Tag Archives: FDA

Diet-Related Canine Heart Disease

A dog eats from a bowl of food

Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation into diet-related heart disease in dogs. I suspect most dog families would be surprised to learn diet may play a role in the development of heart disease in their favorite fur baby. Here is a summary of the FDA announcement. Heart Disease

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Purging Your Pet’s Closet

A pet closet

A common recurrent theme in magazines like Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, and Glamour is closet organization. These publications recommend purging closets seasonally to prevent accumulation of unwanted clothing and accessories. Many of us with pets have a small cabinet or closet devoted to our pet’s belongings. Taking a cue from these glossies, I am going

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Brand Name, Generic, Compounded or Refilled: A Prescription Primer

text image of a prescription with "Refills: 5" circled in red

Confusion about prescriptions reigned in my clinic this past week. I spent a lot of time explaining the intricacies of brand name versus generic drugs. There was a lot of confusion about refills as well. So, I am reprising a condensed version of my discussions about drugs for the benefit of all. Brand name drugs

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Is Your Dog Down in the Dumps?

a dog laying down and looking sadly into the camera

Recently, I answered questions from a New York Times science writer who inquired about depression in dogs for an article she was writing. The short article received a lot of attention, so I decided to expand on the topic for my readers. Dogs Have Feelings Too Depression is a specific psychiatric diagnosis in humans. If

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Drug Fright: Scary Medication Labels

Everyone has heard them: the rapid fire voiceovers on television advertisements for medications. They sound something like this, “Do not use this medication if you have serious heart disease, suicidal thoughts, liver problems or hangnails. Ask your doctor if this drug is right for you.” If you fast forward through commercials on your DVR and

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