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December 19 2020

AVMA Uses Telehealth to Sign Off on Santa’s Reindeer

Of course, Santa has a veterinarian – he needs one for all those reindeer. In the past, the President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), strapped on the winter gear, and made a house call. However, due to the pandemic, this year Santa visited AVMA President Dr. Douglas Kratt virtually, using telehealth. And it…

December 17 2020

Dr. Stephen Ettinger: A Legendary Perspective on Veterinary Medicine in the Pandemic

It’s an honor for me to chat with legendary veterinarian Dr. Stephen Ettinger .  Among other books, Dr Ettinger lead editor the many editions of the Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the gold standard in veterinary internal medicine. In over 50 years of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ettinger has seen it all.  Or he thought he has.…

December 17 2020

Tails that Teach

Tails That Teach is a non-profit that partners with school and animal organizations around the country to promote kindness and empathy towards animals.  Executive Director Lisa Wiehebrink joins the national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show to share her messaging. We talk about two Tails that Teach children’s books that she authored: Love Me Gently:…

December 14 2020

12 Christmas Pet Safety Tips

12 Christmas pet safety tips to ensure pet safety and a safe howliday 12) Candles Burn Bright: Curiosity can kill a cat or a puppy. If a candle is knocked over, a house fire can start. A pet can get singed brushing against a candle. Scented candles can be life-threatening to pet birds due their…

December 12 2020

How Smart Are Dogs?

So, how smart are dogs? Look at what Bunny can do. Is Bunny that extraordinary? Or was Bunny merely given an opportunity to express herself in a unique manner that most dogs could replicate if they only had the chance? What do you think?

December 11 2020

“Look What I Found Mom, A Kitten”

Look at what the cat dragged in, or in this case the dog dragged in.  A Yorkshire/Chihuahua/Poodle mix in Abilene, TX took a solo walk and returned with an abandoned kitten. Hazel was let outdoors to “potty,” indeed did her business and then returned with kitty. Each time the kitten hesitated and stopped in her…

December 9 2020

Christmas Gifts for Pets

Not taking the pandemic into account, last year, according to the American Pet Products Association, 42 percent of dog parents purchased at least one Christmas/Hannukah gift (so that’s nearly half the people with a dog) and 26 percent of cat parents do the same. Cats are still getting ripped off compared to dogs but millennials…

December 8 2020

Bulldog Appears to be Rooting for Carnivorous Dinosaurs

Khaleesi watches one of the classic scenes from Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Interestingly the Bulldog appears to be concerned about King Kong and instead supporting the dinosaurs who want to eat terrified Naomi Watts.

December 3 2020

Applauding New Rules for Animals In-Flight: Must be Service Dogs

I agree with the airline industry and U.S. Department of Transportation, animals designated as emotional support or comfort animals should no longer be allowed on airplanes, only legitimate service dogs. Having said that, the airlines – who are partially responsible for this issue in the first place – must offer alternatives for pet travel beyond…

December 2 2020

Pets and the Pandemic: A Survey

A recent study published in the journal Animals sought to identify the unique difficulties and/or advantages related to caring for pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data from this study indicates that strength of the owner’s attachment to their pet(s), as well as their economic resources, and the characteristics of their household are associated with the types…

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