Most dogs and cats have some periodontal disease by the time they are three years old, according to the American Veterinary Dental College. But a new study hopes to change that, especially for cats. Researchers from the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition in the U.K. studied the bacterial composition associated with health, gingivitis, and mild periodontitis in cats to understand contributing factors. The results were published Nov. 25 in PLOS|ONE.
Advising a client or potential client on what type of pet is best for their family can be tricky. But a new study might make the answer at least a little clearer.
Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) is a lethal disease found mainly in the psittacine (parrot) family. But hope is on the horizon. Researchers at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) have developed a highly effective vaccine against PDD, caused by Avian Bornavirus and which results in blindness, heart failure, or intestinal blockage. The use of the vaccine against the Avian Bornavirus prevented the development of the disease in captive birds with no obvious adverse effects.
A new study by scientists at the University of Liverpool and Mars Petcare’s Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition showed that the lifespans of overweight dogs were up to two-and-a-half years shorter than those of ideal-weight dogs.
The FDA issued a warning about the risks of the artificial sweetener xylitol to dogs and ferrets.
Most veterinarians recommend year-round flea and tick prevention for dogs and cats due to the high prevalence of fleas and ticks and related complications, including flea allergy dermatitis, anemia, and vector-borne diseases such as Lyme, Babesiosis, and Bartonellosis that also pose a risk to pet owners.
Everyone knows cats love fish, but these days, dogs are eating their fair share, too. Especially salmon. Salmon is an increasingly common ingredient in commercial dog food because manufacturers are looking for unconventional protein sources and they want to include more omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Salmon fits the bill on both counts. Sadly, it’s also a great source of mercury.
Dog owners who cook food for their pets at home may be putting a lot of love into the recipes, but they are likely not adding enough nutritional value, according to researchers from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.
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A new study by researchers in Sweden found that children who are exposed to household pets early in life are less likely to develop conditions like asthma, eczema, and hay fever—and the more pets, the better. For the study, the researchers interviewed and sought information on pet ownership from the parents of 249 children (who were 6 to 12 months old at the time).