DrDonnaSpector-Morgan2011_250wQuestion: Do you have any feedback on cases of cats with IBD who have improved using Halo’s menu? I’m not even sure I can get it in Australia, but when I went to the “Cat Recipe” link it was blank (“recipes will return soon”). I am particularly interested in the Spot’s Shredded Chicken Stew for Cats (I may have that wrong!).

Answer: Thanks for your inquiry. Halo diets, like the Spot’s Choice Grain-Free Shredded Chicken Recipe, have been used successfully in many cases of intestinal disease. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is not a specific diagnosis—there are many types of IBD and many different treatment approaches. See my article for more information: Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Cats.

If a cat seems to truly have a food allergy, often a much more restrictive diet and sometimes a prescription diet may be necessary. If a cat has general intestinal inflammation, often a diet with very high quality natural whole ingredients which is highly digestible (like Halo) can work well. I would suggest you ask your veterinarian about using Halo foods.

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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Midtown Patients Can Now Receive Dentures Supported by Dental Implants in New York, NY from Dr. Neda Azadivatan of Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 02, 2013

Dr. Neda Azadivatan of Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants now offers New York patients in midtown NYC a whole new option for replacing missing teeth that leverages the best of dental implants and denture technology to deliver outstanding comfort, stability and functionality. Implant-supported dentures last longer than traditional dentures, reducing the long-term impact of multiple visits for new prosthesis. The implant post stimulates the jaw bone as a natural tooth would to help prevent bone degeneration over time.

Patients who have lost only one or two teeth may be candidates for traditional dental implants but in the case of multiple tooth loss, additional options need to be considered. Adults missing teeth historically have had to rely upon dentures that essentially sit on top of the gums. Such prosthesis are prone to sliding. Patients experience some loss of natural chewing and other functions, as well as occasional discomfort. Implant-supported dentures offer incredible stability as the denture is directly connected to implants positioned directly into the jaw bone.

Dr. Azadivatan utilizes two different types of implant-supported dentures that patients in midtown NYC may take advantage of. The first features three or four implant posts in the jaw bone connected to a metal bar on top of the gum line, made to fit the exact curvature of a patient?s gum and mouth. The denture then snaps onto the metal bar and is held in place by the dental implants. Another option features a ball-style top on each of the three or four implants placed into the bone. The interior of the dentures then include a corresponding socket to match up to each ball when put into place. Both the bar-retained and the ball-retained denture provide protection against jaw bone loss and will last longer than the five- to seven-year average of traditional dentures.

Adults missing teeth who are interested in learning more about improved denture placement and performance are invited to contact Dr. Azadivatan?s office.

About The Doctor

Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants is a periodontal practice offering personalized dental care for patients in New York, NY. Dr. Neda Azadivatan is a graduate of New York University and completed her periodontal training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. Dr. Azadivatan provides dental implants in Manhattan, NY and belongs to the one percent of dental professionals providing the LANAP FDA cleared laser procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment. As a quality-minded periodontist, Dr. Neda directs and works closely with the technicians who provide assistance and construct the materials used in periodontal treatments. To learn more about Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants and their dental services, visit their website at and call (646) 863-8086.

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Shelter Sunday: Madison Animal Rescue Foundation / Madison, AL

Meet Bunny! This Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler/Great Pyrenees mix is about a year old and is being fostered in Madison, Alabama by the Madison Animal Rescue Foundation. Here’s what their website has to say about this cutie. Bunny is an energetic girl who would love to have a family to run around with and play. […] Dog Blog

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Playstation 4 #Giveaway ~ Ends 11/30

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It's November and that means it's time for Playstation 4 Giveaway. This event is Hosted by A Little Bit of Everything So make sure to stop over there and say Thanks.

