UC Davis to Deploy Mobile Veterinary Teams to Help Pets in Wildfires

The Sacramento Bee reports that the UC Davis California Veterinary Emergency Team Program will receive new state funding to deploy veterinary school professors and students to disasters like wildfires, and also train volunteer response teams around the state. UC Davis says that a major goal of the program is to increase emergency response capacity and … Continue reading UC Davis to Deploy Mobile Veterinary Teams to Help Pets in Wildfires

How to Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke

The American Veterinary Medical Association has created a fact sheet for pet owners on the dangers of smoke from wildfires. Animals are as susceptible to poor air quality as people, especially if they suffer from respiratory or cardiovascular health problems. What are the signs of irritation from smoke inhalation in dogs, cats, and other animals?  … Continue reading How to Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters: Is Your Pet Emergency Plan Ready?

Experts are predicting a higher-than-normal risk for both Western wildfires and Atlantic hurricanes in the 2021 season.  It’s important to have a disaster plan in place that includes your pets. Here in California and other parts of the West, fast spreading wildfires can be dangerous for household pets and farm animals.  The County of San … Continue reading Wildfires, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters: Is Your Pet Emergency Plan Ready?

Pets Together Program Provides Virtual Pet Therapy for Isolated People

Following public health guidelines can help keep all of us safe and healthy, but it sometimes can lead to social isolation and loneliness, especially among older adults.  That’s why the folks at the Animal Farm Foundation created Pets Together, a program that brings pets and people together virtually. People in need of a little “pet … Continue reading Pets Together Program Provides Virtual Pet Therapy for Isolated People

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks U.S. State Animal Protection Laws

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) recently released its 14th annual U.S. State Animal Protection Laws Ranking Report for the year 2019. The ALDF assesses each state’s animal protection legislation and ranks them from strongest to weakest.  For 2019, Illinois ranked first, followed by Oregon, Colorado, Maine, and Rhode Island. At the bottom of the … Continue reading Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks U.S. State Animal Protection Laws