Episode 13: Why Your Pet Is Eating Grass

Dog Eating GrassSome dogs and cats seem almost obsessive about eating grass. John and Dr, Rumore discuss why, whether you need to worry about it, and how to slow them down if your pets love of lawn salad is getting too excessive.

If you are trying to add some fiber to your pet’s diet, dogs tend to like canned green beans, carrots (fresh, frozen and canned), romaine leaves, or apples. Avoid garlic and onions, as they can cause anemia is dogs and cats.

We talk a fair amount about herbicides and cancer risks in dogs. If you want more information:

Here is the link to the Purdue study that shows the bladder cancer risk with herbicides and Scotties.

Here is the link to an article about the herbicide 24D and cancer in dogs.

Here is the link to the response from the manufacturer of 24D, refuting the cancer study.

The ASPCA Poison Control Center has much information about which plants in your house and yard may be toxic.

Cat Eating Grass

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Episode 9: Skinny Cats and Fat Dogs: Thyroid Disease and Your Pet’s Real Age

Thin hyperthyroid cat- thanks Dr. Mark Peterson

Thin hyperthyroid cat- thanks Dr. Mark Peterson

 

Not His Ideal Weight

Not His Ideal Weight

A cat eats a bunch but still loses weight, starts yowling in the middle of the night, and then goes blind. A dog eats very little, but keeps gaining weight, drinking way too much, with a poor hair coat and weakness in their hind end. It’s the Jack Sprat and his wife of veterinary medicine- thyroid disease. Cats (usually) produce too much thyroid hormone, while dogs produce too little. John and Dr. Rumore discuss some symptoms and treatments, as well as why some people can’t tell when their pets go blind and how veterinary school induces disease. We also discus why the “7 years for every human year” is wrong for younger pets, why flame retardants may be a big problem, and how much it hurts to step on legos.

If you are a regular listener, you may have caught us. We reversed episode 8 and 9. Was it an accident, or a secret code that leads to a treasure and the secret of the universe? I guess you will see…

Here’s some more information about hyperthyroidism cats

And some about hypothyroidism in dog

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Episode 8: Terrible Food Labels, Knee Replacements and 3-D Printers

Dr. Rumore and John talk about how completely pathetic pet food labels are, and how you can be easily fooled into paying extra money for empty words. Some of useless words include:

Pet Food Label Trickery

Premium,” “Holistic,” “Human-Grade“: These have no actual meaning, and can legally be put on ANY pet food

Natural“: means not synthetic, it does NOT mean organic. Synthetic vitamins are still allowed with this label.

with” and “flavored“: can mean a small, or even minuscule amount

100%“: means 95%

Grain-Free“; is only important for a very few pets. Most pets with food allergies are allergic to a type of meat, not a type of grain

Made in the USA“: can still be made of foreign ingredients, as long as they were mixed together in the United States

Real Meat“: organ meat (by-products) are a much more natural source of nutrition for pets than white chicken breast. “Meat” is important because it appeals to a pet’s owner, not because it is better for the pet

Order of Ingredients: is commonly tampered with by using dried products or components.

Dr. Rumore and John also discuss how 3-D printers may change the way we treat our pet’s joints, and how this makes getting pet insurance a good idea

 

Useless Pet Food Label Words Useless Pet Food Label Words

 

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Episode 7: The Skinny on Rawhides, Catnip, Isaac Hayes and How Much Space Your Dog May Need

Rawhide_Catnip

Thanks to DustJelly on Flickr and Narwhaler.com

Rawhides can be controversial; pet owners, and even veterinarians, are divided on whether they are awesome or horrible. We jump in to what exactly is a rawhide? How it may be a great treat for most dogs, but which ones should avoid it, and what you should avoid when you are shopping. We also discuss catnip, whether it is bad or addictive, and when it can be useful. Also, why you should never use catnip in a young kitten or a rat (for very different reasons). Lastly, John talks about getting a dog, which up brings up how much space a dog needs, and why some smaller dogs need more space than giant breeds.

Here’s the theme from Shaft

And Here’s the theme from Rawhide, the television show

 

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