Part 1 – Flea and Tick Trivia With Dr. Rod Van Horn

How knowledgeable are you about fleas and ticks and the diseases they can transmit to your dogs, cats, and people? While this is probably more than most fifth graders would know, (I am not smarter than a fifth grader, I will admit, based on the TV show), it will test you and, I hope, provide some insight (and fun) into these unwanted, gross, and disease-carrying…

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Foundation is Giving Firefighters the Tools to Save Pets

It all started with “Fido,” a firefighter’s pet. Residential fires are terrifying – and often deadly – to both people and their pets. It’s estimated that more than 40,000 companion animals lose their lives in home fires each year. But an Arizona firefighter designed an emergency bag for pets, named it the “FIDO Bag” (after his own dog), and a new tool in the arsenal…

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National Pet Preparedness Month

Important reminder to create an evacuation plan for the whole family Sometimes all of the unofficial national “holidays” and awareness months that keep cropping up seem excessive. Do we really need a National Hug Your Cat Day?! But I think the new movement to make June National Pet Preparedness Month is a really good one, and a nice complement to September’s National Preparedness Month for people. Earlier this year, I wrote an article in the magazine about disaster preparedness in light of lessons …

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Methicillin Resistant Infections

Photo Credit: (c)Susannah Kay

For several years now there has been a good deal of press about methicillin resistant _Staphylococcal_ infections in people. Such infections are now all too common in veterinary patients as well. _Staphylococcal_ bacteria are normal residents on the skin surface in humans and animals. Although they are part of the body’s standard flora, they are “opportunistic” little buggers, meaning they will gladly create infection when a good opportunity arises such as an inflammatory …

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Methicillin Resistant Infections

Photo Credit: (c)Susannah Kay

For several years now there has been a good deal of press about methicillin resistant _Staphylococcal_ infections in people. Such infections are now all too common in veterinary patients as well. _Staphylococcal_ bacteria are normal residents on the skin surface in humans and animals. Although they are part of the body’s standard flora, they are “opportunistic” little buggers, meaning they will gladly create infection when a good opportunity arises such as an inflammatory …

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Adopt a Cat Month

June is Adopt a Cat month. Needless to say, cats make wonderful pets and terrific companions. So the fact that an entire month is dedicated to encouraging people to adopt a cat is not surprising. But there are even more important reasons for choosing this month to encourage the adoption of a cat (or two).

Unfortunately, only one of four shelter cats actually ends up in a home. Nationwide, it is estimated that 2 million cats are euthanized every year. That equates to 5650 cats every day. In California …

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Dogs Not Welcome Everywhere

This affects guardians to varying degrees

Dogs are welcome, at least under certain circumstances, in more places with each passing year. A number of parks, schools, hotels and hospitals now allow dogs, and a wide variety of businesses let both employees and customers bring their dogs with them. There are still a lot of places that are off limits to our four-legged family members, and this continues to affect most people with dogs.tags: bloglaw & politics

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Global Warming May Affect Your Dog’s Health

Most people can believe that global warming affects sea levels and cause weird variations in weather patterns, but how many would believe that the warmer weather is contributing to a deadly disease of our pets? The rising temperatures across the globe may be helping mosquitoes to survive, which, in turn, are transmitting heartworms to our dogs. Despite this dire news, protection for our friends can be found in a simple monthly tablet. Watch this video to learn more.

Romeo’s Law is about protecting people as much as it is animals.

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Ace Ventura – Pet Detective – Rehab

This is an extremely funny part of the movie Ace Ventura – Pet Detective