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
May
8
2018
Making dental care easier to swallow for pet owners requires some modeling choices. Karen Felstad, DVM360 conference educator, speaks to bundling, economical basic pricing and more. Dr. Felsted said at a recent Fetch DVM360 conference. “Communication is what educates clients about what’s important about dental care.” ...more
May
7
2018
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Merck Animal Health this week announced the winners of three of the most prestigious awards in veterinary medicine, animal welfare, and the human-animal bond. AVMA announced the awards—the AVMA Humane Award, the AVMA Animal Welfare Award and the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award—on Monday, May 7, to coincide with National Pet Week (May 6–12). ...more
May
4
2018
Which are healthier, purebred or mixed-breed dogs? That question has fueled debate for years. One school of thought maintains that mixed-breed dogs are inherently healthier because they’re less prone to genetic diseases. But “less prone” doesn’t mean they can’t contract them. Now, a new study shows that genetic testing can give owners and veterinarians a heads up on what genetic diseases a mixed-breed dog might get, depending on his DNA. ...more
May
3
2018
This week: A serial cat killer has England on edge, United Airlines hopes new pet guidelines will make a difference, and a veterinary student turned con artist preys on horse owners. ...more
May
2
2018
A veterinary education does not often come with instructions on how to care for the humans on the other end of the leash. Fortunately, Connexity by AAHA keynote speaker and UnMarketing president Scott Stratten has an important (and refreshing) message for veterinary professionals in this predicament: Believe it or not, you’re not as far behind as you think. ...more
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