New Year’s Resolutions for Pets; New Treatment for Mast Cell Cancer


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If you don’t make this resolution for yourself, make it for your pets  Liste HERE to Carol Southard is a nurse who is a smoking cessation and tobacco treatment expert at Swedish Hospital and elsewhere in the Chicago area.

Why is Southard on a pet show? After all, few dogs or cats smoke. She discusses how smoking is really dangerous to any pet in the home, and as she explains she does mean any pet. It turns out that when many people realize this, it’s enough to motivate them to quit smoking. She explains that second-hand smoke is real, and impacts pets as it does people. Actually, cats, pet rabbits and other small mammal pets and and pet parrots are even more susceptible to second-hand smoke. Southard also discusses her concerns regarding vaping. She also explains health benefits to humans if you stop smoking, including how you are more likely to have symptoms of COVID-19 and even not survive if smoke. This isn’t meant as a scare tactic per se; it’s just a fact.

Here’s a smoking cessation class that begins January. 11, and Southard explains addition options.

Stelfonta: New Treatment for Mast Cell Cancer in Dogs

Mast cell cancer in dogs is incredibly common, and Dr. Andrew Mills explains HERE what this cancer is. When surgery isn’t a treatment option, there’s now a new and typically successful treatment. Dr. Mills discusses this wonderful new discovery from the rainforest, which no surgery is required; the drug is called Stelfonta.

Pet owners should talk to their veterinarians about skin cancer diagnosis and therapy options, including this new product. There is more information on how the drug works, indication and precautions, and pictures of dogs treated with it on the Stelfonta website: vet-us.virbac.com/stelfonta.

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