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But what if your dog could be neutered without surgery or anesthesia? A new procedure referred to as “Chemical Dog Neutering” is now being offered by a handful of veterinary clinics. The dogs are neutered by receiving a injection given directly into each testicle. Although the thought of this makes some people flinch, because a dog’s testicles have no nerves, the procedure is basically painless. According to a study published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research, complications are rare and recovery time is short. Restricting your dog’s activity 3-5 days after the injection is the current recommendation. The manufacturer, Ark Sciences, reports that over the last 2 years, approximately 3000 dogs have already undergone the procedure. The injection which is sold under the name Zeuterin is actually a solution of zinc gluconate. Zeuterin is FDA approved for puppies 3 to 10 months old. The injection kills sperm and scars the dog’s testicles resulting in permanent canine sterility within 30 days. Sedation is not required but is an option available many dog owners elect, to help avoid discomfort. - See more at: http://www.carolonpets.com/blog/dogs-chemically-neutered-with-a-shot/#sthash.ij5AQYz4.dpuf

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Combating pet fleas can be a night mere for dog owners. Here are a few of Dr. Carol’s tried and true home remedies for dog fleas. Pet owners might start by buying a flea comb then use it daily to help remove fleas from their dog’s coat. Bathing your canine with a natural pet flea shampoo is the next step. Recipe for Making Natural Dog Flea Shampoo: Start with for example with a pint of organic oatmeal shampoo, and then add 2 tablespoons of either Neem or Tea Tree Oil shake well and begin bathing. Pets may be bathed weekly or as needed. - See more at: http://www.carolonpets.com/blog/how-to-make-natural-dog-flea-home-remedies/#sthash.ikdlRD3U.dpuf

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About 5% of dogs with an endocrine or hormonal disorder called Cushing’s Disease have a variation of the disease called Atypical Cushing’s Disease. Both forms of Canine Cushing’s Disease in dogs may be either pituitary or adrenal-dependent and involve a hormone called Cortisol. Some dogs with Atypical Cushing’s Disease have an abnormality in the pathway their body uses to produce sex hormones such as Estrogen and Testosterone. This is because of certain enzyme deficiencies in these dogs. The lack of enzymes in these dogs with the Atypical form of Canine Cushing’s Disease can result in the accumulation of substances called Cortisol hormone precursors that end up being sent or shunted into abnormal metabolic pathways. This results in the production of excessive levels of sex hormones in these dogs. With Atypical Cushing’s Disease in dogs, the cortisol precursors end up stimulating production of canine sex hormones, a process vets refer to as androgen biosynthesis. This is why many dog’s with atypical Cushing’s Disease have elevated sex hormones, for example Androstenedione. What Dog Owners & Vets Can Do for Atypical Cushing’s Disease and Elevated Canine Sex Hormones. - See more at: http://www.carolonpets.com/blog/?p=6180⪯view=true#sthash.NYGmRb5c.dpuf

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For the last 10 years, the word antioxidant has become part of our vocabulary. Pet Antioxidants are widely recognized as one of the most important weapons in the battle against pet disease. All the physiological processes in pets and people require oxygen, which provides us with energy. How Antioxidants Benefit Pets Health Unfortunately the byproducts of burning oxygen, which are similar to the sparks given off by a fire, are also produced in your pet’s body. These little sparks are commonly known as free radicals, and are the major cause of aging and degenerative disease in both people and pets. - See more at: http://www.carolonpets.com/blog/pet-antioxidants-promote-pet-health-in-dogs-cats/#sthash.LE9v4pGI.dpuf

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Does your dog get lost in your house? Does your dog stare at the wall? Did your dog greet you at the door today? Does your canine make mistakes indoors? Have you ever watched your dog aimlessly wander around your home and wonder if your senior aged canine might be suffering from dog dementia? Dog Dementia also referred to as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), affects approximately 12 percent of dogs age ten and older. What’s remarkable is that this disease in dogs mimics Human Alzheimer’s Disease. Progressive memory loss, disorientation, agitation and confusion are the hallmark signs we usually associate with senility in pets and people. Unfortunately dog dementia often leads to euthanasia as canines suffering from senility also often end up having “accidents” inside the home, an issue most pet owners find unacceptable. Scientists in Australia at the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute are working on a new cure for canine dementia.

