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Our growing knowledge of canine health and nutrition, combined with other advances in medical science and technology, means dogs are living longer than ever. However, this longevity increases their risk of developing cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS). Here’s how nutritional support can help. Cognitive decline, or cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), is a neurodegenerative condition resulting from brain pathology, so is different...
Terpenes are responsible for the robust aromatic smell and flavor of the cannabis plant. Hundreds of terpenes are present in each strain.1 They are found in the trichrome of the flower and increase in concentration as the plant continues to grow.1 The terpene market continues to widen as more herbal supplement manufacturers are interested in adding terpenes to their...
Veterinarians are trained to consider Escherichia coli to be normal inhabitants of the gut lumen. However, there is growing evidence that E. coli should be considered a pathobiont (or a “frenemy”). While low levels of E. coli (median of 0.5% in cats and 1% in dogs) are in fact normal in the fecal microbiomes of these species, overgrowths are...
You’ve heard of limited ingredient dog food — but what is it exactly, and is it right for your canine patients? Limited ingredient dog foods are made with a minimal number of ingredients to reduce allergic reactions and food intolerances while still providing complete and balanced nutrition. Also called limited antigen dog foods, these diets have one to a few...
Supplementation with antioxidants can help support the vision and overall health of hypertensive cats. Oxidative stress is essential for normal cellular and body functions, but unbalanced oxidative stress can be harmful. Many conditions may benefit from antioxidant supplementation, including cognitive dysfunction, retinal disease, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes mellitus, and systemic hypertension. Hypertensive cats often develop vision loss from hypertensive retinopathy. Cats can...
From class to wavelength, there are a number of important factors to consider when choosing a Cool Laser Therapy device that will help your patients and improve your bottom line. These days, more pet parents are seeking veterinarians who offer safe, effective and pain-free technologies to help heal their dogs and cats without pharmaceutical intervention. Veterinarians, in turn, are looking...
Chronic enteropathy (CE) is the term now used to describe long-term gastrointestinal disease that lacks a specific diagnosis in canine and feline patients. Gastrointestinal complaints are common in clinical practice, with acute patients typically resolving with symptomatic and supportive treatment. However, a small subset (1% to 3% of the total caseload) have relapsing or chronic signs in the absence of...
With an adapted topical approach, you can maintain a healthy skin barrier and alleviate kerato-seborrheic disorders. Kerato-seborrheic disorders (KSDs) are an increasingly common diagnosis seen in the veterinary setting. The key to combating these disorders involves first pinpointing and targeting the cause, then selecting an effective topical treatment that reduces symptoms by protecting and maintaining a healthy skin barrier. KERATO-SEBORRHEIC DISORDERS:...
The inflammatory response is an important innate immune process that protects the body when tissues are injured by pathogens, trauma, toxic compounds, heat, etc. When it works properly, the acute inflammatory response quickly activates, complements, and promotes phagocytic activity, and then returns to a steady state, ready to respond when injury occurs again. This return to a low inflammatory...
Improve the health and comfort of canine patients prone to tear stains by talking to their owners about proper ocular hygiene. Tear stains in dogs are caused by a chemical called porphyrin. These iron-containing molecules – excreted through the intestinal tract, bile ducts, saliva, urine, and tears – can cause red-brown stains on the dog’s fur, most noticeably around the...