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May 30, 2019

New study: CBD shows promise for treating canine epilepsy

“I see a lot of epileptic patients,” says Stephanie McGrath, DVM, MS. “It’s a very heart-wrenching disease.” Canine idiopathic epilepsy affects up to 5.7% of the pet dog population worldwide. McGrath, a neurologist and researcher at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital who says she’s frustrated at the lack of good options for treating it, thinks cannabidiols (CBD) might be one answer.

May 23, 2019

Treating feline diabetes mellitus just got easier

Cases of feline diabetes mellitus (DM) are cropping up at an alarming rate: As many as 1 in 100 cats in the US are now believed to have feline DM. Fortunately, diagnosing and treating it just got easier.

May 08, 2019

Online cat food recipes can be hazardous to cats’ health

Advice to clients who are thinking about feeding their cats a homemade diet: think twice before downloading that cat food recipe—even if a veterinarian wrote it. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), found that most cat food recipes found online are unlikely to provide cats all their essential nutrients. Some even call for ingredients potentially toxic to cats.

April 22, 2019

Study: Does salmon pose a health risk to dogs?

Everyone knows cats love fish, but these days, dogs are eating their fair share, too. Especially salmon. Salmon is an increasingly common ingredient in commercial dog food because manufacturers are looking for unconventional protein sources and they want to include more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Salmon fits the bill on both counts. Sadly, it’s also a great source of mercury.

April 11, 2019

New attitudes about bad behaviors: Can you feel the paradigm shifting?

In a new paper “Evidence-based paradigm shifts in veterinary behavioral medicine,” Karen L. Overall, MA VMD, PhD, DACVB, editor-in-chief of Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, and a senior research scientist in the Biology Department, University of Pennsylvania, reviews the recent literature on veterinary behavior medicine.

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