Wellness

“Forever” Chemicals Could be Affecting Your Dog, Too

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by Laura Fourniotis, Blue Pearl Vet From nonstick cookware to clothing and cosmetics, industrial chemicals can be found in many of the items we use every day. One specific class of chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are being used in more and more places, including some food packaging, clothing, cleaning products, and water supplies. Now, scientists have also found these chemicals in household pets (yes, ...

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Your Pets are Stressed, Too

Dr. Niwako Ogata, an associate professor of veterinary behavior medicine in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says pets could be feeling secondhand anxiety from their owners who are coping with lifestyle changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Abbey Nickel, Purdue University The COVID-19 pandemic is creating emotional stress and anxiety for humans – but chances are, their furry companions are likely feeling the same way. Dr. Niwako Ogata, an associate professor of veterinary behavior medicine in Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says pets could be feeling secondhand anxiety from their owners who are coping with ...

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Do You Know Pet First Aid?

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Do you know how to perform CPR on your dog? How do you treat a cut on a paw? If a cat is limping, can you evaluate the injury? These are the kinds of questions you should be asking during National Pet First Aid Awareness Month this April. A PetFirst Pet Insurance1 poll of members last year indicated that for ...

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COVID-19 and Pets: What are the Risks?

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Whether or not your pet can become infected with the COVID-19 virus has produced some confusion. While some reports have surfaced that pets cannot contract the virus, other reports say it is still possible. So what’s the truth? “The facts haven’t really changed, although we continue to develop more nuanced understanding,” said Dr. Kate Creevy, associate professor of small animal ...

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5 Ways You and Your Pet can Shed Some Serious Pounds Together

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Humans aren’t the only ones who tend to pack on a few extra pounds during the winter months. Our pets are susceptible to some unwanted weight gain as well. Being just 10% overweight reduces your pet’s life span by one-third and predisposes him or her to a variety of disorders ranging from arthritis and diabetes to cancer and heart disease. ...

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The Coronavirus and Your Pet

Dr. Kate Creevy, an associate professor at the CVM, assures pet owners that “at this time, we do not believe humans can catch (any form of) coronavirus from their pet.”

 

In addition, veterinarians do not currently believe that pets are susceptible to the 2019-nCoV mutated virus.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak has been at the front of many health professionals’ minds, especially with the World Health Organization’s recent declaration of the virus as a public health emergency of international concern. Although the threat of the mutated 2019-nCoV strain should be taken seriously, veterinarians at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) ...

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Researchers Seek a Helping Paw for Dog Aging Study

Audrey Ruple, a veterinary epidemiologist and assistant professor of One Health Epidemiology in the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Department of Public Health, with Bitzer, a Great Dane. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca McElhoe)

Audrey Ruple, a veterinary epidemiologist and assistant professor of One Health Epidemiology in the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Department of Public Health, with Bitzer, a Great Dane. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca McElhoe) Almost 80,000 dogs have been nominated to participate in a new nationwide study on dog aging since registration began last fall, but there’s still time for your ...

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Bone Cancer: Two Years Later

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I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d be writing a two-year-update but it happened. August was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in August of 2016. Survival rates vary but most experts will tell you six months is really good, one year is extremely lucky, and beyond that, well, it’s a shot in the dark. August is now two years and ...

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The V Foundation Announces Canine Comparative Oncology Grant Program

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The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research funder, is excited to announce an innovative grant-making program to accelerate research in the field of comparative oncology. Canine comparative oncology is an evolving field of study, which enables researchers from human and veterinary medicine to explore new cancer therapies anticipating better efficacy and less toxicity for humans and man’s ...

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Get Fit with your Pup!

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More than 1 in 10 have made a goal to lose weight in 2018. Why should getting in shape be limited to the two-legged members of a household? Healthy Paws Pet Insurance has identified ways pet owners can incorporate their furry friends into their fitness routine in the new year. Wall Sits + Fetch Lean with your back against the ...

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