Posts in category "veterinary health"

Importance of AAHA Accreditation, American Animal Hospital Association

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Being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association really DOES matter. In veterinary medicine accreditation is voluntary, achieving over 900 standards in 18 categories. The process of becoming accredited is quite rigorous. These practices do go the extra mile. Indeed, personally, I feel many good, and may great practices out there – still I only... Read more »

Tick Disease in Dogs the Fall - It's Still A Threat

Tick Disease in Dogs the Fall - It's Still A Threat
Cool weather may be approaching, but that doesn’t mean the threat of ticks is going away anytime soon, as Dr. Craig Prior, board member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council . Listen here from my nationally syndicated Steve Dale’s Pet World, as Prior says ticks like to give disease to dogs in the fall, particularly Lyme disease.... Read more »

How to Motivate Senior Dogs

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Motivating senior dogs isn’t all too different than teaching younger dogs….and using positive reinforcement you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. To maintain physical and mental health in older animals, movement is important, same as it is in people. By using treats, you can encourage sedentary animals to get up and go – even... Read more »
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Coughing Dogs, Bordetella is the Number One Explanation

Coughing Dogs, Bordetella is the Number One Explanation
When a dog coughs – don’t jump to the canine influenza virus (dog flu) as the explanation….Sure, if the dog flu is rampant where you are, that’s one thing. However, listen HERE as Dr. Richard Goldsten, chief medical officer of the Animal Medical Center in New York City explain on Steve Dale’s Pet World, the... Read more »

Declaw or No: I Say NO

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I am Not a fan of declaw for cats. I talk about why cats scratch, and how to motivate them to scratch there you want them do on this segment for HouseSmarts TV (see all my segments HERE). A free handout, which I co-authored: “Think Twice Before You Declaw”    Type your email address in... Read more »

Freaky Flea Questions

Freaky Flea Questions
Fleas are on your mind, recent questions for my nationally syndicated Tribune Content Agency newspaper column. Q: I live in the Sierra Mountains of California because there are no fleas. I wonder if this is a phenomenon nationwide. I’ve not seen a flea or tick above 3,000-feet. J.M., Cyberspace A: “It’s not as much about... Read more »
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Drinking from Fish Tank: A Good Idea?

Drinking from Fish Tank: A Good Idea?
Q: Is it OK for Diego to drink from the fish tank? — C.H., via cyberspace A: It’s a mystery as to whether Diego is a dog or cat, but emergency veterinarian Dr. Heather Loenser, of Lebanon, NJ, can offer advice because, for the most part, it doesn’t matter. “A salt water tank might be... Read more »

Children Prefer to Confide in Pets

Children Prefer to Confide in Pets
Children are more likely to confide to a pet about a household crisis, expressing their emotion to the family dog or cat, preferred over a sibling or a friend, and for sure over the parents, according to a study in the U.K. Though the relationship between pets and children as friends and playmates has often... Read more »

Best and Worst Places to Live with Pets

Best and Worst Places to Live with Pets
WalletHub compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from the minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to the number of pet businesses per capita. The complete ranking of the best places to live with pets: Source: WalletHub  
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America’s Favorite Veterinarian Nominee, Dr. Jerry Klein

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Dr. Jerry Klein, from Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center, could be named America’s Favorite Veterinarian. You can vote everyday, and vote HERE. Dr. Klein was no doubt nominated for nothing short of heroism during the dog flu epidemic, as well as a career that’s helped define emergency veterinary medicine. Type your email address in... Read more »