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
Nov
27
2018
Even though diabetes is treatable, pet owners are asked to do a lot to manage their pet’s disease, making communication with the veterinary team essential, writes David Bruyette, DVM, DACVIM. He shares six ways you can help your clients manage their insulin-challenged pets. ...more
Nov
19
2018
If you know someone who’s thinking of gifting a pet for the holidays and you’ve educated them on the four rules for gifting someone a dog or cat (which include checking with the giftee first to see if they’re up for a 10- to 20-year commitment), make sure to educate them on the best place to buy the pet, too. Shelters, rescues, and reputable breeders are good places to look. Cyber Monday sales are not. ...more
Nov
19
2018
In the dog-eat-dog world of Washington politics, it sometimes seems as though the right paw doesn’t know what the left paw is doing.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last Friday that it’s launching a new study to help establish a non-animal-based model for scientific research—a model that could one day eliminate the use of live animals in potentially lethal research experiments. ...more
Nov
19
2018
Is your practice forward booking? Forward booking simply means scheduling all patients’ future appointments directly following their current visit—before they leave the practice. This includes booking appointments for medical progress exams and for preventive healthcare exams. ...more
Nov
16
2018
It’s part of a general trend toward happily paying for services that make living life in general a little easier. A new survey found that 46% of Americans regularly pay for delivery, driving, cleaning, handyman, and pet care services—a total of $177 billion dollars a year. How much are they willing to spend to make pet owning in particular a little less stressful? A lot, it seems. ...more
Nov
15
2018
This week: A dating app for dog owners, pets go to college in Pennsylvania, and the naughtiest dog breeds based on BPD (Barks Per Day). ...more
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