With pet obesity often tied to owner habits and health, veterinarians are faced with a complicated situation when dealing with obesity in a pet whose owner has the same issue. Veterinarians can engage in an education plan that involves direct client communication about healthy diet and lifestyle for pets in addition to working at the community level to promote pet and human health, this article suggests.
Although clothes for pets can be trendy, the AVMA says certain breeds benefit from wearing coats, sweaters, booties and other items when the temperature is too cold for them to handle naturally. However, dogs can overheat in sweaters, so owners should closely monitor the weather, the dog and the dog's activity, according to Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a past president of the AVMA.
Some 2,500 service dogs that aid disabled veterans may soon be insured for routine veterinary medical care including annual vaccinations, exams and certain lab tests. The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking veterinary medical insurance for the dogs. The coverage will only apply to those that are actively engaged as working dogs.
Whirlybird, a sea lion found unresponsive at a California beach, has recovered after veterinarians treated the animal for a gunshot wound to the face. When Whirlybird was found, veterinarians noted one eye was lost and the other was severely damaged, and metal fragments were dispersed in the animal's head. Whirlybird, who would likely not survive if released into the wild, has found a home in captivity at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
Movie studio 20th Century Fox awarded Amazon an exclusive right to stream a movie trailer for "Water for Elephants" for a full day before it's available on other sites. The studio hopes the movie will appeal to younger viewers and fans of the best-seller by Sara Gruen.