Oct
29
2018
Halloween’s fun for people, but for pets, maybe not so much. “From a pet’s perspective, Halloween can be truly terrifying,” says AAHA Senior Veterinary Officer Heather Loenser, DVM. “Strangers in costumes invading their home every 10 minutes—super scary! So, what our clients need is clear, concise, accurate advice that they can implement quickly to keep Halloween free of horrors.”

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Oct
25
2018
It turns out that chocolate is bad for dogs in more ways than one—if the dog in question is a chocolate Lab. New research found that chocolate-colored Labrador retrievers don’t live as long as black or yellow Labs. They’re also more prone to ear infections and skin diseases. Those are among the findings of a new study published last week in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology ...more
Oct
25
2018
This week: The death of a pet influencer can influence his owner’s income, a pet insurance claim that involves missile silos and missing dogs, and pets can tell time (you’re running late on dinner, BTW). ...more
Oct
25
2018
Each month in NEWStat, we will highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine.

If getting cats in the door of your veterinary hospital is like, well, herding cats, you’re not alone. Statistics from the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study III: Feline Findings, conducted in collaboration with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) in 2012, showed that only half as many cats receive annual exams as dogs—and most new feline patients who do visit the veterinarian don’t return. ...more
Oct
24
2018
A New York veterinarian and a New Jersey veterinary assistant who each dedicate countless hours to volunteer activities were the non-canine winners at the eighth annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards. AAHA Chief Executive Officer, Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (Emeritus) was one of the judges, so he knows just how tough the competition was. ...more
Oct
23
2018
The debate about the veterinary nurse initiative continues. Rachael Zimlich explains some of the objections from the human nurse perspective: "We are not suggesting any pet owner will confuse a staff member in a veterinary clinic or hospital as a human healthcare practitioner. The issue at hand is the title ‘nurse’ and the connotations and respect that come with that title.” ...more
Oct
22
2018
If you holler “Squirrel!” and your dog jumps up all exited and runs to the window, does he actually picture a squirrel in his mind? Could be. A new study found that dogs can tell the difference between words they’ve heard before and words that are new to them. At the very least, it suggests that dogs have a basic neurological understanding of the words they’ve been taught to associate with objects. ...more
Oct
18
2018
This week: New Jersey could require a license to groom, the pet insurance market is on course to double by 2022, and the way animals swish their tails could help keep humans itch free. ...more
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