Dec
3
2018
On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted pet owners and veterinary professionals that at least 11 different brands of dog food are recalling their products and that people need to check before feeding any dry food to their dogs. “Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D,” the FDA said ...more
Dec
1
2018
Gingivitis – Stage 1. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal disease in which inflammation is confined to the gingival soft tissues only. This inflammation does not clinically extend into the alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, or cementum. Gingivitis can be present without periodontitis. ...more
Dec
1
2018
Canine noise aversion and motion sickness are two common conditions that are both underdiagnosed and undertreated. The failure to diagnose and treat these conditions not only impacts the dog’s quality of life but can stress the human animal bond.Noise aversion, a serious medical condition, affects over 1/3 of the dogs in the US. ...more
Dec
1
2018
Since periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease in dogs and cats, affecting 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over 2 years of age,1-3 it is important to address the dental health of your patients with their owners. It is a well-known fact that the effects of dental disease go well beyond halitosis. Some of the consequences of untreated periodontal disease occur locally leading to tooth loss, oronasal fistulas, osteomyelitis, tooth root abscess and pathological fractions....more
Dec
1
2018
Preventive care has always been important to veterinary professionals, but lab work has not been a regular part of the preventive care toolkit. A small number of trailblazing practices have already adopted advanced preventive care screening protocols for pets of all ages, but there is ripe opportunity for many more practices to do the same. ...more
Nov
30
2018
Want your kids to grow to be successful in business? Get them a dog. It’s cheaper than putting them through Harvard Business School. At least, that’s one possible conclusion from a new survey by Banfield Pet Hospital on the relationship between pet ownership and professional success. An astonishing 93% of C-suite executives—people who hold positions like CEO or CFO—who answered the survey grew up with a pet. ...more
Nov
29
2018
Cats are remarkably fussy creatures who spend up to 50% of their waking hours licking and grooming their fur. Imagine how clean your house would be if they applied just a fraction of that energy to licking and grooming your carpets. It’s not that far-fetched: A brush inspired by new research on the unique structure of a cat’s tongue is on the way. ...more
Nov
28
2018
“Veterinary nurse” is one step closer to being a legally recognized job title. In a future-focused move, AAHA last week came out in support of the Veterinary Nurse Initiative (VNI). In 2017, National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) formed the VNI coalition to unite the profession under a single title—including credentialing requirements and scope of practice—with the goal of instituting a single, standardized title in all 50 states. ...more
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