Holiday Safety Tips
Holly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe!
Of course you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations:
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Colorado Vets See Spike In Cases Of 'Stoner Dogs'
The popularity of medical marijuana in Colorado has had an unintended side effect -- dogs getting stoned, sometimes with deadly results. [more]
FDA issues draft compliance policy guide for pet nutrition products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released draft guidelines on how it plans to regulate compliance with federal requirements for the labeling and distribution of therapeutic dog and cat foods--and potentially take action against manufacturers. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) says pet foods with disease-related claims are increasingly being sold outside veterinary practices, and it intends to bring therapeutic nutrition back under the direction and oversight of veterinarians. [more]
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported that since August 2011, 309 cases of H3N2v influenza infection of people have been reported in13 states. [more]
Soring Horses: Unethical and Illegal
It's a competitive world out there. Unfortunately, there are people who make unethical choices to gain unfair advantages in their show ring pursuit of that championship ribbon or trophy. Even more unfortunate is the suffering that these choices cause to the horses.?. [more]
AVMA defends health of America's pets at FTC Pet Medication Workshop
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) October 5, 2012—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) defended the veterinary profession and spoke out against a proposed federal mandate on prescription writing during an Oct. 2 workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that looked at competition and.... [more]
Money tips for caring pet owners’ helps stretch the vet-care dollar while ensuring a pet’s continued good health
(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) Sept. 19, 2012 – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has assembled expert advice and simple steps that will help pet owners save money while still protecting their pet’s health. The recommendations make up the AVMA’s “Money tips for caring pet owners,” which is...[more]
Animal and Domestic Abuse: A Sobering Connection
Interpersonal violence is more pervasive than many people realize. Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her life. In recent years, a strong and surprising connection has been documented linking animal abuse and domestic violence: in 85 percent of homes where women or children are being abused, a pet is also suffering abuse.[more]
Study: Oral bacteria passed between dogs and their owners
In a Japanese study, researchers evaluated oral bacteria in people and dogs, finding that the species share microbes. According to the study, 10 bacteria common to human oral plaques were present in dogs, while a bacteria species generally relegated to the canine mouths was found in some dog owners. Bacterial sharing was greater in cases where contact between humans and dogs was high, but even low-contact relationships resulted in transmission of bacteria between species. [more]
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