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Anxiety in Dogs and Cats    

Dr. Al Townshend Anxiety is an all-too-common natural condition in our cherished pets, just as it is in humans. It has been estimated that up to 75% of dogs and 20-25% of cats have had anxiety issues at some point in their lives. It can be a short-term emotional experience resulting from a brief encounter […]

My Dog Just Got Skunked!!     

Dr. Al Townshend The age-old adage “curiosity killed the cat” can also hold true for our canine companions. Skunks are somewhat friendly until another animal comes too close, and then all hell can break loose.  The skunk has two glands around the rectum (similar to the anal glands of a dog or cat) that have […]

Food Intolerances Are Not Allergies     

Dr. Al Townshend Unlike food allergies, food intolerances; are not immune responses, so there is no general, whole-body reaction. are as a result of irritation. Something in the diet is causing inflammation and irritation. are often associated with vomiting and diarrhea more commonly than skin issues. can be to any ingredient in the food recipe […]

Weight Management: Gaining Weight     

Dr. Al Townshend Before we go any further, how do you know your pet us underweight? Many Guardians have the notion their pet is too thin when actually they have a normal, slightly lean body conformation.   How Do You Know Your Pet is too Thin? One way to tell is to look at the […]

Older Cats and Hyperthyroidism    

Dr. Al Townshend Hyperthyroidism is caused by an increase in the production of thyroid hormones. It is seen in about 10% of cats ten years or older. The thyroid gland is located in the neck and is difficult to see normally. Feline Hyperthyroidism produces an enlargement.   What Causes Hyperthyroidism? In almost all cases, the cause […]

Palliative Care and Hospice for Pet     

Every pet Guardian is aware that there are three stages in the life of our cherished pets: puppy/kitten, adult, and senior. There is another phase in every life that we often fail to realize until it is upon us: the “end-of-life” phase. For some, the end-of-life is the point a pet dies, but for most, […]

“Postbiotics”; a New Term for Some of the Benefits of a Healthy and Functional Microbiome     

Dr. Al Townshend Prebiotics and probiotics are well known by many as integral components of a healthy digestive tract and immune system. They are two of the three key factors that comprise the functional digestive microbiome.    Probiotics Probiotics are the good bacteria that improve digestion and enhance the body’s immune system. They aid in the […]

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