Home » Preventative Medicine (Page 2)
Category Archives: Preventative Medicine
Chart of genetic tests available for dogs & labs that do the tests.
Here is a link to the OFA website where they keep a list of all the labs that do genetic testing for Dog diseases. The costs for these tests are much lower than ever before. Breeders and owners of purebred dogs will find this very helpful to plan their dogs future.
I have tested my dog for a Collie genetic disease (MDR1) for which he is a carrier and affected. But knowing he has one copy of the MDR1 gene means I can adjust the dose of certain drugs to prevent overdose and avoid other medication completely. In my case knowing avoided allot of possible harm. Since he is a carrier is out as a breeding dog and has been neutered. 70% of Collies have the defective gene causing MDR1 (Multidrug sensitivity) so the only way to reduce how many Collie’s get this genetic disease is to not bred all dog with a copy of the gene. Can’t see this disease on the outside of the dog. The only way is through a DNA test or when in a crisis of drug overdose which can be lethal. I would rather know.
Good science about Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health. Do we need both DHA &EPA omega 3 fats?
This is a link to a scholarly article that reveals that we benefit from both Omega 3 fats. Plus lists the best foods for sources of Omega 3 fats. Food technology is aiming to separate out the two fats from fish oil or substitute a vegetable source fats (linoleic FA) for just EPA. This article clearly shows the benefit of both fats in our diet. My conclusion: why bother to change mother nature, eat fish oil to get the best of both fats in one food .
(n-3) Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health: Are Effects of EPA and DHA Shared or Complementary?.
For Your Information:
Major dietary sources of long-chain (n-3) PUFA1
|Golden bass (tilefish)||172||143||733||905|
|Tuna, white (albacore)||233||18||629||862|
|Tuna, light (skipjack)||91||17||237||328|
|Flounder and sole||168||34||132||300|
The supermarket is becoming more confusing! This fact makes feeding our families quality and healthful food a challenge…..
I write allot about the petfoods & nutrition products for Cats and Dogs. Readers may already realize it is difficult to select good quality and healthful petfood for our pets. Well, the pet-care marketplace is confusing and becoming more so, as companies use more clever advertizing to increase sales.
Well Dr Lustig has tackled the same issue where it relates to human health and everyday food from supermarkets. This is a link to his articles is you do not want to read his new book called Fat Chance.
I highly recommend this website!!
Plastic in Foods & easy ways to avoid them.
This is an excellent, truthful, summary of how plastic gets into our bodies. Plus, practical advice that is accurate, easy to follow and will make a big difference to your families health.
Nutrition Diva : Plastic in Foods :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™.
Why are chemicals, that get into our food and water, allowed:
Veterinary and animal scientists have been warning since the 1980’s that the molecules from plastics were accumulating in animals and causing bone, hormone and health problems. However, neither the FDA nor the EPA had the power to ban or even warn the public, because the findings were “only in animals”, not people. Washington law makers have been unwilling to limit any industry because of economic concerns, so there have never been requirements for safety prior to use or sale of chemicals in the USA. Any chemical ingredients or products can be used freely in our environment, air, water, food, household goods, until proven harmful to people. Laboratory studies alone that may indicate harm are not sufficient to meet this standard of proven harmful in everyday use. The EPA can only act once sufficient numbers of people are harmed from a chemical that is proven to be the definitive cause of such harm. This is very hard to prove because we live in a chemical filled world, exposed to numerous chemicals every day of our lives.
Remember, we don’t need a government agency to protect us from everything. We can take action based on the large amount of knowledge from “reliable scientific analysis” . What is clear so far: The harm from chemicals is not from a high dose of a single chemical, rather the total sum of many chemicals because they accumulate in our bodies. The dose of several chemicals that each interfere with hormone function is well documented as a cause of many health problems in humans and animals. Beginning in 2008, with Bisphenol-A the EPA &FDA have started to enforce more restrictions on known chemicals.
The list of problems known so far:
1. Silent inflammation -This occurs without major symptoms but continues deep within in our bodies and leads to premature aging, obesity, heart disease, auto-immune diseases and cancers. The single most important known cause of life limiting diseases of modern times.
2. Hormone problems are rising in numbers like a slow epidemic. These are: low or high thyroid function, abnormal immune function, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, low fertility in men and women, plus cancer of lymph nodes, pancreas, adrenals, brain, breast, ovary, testes and prostate.