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Tyra and her Feline Greenies

Tyra goes silly when I feed her these Feline Greenies… They help with her cat breath.
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May 19, Bloat in Dogs | Best Dog Food Guide

Bloat in dogs or gastric dilatation is a serious condition that might kill your dog. Find about the early symptoms so you now when end how to react should you ever see them in your canine companion.
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Fan or Follower of Christ By Michaelle Bragassa-Holman {Guest Article}

Fan or Follower of Christ By Michaelle Bragassa-Holman What is a Christian? Does it simply mean that you believe in God? Do you make it a point to go to church on a Sunday morning? Do you take the time to pray at some point during the day? The word Christian in our modern society…

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Halloween Safety and your Pets

Halloween is upon us! It is a fun holiday to dress up, eat too much candy, and even get your pet involved! (I myself have a chihuahua who has a bat and pumpkin costume, and my dear Lucy Goo is a witchy!)  However, there are some precautions to take when Halloween comes around that will make the holiday a pleasant experience and could even save your pet’s life.
Keep the candy bowls out of reach. It’s that simple. And if you have a cat along with a dog, keep the candy in a container with a lid.  Cats have been known to knock candy bowls off of counters and we all know who is waiting to eat everything off the floor…our canine ‘vacuums’.
There are many reasons for keeping the candy bowl away from your pets. Although cats are usually unlikely to eat the sweets, they are attracted to the wrappers- especially wrappers that are curly and crunchy. These can cause terrible bowel obstructions, and of course your cat can choke on them, too. Keep the temptation of the candy wrapper away and instead give kitty a healthy treat or ‘crunchy’ toy.
Chocolate and dogs don’t mix. You’ve probably heard that before, and it is true. A small amount ingested can cause a bad tummy ache and a large amount can be lethal. But did you know sugarless gum and candy is extremely hazardous to dogs, too? The ingredient ‘xylitol’ is an artificial sweetener used in such things as toothpaste, mouthwash, candy, gum….and more. If you have anything ‘sugar-free’ in the house, check the ingredients. If you see xylitol among them, keep those things especially out of reach. If ingested, your dog can experience vomiting, seizures, possible liver failure, and even death.
My pets love dressing up in costumes, it’s their thing.  I think they think they are little human children, the way they prance around when I put a costume on them! But, not all pets like being dressed up. If your pet is uncomfortable wearing clothes, give them a break and lay off the dressing up. There’s no need to agonize your pet by dressing him or her up- and pets that are unhappy in clothes will try and get them off. This can be dangerous- potential strangling and blockages due to ingestion of clothes.  If you’re aiming for a cute pic, take a regular shot of your dog or cat and photo shop in a cute holiday background or costume. If you really want that picture of Fido and Fluffy dressed as Batman and Robin, though, then be sure the stage is set, put on their costumes, take the pic quickly, then take the costumes off, and treat them up with a healthy pet snack!
Have a plan for how to handle your pets the day of Halloween. If you have cats who try to bolt out the front door, keep them in a separate room while the trick-or-treaters are coming. Keep dogs in another room, or behind a baby gate. You don’t want the chance of your dog escaping, a child feeding her candy, or any nipping due to the excitement.  The sweetest dog can get snappy if she experiences anxiety, fright, and gets scared. The safest thing to do is to keep pets far away from the door. If you have a dog that gets anxious when she hears the doorbell ring, make a plan for your dog to be at a quiet place- with a friend, relative, or pet sitter-somewhere away from your house that is soothing and quiet.
One last note. And I find it a sad thing to even have to mention- but if you have an outdoor black cat, please keep kitty inside during Halloween. Black cats are as sweet as any other kind of cat. In fact, I grew up with one, and she had the coolest purr- she was a little motor box, and my best friend. But, unfortunately, black cats are often the victims of horrific acts of violence during the Halloween holiday.  Keep them safe and keep them inside.
Have a Happy ‘Howlween’!
By Nicole Bruder, owner of Lucy Goo Pet Sitting

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Barking at a police dog–free speech or a felony?

Here’s what not to do if you are stopped at a police sobriety checkpoint… At 2:40 in the morning. When you’ve been drinking. And driving without a license. In Pennsylvania. James Paul Andrews, 26, was stopped by police in a routine DUI checkpoint and showed signs of DUI. He refused to take a blood test…
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