Jun
19
2018
Sometimes a huge gap exists between what a veterinarian tells a client and what the client actually hears. Most practices don't realize these communication gaps even exist! We know this because a white paper was recently published that covers a five-year span of healthcare teams and owners participating in the survey. ...more
Jun
18
2018
Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common type of heart disease and one of the most common causes of death in cats, but detecting it can be tricky because many cats who have HCM are asymptomatic. HCM causes the muscular walls of a cat’s heart to thicken, decreasing the efficiency of the heart and sometimes creating symptoms in other parts of the body. And although veterinarians have known about HCM for nearly 50 years, almost nothing was known about its epidemiology. Until now. ...more
Jun
14
2018
This week: Potential mates swipe right on pictures of pets, a daring raccoon holds a city in thrall, and first responders save . . . a really tired dog? ...more
Jun
13
2018
Raw food diets are rooted in the notion that dogs and cats are carnivores who crave protein and evolved to eat meat. But is meat what they really want to eat? Maybe only if it tastes good. A new study shows that when food is altered to remove the appetizing taste, dogs and cats will pass up protein in favor of other macronutrients. Specifically, dogs prefer fat, and cats like carbs. ...more
Jun
12
2018
There are three types of tooth resorption in cats and six types in dogs. And all of them are treated differently, says Dr. Mary Krakowski Volker, DVM, DAVDC. Treatment depends on the type of resorption present. She notes we don’t use the same names for dogs or cats. ...more
Jun
11
2018
Struggling to engage your entire team in the success of your practice? Feel like for every team member you hire, another one leaves? Want to revamp your staff meetings into experiences people look forward to instead of dread? 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
Jun
8
2018
Canine influenza virus (CIV) is a highly contagious viral infection that not only affects dogs, but cats as well. And new research says humans could one day be at risk, too. According to a new study published in the journal mBio, scientists have discovered that domestic dogs are harboring flu viruses that have the potential to jump to humans. That’s a scenario previously thought highly improbable, if not impossible: no cases of a human catching canine influenza have ever been recorded. ...more
Jun
7
2018
This week: The world’s oldest cat celebrates a birthday, the Uber of dog-walking apps, and what adolescent mice can teach us about teenagers. ...more
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