We’re hoping you can help. Researchers at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for pet owners who have cared for a dog or cat with chronic heart failure (CHF) sometime during the past 10 years, and who would be willing to participate in a new survey of owner experiences caring for dogs and cats with CHF.
Most canine weight loss interventions involve a change in diet, but the authors of a new literature review wanted to know whether interventions that used behavior change techniques (BCTs) to modify pet owners’ behavior could be effective, too. The authors’ conclusion, based on the findings of the 14 studies they analyzed: Um, probably.
It’s a time honored truth that a dog or cat who has special dietary needs might be more interested in eating the other dog’s (or cat’s) meal. For decades, pet owners have tried creative solutions to fight this dilemma. Houston veterinarian Rachel Addleman DVM, DABVP, CVA not only believes she has the solution, she has the registered patent to prove it. Her invention is a magnetic pendant which attaches to the animal’s collar. When the animal is near the food container they’re allowed to eat from, they have the access they need. However, if they move toward the bowl that isn’t theirs, their access is cut off. The key is the food will still remain available to other animals who don’t have any restriction. Dr. Addleman’s thought process was geared toward cats with particular dietary restrictions, such as her own. Describing the issue to be solved was her first step to creating a solution.
“I see a lot of epileptic patients,” says Stephanie McGrath, DVM, MS. “It’s a very heart-wrenching disease.” Canine idiopathic epilepsy affects up to 5.7% of the pet dog population worldwide. McGrath, a neurologist and researcher at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital who says she’s frustrated at the lack of good options for treating it, thinks cannabidiols (CBD) might be one answer.
Parking in the shade on a sunny day won’t necessarily save a pet left in the car from heatstroke, or worse. A new study of temperatures inside parked cars shows that a car parked in the sun would reach lethal temperatures faster than one parked in the shade, but even in a shaded car, heat buildup could prove deadly.
We’re going to have to find a new cliché to describe people who don’t get along. A new study from the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, the United Kingdom, explores the relationships between cats and dogs who live together in the same home. And in most cases, cats and dogs living under the same roof got along just fine . . . as long as nobody ticked off the cat.
If you’ve ever been around goats—as a kid in the local 4-H Club or via clients who own pet goats as companion animals—did it ever seem like they were asking for help? That may be exactly what they are doing. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences in the United Kingdom found that goats respond to people by gazing at them when facing a problem they cannot solve alone. The study was published in Biology Letters on July 5.
AAHA recently published its revised 2013 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Cats and Dogs, which incorporate the latest dental research and best practices to help animal hospitals provide optimal dental care for patients.
According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, nearly half of all dogs sleep on their owners’ beds. And according to a recent study at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, people who sleep with their dog on the bed sacrifice sleep. But maybe not enough to matter.
Climate change could make flea collars obsolete. A mass extinction of fleas, ticks and roundworms and other parasites might sound like a good idea to pet owners, but it could have devastating consequences for the Earth.