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Urinary Incontinence

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 bladder gets full up to the level of the urethra (the tubular passage through which urine passes), the uretrha acts kind of like the overflow drain in the bathtub: when the water gets to that level, ...

2017-03-23T14:33:07-07:00

PetEssiance Herbal Tonics and Essences

Ojibwa Tea of Life, a local Denver company, produces amazing herbal products that work wonderfully for our pets. Dr. Jean has known and worked with Master Herbalist and company owner Michelle Kalevik for more than a decade; together they created the PetEssiance™ line of herbal and essence products. All Ojibwa Tea of Life products are pure, non-irradiated, and organically grown/sustainably wildcrafted. For Little Big Cat readers only: when ordering, please use Coupon Code "lbc" to receive a special discount! PetEssiance Herbal Pet Tea Based on the famous “Essiac” herbal formula (Slippery Elm ...

2014-02-02T10:05:07-07:00

Filling Pet Prescriptions at Human Pharmacies

I recently 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 may substitute a cheaper product for the prescribed insulin. They do not understand that the many different types of insulin are not interchangeable. Using the wrong product may cause serious problems for pets. • Thyroid hormone ...

2017-03-23T14:33:43-07:00

Declawing Alternatives

By Jean Hofve, DVM All reasons for non-medical declawing have non-surgical alternatives. There are many humane choices will still protect both human and feline health, as well as sofas and Persian rugs: Scratching posts, mats, corrugated cardboard, logs, softwood boards, sisal rope Training (yes, cats CAN be trained!) Regular claw-trimming Rotary sanders (Peticure, Dremel) Nail caps (SoftPaws, Soft Claws) Emery scratching boards (Emerycat) Double-sided sticky tape (Sticky Paws) Non-stick furniture protectors (Corner Savers, Fresh Kitty Furniture Protectors) Pet repellent sprays Access restriction (upside-down vinyl rug runner) Remote aversive devices (ScatMat, ...

2017-02-21T15:19:01-07:00

Can You Make Your Cat Sick?

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 way around. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, "While new strains of flu can evolve from animal populations and ultimately move into human populations, it now appears that humans have passed the H1N1 flu to ...

2017-03-23T14:34:09-07:00

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 pictured here. His descent into lifelong illness started 11 years ago with rabies vaccination and puppy shots gone wrong. Vaccine-induced autoimmune liver disease — yes, this is a well-known reaction – eventually spawned two unrelated kinds ...

2017-03-23T14:04:28-07:00

Rice Bran – No Good for Cats!

You would think that cat food manufacturers would make sure that the ingredients they use are safe for cats. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Rice bran is what makes brown rice brown. It is the fibrous outer portion of the rice grain. Many cat foods incorporate brown rice and/or rice bran; these are allowed ingredient in pet foods. Unfortunately, a study done about 10 years ago found that rice bran depletes taurine when fed to cats...and because brown rice includes the bran, researchers speculated that it may also ...

2012-10-10T20:34:20-07:00

AVMA vs Raw Food

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 of Interest According to the AVMA itself, this policy is the result of a suggestion by the Delta Society (now “Pet Partners”), which banned the feeding of raw-meat based diets to therapy dogs in its programs ...

2017-03-23T14:36:25-07:00

Tell FDA: Label Genetically Modified Foods!

Did you know that 85% of corn and more than 90% of soy in the US is genetically modified? GM foods may cause serious damage to your body, but the FDA does not want to give you a choice whether to eat them or not. According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption, including infertility, immune dysfunction (which can contribute to allergies, asthma, and inflammation), accelerated aging, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation. GM foods also directly damage ...

2015-06-02T13:51:08-07:00

Declawing: A Physical Therapist Assistant’s Perspective

Thanks so much to by Ruth Y. for letting us post her great article about the long-term physical effects of declawing! (Originally posted at Pictures-of-Cats.org). There are many good reasons to be against declawing, but the most persuasive are perhaps those which deal with the changes in a cat's functional mobility and the potential for arthritis later in life. I suppose these are the reasons that speak to me because I work as a physical therapist assistant. I recently entered this field, in part because I enjoyed a course in anatomy and ...

2012-07-02T15:15:53-07:00

Relief for Declawed Cats

So, your cat is declawed: maybe it was done prior to adoption; or a landlord or  family member may have insisted on declawing, your veterinarian may have talked you into it, or you just didn't know at the time how physically and psychologically damaging declawing is. But at this point the damage is done, and it is irreversible. Now what?  Fortunately, there are things you can do for a declawed cat to help relieve pain and improve quality of life. 1. If you think your cat may be experiencing declaw ...

2017-08-19T11:52:44-07:00

Chronic Pain of Declawing

Declawing is an extremely painful procedure. According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), "Physically, regardless of the method used, onychectomy causes a higher level of pain than spays and neuters. Patients may experience both adaptive and maladaptive pain; in addition to inflammatory pain, there is the potential to develop long-term neuropathic or central pain if the pain is inadequately managed during the perioperative and healing periods."  (Emphasis added; please note that veterinarians who claim that using a laser decreases pain are not justified by the facts; using a laser ...

2016-03-04T13:24:16-07:00

Green Cleaning

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 Commercial cleaning products, even "green" ones like Simple Green, clean faster than soap and water can. But this is because they contain small amounts of the most powerful grease-cutting class of chemicals known -- glycol ethers. ...

2018-08-02T21:59:59-07:00

A Declaw Story

NOTE: One of our readers, Karen Whitaker, contacted us with this story about her cat Sasha, and has graciously (and courageously)  given us permission to post it. Thank you so much, Karen, for telling your story, and helping people understand the devastating consequences of declawing. This kitty probably isn't the image anyone has of animal cruelty. I however am as guilty as any other perpetrator, although it was not my intent. After our precious kitten destroyed a substantial amount of furniture and exhausting every anti scratching methodology I ...

2012-07-04T14:09:18-07:00

Cat Litter Roundup & Review

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 experimental results, as well as research into types of litter that I haven't tried. Miscellaneous (but important) Litter Facts: Cats prefer the softest texture they can find, so if your cat is going outside the litterbox ...

2018-06-09T13:49:16-07:00
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