According to statistics, animal control officials across the country see a 30–60% increase in lost pets each year between July fourth and sixth. In fact, July fifth is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters.
This week: This year’s oddest pet insurance claim gets paranormal, animals who can navigate by the stars, and a list of all the animals who’ve ever been launched into space.
When you prescribe a medication for a patient, do you advise the client on the proper disposal of those meds? Most veterinarians don’t.A 2018 study by researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) found that 60%
Vaccine hesitant pet owners aren’t necessarily anti-vaxxers—sometimes they’re just pet owners who haven’t made up their minds yet because they’ve been listening to anti-vaxxers.
It’s like the paleo diet, only for pets. Grain-free, all-meat, and raw-food diets are hugely popular with pet owners who like the idea of feeding their cats and dogs a diet that’s closer to what their ancestor ate in the wilds. The problem is, there’s no hard, scientific evidence that raw meat–based diets (RMBDs) are any healthier than traditional dry or canned pet foods.
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.
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.
This week: Great apes vaccinated against COVID, the world’s oldest pet cemetery, and a new blindness gene is uncovered in a canine study.
“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.
Cats who catch COVID seem to be fighting off the virus with naturally developed antibodies. And more of them may have it than we thought.