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Beware Of Counterfeit Veterinary Pet Medications Sold Online

48-year-old California resident Paul S. Rodriguez Jr , the CEO of California-based company Action Packing and Design, pleaded guilty to intentionally trafficking in counterfeit labels and packaging for anti-parasite products and veterinary medicines between July 2015 and December 2016.


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The Grain Free Pet Food Myth

The grain free pet food craze has stuck in my craw as an integrative veterinary medical practitioner for years, but the final straw for me to post this article was a 5 year old female Labrador Retriever that presented for her well visit a few days ago.  The previous year at 72 pounds, I had listed her as overweight and recommended "portion control, and/or weight loss diet, increased exercise to facilitate weight loss."  The owner had asked me for dietary recommendations at the time and I gave her a few options.

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Keeping Dogs and Cats Safe During The Solar Eclipse

I have gotten a lot of inquiries from clients about the solar eclipse as it generally relates to the safety of their pets (dogs and cats), so I deemed it a worthy topic to share among my blog readership to provide clarification of the risks.  While there is no real data or anecdotal evidence to examine to provide information (the last solar eclipse visible from the US was in 1979 and the last one one to be visible as it stretched from coast to coast was in 1916), it is unlikely that the eclipse will have the potential for any more harm to dogs and cats than a typical sunny day would.

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Prepare Pets For Natural Distasters

The loss of personal property, homes, businesses and worst of all, loss of human life are devastating when natural disasters occur.  One of the most under-reported and overlooked aspects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, mass flooding events, tornadoes, and wildfires, are the countless animal casualties and displaced pets that result from these events.

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American Heartworm Awareness Month 2018 : The 12/12 Strategy Is Best

April is American Heartworm Awareness month, a disease that afflicts between 1 million to 1.2 million dogs per year, according the the American Heartworm Society (AHS).  This number is likely much higher with many cases not being reported to the AHS.

Heartworm disease is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito that is carrying a microscopic infective stage of the heartworm called microfilaria.  Once injected into the dog hosts's blood stream, the larva develops eventually into a reproducing adult worm.

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