July 4th Safety Tips for Dog and Cat Owners

With July 4th fireworks just around the corner, now is a good time to remind pet owners to keep their fur kids safe and comfortable during this sometimes noisy holiday. Cats and dogs can experience July 4th celebrations differently, so here are some helpful safety tips specific to each animal.  First up...cats: And now for … Continue reading July 4th Safety Tips for Dog and Cat Owners

Study: Interacting with Dogs Lowers Stress in School Children

School-age children have been experiencing high levels of stress in recent years. Stress can negatively affect learning and development in kids. A group of researchers in the UK were interested in how animal-assisted interventions (AAI) with therapy dogs could help alleviate stress in school children. The researchers studied children in mainstream educational programs as well … Continue reading Study: Interacting with Dogs Lowers Stress in School Children

Non-invasive “Liquid Biopsy” Blood Tests Help Detect Cancer in Dogs

Cancer is a leading cause of death in dogs. Some breeds are at higher risk than others of getting some form of cancer, so a new early detection blood test is offering pet owners hope. The CANcer Detection in Dogs (CANDiD) study has been evaluating the performance of a liquid biopsy blood test that uses … Continue reading Non-invasive “Liquid Biopsy” Blood Tests Help Detect Cancer in Dogs

Veterinary Social Work is a New and Growing Career Field

Bringing a very sick pet to the veterinarian can be an upsetting experience for loving pet owners. Vets and vet techs are a caring but busy group of people, which is why some veterinary practices are beginning to offer clients the services of a veterinary social worker. One recent University of North Carolina social work … Continue reading Veterinary Social Work is a New and Growing Career Field