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Researchers at Auburn University are testing a new dog bone cancer therapy that holds hope for humans with the same condition. This new dog bone cancer therapy consists of injecting a virus normally used in the Canine Hepatitis Vaccine. This canine hepatitis vaccine virus is modified in the lab so that it only duplicates itself when it is actually inside the cancer cell. Once the virus is injected and enters the cancer cell, it causes the cancer cell to rupture and die; at the same time it releases thousands of copies of itself, which then attack and kill the remaining cancer cells. According to the Bruce Smith, director of the Research Team, they found a way to turn the cancer cell into a factory producing more and more viral particles so that in essence the cancer cell becomes an “agent of its own death.” Once they are able to confirm that this new viral therapy works as expected for dog bone cancer, they hope to create a single therapy that is able to treat multiple types of ca..

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Natura Pet Products once again has expanded its dry pet food recall to include all sizes and lots of dry cat food, dog food and pet treats with expiration dates up to and including March 29, 2013. Salmonella bacterial contamination has been cited as the cause of the expanded pet food recall. Recalled pet foods affected include California Natural, Evo, Innova, Healthwise and Karma. The Michigan and Georgia Departments of Agriculture conducted testing on Natura’s pet foods and detected the presence of Salmonella bacteria. The Natura pet foods are sold worldwide through veterinary clinics, online and at retail in America and Canada as well as in Japan and Australia. Pet owners who purchased the recalled pet foods should carefully discard them. Consumers may contact Natura directly for additional information. Consumers who purchased any of Natura’s recalled pet food products should discard them and contact Natura for a refund at 1-800-224-6123. In addition to Natura’s pet food recall. BARF World, a manufacturer of raw pet food has also issued a recall due to a salmonella bacterial outbreak in their manufacturing facility. The BARF World raw pet food recall directly affects the Lamb and Combo patties, with a “best buy” date of July 27, 2013. Note that neither company claims to have received any reports of sickened pets at this time.

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Dogs born blind from birth are now able to regain full vision, regardless of age. According to a recent publication in the Journal of Molecular Therapy, researchers at Michigan State University combined two therapies which reversed an inherited form of total color blindness in dogs, called Achromatopsia. Although the study focused on dogs this novel therapy may prove effective in helping people regain vision who also suffer with this form of hereditary color blindness. According to veterinary ophthalmologist Andras Komáromy, DVM, gene therapy only works if the cells in the eye that process daylight and color are not totally degenerated. Therefore they used a protein called CNTF to selectively destroy the eye’s light sensitive cells, which vets call photoreceptor cells. At the proper dose, its similar to pruning flowers, the protein partially destroys the cells but at the same time it allows for new growth. Canine Gene therapy follows the protein injection and replaces the mutant gene associated with the blindness. The results have been overwhelmingly successful. All seven dogs in the study regained full vision. Dr. Komáromy, an associate professor in Michigan States Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, was amazed at their success.

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Has your dog or cat eaten any of the pricey contaminated pet food recently and gotten violently ill? Natura Pet Products once again has expanded its dry pet food recall to include all sizes and lots of dry cat food, dog food and pet treats with expiration dates up to and including March 29, 2013. Salmonella bacterial contamination has been cited as the cause of Natura’s expanded pet food recall. Pet foods affected include California Natural, Evo, Innova, Healthwise and Karma. The Michigan and Georgia Departments of Agriculture conducted testing on Natura’s pet foods and detected the presence of Salmonella bacteria. The Natura pet foods are sold worldwide through veterinary clinics, online and at retail in America and Canada as well as in Japan and Australia. Pet owners who purchased the tainted pet foods should carefully discard them into a sealed, pet proof container. Consumers may contact Natura directly for additional information and refunds toll free at 800-224-6123. In addition to Natura’s pet food recall, BARF World, a manufacturer of raw pet food has also issued a recall due to a salmonella bacterial outbreak in their manufacturing facility. The BARF World raw pet food recall directly affects the Lamb and Combo Patties, with a “best buy” date of July 27, 2013. Note that neither company claims to have received any reports of sickened pets at this time.

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Hi Dr. Carol: I’ve been wanting to write you for many years to tell you about our black lab, Sonny. About 11 years ago, when Sonny was about 4 years old, one morning he couldn’t walk on his back legs. He walked on his two front legs with his rear legs suspended in mid-air. We took him to the vet and he took many x-rays and sent them to specialists. The diagnosis was bad hip dysplasia plus many other orthopedic and spine problems. The operations would cost us about $7000 with no guarantees. A few days later, my husband saw the PAAWS ad on TV and asked me to call. I ordered and started giving them to Sonny. In two-three weeks he was walking on all fours and running around like a puppy. Sonny had enjoyed good health all these years, but over 2 years ago, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Again, surgery/radiation/chemo charges were estimated at $7000. The decision was easy…Sonny was 13 and we believed the treatment would kill him. So, we continued with his PAAWS. Over a year ago, my...

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