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The night before my dog Cardiff was slated to start his first chemotherapy treatment was a rather sleepless one for me. My mind was racing about what his overall response would be. Would Cardiff suffer side-effects? Would I repeatedly wake up each night to find him needing to go out to have diarrhea or heaving to produce vomit? Credit: Getty Editorial I ultimately had to medicate myself to get to sleep at a reasonable hour, as I had to be semi-fresh and functional to effectively oversee Cardiff's chemotherapy administration process. Fortunately, I work on a weekly basis at the largest cancer treatment facility in the country (between multiple facilities), the Veterinary Cancer Group, so I...

Feeding Cats With Liver Disease

Your veterinarian has just informed you that your cat has liver disease. You want to do what's best for your feline friend so that he can live comfortably for as long as possible. Your vet may have recommended medications to treat the underlying cause of the problem, if it has been identified. Proper nutrition is also vital. Credit: Thinkstock It is important to understand the role the liver plays in health and what happens when it is not functioning properly. The liver has many functions, including: 1. Absorption of food (through the digestion and transport of fats) 2. Removal of the by-products of digestion (e.g., toxins such as ammonia) 3. Production of proteins a. Blood clotting...

Foods That Cause Gas in Cats

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Pet Allergies 101

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The Case for Wet Pet Food

Since its invention in the 1960s, the economical and convenience advantages of dry, kibbled food has made it the most popular method for feeding pets. Due to AAFCO standards, both dry and wet pet foods meet necessary nutritional requirements. So why feed wet if dry is apparently just as good? Actually there are some very good reasons to add wet food to any pet's diet. Credit: Flickr: furbyx4 The Taste of Wet Pet Foods Few dogs and cats will turn down the opportunity to eat wet food. Whether it is a texture preference, an olfactory preference, or taste preference is unknown. Likely it is a combination of all three factors. Many small breed dogs like Chihuahuas are notorious for tiring of...