Some dogs could see a kennel stay as exciting
University of Lincoln via ScienceDaily
New research suggests that dogs who spend a short time in boarding kennels may not find it unduly stressful and could in fact find the change of scenery exciting.
AAFP/ISFM release 'Guidelines for Diagnosing and Solving House-Soiling Behavior in Cats'
American Association of Feline Practitioners
Owners of house-soiling cats frequently abandon or relinquish these pets to shelters where many are euthanized as unadoptable. Veterinarians can significantly decrease this number by preventing house soiling or effectively treating it. To provide practice guidelines for veterinary professionals, the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the International Society of Feline Medicine have released the AAFP/ISFM "Guidelines for Diagnosing and Solving House-Soiling Behavior in Cats," which has also been endorsed by the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dog's death prompts warning about algae blooms
St. Cloud Times
Pollution experts are warning dog owners to keep their pets out of algae-infested waters after a dog died recently after swimming in a Minnesota lake, and are urging veterinarians to do the same. Brock Tatge and Kirsten Tatge and their four children, who live on the south side of the lake, were enjoying the water when their dog, Copper, became ill. Copper, a healthy, active, 5-year-old Labrador Retriever, had been fetching a tennis ball from the lake, Brock Tatge said.
Backyard chickens 101: A quick guide for small-animal veterinarians
American Veterinary Medical Association
Backyard poultry are increasing in suburban and even urban areas. The animals are often obtained as sources of fresh eggs, but many become pets after their egg production has ended. In addition, many of these animals are treated more as pets than as production animals even during their production cycle, and the owners and their families may become very bonded to them.
Pets of low-income, homeless owners to receive more veterinary care
Veterinary Practice News
The Pixie Project will be able to provide low-income and homeless families additional veterinary care for their pets, thanks to a grant of $7,500 from Banfield Charitable Trust. Already an advocate for finding permanent homes for shelter animals and for providing free and low-cost procedures for pets of owners with financial struggles, the grant will allow The Pixie Project to provide veterinary services regularly.
From fireworks to boredom: Why some pets take Prozac
Good Morning America via ABC News
Have you been feeling tired and listless lately? Has life got you down? Are you a dog? It seems humans aren't the only ones who get sad, anxious and depressed. An estimated 2.8 million dog owners give their dogs calming and anxiety medicines like Prozac each year, according to the National Pet Owners Survey of the American Pet Products Association.
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