Sunday, November 29, 2009

Canine Intellect: If Dogs Could Talk!

The internationally renowned Hungarian scientist Vilmos Csanyi studies canine behavior and intelligence at Etovos Lorand University in Budapest, where he chairs the department of ethology. We had the pleasure of speaking with him about his recent book, If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind (translated by Richard E. Quandt).
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

AVMA Video Offers Tips For A 'Pet-Safe' Thanksgiving

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) advises the best way to ensure you have a happy holiday is to make sure your pets are kept safe from holiday-related poisons or injury. "This is the time of year that many veterinary hospitals report more emergency calls than any other time.


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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pet Holiday Hazards

Any 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic can attest to the fact that the holidays are a dangerous time for pets. The number of poisonings, injuries, accidents and preventable illnesses rises dramatically from the latter part of November through early January.... Read more...

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Animal-assisted therapy eases postoperative pain

Animal-assisted therapy eases postoperative pain: "Maywood, Ill. -- People who received pet therapy while recovering from total joint replacement surgery
required 50 percent less pain medication than those not receiving pet therapy."

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Recovering With 4-Legged Friends Requires Less Pain Medication

Adults who use pet therapy while recovering from total joint-replacement surgery require 50 percent less pain medication than those who do not. These findings were presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the International Society of Anthrozoology and the First Human Animal Interaction Conference (HAI) in Kansas City, Mo.

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Novartis donating parasite protection to 1,100 service dogs

Novartis donating parasite protection to 1,100 service dogs: "Smithtown, N.Y. -- America's VetDogs and the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind announced a
partnership with Novartis Animal Health US, which is providing a one-year supply of its Sentinel Flavor Tabs, a
broad-spectrum preventive against five major parasites, for 1,100 canine graduates, dogs in training and puppies of
both organizations."

Service dogs for service members

Service dogs for service members: "The beneficial effects of pets on people has been examined a lot of late, but never quite like

Calif. cities rush to ban cat declawing

Calif. cities rush to ban cat declawing: "California -- In attempt to get their ordinances approved before a new state law takes affect that
will prevent cities from passing legislation that will interfere with state-regulated professions like veterinary
medicine, at least five cities have passed or are about to pass laws banning cat declawing."

84M pets are overweight, obese

84M pets are overweight, obese: "This association estimates half of the dogs and cats in the United States are too heavy."

Friday, November 6, 2009

AVMA Updates H1N1 Flu Resources For Pet Owners, Veterinarians

Since the news broke of a housecat in Iowa testing positive for the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, pet owners and veterinarians alike have been scrambling to learn more: Can my pet get sick? What would the symptoms of H1N1 in cats be? How is it identified? How is it treated? The American Veterinary ...Click for more.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

PetSmart Voluntarily Recalls Dentley's Beef Hooves

PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) is voluntarily recalling two Dentley's Beef Hoof products for potential salmonella contamination. The products were manufactured by Pet Carousel, Inc. in Sanger, Calif.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cat catches swine flu

"Does the swine flu pandemic pose a threat to your pet? Yes, according to a report out today from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

A cat in Iowa has tested positive for the H1N1 virus, state officials confirmed this morning, ...Click here for more.

Good Dog, Smart Dog

Life as a Labradoodle may sound free and easy, but if you’re Jet, who lives in New Jersey, there is a lot of work to be done.

He is both a seizure alert dog and a psychiatric service dog whose owner has epilepsy, severe anxiety, depression, various phobias and hypoglycemia. Jet has been trained to anticipate seizures, panic attacks and plunging blood sugar and will alert his owner to these things by staring.......Click here.

Fleas Pose Health Threats to Cats and Humans

A well informed blogger writes, "in my practice as a veterinarian I must constantly battle fleas. Worse, and much more frustrating, I also must do daily battle against human ignorance regarding the vile, pestilence-spreading blood sucking parasites." Click here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

FDA Issues Warning About Vetsulin Insulin

"Vetsulin insulin is widely used in diabetic dogs (and, occasionally, diabetic cats). I was therefore disturbed to receive the following e-mail from the American Veterinary Medical Association." Click here to read full article.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Local Dog Trainer Earns Professional Dog Trainer Certification

Local dog trainer, Robin Brown, CPDT-KA of Trenton, Michigan has earned certification through the Certification Council for Progessional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the first national certification for dog trainers. Robin now joins an elite group of 1800 plus Certified Pet Dog Trainers in the United States, Canada, Austria, Ireland, Japan, Australia and The Bahamas. Read more...

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