Reducing your pet’s excessive gas

Reducing your pet’s excessive gas

While it is normal for a dog or cat to become occasionally gassy or flatulent, when the problem is more chronic, this can indicate more than just an inconvenience to the animal guardian in the line of fire. Most pets with chronic gas or flatulence often have an underlying intestinal imbalance or improper bacterial overgrowth in their intestinal tract.   Since over 75% of our immune system resides and starts in […]

Why do dogs (and sometimes cats) eat grass?

Why do dogs (and sometimes cats) eat grass?

One of the most common questions I’m often asked by animal guardians is, “Why does my dog (or cat) tend to eat grass?” While there are many possible theories and explanations to this frustrating behavior, many times we are left not understanding why many pets eat grass. Firstly, it should be known that dogs and cats in the wild will often nibble on greens and grasses in order to purge […]

Preventing hairballs

Preventing hairballs

  One of the most frustrating problems many feline guardians encounter with their furry friends is the common issue of vomiting hairballs. This is especially common in long haired breeds such as Persians, but it can occur in any breed or domestic short hair or long hair cat. Over the decades there has been much research on this topic; however, veterinarians are still uncertain why many cats have this digestive […]

Colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) in cats and dogs

Colitis (inflammatory bowel disease) in cats and dogs

Colitis literally means inflammation of the colon. The symptoms of colitis in our pets include loose and bloody stool in dogs and cats, mucousy stool or feces, painful or straining at bowel movements, as well as increased stool accidents in the house or outside of the litter box. Colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can have many possible causes from intestinal parasites like whipworms, hookworms and Giardia, foreign […]

Vomiting dog or cat: acute or chronic condition?

Vomiting dog or cat: acute or chronic condition?

One of the more common digestive complaints we are presented with in veterinary medicine is vomiting. When presented with this complaint in the medical history, veterinarians usually first classify the problem as either acute vomiting of short term duration, or chronic, longer term vomiting. There are many causes of acute vomiting ranging from simple viral or bacterial digestive upset, intestinal parasites, and even heartworms, dietary allergies and/or indiscretion or ingestion of foreign or […]

Pet health solutions for digestive and skin allergy flare-ups

Pet health solutions for digestive and skin allergy flare-ups

During today’s difficult economic times, many vet clinics are receiving numerous phone calls each day from animal guardians looking for at-home suggestions for treating simple acute problems, as opposed to paying for costly veterinary exams and workups. In the earlier article about pet owner misconceptions, I reviewed some statistics and a few medical examples of how certain conditions can often resolve on their own, or with just supportive care at […]