4. Children – starting the womb, chemicals are taken up by rapidly growing cells of the fetus. Later chemicals can be transferred to children in breast milk. Children are regularly getting higher doses than adults. The rising number of children with health problems of the brain, immune system, hormone organs, skin, bone and bone marrow are linked to their higher exposure. One widely used group of chemicals work by disrupting hormone function in pests or weeds, or are useful in plastics and coatings. One example, Bis-phenol A, has been in the news. Health problems linked to these chemicals in children include: brain tumors, ADHA, autism, childhood cancers, leukemia, allergies and other autoimmune diseases. abnormal bone formation and early onset of puberty and obesity in girls and boys.
What can we do:
Anti-oxidants in our diet can help to reduce the harm by counteracting silent inflammation. This alone is not enough, we can reduce how much we take in through minor changes to daily life choices. See link at top of article.
Stay informed and Vote with your wallet. When we consumers buy healthier choices, companies quickly change their products to keep us loyal to their company. This action on our part also produces new products that in the end stimulate new business and the economy. Important skill to practice is reading labels carefully looking for hard to identify words (tip off to a chemical) Be informed and check into products who use advertizing slang to blur the real ingredients. Large words on the front are meaningless it is the back in the ingredient list that matters and is regulated by truth in labeling laws. Slang to look for Green, Healthy, Low fat, Low carb. or no carb., Naturally made, Naturally fill in the blank___ .
I provide a link to the FDA website from this blog where you can look up foods or ingredients to see what is real.
I will continue be tuned to this subject and pass along meaningful information so my readers can actively protect their families, pet and human. I am extremely interested in this subject because my background as a Veterinarian includes 10 years of teaching & research at 2 Universities specializing in reproduction, hormones and nutrition.
Patricia McConnell’s website for a wealth of information on behavior and dog training
Dog Training Books, Dog Training, Dog Behavior, Puppy Training | Patricia McConnell.
In case you are looking for books, DVD’s and other educational material on dogs ad behavior, this is Patricia McConnell’s website.
Make Note: Patrica McConnell is now a full time writer, speaker and educator. She no longer sees any individual appointments. She has sold her dog training business to Aimee Moore, an experienced dog trainer and behaviorist in her own right.
The training company called “Dog’s Best Friend” is under her steerage. Classes and individual appointments are available. Their website is
The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health – Video – The Atlantic
The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health – Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg – Video – The Atlantic.
Just watch this video (<10 minutes)!!
Send this to loved ones and friends!
Chocolate Toxicity in Dogs – how to figure out if your dog ingested enough to be a problem.
Great article on how much of a dose it takes to be toxic to a dog, depending on their size. If you happen to own a Collie, Sheltie, Aussie, Border Collie, the dose may be 1/3 the dose calculated in this article.
This sensitivity of the heart to some chemicals is because the members of the “Herding Breeds” may inherit a Multi-Drug Sensitivity gene called MDR1. Washington State University, Veterinary Pathology laboratory has an inexpensive DNA test that can be done by owners to determine if your dog has any copies of the MDR1 gene. This information is important for planning on dosage of several drugs i.e.; heartworm preventatives, some antibiotics and chemicals that affect the heart, chemotherapy plus some anesthestics and tranquilzers. Simply knowing if your dog has the gene, allows your Vet to adjust the dose of the candidate drugs or choose another option when available. Follow the link below for more info:
Breeds of dogs affected with the mutant MDR1 gene. Information from the VCPL at Washington State University..
Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats-“the science book on the subject
Are you wondering if vaccinating your puppy or kitten is neccessary?World Small Animal Veterinary Association – WSAVA – Vaccine Guideline 1
World Small Animal Veterinary Association – WSAVA – Vaccine Guideline 1.
This is a report of the current state of infectious diseases in the world that affect our pets. A group of world experts, veterinarians and owners combined forces to come out with a report that all can understand. Many of the diseases discussed have high death rates and are expensive to treat and a vaccine is available to prevent the disease. Look for your self and make up your own mind. Remember that local areas also have unique diseases that are important to their area but are not world wide problems. For example all of Wisconsin is in an emerging epidemic of diseases that are carried by ticks, both the deertick and the common brown dog tick. These diseases are a specialized type of bacteria that lives inside of cells in the individuals body, often the immune cells. WI is seeing and increased number of infection in people, pets and wildlife. They are called 1. Lymes disease 2. Erlichiosis 3. Rocky mountain spotted fever 4. Anaplasmosis. Ask your veterinarian about the frequency of infections in your area.