How DON impacts pig gut functionality

Infecting numerous grains, deoxynivalenol (better known as DON) is a mycotoxin to which pigs are especially sensitive. DON can be found on wheat, corn, barley, rice and oat products, giving pigs potential access to the toxin through their feed. The consequences of ingestion of DON by pigs include nausea and vomiting, feed refusal, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, […]

FYI: Poisonous medications for your pets

Once upon a time, my cat, Yoshi, was put on antidepressants. He was given fluoxetine (Prozac®) to calm his rampant nerves from a neighborhood cat that liked to lurk at our front door. I can still remember holding him in my arms as we pried open his mouth and squirted the liquid medication into his […]

Home improvement (with your pet) 101

Fourteen. That is precisely the number of how many paint chips and “inspirational” booklets of complementary paint colors that I have taped to my wall at this very moment in hopes that I’ll be able to settle on one (or more) to decorate my place.

My ever-uneasy dog sits beside me, keeping me constantly aware […]