Jul
2
2018
Fourth of July fireworks are a blast for people, but they’re not much fun for pets. Noisy fireworks can scare pets and cause them to run away. According to statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30–60% increase in lost pets each year between July fourth and sixth. In fact, July fifth is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters. ...more
Jun
29
2018
How did a wild, fierce, nocturnal predator like the wolf evolve over the course of millennia into a friendly, domesticated companion who likes to sleep on our beds at night? Evolutionary genetics says it’s in the genes, but which genes? A new study by researchers at the University of Michigan may point to an answer. ...more
Jun
28
2018
When it comes to practice culture, you can either lead or be led. According to veterinarian, psychologist, and Connexity by AAHA learning facilitator, John Jacobson, DVM, PhD, MS, a leader’s behavior influences the people and the practice culture, not the other way around. “When the leader is aware of unhelpful psychological processes that we all experience as part of the human condition, they are more able to respond intentionally in service of the culture they would like to create,” he said. AAHA recently asked Jacobson about the topics he’ll be covering at Connexity by AAHA, why “culture” and “wellbeing” are more than buzzwords, and his tips for living the best life possible. ...more
Jun
28
2018
This week: The world’s ugliest dog is crowned, we say goodbye to a talking gorilla, and a dog performs CPR—or does he? ...more
Jun
27
2018
Despite tramadol’s popularity as an oral analgesic in veterinary medicine, experts have debated it’s efficacy for years. And a new study has added fuel to the fire. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that tramadol was ineffective in relieving pain associated with osteoarthritis in dogs. The researchers compared the use of tramadol with both placebo and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in 35 dogs with osteoarthritis of the elbow or knee in a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled crossover study. ...more
Jun
26
2018
Naomi Strollo, RVT, addresses money in the veterinary hospital. She says it is important to lead with medicine and then empower your client service representative to manage some cost conversations. She offers some tips for these conversations, including emergencies: Explain what you want to do. Don’t assume price is the problem. Focus on consent, not cost. Offer options. ...more
Jun
25
2018
Dogs know when you’re angry, but they’re not so good at knowing when you’re happy. In fact, when dogs see you smile, they may misinterpret it as aggression: new research indicates that dogs understand people’s facial expressions much better than previously thought. They just don’t always read them accurately. ...more
Jun
21
2018
Trends needs your photos of technicians at work in your practice! Each October, Trends magazine highlights our profession’s terrific technicians with our annual Techs@Work photo feature. Send your high-resolution pictures to Trends editor Ben Williams, and we will print the best ones in the October issue of Trends. ...more
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