The AVMA has shared strategies to help pet owners achieve and maintain the best possible health for their animal friends, including wellness exams, dental care, proper diet and exercise, vaccinations and parasite prevention. This article also discusses health insurance for pets.
Loni Fitzgerald was reunited with her cat, Clair, after the cat went missing a year ago, thanks to a microchip implanted in the pet. "I wish she could tell me what she's been through," Fitzgerald said. "I'm definitely not going to be letting her outside for a very long time." Fitzgerald was being treated for cancer when she adopted Clair. Experts say it's essential that microchip contact information be kept up to date.
Pediatric dentist Paul Weiss' newest staff member makes a visit to the dentist a little more fun for his young patients. Brooke, Dr. Weiss' 4-year-old golden retriever, became a certified therapy dog and makes the rounds at the dental office two mornings a week, calming the nerves of the littlest patients. Dr. Weiss notes that a few other dental practices in the country also have therapy dogs.
Eli, a 15-year-old howler monkey who lives at Utah's Hogle Zoo, underwent endoscopy and flushing of the nasal cavity and sinuses this week. Eli developed nasal discharge a few months ago, and a CT scan confirmed sinusitis. Veterinarians Nancy Carpenter and Erika Crook assisted Richard Orlandi, a surgeon at the University of Utah School of Medicine, who said Eli was his first monkey patient.
House cats offered a variety of dry and wet foods ate just enough of each type of food to maintain a daily diet of 52% protein, 36% fat and 12% carbohydrates, which is close to what feral cats eat, according to a new study. "This research has important implications for owners as it shows that cats are able to select and combine wet and dry foods to achieve their target intake of protein, fat and carbohydrate," said researcher Adrian Hewson-Hughes.