One reason dogs are “man’s best friend” is their ability to charm us at any age. From a puppy discovering the joy of chasing a leaf to a golden oldie leaning in for a snuggle on the couch, we share a special relationship with our canine companions.
If you’re nervous about your pet undergoing anesthesia, you’re not alone. Many pet owners are so fearful about anesthesia and sedation that they delay or avoid important treatments for their beloved animal family members. But it’s often the best—or only—way for your pet to receive high-quality care without pain, stress, or discomfort.
Because pain management is central to veterinary medical practice—and because there have been rapid advances in the field—AAHA collaborated with the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) to create the AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats .
Vaccinations are part of a preventive health plan for all kittens and cats. However, which vaccines your pet needs vary based on her life stage, home environment, and how (and with whom) she spends her time.
Moving to a new home probably is one of life’s most stressful events, but few owners stop to consider how a move affects their pets. Like people, pets are creatures of habit—the busyness of packing up, movers coming and going, and relocating to a new home definitely can cause anxiety.
Housesoiling is one of the most common reasons owners abandon or surrender a cat, which unfortunately often leads to euthanasia. Cats do not urinate and defecate all over their home out of spite, but rather because something is lacking.
Pets who run away can get lost, injured, or stolen. Although some dogs have a natural tendency to roam, there are many precautions you can take to prevent your furry friend from running away.
While the amount of fur your pet sheds cannot be changed, the best way to prevent pet hair from accumulating in your home and on your clothes is to brush your pet daily. Ask your AAHA-accredited veterinarian to recommend a brush or comb that will work best for your pet’s coat, then get your pet used to regular brushing sessions.
According to the National Cancer Institute , approximately 6 million new cancer diagnoses are made in dogs each year. Since not all pets receive medical care or a definitive cancer diagnosis, this number likely would rise if every pet saw a veterinarian annually.
Dogs enjoy romping in the great outdoors, and your canine companion would love to be included in your next camping trip. However, before packing your bags and hitting the trails, ensure you and your pooch are prepared for whatever nature has in store.