Articles: American Veterinary Medical Assocation

Protect Pets from Ticks this Fall

Lyme disease can be transmitted to dogs at anytime of year, but fall is actually when dogs thought to be most susceptible. So, even if you live north, don’t stop using that tick disease product quite yet. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) now advises clients with dogs diagnosed with Lyme to see their pediatrician…

America's Favorite Veterinarian, Dr. Tim Hunt

On Sept. 30, Dr. Tim Hunt, of Marquette, MI, was voted America’s Favorite Veterinarian in a contest sponsored by the non-profit American Veterinary Medical Foundation. As it turns out, voters chose a kind of modern day James Herriot (the beloved late British country veterinarian, James Alfred “Alf” Wight, best known by his pen name). “For me,…

Veterinarians and Pediatricians Partner on Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an epidemic in America. Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated there is 10 times more Lyme disease present in people than previously thought. At least 300,000 people are diagnosed annually with Lyme in the U.S. Lyme is transmitted to people, and to dogs, by deer ticks. The good…

Lyme Disease Partnership, Veterinarians & Pediatricians

American Veterinary Medical Association CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven announced on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show a new initiative with the American Academy of Pediatrics to fight Lyme (and other tick diseases). HEAR the interview. If a dog is diagnosed with Lyme….easy enough to diagnose for veterinarians with a four-way in clinic…

Dr. Natalie Marks for America's Favorite Veterinarian, Her Patients Know Why

America’s Favorite Veterinarian could certainly be awarded to a brilliant academic who created a treatment to extend or save animal lives, or maybe a veterinarian who made a discovery that impacted the world such as figuring out how transmission of a disease like SARS jumped from animals to people. Those are true heroes who make…

AVMA Adjusts Position on Declaw

“Let’s face it, a declaw surgery is an amputation,” says Dr. Marcus Brown, president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and a participant in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, who helped craft the new AVMA position statement on declawing cats. The statement is designed, “To clarify that the procedure is…

America's Favorite Veterinarian Contender: An Amazing Veterinarian, Dr. Natalie Marks

Dr. Natalie Marks is among 20 candidates vying for the title of America’s Favorite Veterinarian,   Mark Schmandt authors this guest blog explaining his ‘ special connection to Dr. Marks. You can vote here.  America’s Favorite Veterinarian is contest developed by the non-profit American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Dr. Natalie Marks is amazing veterinarian, and we have felt that for a…

Thunderstorm Anxiety; Fighting Cats; Pit Bulls: New Research from Veterinary Behavior Symposium

DENVER, CO. — A nutritional supplement with green tea as a primary ingredient can help dogs with thunderstorm anxiety; a new tool to inspire peace among dueling cats; and what it means to be called a pit bull when you’re a shelter dog. Investigators revealed their findings on these and other study topics during the…

There's No Problem with Pit Bulls: Misinformation A Problem

“The Problem with Pit Bulls” was the headline of a Time magazine story (June 20, 2014) by Charlotte Alter. My problem is with the story, not with the dogs referred to as pit bulls. The story, filled with inaccurate characterizations, called for breed-specific mandated sterilization, and ultimately vilified dogs referred to as pit bulls. Whenever anti-pit…

Selecting a Cold-Blooded Friend, American Veterinary Medical Association

Not all pets are furry, some are scaly. Dr. Susan Horton, in this video from the American Veterinary Medical Association, talks about alternatives such as snakes, lizards and turtles as pets. (By the way, the way the alligator shown in this video is NOT a good choice as a pet, for starters it’s illegal in…

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