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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…

Veterinary Medicine Always Changing: Here For Your Pets

American Veterinary Medical Association, celebrating 150 years of veterinary medicine, with Dr. Bernadine Cruz. Hear my conversation HERE with Dr. Cruz from my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. She explains how pets are today a part of the family, and how the human/animal bond can be so intense. Dr. Cruz talks red flags…

Check Ups for Pets Can Save Lives

Check ups for pets are advantageous for real reasons…preventive care is exactly that, disease or illness can be detected early. With an early diagnosis, the prognosis may be improved, the pet may suffer less (if at all) and might actually save the family money. I don’t argue that preventive medical care is important for people,…

Cat Ear Care

Cat ears can be tricky….when to see a veterinarian, or not Dr. Julia Georgesen offers ear care 101 in a video produced by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Georgesen also offers a demonstration on ear-cleaning tips.  

Fear Free Veterinary Visits, Dr. Marty Becker at Veterinary Conference

Orlando, FL. The annual North American Veterinary Conference, one of the largest meetings of its kind, was held here Jan. 19 through 22. Dr. Marty Becker, one of many featured speakers, discussed his concept of fear-free veterinary visits. Dr. Becker, of Bonner’s Ferry, ID, is a contributor to “The Dr. Oz Show” and author of…

North American Veterinary Conference

Here are some of my 2014 North American Veterinary Conference highlights from Orlando.  

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