May
18
2018
When Julia Beatty's cat Jasper died of heart disease, it never occurred to her that his death would lead to the breakthrough discovery of a virus previously unknown in cats. But now, samples of his tissue have helped Beatty and other Australian researchers identify a new feline disease: domestic cat hepadnavirus. ...more
May
17
2018
This week: Iowa man shot by dog in a senseless wag-by shooting, a Chinese family that wanted a dog brings home a bear by mistake, and animal researchers at UC Berkeley mess up big time—again. ...more
May
16
2018
Even responsible pet owners do it all the time.They’ll take their dog for a walk in the woods and won’t bother picking up his feces, an oversight they’d never consider on a walk around the neighborhood. Maybe they think, “Hey, it’s the woods, nobody’s going to step in it.” Or, “Hey, it’ll decompose and help fertilize the ground.” Or, “Hey, bears go in the woods and nobody picks up their poop. What’s the difference?” ...more
May
16
2018
Do you feel like life is sometimes harder than it needs to be? Barely have time to eat lunch, let alone focus on your workplace culture? Are you multitasking, but still not getting everything done? We hear you. AAHA’s new conference, Connexity by AAHA, is focused on finding solutions to everyday challenges in veterinary practices, so we asked you to tell us about the issues keeping you up at night—and molded the event’s educational lineup around your responses. ...more
May
15
2018
Developed jointly by AAHA and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), these preventive healthcare guidelines provide information for the practice team on preventive healthcare for feline and canine patients.The one-page, double-sided guidelines are easy to download and can be used as a template for creating your practice’s own customized guidelines. Already have guidelines in place? Then use these tools to do a side-by-side comparison and see how your guidelines stack up. ...more
May
14
2018
As the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea has been erupting almost constantly since 1983.One of five volcanoes that form the actual island of Hawaii, commonly known as the Big Island, it’s been a lot more active since May third, when the first of 18 new fissures opened up, spewing lava hundreds of feet in the air. Since then, a continuous flow of lava has swallowed cars, destroyed at least 25 homes, and forced the evacuation of nearly 2,000 residents. The State of Hawaii has 13 AAHA-accredited animal hospitals, but only two of them call the Big Island home. ...more
May
10
2018
Saturday, May 12 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, a day set aside to raise awareness about the importance of planning for pets’ safety before disaster strikes. This story of one AAHA-accredited hospital employee’s work as an animal disaster first responder originally appeared in the January 2016 issue of Trends magazine.

When animal disaster strikes, the team at AAHA-accredited Metzler Veterinary Hospital in Clearwater, Florida, is ready to roll—and Judy Baum drives the semi. ...more
May
10
2018
This week: Americans care more about animal welfare than children’s education, dogs can get dinner and a movie with Amazon Prime, and tramadol won’t help with the pain of canine osteoarthritis. ...more
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