Hydrotherapy is a key part of the workout at Whole Animal Gym in Philadelphia, which uses holistic practices alongside veterinary medicine to help animals stay healthy, manage pain and recover from injuries. AVMA has recognized sports medicine as a rising treatment for dogs, said WAG co-owner and veterinarian Christina Fuoco.
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.
Dog and cat owners are trending toward fewer veterinary visits for their pets, according to the AVMA's latest U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. Because preventive care helps keeps pets healthy and prevents untimely deaths, author Steve Dale argues improving utilization of preventive care should be among animal lovers' goals for 2013. Among Dale's other goals for the year are supporting what he calls "sensible dangerous dog laws," rather than those that focus on a single breed, and fighting pet obesity.