Saturday, July 28, 2018

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Vaccination Protocol, Fecal Transplant (FTM) to Treat Parvovirus?, and more ...

When a Pet’s ‘Healthy Appetite’ Is Something Else Entirely

Dr. Marty Becker

If there is one concept I'm trying to get through to people with, it is the significance of change. Any change. Any change that doesn't have an identifiable reason. That includes changes in appetite. If your dog starts losing appetite, it's an important indicator that something might be wrong. Depending on a dog, it can be gradually increased interest in food, or, in a dog with a hearty appetite, even one missed meal can be a huge red flag.

What about an increase in appetite, though? Unless your dog was eating poorly because of a medical condition and their appetite improved with treatment, that is a good sign. But if your dog was eating normally and suddenly is hungrier without changes in lifestyle, you might be looking at a health problem, such as Cushing's disease.

Read Dr. Becker's thoughts on why your dog suddenly becoming hungrier can be a problem.

Top Veterinary Articles of the Week: Vaccination Protocol, Parvo Treatment, and more ...

Dr. Dodds Rebuts Incorrect Vaccination Article

Dr. Jean Dodds

Every time I get a question about vaccination protocol, I refer to Dr. Dodds. It seems, though, that not everything that bears her name was actually written on approved by Dr. Dodds. When looking for Dr. Dodds' vaccination protocols, I recommend you go directly to her website.

Here is the link to Dr. Dodds' corrected vaccination protocol.

New Life-Saving Treatment Slashes Parvo Mortality Rate and Recovery Times

Dr. Karen Becker

Poop to treat parvo? Believe it or not, fecal microbiota transplantation (FTM) seems to be showing promise to help dogs survive parvo infection.

This new treatment is actually quite ancient, but it's gaining a reputation as an effective treatment for potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infections.

"Researchers at two veterinary teaching hospitals in Brazil conducted a study that ran from July 2015 through August 2016 to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of FMT in a group of 66 puppies diagnosed with parvovirus."

Half of the puppies received standard supportive treatment alone, while the other half received FTM in addition. The puppies that received FTM had a lower death rate and better treatment results including shorter hospitalization.

Read Dr. Becker's article about this promising treatment option.

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Recovery from Parvo: Tidus' Story
Everything You Need to Know About Parvo
Parvo: Cora's Story

Sleep, Melatonin, & Dog Cancer

Dr. Demian Dressler

Deep sleep is a great healer. I remember Jasmine's vet emphasize this point many times. And I remember the stories from James Herriot, however anecdotal that might have been.

Deep sleep is when the body repairs and grows tissues, and strengthens the immune function. It's the time the body takes to take care of itself.

Melatonin is a sleep hormone, but it also touted as an antioxidant.

Could melatonin help fight cancer?

More Melatonin and Dog Cancer

Dr. Demian Dressler

"In humans, melatonin used with chemo versus chemo along more than doubled the survival time." ~PubMed

Now, this study is oldish but logic would agree with such an idea. Melatonin also seems to help overcome weight loss in advanced cancer patients. And melatonin seems to be an immune stimulator. For Jasmine, her vet also continued melatonin for the purpose of addition to pain management.

An interesting compound, this natural hormone.

Read Dr. Dressler's article to learn more.

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