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March 09, 2017

Weekly News Roundup 3/3 – 3/9

Catch up on the latest news in the industry. This week: chemicals in cats' blood, an expanded food recall, adoption for older dogs, and a lost cat reunited with his owner.

November 02, 2015

Human interactions good for feline health

The next time you treat a feline patient with upper respiratory disease (URD), you may want to prescribe cuddling. At least, that’s what a new study suggests. Researchers from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland in Australia found that petting, playing with, and grooming cats reduced the incidence of URD in those cats. Their findings were published in the October issue of Preventive Veterinary Medicine. (The study was available online Aug. 5).

September 18, 2012

Cat’s Night Out program like catnip to feline patients

Wednesday nights at VCA-Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic are all about setting the mood: exotic scents wafting through the air, cushy towels spread across tables, privacy screens hanging to shield cats from prying canine eyes. Why does the clinic’s staff go to such great lengths to create a spa-like environment? It turns out that both cats and their owners are often creatures of comfort, and they’re less likely to visit the veterinarian if it might be a stressful experience. That’s why this California clinic debuted the weekly Cat’s Night Out program in February 2012 to make hospital visits a more pleasant outing for everyone involved.   All indications point to success for the program, according to Amy Eldridge, community outreach coordinator. The clinic’s total number of feline patient visits has risen 17 percent on the year, and Cat’s Night Out attendance has been rising steadily, she said.

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