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February 23, 2018

A Valentine's Day gift to grow old with

Most people get hearts for Valentine’s Day. Jeanne Ficociello got a kidney. Ficociello, VMD, MS, DACVIM, and a specialist in internal medicine at AAHA-accredited VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD)—a genetic condition that cause cysts to grow on and damage the kidneys—while being treated for a lacrosse injury when she was in college.

February 19, 2018

Have you been “doctor shopped”?

While there’s been a definite increase in cases of doctor shopping in recent years, reports of pet owners actually injuring their pets in the process are exaggerated. In fact, only one case of an owner deliberately harming her pet to score drugs has been reported nationally in the past five years, and that’s the story that keeps getting cited in every article about the lengths addicts will go to score drugs from veterinarians.

February 14, 2018

This year is going straight to the dogs

Forget the dog days of summer. Starting Friday, dogs get a whole year dedicated to them. February 16 marks the start of the Chinese New Year, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

January 26, 2018

Media hype misrepresents dog flu threat

Despite some media reports to the contrary, dog flu isn’t sweeping the nation. It’s flu season, sure, but reports of nationwide infections in dogs have been misinterpreted. Canine influenza virus (CIV) is a highly contagious viral infection that not only affects dogs, but cats as well

January 08, 2018

For many AAHA-member practices, bomb cyclone’s bark was worse than its bite

The vicious winter storm that battered the East Coast with ice, snow, wind, and plummeting temperatures last week is gone, leaving frigid temperatures in its wake. And when we checked in with AAHA member hospitals from Maine to South Carolina to see how they came through some seriously record-breaking cold, we found that most were doing just fine. In fact, for many, the bomb cyclone just wasn’t that big of a deal

September 23, 2017

Heartworm risk rises after hurricanes

The recent hurricanes and flooding in Florida and Texas affected everyone in their path, but dog owners may face a delayed consequence others don’t if things don’t dry out fast: heartworm disease.

September 18, 2017

Where to turn for help before and after disaster

As the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma proved, humans aren’t the only victims of natural disasters. Animals suffer, too. And there are resources available to help both people and their pets when their lives have been uprooted my hurricanes, floods, wildfires, or other traumatic natural events.

September 11, 2017

AAHA hospitals bounce back after Harvey

Hurricane Irma blew Hurricane Harvey out of the headlines last week, but Harvey is still top of mind in Texas. Harvey dumped a year’s worth of rain in less than a week in Houston and the southeastern part of the state, and residents are still mopping up.

September 08, 2017

AAHA hospitals hunker down for Irma

Hurricane Irma was downgraded Friday from a Category 5 storm to a Category 4, but that’s small comfort to the millions people living with their pets in its projected path. Irma is expected to hit landfall in southern Florida on Sunday morning.

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