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From SkeptVet TV- Raw Diets for Pets

Here is my latest video from SkeptVet TV, reviewing briefly the subject of raw diets for dogs and cats. You can find more information here on the blog, or in my book, Placebos for Pets? The Truth About Alternative Medicine … Continue reading

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Veterinary Homeopathy: Why Are We Still Talking about This?

IntroductionIn two years of writing my Veterinary Practice News column about evidence-based medicine, I have largely managed to avoid the subject of homeopathy. It is the classic example of a medical practice developed before a scientific understanding of the basic … Continue reading

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Calming Care Probiotic for Anxiety in Dogs

I first wrote about the subject of probiotics in 2009, and I have added quite a few articles on the subject since (1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11). Overall, the evidence has been mixed but pretty poor for most conditions. The best evidence suggests some possible … Continue reading

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From The Atlantic- An article discussing placebo effects in veterinary patients

A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine While the placebo effect is a well-established phenomenon in human patients, it’s an underappreciated one in veterinary medicine. And the particular way it plays out in veterinary care highlights how unconscious cognitive biases … Continue reading

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Dr. Marty Goldstein’s Nature’s Feast Raw Diet: A Look at the Infomercial

A client recently asked one of my colleagues for an opinion on an infomercial by Dr. Marty Goldstein for his new commercial raw cat food, Nature’s Feast. There was little new or surprising in this video, but since Dr. Goldstein has a … Continue reading

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SkeptVet TV: Vaccine Risks- Real & Imaginary

Research Studies Identifying General Vaccine Risks Gershwin LJ. Adverse Reactions to Vaccination: From Anaphylaxis to Autoimmunity. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2018 Mar;48(2):279-290.  Valli JL. Suspected adverse reactions to vaccination in Canadian dogs and cats. Can Vet J. 2015 Oct; 56(10): … Continue reading

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No Good News for Veterinary Probiotics

I have covered the subject of probiotics many times in the ten years since the beginning of this blog. I last summarized the evidence in a 2017 post reviewing all of my previous articles as well as the results of a … Continue reading

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Placebos for Pets? The Truth about Alternative Medicine in Animals Hits #1!

There are two more weeks until the release of Placebos for Pets?, and the book is now the #1 New Release in veterinary medicine on Amazon! Thanks all for your support!

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Vaccination for Cats

My latest video from SkeptVetTV covering vaccine recommendations for cats. Below are some resources for further information. American Academy of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Vaccination Guidelines World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Vaccination Guidelines AAFP Guidelines for Feline Injection-Site Sarcoma (FISS) … Continue reading

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What’s the Point of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the most well-known alternative therapies. While only 5-10% of Americans have had acupuncture treatment, most people are familiar with the practice, and surveys show many people, including medical professionals, have a positive view of acupuncture and … Continue reading

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