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Articles: American Veterinary Medical Assocation

August 17 2012

Answering Reader Questions at AVMA Convention

SAN DIEGO, CA — These questions were answered by experts attending the Convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Aug. 3-7 at the San Diego Convention Center. Q: My 5-year-old black Labrador is sneezing. It’s like he needs a tissue. Is this the flu? What can we do? Should we just wait this out? —…

May 24 2012

Dog Bite Prevention Week, American Veterinary Medical Association

We are smack dab in the middle of Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 20 through 26. While dog bite prevention is important, some maintain there are an epidemic of bites, a theory I do not subscribe to. Here’s why: There are more dogs in America today than ever before, the number of reported bites actually…

April 24 2012

Steve Dale: Regular Veterinary Checkups

When to see your veterinarian, experts chime in, Dr. Tony Rumschlag of Elanco Animal Health and Dr. Robin Downing, past president, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. It’s nearly common sense, I think….preventing problems from developing instead of (potentially costly) efforts to treat them when they occur – when at that people treatment may be…

April 3 2012

Spring Has Sprung for Pets

If spring is truly “in the air,” your pets should be able to pick up the scent! Here are some tips to help pets handle the change of seasons: 1. Preventive veterinary care: Have you seen your veterinarian lately? Twice-annual exams are a good idea, allowing veterinarians to detect problems early, which can mean a…

March 15 2012

Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare with American Animal Hospital Association

It’s a mouthful – but the Partnership for Preventive Pet Health Care (partners include the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association) will save lives. Here is my conversation with Dr. Michael Cavanaugh of the American Animal Hospital Association.

March 8 2012

Can Your Cat Make You Crazy, No! Can You Make Yourself Crazy Thinking About It, Yes!

Just plain stupid – cats don’t make people crazy, as the Atlantic Monthly asserts. “Could tiny organisms carried by house cats be creeping into our brains, causing everything from car wrecks to schizophrenia?” Here’s the truth: There have been some loose associations between toxoplasmosis (carried in cat stool and other sources) – to determine previous…

March 1 2012

Our Pets Aren't Getting the Care They Should, Especially Cats!

I speak with Dr. Ron DeHaven, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association about why a decline in veterinary visits really does matter – and with Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners about their latest initiative, Cat Friendly Practices. If quality of life is what it’s about, preventive care is…

February 4 2012

WGN Radio Petcast: Report from North American Veterinary Conference

This WGN radio Petcast was recorded in January (2012) at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, FL. Listen HERE (you may need to wait a few moments for the petcast to load). Dr. Ron DeHaven is the executive vice president and CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and chair of the Partnership for…

January 3 2012

2011, the Year of Rabies?

So, for those who wonder why we give our pets rabies vaccinations, rabies hasn’t gone away anymore in America than anywhere else in the world where the disease is prevalent. The difference here is protection. Enough of our pets are protected to make a difference, and we do communicate warnings to the public about the…

December 20 2011

Santa's Veterinarian Gives the Reindeer A-Okay to Fly

Are you worried about Santa’s reindeer? I was – I mean you never know about these things. So, I checked – and there’s very good news from the North Pole, here’s the  President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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