Hypoallergenic Cats Scheduled for Retail in 2007, Deposits and Orders Already Taken
The fight against pet obesity is not as straightforward as finding a low-calorie or reduced calorie pet food. A new study from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine found a wide variation in calorie density and recommended intake in so-called “low-calorie” dog and cat foods. The researchers studied nearly 100 commercially available diets with either weight management claims and specific feeding instructions, or foods with implied weight management claims that did not carry feeding instructions. They found that more than half of all foods in the study had a calorie density greater than the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) maximum calorie density for light diets.
If you’re a confirmed carnivore, how would you feel if your pet went vegan? A new study finds that one-quarter of pet owners who identify as vegans feed their dog or cat a vegan diet, while more than one-third of all dog and cat owners (which includes a lot more meat-eaters than vegans) are interested in plant-based diets for their pets.
What does it take to start a successful pet obesity clinic? The staff of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals will be able to tell you soon enough, considering they just opened the nation’s first such clinic to be run by a full-time, board-certified veterinary nutritionist. The Massachusetts-based clinic, opened in August 2012, will confront the pet obesity epidemic with a targeted approach involving clinical research, education, and patient-specific weight loss programs. Dr. Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN, admitted that because she and her staff are venturing into uncharted territory, they will have to maintain a flexible strategy while the clinic forges its identity. “I think we still don’t know what’s going to work best, so we need to have an adaptive plan,” Linder said. “We need to be flexible and ready to change if we find one plan works better than another, or if different strategies work better with owners than others.”
Veterinarians might want to advise elderly clients to exercise even greater caution while driving when they have their pets in the car. A University of Alabama at Birmingham study indicated elevated crash risks for drivers over the age of 70 who regularly have pet passengers in their cars.
A report that claims exotic and “nontraditional” pets are not suitable for homes with young children is merely “sensational” science, and what is really needed is better pet-owner education, say some exotic-pet veterinarians. Meanwhile, the state of Delaware is pursuing legislation that would require permits and strict standards for exotic pet owners. The report, in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, concludes that: “most nontraditional pets pose a risk to the health of young children, and their acquisition and ownership should be discouraged in households with young children.” National media outlets have reported on the study, but not everyone buys into it. “Most of that stuff is old, over-hashed fear and loathing,” said Jeffrey Jenkins, DVM, DAVBP (Avian). “I would call it a sensational scientific article.”
Using the theme of "Houston, we have a problem," leaders of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced the formation of a new organization to promote pet wellness and address the downward trend in veterinary visits. The Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare (PPPH) was announced July 18, 2011, at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) convention in St. Louis, by AAHA President Michael Moyer, VMD, and AVMA CEO W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, MBA. DeHaven said that like the crew and support team of Apollo 13 (which is where the phrase "Houston, we have a problem" originated from), the PPPH was formed to bring the profession together to find solutions to some of the industry’s most pressing problems.
Taking care of a chronically or terminally ill family member takes a terrible toll on the caregiver. Until recently, research into what’s commonly called caregiver burden was largely limited to people taking care of human family members. But a recent study shows the same kinds of stress apply to people taking care of sick family pets, too.
Searching “dog nail trimming” on Google reveals a plethora of information. Most of it focuses on our reluctance to routinely trim nails because of unruly animals or the fear of cutting into the quick. Dr. Karen Gellman reminds us that long toenails have consequences on the pet.
Everybody knows that. Or do they? Since the 1980s, research into the link between healthy children and having a pet has supported the common wisdom that pets are good for kids, both emotionally and physically. For instance a 1995 study published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology indicates that living with pets can...