ARTHRITIS PLAN: because being old is not a disease

DrNan’s Arthritis Treatment Plan  because getting old is not a disease First, consider that arthritis is an inflammation of the joints.  So it makes sense to reduce inflammatory things in the food and in the environment.  The big inflammatories in dog food are wheat, corn, soy and dyes. You need to find a dog food […]

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FLEAS and More Fleas: it’s not a simple thing

GOT FLEAS?     DrNan Fleas are everywhere.  It’s never cold enough here in the South to kill the larvae and eggs.  And we keep them safe and warm in our houses in all seasons: beneath the furniture, in the carpet, in the dog beds, in every crack and crevice.   It is easy to get overwhelmed.  A […]

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Heartworms: prevention is easy

Heartworm Prevention Monthly IVERMECTIN  prevents heartworms.   And there are several forms. Heartgard, Iverheart and many other brands contain ivermectin.  When you give them once every month orally, they remove all of the tiny heartworm larvae that mosquitoes may have left in the skin.  The drug is about 98% effective for preventing heartworm larvae from ever […]

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Heartworms: the treatment and the controversy

What to do when the Heartworm test is positive When your young, healthy dog has a positive heartworm test,   I recommend that we watch closely for these things:  a soft cough, especially when exercising or excited. a general slowing down, with intolerance to exercise.  a pot belly, indicating fluid in the abdomen.  a loss of […]

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OMG !!! WORMS !!!

Tapeworms are the most commonly seen worms in cats and adult dogs.  Several products are out there. Pick one with praziquantel.  Not albendazole.   Click here. Tapeworms look like little dry grains of rice around the anus.  When they are fresh, they move around on the feces.     See this gross video.          And some more pictures […]

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Vaccinations: First, do no harm . . . the Hippocratic Oath

Start by reading the science and the theories. Click here for an article in Wikipedia. The official vaccine recommendations from NC State’s Dr Richard Ford have been adopted by many progressive veterinarians….   Click here for Dr Ford’s article on vaccines for dogs.   And click here for cats. Here are the official AAFP Guidelines for Cats  […]

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Jesabelle: Kitty Aggression Issues

An email  from Feb 2013: Hi  Dr. Nan, I hope you remember me.  You helped me with Josie my old 18 year old semi long haired Calico and came to my house last June.    The reason I am e-mailing you is because I need your help again.  Without keeping you tied up on the phone […]

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Nutrition: Don’t just survive… thrive

As a veterinarian, I do not know enough about nutrition.   I could study for years before I felt well-educated and up to date.    Veterinary nutritionists do just that, studying nutrition for an extra 3 or 4 years to become board certified.  It’s that complicated. And beware: the info on the web will totally […]

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