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An integrative approach to chronic kidney disease (CKD) in cats
CKD is a common but manageable condition in feline patients, and responds well to integrative medicine. Herbs and acupuncture are key therapies. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common problem in cats, and one which all veterinarians encounter in practice. An integrative approach that includes herbs and acupuncture can help treat and even reverse this condition in feline patients. CKD...
Worried About Grain-Free Diets & Heart Disease? Take Heart!
Grain-free.  These two words are the focus of a recent media storm creating trouble for pet food.  The confusion originates from a July 2018 report by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and research conducted by Dr. Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Chair of the Department of Veterinary Cardiology at UC-Davis. Dr. Stern is investigating the possible reasons...
Omega fatty acids for dogs and cats
A comprehensive look at Omega fatty acid sources for canine and feline patients, and the pros and cons of each. Omega fatty acids are vital for health in our animal patients. The most-studied Omega-3s are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both EPA and DHA have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; cell membranes also need DHA to stay...
Programs and apps that improve your practice
Is technology the answer to providing more detailed care to your clients and patients? New programs and apps that digitize records, notes and follow ups mean that you can spend more time educating and caring. The shift towards relying on practice management programs started as a simple debate over whether or not to switch from paper to electronic medical records....
Alternatives to traditional spay and neuter – evolving best practices in dog sterilization
Standard spay and neuter surgery can have negative impacts on a dog’s health. What are some alternatives options? In the United States, broad scale pet sterilization has been advocated to decrease pet overpopulation and euthanasia rates at shelters. This practice has become standard, with shelter animals being sterilized before adoption and most pet owners spaying or neutering their animals even...
Evaluating the effects of electropollution on human and animal health
Studies reveal that the homeostasis within all living bodies is dramatically affected by the rise of electropollution (electromagnetic radiation levels), with negative consequences on health. Within the last two decades, wireless technology has exploded onto the global scene. This means most people and their companion animals are now living in a dense sea of electromagnetic energy waves, termed electromagnetic radiation...
Probiotics — the missing nutrients
A balanced intestinal microbiome is crucial to good health in dogs and cats, as well as in humans. Probiotics can play an important role in maintaining this balance. In Part 1 of this series (IVC Journal, Spring 2018), we looked at the discovery of probiotics along with research documenting the importance of a balanced intestinal microbiome. We discovered how...
Integrative approaches to megaesophagus
Several alternative therapies are attracting attention for successfully treating megaesophagus, either as a sole therapy or part of a larger treatment approach. Megaesophagus is a disorder of the esophagus in mammals. It’s characterized by esophageal dilatation and an inability of the esophagus to effectively transport food from the throat to the stomach. Megaesophagus occurs predominately in humans and dogs, and...
Integrative ways to optimize mobility in older animals
Integrative medicine has earned a place as first-line treatment for veterinary patients, especially older animals with pain, neurological compromise or debilitating arthritis. When clients complain that their older animals are refusing to go on walks, that they sleep all the time or have even become aggressive, we need to think about problems centering on mobility and pain. In so doing,...
Digital infrared thermal imaging
These case studies demonstrate how digital infrared thermal imaging can provide an objective assessment of feline and canine patients. Case study #1 Presentation: Feline patient with a history of a gradual reduction in activity. A physical examination did not localize any sites of discomfort.  Digital infrared thermal images were captured utilizing a Digatherm 640 unit. Interpretation of the thermal images Both hind limbs (Figures...