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.
This week: Invasive species help drive global pet trade, dog chemo for a fox, and pet owners may be heading back to the office—with their pets.
This week: The world’s oldest living pet celebrates another birthday, Japanese scientists get the green light to grow human organs in animals, and you might want to rethink posting pet photos online.
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...
Researchers need your help to find out how COVID-19 is impacting pet care for at-risk pet owners. And they’re willing to compensate you. To a point.
A group of animal and human cancer doctors has lofty goals for its new project, the National Veterinary Cancer Registry, which helps to find clinical trials for cats and dogs that have been diagnosed with cancer.
In the past two years, nearly 28% of households with pets couldn’t provide those pets with the veterinary care they needed. That troubling statistic is among the findings in a new report on access to veterinary care released this week by the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition (AVCC), a partnership of for-profit and nonprofit veterinary service providers, animal welfare and social service professionals, and educators working with the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Social Work. And the overwhelming barrier for all groups of pet owners is financial.