Registration for a free eye exam program exclusively for service dogs begins today and runs through May 16, 2010. For the third consecutive year, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and Merial are sponsoring free eye exams for canines that selflessly serve the public, including guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs and search and rescue dogs. Because their guardians rely on these amazing animals for so much, it’s vital to keep their peepers shiny, focused and bright. Check out more details on the ACVO website.
We don’t think of dogs as blood donors, but the demand is there. Surgeries, traumatic injuries, pancreatitis, rat poison ingestion are some medical conditions where a blood transfusion may be necessary. Allison Dietz, a licensed veterinary technician, runs a pet blood bank in Seattle, Washington. According to Ms. Dietz, one donation could potentially save 4 […]
The American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccination Task Force has issued new guidelines in 2011 for vaccinations. They recommend that vaccinations for Distemper, Parvovirus and Adenovirus can now be administered every 3 years instead of annually. The task force also said that distemper and parvo vaccines provide at least 5 year immunities and adenovirus vaccine […]
What are the basic building blocks of nutrients that cats and dogs need to enjoy healthy lives? Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat, minerals, vitamins and water are the basics. Proteins – Cats are true carnivores and need more protein than dogs. The 22 amino acids in protein, 12 of which an animal synthesizes, are necessary for every […]