CyberlinkASP and Animal Intelligence Software have developed software for veterinarians that allows them to store, access and manage clients' medical records in the cloud. The system can be accessed from any device, the information is secure, and tools include prescription refill reminders and dose calculators.
We are a nation of animal lovers, according to the AVMA's latest U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which finds that more than half of U.S. homes include a pet. However, ownership is down 2.4% compared with data the AVMA collected in 2006. "That is something I was not expecting," says AVMA president Dr. Douglas Aspros. "Pets are important for people's mental, psychological and physical health. It's also bad for pets because there are a lot of animals left in shelters." Vermont is the top dog for pet ownership with 70.8% of households including a pet, while only 21.9% of Washington, D.C., homes include a pet.
According to a recent study, canine patients with lymphoma were significantly more likely to have proteinuria than control dogs who did not have lymphoma. The findings suggest that dogs with lymphoma should be managed with an understanding of potential renal complications, the authors noted in their report.
Dakota, a 3-year-old Australian shepherd, was attacked by a wild boar while out with his owner, a local firefighter. Veterinarian Juliet Gladden attended to his extensive injuries and said he'll likely recover but that it will take some time. "Most of the wounds we found suggest hopefully his heart, lungs and body can withstand surgery and make it through," said Dr. Gladden, who has treated other dogs attacked by wild boars.
Cats that live in close proximity to their owners are more apt to mirror their own behaviors and routines to those of their human companions than animals that live primarily outside. Picking up on human eating and sleeping habits may play a role in obesity in cats, according to the study, which found mostly outdoor cats tended toward more independent, feral behaviors. Humans learn from cats, too, says veterinarian Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council. "When they sit on our lap softly purring with rhythmic breathing and half-closed eyes, the sense of serenity and calm that comes over us is like a private lesson in inner peace and meditation," Dr. Brunt said.