Episode 17: Drug Reactions, The News, and It May NOT be Hip Dysplasia

MicrophoneDr. Rumore gets interviewed, and blatantly taken out of context, when interviewed by his local news station. The issue involved dru reactions and Trifexis, and just goes to show how what you read online, or see on television, may not be the whole truth.

Update: WFLA has edited their original story online, and removed the out-of context quote. Thanks!!

Here’s the story.

John also asks about the trifecta, which is a bet in horseracing, and not a heartworm preventative.

John and Dr. Rumore also discuss hip dysplasia, and the tings that can look very similar. We all think of arthirits in the hips of big dogs, but  90% of cats over the age of 12 have arthritis.  They also discuss how long term aspirin use may make arthritis worse, but Chondroiton and Glucosamine can help. Stem cell therapy and hip replacements can help as well, but are much more expensive.

Using pill guns to give pills to cats was mentioned, as well as thyroid disease in Dr. Rumore’s cat Scully, and how cat’s may maintain their muscle mass by purring.

They also discussed the placebo effect, and how it makes testimonials a bad way to judge supplements.

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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 1: Alien Invaders from Planet Earth

Sometimes danger comes in small packages. Sometimes those small packages grow up to be giant freakin’ toads that eat everything and squirt poison! No, it’s not a grade-b late night movie; it is real life for southern states. If you have pets, you need to know how to identify a Bufo toad, where these scary critters came from, and what to do if your dog or cat catches one. It could save your pet’s life!

Read more about pets and the bufo toad on Dr. Rumore’s Blog.

Here’s the link we mentioned to the University of Florida’s guide to identifying Bufo Toads and the recommendations for how to humanely dispatch them.

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Listen to:  Episode 1: Alien Invaders- the Cane Toad