In addition to being a veterinarian, I’m probably best known as a musician, well, bassist to be exact. I was in a moderately successful band throughout college and veterinary school, “The Viol...
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If the internet is an expert at anything, it’s images of cats. From Grumpy Cat to Maru to cats simply sitting in boxes, the internet is where cats reign supreme. I love seeing anything that might ch...
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So much of the country has been firmly in the grip of winter’s frigid hand, and so far there appears to be no end in sight to the record breaking cold (Punxsutawney Phil was right!). Aside from the ...
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In the past, the most common cause for pet food recalls has been for Salmonella contamination. While Salmonella still leads the recall pack, you may have noticed a new pathogen popping up on recent U.S. F...
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One of the leading causes for pet food recalls is for “the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.” Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and many veterinarians (myself...
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Pet food is hot, smoking hot. The past several years have seen pet food progress from a food industry afterthought to a portfolio necessity. The world’s largest food manufacturers have scrambled to ...
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There are holidays that everyone loves, like Halloween and Thanksgiving, and then there is the holiday OF love, which seems to have polarized people—they either love it or hate it. I’m talking...
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You guys know that I’m all about adopting pets from the shelter and totally in love with mixed breeds, right? Well, I am. But I’m also a sucker for the Westminster Dog Show. Some people look f...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
It only seems fitting during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day to touch once again on the relationship between humans and pets. It’s a love quite unlike any other, and one that, as you&rs...
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Measles is making the news again. After largely laying dormant for decades, the potentially fatal contagious disease is back, infecting over 100 children in the latest outbreak stemming from a single unva...
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