Veterinarians in Kenya

by Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM
If anyone had told me that I would one day find myself in a vehicle stuck in the mud on a narrow road, rutted with “iceberg” rocks that had been strategically placed millions of years ago to make a vehicle’s occupants look like bobble-head dolls when the vehicle twisted over them, nearly 9,000 miles from my home in Denver, where I practiced companion animal medicine for more than 40 years, I would have smiled and nodded, dismissively but politely, before walking away, smirking....more
Many of the medical advancements we’re seeing today seem like they’re right out of a science fiction movie. Options for diagnosing and treating illness and disease have taken on a whole new look. Equipment advancements include digital radiography, MRI, and CT scanners. And advancements for new and better treatments exist because of stem cell research, new medications, and the use of advanced equipment, technology, and information....more
Did you know that more people have cats as pets than dogs? And, did you know that cats are much less likely to be taken to the veterinarian than dogs? Preventing diseases in our pets and keeping them as healthy as possible is actually cheaper and healthier in the long run than treating disease. Taking your cat to your veterinarian regularly is important for preventing disease and helping them to stay happy and healthy....more
Thinking about adding a pet to your family? A pet can be a wonderful addition, whether you’re a single person looking for a best friend, part of a family looking for a furry kid, or a senior looking for companionship. Start your search by doing some research, planning ahead, and asking yourself some questions about what kind of pet will work best for your situation....more
Our pets play, run, and jump off furniture. Some pets even compete in physical competitions. All these activities can result in injuries, breaks, sprains, and age-related physical challenges. Fortunately, your veterinarian has options specifically tailored to meet your pet’s physical needs....more
Summer is a time to enjoy being outside. It’s also a time to be aware of the impacts heat, sun, insects, and many other things have on our pets. We have the ability to control some of the environments we are in, but our pets don’t. You know the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing things from happening is better, safer, and less costly than treating something after it happens. The following are preventive suggestions that can help you and your pets enjoy time outside....more

Animal therapy teams save lives

by Terri Johnson, CVT
As the relationship between people and animals evolves, animals are taking on additional roles, including many therapeutic activities. While people with special care needs often have service dogs, therapy animals are helping people in a wide variety of other ways. Therapy dogs and their owners are providing visits to people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and hospice, and are helping people heal after natural disasters and other devastating situations....more

Guide dogs: Making a difference

by Corinne Ryan, CVPM; Terri Johnson, CVT
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

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