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.
Veterinarians understand the importance of routine care: how it saves animals’ lives, prevents unnecessary suffering, and is cost-effective. But how do you convince clients of these benefits during tough economic times? Conveying the importance of preventive care to clients is critical.
After another summer filled with news reports about pets being left unattended inside scorching-hot vehicles, Petplan Insurance is taking the fight against the troubling trend all the way to the White House. Petplan launched the "Driven to Bark" initiative on Aug. 4, in which it is attempting to get 100,000 signatures within 30 days on a petition at the White House's official petition site.
This week: This year’s oddest pet insurance claim gets paranormal, animals who can navigate by the stars, and a list of all the animals who’ve ever been launched into space.
On Sept. 9, the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) announced the findings of a new survey on how knowledge of the scientific benefits of the human-animal bond impacts the way pet owners care for their companion animals. The survey asked pet owners about their awareness of research that shows pets improve human health and found that this knowledge motivated them to take better care of their pets, including a significant, positive impact on veterinary care.
Each month in NEWStat, we will highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine. Canine atopic dermatitis (CAD) is a common and often frustrating disorder to manage for both pet owners and veterinarians. Our current approach is to wait for pets to become clinically problematic and then start managing the clinical signs (in this case, pruritus). There is another way.
The insurance company Nationwide released a March 2017 study looking at the prevalence of disease in brachycephalic breeds based on insurance claims. The study looked at the insurance claims of more than 1.27 million dogs over a nine-year span.
This week: What appears to be cancer in English bulldogs might be something else, Walmart and Nationwide team up for new Rx program, and mammal-airplane collisions are on the rise.
Everyone has heard of Ace Ventura. But real pet detectives do exist, although there are only a handful operating in the United States. Well-trained pet detectives and their four-legged partners can literally sniff out a lost pet, sometimes in a matter of hours. At the annual conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Seattle last week, two pet detectives gave a series of presentations on what they do and how they do it. Annalisa Berns and Landa Coldiron are certified Missing Animal Response (MAR) Technicians. The two women own their own companies, Pet Search and Rescue and Lost Pet Detection respectively. Berns and Coldiron use a variety of methods to track and search for lost pets, but their most important tools are their dogs.
Kennel Fire Kills Three Dogs and Illustrates Importance of Fire, Smoke Detectors in Kennels and Vete