Dec
4
2017
“How do you communicate with a species that doesn’t share your communication system, that doesn’t share your kind of mind?” You can do it by modifying your communication system in ways that make it accessible to the species with which you are communicating and by breeding individuals within that species who show the ability to understand the modified system. This is a key component for many dogs bred to be working dogs, be they working sled dogs, herding dogs, or retrievers. ...more
Dec
1
2017
Dr. Karla Bard, Director of Medical Operations at the AAHA-accredited Humane Society of Tampa Bay, led a presentation of landmark research findings at the annual meeting of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) on Saturday, October 7th in Atlanta, Georgia. What she said wasn’t what the audience expected to hear. ...more
Dec
1
2017
It’s time to fight both parasites involved in the heartworm lifecycle—and that means fighting the vector as well as the disease. It’s time to hold the mosquito accountable for the transmission of heartworm disease. It’s time for Double Defense. ...more
Nov
30
2017
Catch up on the latest pet and veterinary news from the last week. In this update: Reporting animal abuse becomes mandatory in parts of Canada, a cloned dog gets cloned, and yes, dogs are smarter than cats. ...more
Nov
29
2017
When a dog licks his chops, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s got his eye on that botched pizza you just had delivered. More likely, he’s reacting to your reaction that they screwed up your order. Because you plainly told them, “No Anchovies.” And now you’re plainly peeved. According to a new study just published in the scientific journal Behavioural Processes, your dog may be licking his lips in an attempt to calm you down. That’s the conclusion of resea ...more
Nov
28
2017
The small mammal market is rapidly growing and new items are available frequently. Veterinarians seeing these pets must be up-to-date about what is available, what is suitable for the pet and the owners’ lifestyle and how to evaluate the items that accompany these pets on trips to your office. ...more
Nov
27
2017
We don’t know if they had leash laws in Saudi Arabia 8,000 years ago, but we’re pretty sure they had leashes.In a new study of rock art found on the Saudi Arabian Peninsula, researchers announced that they may have discovered the oldest images of domesticated dogs ever found. And those images appear to include leashes. ...more
Nov
22
2017
When people overindulge on Thanksgiving, a little indigestion and an overwhelming urge to take a nap on the couch is usually the worst that can happen. Pets are a different story. Help your clients and their pets have a safe holiday by passing on these Thanksgiving pet safety tips: ...more
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