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.
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.
Advocates urge pet owners to microchip their animals because traditional ID tags can slip off of dogs and cats. To learn more about microchipping during National Pet ID Week, read this JAVMA article and AVMA's backgrounder.