Saturday, May 16, 2015

American Humane Association offers safety tips for National Dog Bite Prevention Week


Via PRNewswire - Every year more than 4.5 million Americans, more than half of them children, are bitten by dogs. As part of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week coalition, American Humane Association encourages adults to teach children how to avoid dog bites and learn the importance of pet owner responsibility.

"For thousands of years, dogs have been our best friends, providing love, comfort and protection," says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. "In turn, we must be their best friends and protect all those around us – ourselves, our children, and our dogs – from the dangers and consequences of dog bites through good prevention strategies."

"The majority of emergency room treatments for dog bites involve children," says Dr. Kwane Stewart, chief veterinary officer at American Humane Association. "Studies have also shown that the greatest percentage of dog-bite fatalities occurred among children and unsupervised newborns."

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Purina Cat Chow honors Shelter Volunteer of the Year

Via PRNewswire - For more than 10 years, Liz Taranda has volunteered thousands of hours toward helping cats at the Clifton Animal Shelter feel comfortable while staying at the shelter and find forever homes.

In honor of her dedication, Purina Cat Chow is proud to announce that Taranda has been selected as its first-ever Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest winner.

The Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest recognized and thanked the volunteers who tirelessly care for cats as they await their forever homes and work to make their temporary shelter homes gentler, less stressful places.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Voting now open for 2015 American Hero Vet and Vet Tech Awards

American Humane Association is pleased to announce that voting is now open in the second annual American Humane Association Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, sponsored by Zoetis.

Following the review of hundreds of nominations, a blue-ribbon judging panel of celebrities, veterinary professionals, and animal care professionals has selected 10 of the country’s top veterinarians and veterinary technicians as finalists.

Pet owners and animal lovers alike are invited to visit www.herovetawards.org every day between now and July 13 to vote for 2015’s top American Hero Veterinarian and American Hero Veterinary Technician.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Alley Cat Allies recognizes veterinarians' key role in cat health and dispelling myths

This Saturday, April 25, Alley Cat Allies observes World Veterinary Day by recognizing veterinarians and their crucial role in protecting cats.

Veterinarians not only serve their communities by providing care and treatment for cats, they are also vital sources of information about cats and cat health.

This year’s World Veterinary Day theme is “Vector-Borne Diseases with a Zoonotic Potential,” which is a subject veterinarians are often asked about regarding outdoor cats.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Human medication tops list of ASPCA animal poison concerns

Via ASPCA.org -The ASPCA and its Animal Poison Control Center have revealed that human medications again top of the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets, according to cases handled by the APCC.

The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center handled more than 167,000 cases in 2014 involving pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances. Nearly 16 percent of those calls (26,407 cases) were from owners whose pets got into medicines intended for human use, putting this category at the top of the toxin list for the seventh straight year.

“Just like children, our pets explore the world with their mouths. Unfortunately, our pets are much stronger and agile, with the ability to chew right through pill containers or jump to typically out-of-reach hiding places,” said Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.