Articles: American Animal Hospital Association

Last Interview with AVMA Chief Before Retirement

Cloning pets, I don’t believe that’s a good idea….as I discuss HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio. So, if you’re not paying upwards of $50,000 for a cloned pet, where do you get a pet from? This the topic of my discussion with Dr Nancy Soares, president of the American Animal Hospital…

Toothaches in Pets May be Hard to Detect

Have you ever been told that your breath stinks? That’s a red flag that your pets’ teeth can use some help…but often there is no red flag, says Dr. Tracy Jensen, past president of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dogs or cats may become finicky about food, but with cats especially we just say ‘well…

Kids Meeting Dogs in Summer: Safety First

Summer is here, and that means meeting more dogs – especially the kids meeting dogs they don’t know. Dr. Heather Loenser of the American Animal Hospital Association has two do’s and two don’t’s. Listen to Dr. Loenser  explain on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. We also talk about little kids who hug dogs.…

Lyme Matters

In conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), I’ve launched a One Health campaign called Stop Lyme, and I write about it for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Pets Matter column.  Of course, people matter too – and that is why I thought, if a dog is diagnosed with…

Choosing a Pet: It's OK to be Different

So, what type of pet do you get? Dr. Nancy Soares of the American Animal Hospital Association answers….and she LOVES the idea of adopting via a shelter or a rescue. And how do you best integrate that new pet into a home? “t doesn’t happen overnight,” she says. And the joy that rescued animal brings,…

Do Speak with Your Veterinarian About Any Change in Behavior

Sometimes pet owners either believe their veterinarian doesn’t want to hear about pet behavior problems, isn’t qualified to help or often people are just to embarrassed to bring up. However, for starters, any change in a pet’s behavior may actually signal a medical explanation, which the veterinarian needs to know, says Dr. Pamela Nicholas, board…

Who Doesn't Love Puppies

It’s all about puppies, how to choose one and where to and where not to get a puppy from – a conversation on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show with Dr. Nancy Soares, incoming president of the American Animal Hospital Association. Listen HERE. Dr. Soares says you can get a great puppy…

Cats: What's Up with them Not Seeing Veterinarians

Dr. Mike Cavanaugh, CEO of the American Animal Hospital Association chats with me HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World show about how cats – in some ways – are second class citizens. They may be easier to keep than dogs, but it doesn’t mean they don’t require medical attention, for preventive care or to…

A Zoo Vet Office, Just Like Yours – but with Elephants

American Animal Hospital Association accredited zoo practice,  Tampas Lowry Park Zoo, is the first of its kind. Reaching AAHA standards from the surgical suite to providing environmental enrichment. Species as diverse the clouded leopard, okapi, manatee and white rhinoceros receive the same kind of care your dog and cat do at home – and arguably…

Importance of AAHA Accreditation, American Animal Hospital Association

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…

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