not need to bring them in for an annual examination. However,…

The Making of a Spirit Essences Remedy: Safe Space for Cats

By Jackson Galaxy An outgrowth of the original Little Big Cat idea, SpiritEssence is the name of our line of flower essence formulas. Actually, they contain much more than flowers! (See the FAQ at www.spiritessences.com for details.) This month, we…

The Right Weight Loss Program for Cats!

By Jean Hofve, DVM A reader recently emailed us to ask how she could help her cat lose weight. Indeed, obesity is a serious problem for our feline friends. Many serious health problems can result from obesity, such as arthritis,…

The Tail Speaks Louder than Words

By Jackson Galaxy We all wish we could be better cat communicators and know more precisely what our cats are thinking at any given time. Fortunately, we don’t need to be animal psychics to do this. We just need to…

Traveling with Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM I’ve had lots of experience traveling and moving cats by car; we’ve gone back and forth from California to Colorado (about a 22 hour car trip) 7 times over the years. I’ve learned a lot about…

Urinary Tract Disorders in Cats

Few conditions strike greater fear into the heart of a cat guardian than urinary tract problems. Myths and misinformation abound, and many people know at least one other person who has a cat with a urinary problem–or who has lost a…

Urine Spraying and Territorial Stress

By Jackson Galaxy In 1995, Dr. Jean Hofve created Spirit Essences, our line of flower essence remedies. Actually, they contain much more than flowers! (See the FAQ at www.spiritessence.com for details.) We want to share how we create our formulas by…

Vaccination

Vaccination is an ongoing controversy in veterinary medicine today. Veterinary schools and specialty organizations are promoting fewer vaccines at longer intervals, while many practitioners stubbornly cling to their annual booster schedules. Who’s right, and what’s the truth? The Science Behind…

Water Water Everywhere, but What’s a Cat to Drink?

Everyone is familiar with the 3 basic nutrient categories: protein, fat and carbohydrate. But there’s a 4th nutrient that’s just as important (if not more!), yet it is usually overlooked by most guardians and even veterinarians—water! You may know that…

West Nile Virus and Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes a new crop of mosquitoes and, potentially, a new round of West Nile Virus. This virus, previously been found in Africa, Eastern Europe, West Asia, and…

Why Cats Need Canned Food

Cats are true carnivores, requiring a meat-based diet for optimal health. Their natural diet is prey, such as rodents, rabbits, lizards, insects, and birds. These prey consist primarily of water, protein and fat, with less than 10% carbohydrate (starch, sugar…

Why Did My Cat Pee Outside the Litterbox?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Spirit at age 20…her creaky old joints made it hard for her to access the litter box.     Spirit Essences were named for this spunky kitty! House-soiling, or inappropriate elimination, is a common and frustrating cat…

Why Fix What Isn’t Broken?

By Special Guest Columnist,  Russell Louie – Optimum Choices, LLC We are happy to welcome our guest author, Russell Louie, and his thought-provoking article on preventative holistic medicine. Do you wait for symptoms to blow up or show up before…

Your Cat and Your New Baby

By Jackson Galaxy Expecting a baby? Congratulations! In all the anticipation and excitement, don’t forget that bringing home baby disrupt in your cat’s routine. Without proper preparation, litterbox problems, aggression or other forms of acting out can be an unfortunate…

EFT in Practice: Surrogate EFT Helps Two Cats at a Distance

By Maureen Cram, Stuffbusters Article reprinted with permission from www.emofree.com (now www.eftuniverse.com/). For those who maintain disbelief in the possibility of distance healing via surrogate EFT, I suggest a study of quantum physics. This new science points to the realism…

EFT in Practice: EFT Helps Aggressive Stray find Love and a New Home

by Maureen Cram, Stuffbusters Article reprinted with permission from www.emofree.com (now www.eftuniverse.com/). Maureen Cram from South Africa completely shifts the life of a stray cat by using surrogate EFT. Of interest here is how she “tunes in” to the cat.…

Does Dry Food Clean the Teeth?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Let’s get this one straight once and for all: dry food does not clean your cat’s teeth! In fact, dry food really does not benefit the cat at all. It is merely a convenience for the…

Do-It -Yourself Bach Flower Essences

By Dr. Jean Hofve Bach Flower Essences were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the early 1900’s. While originally developed for human use, we have found that the Bach Flower remedies work beautifully on animals,…

Dental Care for Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM February is National Pet Dental Health Month! How much do you know about your cat’s dental health? Well, here’s a little refresher for you! The normal adult cat has 30 very sharp, highly specialized teeth. In…

Declawing: Another Veterinarian’s Perspective

By Special Guest: Michael W. Fox, D.Sc., Ph.D., B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S. Say No! To De-clawing Cats Many veterinarians routinely de-claw young cats. It’s part of the package when they come in to be spayed/neutered. Many cats suffer as a consequence. The…

Declawing Handout for Shelters

2017: THIS OFFER IS STILL VALID! To help shelters and rescues educate potential adopters about declawing, Little Big Cat has prepared this free handout, which can be customized with your organization’s logo in place of the picture of the cat.…

Cats and Immune-compromised People

Cats and Immune-Compromised People By Jean Hofve, DVM It’s not so unusual any more for people to have serious immune system issues. People who are taking corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive drugs, such as gold salts, cyclosporine, or azothiaprine; who have…

Cats and Claws — Living Happily Ever After

By Jackson Galaxy and Jean Hofve, DVM Claws are a physically, socially, and emotionally vital part of every cat. Scratching, for a cat, is not only a natural act, but a necessary one as well. First, it removes the dead…