Author Archive: Dr. James W. Randolph

Canine Influenza Outbreak Expands

Canine Influenza Outbreak Expands

Even though Florida is getting the most press in the latest canine influenza (CI) outbreak, it may have started in Perry, Georgia. Every dog who tested positive has a connection to the shows or to another dog who had been at one of the shows. Soon after, cases showed up in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, South […]

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  June 9, 2017   No comments
Flea Control Update

Flea Control Update

If you are having a major flea problem this year, you are not alone. We are seeing astonished pet owners and pets overwhelmed with fleas after the very mild winter. Here’s what you can do. IN AND ON YOUR PET Every dog and every cat needs to be on year-round heartworm preventive, and heartworm preventives […]

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  May 12, 2017   No comments
Triennial American Heartworm Society Report Released

Triennial American Heartworm Society Report Released

The American Heartworm Society has just released its 2016 Heartworm Incidence Survey results, calling it The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The triennial survey gathers information from over 4200 veterinarians across the country, from clinics and shelters. The Good • Veterinarians who reported reductions in cases credit better compliance with monthly heartworm preventive administration. […]

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  April 21, 2017   No comments
9 Lives And Other Smucker Cat Foods Recalled

9 Lives And Other Smucker Cat Foods Recalled

This has the potential to be big. Pet food companies the size of 9 Lives’ parent, J. M. Smucker (yes, the jelly people), don’t make mistakes with their food very often. Fortunately, they caught this one early, so cats are at little risk, as long as their owners get new food soon. For starters, let’s […]

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  January 4, 2017   No comments
Universal Blood Test

Universal Blood Test

As much as we would like to have a test that could be run on a single drop of blood, answer every medical question that could possibly arise, and cost less than ten dollars, we’re not there yet. Or, anywhere close. The most common panel of screening lab tests for general, overall health status includes: […]

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  July 11, 2016   2 comments
The End Of FIP?

The End Of FIP?

Could it be over? In 1994 we lost our precious Sally to what her pathologists believed was FIP, Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Sally was only twelve when she fell ill after a dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). She had survived with flying colors. Three days later, she was gone. Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a disease caused by […]

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  April 22, 2016   No comments
Funding Pet Emergencies

Funding Pet Emergencies

A recent survey by BankRate.com shows that 63% of Americans had no means to handle a $500 emergency for auto repair, or an ER visit costing $1000. It can reasonably be assumed that a $500 emergency pet illness bill would also be beyond the reach of those same Americans. That’s sad. While the Great Recession […]

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  February 26, 2016   No comments
Meal Schedules For Pets Eating Different Foods

Meal Schedules For Pets Eating Different Foods

Our last column was about our new kitten, Frida Kahlo, and we promised to tell you how we met the challenge of feeding different foods to our two pets. Max, at three years of age, eats Hill’s Prescription Diet t/d for good dental health, and Frida eats Hill’s Healthy Advantage kitten formula. For many years we […]

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  February 5, 2016   No comments
The Randolphs Take On A New Kitty

The Randolphs Take On A New Kitty

My wife, Brenda, and I added a kitten to our household a few months ago. One night after work, I was getting gas at the Valero station in Diamondhead and I heard a screeching noise. Leaving the pump on automatic, I walked in the direction of the sound, and it stopped. I went back to […]

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  January 29, 2016   4 comments