AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals have a lot of inspiring stories about pets who have beat the odds and overcome illness, neglect, and abuse with care from their veterinary hospitals.
According to NMDOG, an all-volunteer dog rescue in New Mexico, Cub was found by a woman on her way to place flowers on the grave of a loved one on Valentine's Day. The little heeler was in desperate need of help--he was missing his rear left leg completely, with the tibia bone fully exposed. His right leg was dangling, also exposing the tibia. ...more
Providing regular health care for your cat is essential for a longer, healthier, and more comfortable life for her. Many cats, however, don’t get the regular veterinary care they need due to the amount of stress caused by simply trying to get them to the veterinary hospital. Here, a few tips to make the trip to your veterinarian less stressful—for both your cat and you. ...more
A wellness plan offers a way to prepay for pet health care services. Different than insurance, a wellness plan often requires a pet owner to sign a contract for a particular time period, usually 12 months. The pet owner then pays a monthly fee and receives a set of services that may include exams, laboratory tests, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, nail trims, deworming, heartworm testing, dental care, and others. Participants in pet wellness plans also often receive discounts on additional veterinary services. Several plans may be available based upon the type of pet you have and how old he or she is. There may also be different tiers or levels depending on the services bundled into the plan. For example, a “puppy plan” that includes spay/neuter, microchipping, and other services may be more expensive than an “adult dog plan” that doesn’t include these one-time services. In addition to the monthly fee, there is often a sign-up fee or one-time membership fee, which is paid up front. ...more
Do you feel confident that you can safely and efficiently get your pet to emergency services at a moment’s notice if you need to?
Adrenaline can be a lifesaver, but it can also highjack your brainpower. The moment you realize your pet has an emergency, your body will kick you into high gear, giving you power to move faster and quicker than you would normally be able to, which can save your life and the lives of others. However, recruiting most of the body’s blood supply, including what the brain needs to think, is what creates that strength. So, while the body is empowered, the brain is left drained. ...more
Are you running low on patience with a pet who is consistently displaying behavior problems? Thinking about relinquishing your pet to a shelter if you find one more mangled shoe or urine stain on your carpet? ...more
If anyone had told me that I would one day find myself in a vehicle stuck in the mud on a narrow road, rutted with “iceberg” rocks that had been strategically placed millions of years ago to make a vehicle’s occupants look like bobble-head dolls when the vehicle twisted over them, nearly 9,000 miles from my home in Denver, where I practiced companion animal medicine for more than 40 years, I would have smiled and nodded, dismissively but politely, before walking away, smirking....more
Many of the medical advancements we’re seeing today seem like they’re right out of a science fiction movie. Options for diagnosing and treating illness and disease have taken on a whole new look. Equipment advancements include digital radiography, MRI, and CT scanners. And advancements for new and better treatments exist because of stem cell research, new medications, and the use of advanced equipment, technology, and information....more
Did you know that more people have cats as pets than dogs? And, did you know that cats are much less likely to be taken to the veterinarian than dogs? Preventing diseases in our pets and keeping them as healthy as possible is actually cheaper and healthier in the long run than treating disease. Taking your cat to your veterinarian regularly is important for preventing disease and helping them to stay happy and healthy....more