Our pets can’t tell their own stories, and many pets hide their pain. It’s our job to observe changes in their behavior and describe it to our veterinarian. Each veterinary visit should start with us telling our pet’s history. Dr. Wendy Hauser, veterinarian and member of the AAHA Board of Directors, advises, “Clients should never shy away if they have a concern and want to call their vet, even if it seems inconsequential.”...more
You go for walks together. You hang out together. You enjoy the park together. You love doing things with your four-legged bestie.But when you want something to eat or drink, it’s either a drive-through or home.
Or is it?
Communities are starting to adjust health codes to allow restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to cater to their dog-owning clientele. Typically that means a place will have an outdoor patio with access to the street. ...more
According to the Pet Nutrition Alliance, the Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is recalling its 2 lb., 5 lb., and 15 lb. boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Those infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. ...more
Allergies are among the top reasons for canine and feline veterinary visits. Heredity can play a role in a pet’s predisposition to developing allergies, with certain breeds being statistically more likely to develop allergies, but all breeds of cats and dogs can develop allergies after two or more exposures to a given allergen. ...more
According to a survey by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Best Western International, more than half of pet owners say they want to travel with their cats and dogs. But these furry family members have special needs, and you should plan ahead when taking animals on your summer vacation. ...more
Watching your pet struggle with a health condition that does not seem to be improving, no matter which treatments are performed, can make you feel helpless.
Fortunately, more and more veterinarians are gaining access to a treatment that appears to speed the healing process in pets with certain chronic and acute conditions—hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Although many animal hospitals are not yet equipped to administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy to pets, the trend is spreading quickly and will likely reach a veterinary clinic near you in the future. ...more
Dogs are taking on new and different service roles every day to support and help people. You’ve probably heard about dogs who alert their owners when they're about to experience a seizure, or dogs who can help people relax when they’re experiencing anxiety. There are many national and international organizations that raise, train, and provide service dogs for all kinds of needs. One of the oldest and most established organizations is Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB). ...more
Children are often curious, and sometimes anxious or fearful, about what happens when their pets visit the veterinarian. If done well, demystifying the veterinary visit can be healthy for a child’s development, possibly even introducing her to career possibilities in the veterinary field. The successful experience can also awaken and inspire a child to become aware of her own health care, as well as increase her empathy, compassion, and sense of responsibility to do right by her pets. After all, when kids discover pets, they discover themselves. ...more