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The April issue of Whole Dog Journal includes a short article I wrote about new treatments and trials for osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs. See New Hope for Treating Osteosarcoma on the Horizon, which will be posted here in October 2014 (six months after publication).

New items added recently:

Book reviews now available! All of my homemade diet book reviews written for the Whole Dog Journal are now available,

I've created a Facebook page for my web site. "Like" this page to find out when new articles or seminars are posted or any major changes to the web site are made.


Bravo® Issues Nationwide Recall of Pet Food for Dogs and Cats in May 2014 due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is more of a concern than salmonella.

Doxycycline is in short supply as of the Spring of 2013. Minocycline may be an effective replacement for treatment of heartworm infection and tick disease. You may also be able to use doxycycline that is sold for fish or birds, such as Bird Biotic and Fish Doxy. More info:

Vetsulin is back! Most authorities consider Vetsulin, known as Caninsulin outside the USA, to be the initial insulin of choice for treatment of dogs with diabetes mellitus. Manufacturing problems that go back to 2009 led to the FDA having it withdrawn from the U.S. market. These issues have finally been resolved and the FDA has approved the drug for release. It should be available by 4/24/13. More info: Vetsulin Insulin Updated and Approved For Release in USA

Another recall of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables (heartworm preventative) in April 2013 due to product stability issues. Dogs at the top end of the weight range for the product may not be protected. See Virbac Recalls Six Lots of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables for more information. Also see information about a prior recall for the same problem in 2009: Iverhart Plus Recall.

Last year's drought is likely to lead to higher levels of aflatoxin, a dangerous mold byproduct, in corn. The first recall due to aflatoxin occurred in February 2013, and there will likely be more. Avoiding foods that contain corn will help to protect your dogs from this toxin. See the following for more information:

Updates on Cushing's Disease:

Low-Dose, Twice-Daily Trilostane Treatment for Dogs with Hyperadrenocorticism
A study published in 2011 found that giving smaller doses of Trilostane twice a day worked equally well while causing fewer side effects.

Bigger dogs may need less trilostane to control hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing's Disease)
A study published in 2012 found that larger dogs may need less trilostane for their weight in order to control Cushing's disease.

See my article on Cushing's Disease for more information.

Omega-3 Fats May Help with Weight Loss in Pets
Recent studies in both humans and dogs have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, found in fish oil, promote weight loss and help dieters feel more satisfied. I recommend giving an amount of fish oil that provides about 300 mg EPA and DHA combined per 20 to 30 pounds of body weight daily.

ALERT Vets warn of new treats from China poisoning dogs
It's not just chicken jerky -- now dried sweet potato treats imported from China may be making dogs ill as well. There is even speculation that the problems may extend to pig ears and cat treats from China as well.
Also, Susan Thixton at Truth About Pet Food has uncovered some interesting information about melamine and a possible link to jerky treats that have been making dogs very ill: Is it Melamine Again? Also see my Recall page for background information.

California Spay and Neuter Specialty License Plate Program to provide funding for free and low-cost spay and neuter surgery programs across California are available for preorder. Cost is $50, with $40 going to the fund, all of which will be used for spay/neuter services (not overhead). As of February 2013, they have reached th 7,500 pre-orders needed to start the program. See The California Pet Lover's License Plate for more information.

See News Archive for additional news items.

Seminars and Talks

See Dog Seminars Directory and Puppyworks for listings of dog seminars on various topics around the world.


Eternal gratitude to web site designer extraordinaire , who got me started with Dreamweaver and helped spice up my web site design with color and graphics.

Thanks to Terry Journey, Wind Dancer Design, for my logo and banners.

Thanks to Nancy Kerns, editor of the Whole Dog Journal, for allowing me to use some of her wonderful photographs on my site.

Thanks to award-winning professional pet photographer Pam Biasotti, You Had Me at Woof Photography, for allowing me to use her wonderful images of my dog, Ella.

You can contact me if you have any comments, but I regret to say that I can no longer respond to questions about individual dogs. See my Contact page for more information. My name is Mary Straus and you can email me at either or


Rocky is a Yorkie-Poodle mix who had suffered from digestive problems his whole life. Click on his image to read about the diet his owner finally found to help him.
Pashoshe Fisher, a Chihuahua, was a wonderful, joyful companion to his owner for 19 & a half years. He was on a high quality raw diet for over half his life.
This is Ella, my Norwich Terrier.