How Dog-Human Interactions Affect Owner Well-Being

A new study published in Scientific Reports examines how dog-related activities impact our well-being.  The authors studied 58 dog-human activities and found—not surprisingly!—that most of them improved the owners’ sense of life satisfaction and well-being. The researchers acknowledge that most studies of dog owners show that having a dog is good for our mental health, … Continue reading How Dog-Human Interactions Affect Owner Well-Being

Pet Companies Team Up for “Take Your Cat to the Vet” Campaign

Did you know that more than half of US cats are not taken to the veterinarian for an annual veterinary exam?  Yearly checkups are an important part of keeping your cat happy and healthy. Royal Canin, Chewy, PetSmart, and Banfield have become partners to raise awareness of this issue with their Take Your Cat to … Continue reading Pet Companies Team Up for “Take Your Cat to the Vet” Campaign

Video: Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners

Wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters can be traumatic events for people…and their animals.  As you think about how you will react if a disaster hits your area, don’t forget to include your pets in any emergency preparedness planning. The American Veterinary Medical Association has created this “Saving the Whole Family” video on how to … Continue reading Video: Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners

Study: Early Neutering Leads to Joint Problems in Large Dogs

Researchers at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have found that early spay/neuter in heavier mixed breed dogs can lead to joint problems later in life. Specifically, the study found that mixed breed dogs with an adult weight of 44 pounds or heavier had a higher risk level for one or more … Continue reading Study: Early Neutering Leads to Joint Problems in Large Dogs