Jul
13
2018
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a potential link between heart disease in dogs and the consumption of pet food containing peas, among other vegetables. “We are concerned about reports of canine heart disease, known as dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), in dogs who ate certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legumes or potatoes as their main ingredients,” said Martine Hartogensis, DVM, deputy director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance. Hartogensis called the reports “highly Unusual” because they’re occurring in breeds with no genetic predisposition to DCM. ...more
Jul
12
2018
This week: It’s high noon in Texas for two rival veterinary schools; if you bought your pet on a payment plan, you better check the fine print; and the world’s smallest living dog gets cloned—a lot! ...more
Jul
11
2018
Meet Benedict “Benny” Cumbercat, the new spokescat for Ceva Animal Health’s Catego for Cats flea and tick control. Together, they have some powerful fundraising mojo. With a little assist from Benny, Ceva helped raise more than $10,000 for the Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation at AAHA-accredited Nova Cat Clinic in Arlington, Virginia. ...more
Jul
10
2018
Dogs older than 10 years and cats older than 14 years are considered geriatric, not senior, according to Mary Gardner, DVM: “Geriatric pets do not have the same issues as senior pets and need to be treated differently. Educating clients and providing useful tips helps the pet and family members, who usually are frustrated and scared of what lies ahead.”...more
Jul
9
2018
Indigenous North American peoples endured horrible suffering and devastating loss at the hands of European settlers who began arriving in the New World in the early fifteenth century. Indigenous North American dogs may have had it nearly as bad. According to new research, ancient dogs, who arrived in the Americas alongside humans more than 10,000 years ago, were almost completely wiped out by European colonization. ...more
Jul
5
2018
This week: A former president gets a service dog, Jaguars get a dog park, and pet meds may help humans, too. ...more
Jul
3
2018
Research shows that pet owners are willing to make changes and embrace preventive healthcare visits if they know it will benefit their pets. But for pet owners to find value in the recommendations of veterinary professionals and be motivated by their advice, there must be effective communication between the healthcare team and pet owners. ...more
Jul
2
2018
Fourth of July fireworks are a blast for people, but they’re not much fun for pets. Noisy fireworks can scare pets and cause them to run away. According to statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30–60% increase in lost pets each year between July fourth and sixth. In fact, July fifth is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters. ...more
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