Oct
13
2017
When did Man’s best friend become man’s best friend? It’s an old question, and opinion is divided. Some scientists believe dogs were first domesticated more than 17,000 years ago, in the paleolithic age, when human beings were hunter-gatherers. Others believe domestication occurred closer to 7,000 years ago, during the Neolithic age, when humans first began farming and living in permanent settlements. Mandibles may tell the story. Or not, according to a new study.

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Oct
10
2017
Dani McVety, DVM, writes that humans can rationalize pain and the anxiety of negative emotions that accompany the anticipation of it. Animals cannot rationalize, she says....more
Oct
9
2017
Puppies sold at Petland, a national chain of about eighty pet stores, have been linked to an outbreak of a disease that has hospitalized 13 people since mid-September, and sickened 55, according to the Centers for Disease Control. ...more
Oct
7
2017
“There aren’t many true emergency diseases in veterinary medicine, but GDV is one of them,” said researcher and veterinarian Dan O’Neill, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Royal Veterinary College. GDV (gastric dilation and volvulus), better known as canine bloat, is one of the top killers of dogs. And it can come on fast. ...more
Oct
6
2017
For some dog owners, a simple visit to the vet can be an adrenaline-inducing nightmare. They’ve got their dog by leash, trying to find a seat, praying that the sight of another dog won’t set their dog off on a frenzy of snapping, growling, and lunging. All that unpredictable aggression could be hormones, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arizona. ...more
Oct
5
2017
Climate change could make flea collars obsolete. A mass extinction of fleas, ticks and roundworms and other parasites might sound like a good idea to pet owners, but it could have devastating consequences for the Earth. ...more
Oct
4
2017
A recent study by the VetCompass™ Program at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has revealed striking insights into the demographics and disorders of German shepherd dogs (GSDs)—insights that may help answer an age old question familiar to veterinarians everywhere. ...more
Oct
3
2017
Delivering veterinary services to cat is a different breed of care. Although some practices are exclusively dedicated to the care of cats, others would like to develop an increased focus on feline healthcare. No matter where you fall, Partners of Healthy pets has the tools and resources to help. ...more
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