Mar
27
2018
People have been traveling with emotional support animals for years, claiming they serve a mental health purpose. But the scientific case for comfort animals is very weak, according to this Prevention article. “These animals provide the sole purpose of emotional support,” says Molly Crossman, a doctoral student in clinical study at Yale University who authored a study about how animals impact human psychological distress. ...more
Mar
26
2018
Your client’s dog used to run toward the vacuum cleaner. Now he runs away from it.He didn’t used to be afraid. What changed? ...more
Mar
19
2018
The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF) and the V Foundation for Cancer Research are collaborating to fund cancer research for dogs—research that shows a very real possibility of helping humans, too. It’s the very definition of comparative oncology. ...more
Mar
7
2018
What do dogs and babies have in common? We tend to talk to both in silly voices. Turns out, there are good reasons for that. ...more
Feb
27
2018
Veterinary behavior is a relatively new specialty in our profession. Unfortunately, as such, plenty of old wives tales persist. As veterinarians and veterinary nurses, we critically evaluate and use evidenced-based medicine for our patients on a daily basis, and this should apply to behavior and training, as well. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about our patient’s behaviors that still are being propagated, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. ...more
Feb
20
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
Feb
9
2018
A recent study found that most dog and cat owners don’t know what actually happens during their pet’s physical exam, or the importance of the veterinary services performed. Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) compiled more than five years of data from staff and client surveys. PHP determined that pet owners don’t always hear what veterinary healthcare team members think they communicate to them. ...more
Feb
8
2018
This week: dogs on Tap in Portland, viral cat videos put a damper on productivity, and social media leads to teen’s arrest for animal cruelty ...more
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