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Preventing Cancer

Dr. Al Townshend There are two primary reasons why our beloved pets’ life-span is longer than ever before; science and the intense human-animal bond. Over the last few decades, veterinary medicine has improved, and as a result, we have learned to recognize and treat common problems much more successfully. Likewise, the more hectic lives we […]

Preventing Cancer: Lifestyle

Dr. Al Townshend The lifestyle choices we make in the way we live our lives and the lives of our pets can have a powerful impact on the health and well-being of every member of the family. Making the best lifestyle choices for ourselves and our pets is essential in reducing risk and preventing many […]

Preventing Cancer: Genetics

Dr. Al Townshend The reason one pet develops cancer and another pet does not is complex. There is no one answer to the question. It primarily involves the environment, diet, genetics, and how these three items interact with individual animals. Previous articles have discussed the role that lifestyle, the environment and diet can play in […]

Preventing Cancer: Food

Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to cancer prevention, the foods, treats, and supplements we fed to our pets can have a tremendous impact on the long-term health of our beloved canine and feline companions. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern-Medicine, said it over two thousand years ago, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine […]

Preventing Cancer: Environment

Dr. Al Townshend The association between the environment and cancer was first recognized in the 18th century when physicians began to notice an increase of certain cancers in chimney sweeps due to constant exposure to coal and the tar that accumulates in the chimney. Since then, it has become apparent that there are many environmental […]

Canned Cat Foods are All the Same

Dr. Al Townshend Have you ever heard someone say, “don’t waste your money, all canned cat foods are the same,” well, “nothing can be further from the truth.” Not to get too carried away with famous sayings; “we are what we eat” is also frequently written in articles about human nutrition, and the saying is […]

Pet Hygiene and Health

By Dr. Al Townshend We define the word hygiene as the practice of maintaining health and preventing disease, primarily through cleanliness. Our pets are no exception, their health and happiness are, in large part, dependent on hygiene and the sanitation of their environment. Keeping our pets clean and healthy is also an essential factor in […]

Personal Hygiene for Both Dogs and Cats

Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to the hygiene of dogs and cats, understanding the importance of addressing proper hygiene issues begins with a basic understanding of the significance of each item. Oral Hygiene Oral Hygiene is an essential part of the care for every pet. The mouth is a gateway to the body. Diseased […]

Oral Hygiene and Fresh Breath

Dr. Al Townshend Dental health is really about the overall health of the mouth, or what is known as oral health. It is just as essential in the pet’s health as it is for their Guardians. Can you imagine how your mouth would look and feel if you never brushed your teeth or used mouth […]

Nail Trimming

Dr. Al Townshend Like our nails, the claws of dogs and cats grow, and if they are not worn down or trimmed, they will cause problems. Without regular care, a pet’s claws can alter an animal’s ability to walk comfortably. Eventually, they can grow into the pads of the feet, causing pain, infection and lameness. […]

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