Just in case you needed one more reason to keep a furry friend around, it turns out that owning a pet is associated with reducing your risk of heart disease. A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association looks at the association between pet ownership and heart health.
Veterinarians have known about the increasing instances of many tick diseases, including Lyme, for years. In fact, many veterinary parasitologists call the situation at epidemic or near epidemic proportions.
Following the suicide of my friend Dr. Sophia Yin (in 2014), and several higher profile veterinarians – the profession, in unison, said we need to do something about this. It’s out of the closet and I believe that is a good thing.
Many decades ago, veterinarians didn’t really know the significance of heartworm disease in cats. It turns out that cats are about as likely to be affected by the disease as dogs - though the disease is totally different in cats.
The numbers are so shockingly small that the president of the American Heartworm Society calls it “frightening.” Only just over a third of all dogs leave a veterinary practice with heartworm preventive.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have partnered on a new initiative to enhance awareness of and promote early diagnosis of Lyme.
There are all sorts of nasty parasites that would love nothing more than to use the inside and the outside of your dog as a host. Parasites are not only a danger to your pet, but are also a danger to your family and your home. Five Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Your Read More
Have you heard of the plague? It’s not a disease that we modern day dwellers frequently consider, but it still exists and could potentially affect your pet.
The plague is a disease caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague. Plague is infamous for killing millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. Today, modern antibiotics are effective in treating plague. Without prompt treatment, the disease can cause serious illness or death. Presently, human plague infections continue to occur in the western United States, but significantly more cases occur in parts of Africa and Asia.
Cancer is a disease that we veterinarians are diagnosing more frequently in pets. According to the Morris Animal Foundation, “1 in 2 dogs will develop cancer and 1 in 4 dogs will die of the disease.” As there is no guarantee for a cure, we should strive to prevent our pets from developing cancer in the first place.
Our pets deserve better. Overwhelmingly, Americans want to do the right thing for their pets -- or at least that's what they say. After all, according to all surveys, most pet owners consider their four-legged or even feathered friends as members of he family. Yet, despite our love for our pets, veterinary visits are on the decline, especially when it comes to preventive care. As a result, pets and their owners are paying a significant price. Preventive illness is on the rise, and the price is also paid in dollars and cents. My resolution for 2013 will be to play whatever role I can in reversing this alarming trend.
Just when I think that humans as a society who love dogs, are progressing into a more modern knowledge mindset, I get my placidity kicked right out from under me by witnessing so vile a hatred against a certain type of dog, that I struggle to breathe normally. So many cities who once enforced BSL Read More
If cats are likely to live longer and healthier lives indoors – why are we still allowing them outdoors? Surprise, living indoors – though – has shortcomings too. Sixty years ago, indoors vs. outdoors wasn’t an issue. Most cats could come and go as they pleased. It wasn’t welfare issues that changed their world, encouraging Read More
California appears set to ban sales of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores, just as hundreds of communities and some counties have done around the country. The California bill is aimed at changing how cats, dogs and rabbits become family pets, and has cleared the California Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee with Read More
Lyme disease is spreading in America. In fact, veterinary parasitologists refer to Lyme and other tick diseases as an epidemic. FACT: In most places where Lyme has been, it’s more abundant. FACT: In geographic regions with minimal Lyme; they are now seeing the illness far more often as it continues to spread. And it gets Read More
): Veterinary technicians are the unsung heroes of veterinary medicine, the quiet angels who make a profound difference in the lives of our pets every day.
“We’re now discovering loss of kidney function in lots of middle aged cats before the cat becomes sick. This is extremely important to potentially slow the disease progression and help us to monitor kidney loss.”
With a little commonsense and mindfulness, our cats can enjoy summer as much as we do. There’s nothing like a cat on a lap to help us slow down to smell the roses. Have a safe, happy and healthy summer!
It’s an epidemic out there – seriously, some veterinary and human parisitologists warning that the ticks are taking over. And where there are ticks, there’s tick disease.
Fleas may be inevitable, but new improvements in flea prevention can help you and your dog win the war on fleas, no matter where you live.
The primary form of communication for dogs is body language. It is important that you learn more about this language, especially if you are caring for senior dogs, in order to understand their changing needs.
Taking care of a pet for her entire lifespan is a huge responsibility, but there are a few ways to ensure her well-being. 10 Tips for General Animal Care: Physical examination. A veterinarian should examine your dog at least once every 12 months. Do not miss yearly checkups, and keep your dog up-to-date on Read More
In striving to keep things merry and bright and this holiday season, I've decided to feature the top five photos of my veterinary acupuncture patients from 2013. Not many people get the chance to see what it's like for pets to have acupuncture, so I frequently photograph my patients during their treatment process. Actually, quite Read More
We're just beginning to understand the extent of the remarkable bond between dogs and humans. Adding a dog to your life can be a wonderful idea at any age, but it’s not a decision to take lightly. If you’re looking for a new dog for yourself or a family member, it’s important to take your time to find the right dog for your age, health, and lifestyle.
To some dog owners, the issue of vaccination is controversial—should it even be done? But to anyone living in developing country where most dogs and cats are not vaccinated or to anyone unlucky enough to see an outbreak, the issue is a no brainer. Take the following historical case in point. Unknown infectious agent drops Read More
Below is a list of all It's Me Or The Dog episodes, and their descriptions: Territory Season Ep# Title Air Date Description UK 1 101 Jimi & Duke 8/31/2005 Victoria helps a family of desperate pet owners get their misbehaving dogs Jimi and Duke under control. She meets a couple whose house has been taken Read More