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Eddie Khoriaty

Eddie is the Director of Pharmacy Services and Prescription Department Manager at PetMeds. He is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the Florida Pharmacy Association and the Broward County Pharmacy Association. Eddie is a Clinical Affiliate Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy. He received his pharmacy education at St. Johns University, Queens, NY. Eddie is a contributor in the 1800-PetMeds blog. You can also find Eddie on Google+.



What is it about chocolate that’s so bad for dogs?

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Dogs beg for treats that may not be good for them

I just watched a story about the Ivory Coast farmers who are the largest exporters of cocoa beans in the world, and yet they had no idea what the cocoa beans are used for.  They somehow decided that their beans are being used to make wine. This falsehood spread throughout the village and from generation to generation. The farmers harvest the beans and yet they have never tasted chocolate, or even knew about it. When a man came over from the city and gave them all a piece of chocolate, their eyes lit up and they were amazed as well as happy that their hard work creates something so delicious. This story brought to mind two separate things: Firstly, if awareness of an object or a fact is not complete, the mind fills in the blanks even though many times the part that is filled in is completely wrong. Secondly, I started thinking about chocolate and dogs, and how people eat almost any amount of it and have no adverse effects (except to the waistline), yet a dog could get poisoned with an ounce of the same product. It’s sad to see my dog Duke watching me with those big, brown eyes when he sees me eating chocolate and it’s obvious that he wants a small piece for himself. Read More »

Feeding your older pet for optimum health

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Good nutrition is even more important as our pets age

As our pets get older, their energy level goes down and they may seem to be eating a lot less than they used to. Older pets may develop illnesses that the pet didn’t have when he or she was younger. Their disrupted immune system predisposes them to maladies such as allergies, joint inflammation, infections, skin disorders and even allergies to foods that they have eaten their whole lives without problem. My dog Duke, who is now 13 years old, suddenly developed sensitivity to certain foods and now even a bite of that food gives him diarrhea and makes him lethargic for a day or two. I’ve decided this is a good time to learn more about feeding the older pet. Read More »

How to prevent litter box problems

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Litter box issues are a common problem

One of the most difficult things a cat owner may  have to deal with is a cat having litter box problems. Sadly, more cats are sent to shelters or rejected because of this one problem than anything else. In this blog I will try to give a few bits of advice about this complex topic that usually leads to frustration for the owner and also puts the cat’s life in danger. Read More »

How to determine the correct syringe for your pet’s insulin

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It's important to use the correct syringe for your pet's insulin

A syringe is a syringe, right? Actually, syringes come in different units of measure, different sizes, different needle length, different needle width, different, different, different! Giving insulin to a pet, especially if you’ve never done that before, is stressful enough without having to worry about giving the wrong dose. Unfortunately the body of an animal (or a human) is not so willing to forgive an insulin overdose. Hypoglycemia can and frequently does become life-threatening. Read More »

Treatments for dry eyes in dogs

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Certain breeds are predisposed to getting dry eyes

For many years I have suffered from dry and red eyes. I often get asked if I have been crying or if I was up late. The response is always the same, “I have light, sensitive eyes and I’m particularly vulnerable to getting red eyes, especially during the time of year when the pollen count is high.” Dry eyes occur in pets as well, and it occurs when there isn’t enough lubricant released from the eye glands to keep the eye moist. Natural tears not only contain soothing ingredients they also contain antibodies to help fight against potential infection. Read More »

5 things your dog wants to tell you–before you bring him home

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What your new puppy wants you to know

A dog is a great addition to a family; bringing a dog home is such a rewarding experience, and the joy and love a dog can bring to a family is tremendous. When I walk into my home, I’m greeted by my dogs Duke and Daisy with their tails furiously wagging, and I feel the stress of the whole day leave my body. When I put the leash on them and take them for a walk, I feel totally different than how I felt just moments before when I exited my car and headed into the house. It’s difficult to explain the feeling, but when I see my two dogs enjoying themselves immensely looking at the trees, the blades of grass, and the ducks swimming in the lake, I can’t help but to notice those things myself. The thought of walking into the house with no dogs to greet me saddens me a little, but I also know that some homes and some people should probably not own or raise a dog. A dog in the shelter or the pet store with a wagging tail that screams “take me home” is so difficult to resist that I decided to write this blog about the five important things your dog doesn’t tell you–until you bring him home. Read More »

National Hug Your Cat Day– please approach carefully!

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Cat bites can easily become infected

Today is National Hug Your Cat day. Go ahead and hug your cat, pick your cat up, put the cat on your lap–caressing a cat has actually been known to lower stress markers and maybe even prolong life for both the human and the cat. Now who wouldn’t want a longer, happier life? It seems like a fail-proof method of achieving health and long life, unless the cat doesn’t agree or care about those medical findings and doesn’t wish to be handled. Approaching a cat that wants to be left alone is the fastest way to increase stress for both you and the cat. Cats have extremely sharp nails and sharp, powerful teeth that can cause severe harm. Getting scratched or bitten by a cat is not only painful but it is potentially dangerous. If a cat puts on a display that shows he wants to be left alone, it is best to leave him alone. Read More »

Do pets have the capacity to truly love?

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Many times in an extremely close relationship between two humans there develops a feeling of “oneness.” I have even encountered several people who have developed such a strong feeling of connection that it seems to include the whole of creation. Sometimes the question arises as to whether our pets have the ability to truly love and if they have a soul similar to that of humans. Most people who have felt or heard a cat purring when touched or a dog wagging his tail when near a certain family member would argue that animals do have the ability to love unconditionally. That being said, there are many people in the scientific community who would argue that pets only seem to love others in their “pack” simply as a survival instinct. Read More »

Childproof containers…for pet medications?

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It's important for even pet medication to be in childproof containers

Several times a month we get a request in the pharmacy from one of our customers to “Please place my dog’s heartworm preventative or other medication in non-childproof containers.” The main reason for this request usually stems from the human caretaker having a difficult time opening the container that holds the pet medication. Many times a client may have arthritis or other joint disease and, in at least one case that I’m aware of, the pet owner had lost the use of one of his hands in an overseas operation. Generally the pharmacist taking the call will have no problem honoring that request.

There are other times however when the caller begins the conversation with a general question about our safety enclosure policy: “Why do you put this medication in a bottle with safety caps? I can assure you that my dog is not going to get into the bottle and the days of us having young children around the house are long behind us.” This week I decided to address this topic so that I can hopefully shed a little light on the subject so that people can better understand the reason behind the use of safety enclosures. Read More »

What you should know about corticosteroids and your pet

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Corticosteroids can cause a number of side-effects in your pet

My Lab mix Duke is 11 years old and he has Addison’s disease, which is a condition that requires him to be regularly medicated with corticosteroids such as prednisone, dexamethasone, or Percorten. When he was diagnosed about a year ago we thought we were going to lose him, but as soon as he started on this regimen of steroids he seemed to immediately get better: his energy increased, his coat was shinier, and I thought to myself that he has never looked or acted better even when he was younger. As a pharmacist I know that corticosteroids used long-term could potentially have some very troubling side effects and since it’s been a year since Duke started his first dose of prednisone, I decided to write this blog to describe how he’s doing on the medication. Read More »