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The SkeptVet & the Media

As I’ve often pointed out, the majority of the information on complementary and alternative therapies for pets available on the internet comes from companies or advocates selling these products and services. One of the reasons I write this blog is … Continue reading

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European Food Safety Authority Rejects Prostora, a Probiotic Product for Dogs

I have written frequently about probiotics,(1,2) and the health effects of microorganisms seems a promising area of research. The current evidence for meaningful beneficial effects, however, is quite limited. There is reasonable evidence for some benefit in treating antibiotic-associated diarrhea … Continue reading

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Please Support S. 1425: The Dietary Supplement Labeling Act of 2013.

I have written previously about the woefully inadequate regulation of dietary supplements in the U.S. under the Dietary Supplement Health an Education Act (DSHEA). Much has previously been written at the Science-Based Medicine Blog on the subject of the Dietary … Continue reading

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Animal Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a pleasant-sounding term for an approach to health and disease that is quite different from that of science-based medicine. It is an example of an alternative philosophy that has great appeal for from a certain perspective but which, … Continue reading

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New Study on Raw Diets for Dogs Adds Little to Ongoing Debate

I am always on the lookout for research studies concerning raw diets for dogs and cats. A lot of claims are made about the health benefits of raw diets, but there is no substantive body of evidence to justify these … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Evaluation of Alternative Medicine

This presentation, originally given as a continuing education talk at Kansas State University, discusses the evaluation of alternative medicine, particularly veterinary alternative practices, from a science-based perspective. It is divided into three parts, and these are available both as the … Continue reading

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What’s in Chinese Medicine? New DNA Study Finds Some Unpleasant Answers.

The lack of effective regulation covering herbal remedies and dietary supplements is well-known. The General Accounting Office has warned Congress about the widespread deceptive and illegal marketing of such remedies. And there are numerous studies which illustrate the potential dangers … Continue reading

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Knowing that I have an interest in investigating the evidence behind claims for veterinary healthcare products, clients and colleagues sometimes pass along materials concerning veterinary supplements, herbal remedies, and other similar products and ask my opinion. Since there are hundreds, … Continue reading

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Probiotic Fortiflora: Not apparently very helpful in preventing diarrhea in shelter animals

Probiotics, living microorganisms fed to humans and animals to prevent or treat disease, are an interesting area of ongoing research. I have written about this intervention a number of times (1,2) and it seems a promising area of research, though … Continue reading

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From SBM: The Top Ten Pet Supplements–Do They Work?

From Science-Based Medicine: The Top Ten Pet Supplements–Do They Work? An Embarrassment of Riches? Much has been written here about the dietary supplement industry, a multibillion dollar industry with powerful political connections, and about the woeful inadequacy of regulation which … Continue reading

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