Is joint ownership really the right call for pets?

November 13, 2014

Is joint ownership really the right call for pets? When couples divorce or break up, lawyers can work out the legal details of pet ownership, according to personal finance pro Harry Gross, but the owners must decide what is best for them and their pet. Gross suggests thinking twice about joint living arrangements, which can cause stress for the pet. Owners who are making arrangements in a will for care of their pets should appoint a caretaker and someone to be responsible for any money left for the pet’s care, since money can’t be directly bequeathed to an animal. Philadelphia Daily News (11/12)

Video: flea and tick prevention

November 13, 2014

Video: Flea and tick prevention Modern flea and tick preventive products are easier to use, safer and more effective than ever. However, flea and tick infestation rates have risen over the last few years. Protecting your pet from fleas and ticks not only saves your pet discomfort, it also protects against potentially deadly illnesses. In this AVMA video, Drs. Bernadine Cruz and Shannon Mesenhowski provide tips to help you make smart choices with topical flea and tick prevention. Watch the video

Case report puts cat scratch disease in the spotlight

November 13, 2014

Case report puts cat scratch disease in the spotlight A woman who developed symptoms of illness may have been infected with Bartonella henselae acquired from a cat, according to a case report. The bacterium can cause cat scratch disease in humans, but it is relatively rare, according to veterinarian Greg Nelson. In rare instances, dogs have been known to carry the pathogen, Dr. Nelson added. LiveScience.com (11/11)

Genome study shows human influence on domestic felines

November 12, 2014

Genome study shows human influence on domestic felines

In the most comprehensive evaluation of the domestic feline genome to date, researchers noted some domestic feline traits were likely selected for during domestication, including how cats respond to treats. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Popular Science

MISSISSIPPI state veterinarians develop platelet purification technique for cancer research

November 11. 2014

Veterinarians develop platelet purification technique for cancer research Veterinarians from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine developed a method for purifying platelets. Previous work has found a connection between cancer metastasis and platelets, and veterinarian Kari Lunsford says the technique will allow further study of the link. “We think that if we can control the platelet, we can control cancer,” Dr. Lunsford said. She is working with veterinarian Camilo Bulla on the project. The Reflector (Mississippi State University)

Choose wisely when considering supplements for pets

November 10, 2014

Choose wisely when considering supplements for pets Supplements for humans and pets aren’t subject to FDA regulation, so pet owners must be careful, writes veterinarian Gary Thompson. Certain pet supplements, including glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and omega-3 fatty acids, have been linked to health benefits, so a veterinarian may recommend trying them in some cases. Dr. Thompson recommends owners interested in supplements for their pets consult with a veterinarian to prevent adverse effects such as drug interactions. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (11/9)

November is pet cancer awareness month

November 10, 2014

Nov. is Pet Cancer Awareness Month During Pet Cancer Awareness Month, animal health professionals spend extra time educating pet owners about cancer, which affects one out of every five dogs and cats annually. That’s about 12 million of our animal companions. Prevention and early detection are best, according to experts, but if a pet is diagnosed with cancer, there are many advanced treatment options available. Portales News-Tribune (N.M.) (11/8)