Ingredient lists for marketing purposes

Q: Last week you mentioned that some manufacturers manipulate ingredient lists for marketing purposes. Can you explain? A: This has become a real problem and is especially prevalent in the diets marketed as “grain-free.” People have been trained to look for meat as...

Rabies Awareness

Today is the beginning of Rabies Awareness Week in Virginia. In the United States, over 20,000 people are treated for potential rabies exposure each year.  Roughly three dozen Americans die from rabies infection each decade.  Nationally, 7,000-9,000 animals are...

Q: How much and how often should I feed my fish?

Q: How much and how often should I feed my fish? A: This is a difficult question to answer in a general way.  Different fish species have different requirements for type and frequency of feeding.  As a general rule, feed fish an amount of food that will be consumed...

Exotic Pets

Q:  I have heard that exotic pets can cause sickness in people.  What do they carry and how can I keep from getting sick? A:  Small mammals, birds, and reptiles may offer companionship to people in situations when dogs, cats, or larger animals are not practical or...