The American Association of Feline Practitioners has just released a brochure, “Feline House-Soiling: Useful Information for Cat Owners,” which describes the causes, treatment, management, and prevention of house-soiling. Cat owner education is the key to resolving house-soiling behaviors.
You try to do the right thing. In this case, the right thing was an animal-rescue group saving dogs from a Korean meat market and shipping them to North America last October so they could be adopted out to forever homes. Only one of the dogs turned out to be something of a forever home himself: He was likely acting as host to the Asia-1 strain of canine distemper virus (CDV), which had not previously been reported in North America.
An upcoming episode of Marketplace titled "Barking Mad" on CBC Television is posing a question to pet owners across Canada: "Are you paying too much at the vet?" Although the program might suggest that some veterinary clients are paying too much, it is actually an opportunity for veterinary hospitals to better communicate the value of their services, says Jost am Rhyn, executive director of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
When dealing with avian or other exotic patients, it can be difficult to obtain access to information on the best ways to diagnose and treat them. At the American Veterinary Medical Association’s convention this year in Atlanta, Ga., one presenter discussed some of the things he considered important to remember when treating birds in his session: “Avian Medicine: Standard of Care.” “For the most part people that have dogs and cats generally expect that all veterinarians can treat dogs and cats. For exotics the expectation is that all vets can’t treat these animals,” said Thomas Tully Jr., DVM, DABVP (Avian), professor of avian medicine in the department of veterinary clinical sciences at Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Tully said his department at LSU receives between 20 and 30 inquiries a week from veterinarians who treat birds. He believes that there need to be some guidelines so that avian patients can get the best care possible.
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Behavioral changes in your patients can indicate pain. And this month is the perfect time to identify it. In September, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and advancing pain management in animals, is sponsoring the second annual Animal Pain Awareness Month. Scheduled to coincide with human medicine’s Pain Awareness Month, its theme is, “Because their pain is our pain.” Practices can download free resources from the IVAPM website.
Veterinary staff have long known that pets are considered part of clients’ families; a claim that is validated by data. Given our strengthening relationship and awareness of the benefits of our bond with pets, it is no surprise that pet owners are investing more money in their pet’s nutrition.
It’s hard to believe the first decade of the 21st century is drawing to a close. A lot happened in the world of veterinary news, from mergers to drug shortages to animal welfare and other legislation. "To me the biggest news story of the year was the development of persistent supply shortages of critical veterinary medications -- especially propofol," said Eric Barchas, DVM, newshound and author of dogster.com’s The Vet Blog. "Mergers, corporate shenanigans, and quality control issues combined in a persistent fashion to make practicing medicine much harder and more complicated than it should be." This week, NEWStat takes a look back at some of the top stories of 2010. NEWStat will return in the New Year with a new installment of your favorite weekly newsletter on Jan. 5, 2011.
Over 1,000 cartons of cat treats are being recalled due to fears of proplylene glycol.
Contamination concerns have been a catalyst for increased supervision of pet food imported from China. Will a heightened presence by the FDA help?