National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day: August 22nd Author- Tori Munguia RVT Pet Emergency Education Instructor Dallas, TX Here are the top 5 reasons routine vet visits are a vital part for your cat to live a long, healthy life. Cats are masters at hiding illness. Cat’s natural behaviors make them excellent at hiding how they feel when they are sick or in pain. Over 50% of cats are overweight or obese. Just a few extra pounds can put cats at risk for diabetes; heart, respiratory, and kidney disease, and more. Preventive care is better than reactive care. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies. Kittens have 26 teeth, while adult cats have 30. Periodontal disease is considered the most prevalent disease in cats three years of age and older. Cats age more rapidly than humans. A cat reaches the approximate human age of 15 during its first year, and then 24 at age 2. Each year after, they age approximately four “cat years” for every calendar year. For more information go to: https://www.catvets.com/Cat2VetDay
Louisiana Needs Your Help! Mandy Taylor RVT, Pet Emergency Education Certified Instructor has been knee deep in the trenches of the recent Louisiana floods which have devastated much of the state near Baton Rouge. Most of Louisiana has gotten at least a foot of rain since Friday, with some places getting as much as 30 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS has stated that this is some of the worst flooding to hit the state and has been awful — 13 dead, 8,400 people in shelters, 40,000 homes damaged, 30,000 people rescued. The Washington Post reported that the American Red Cross stated that the flooding is the country’s worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy. As a credentialed Vet Tech Mandy is providing emergency aid as part of the emergency response efforts in the horrific rising river waters that are flooding the area. She is dedicated to the injured and displaced animals in this natural disaster in which she is working to triage and provide emergency medical care along with her veterinary clinic, to animals at a shelter that had completely flooded. Mandy has asked for the following which they are desperately in need of: donations of supplies for these animals, Vet Techs willing to volunteer their time and anyone willing to foster any of the displaced animals.
by Alex Dundon CVT- Certified Fear Free Professional and Owner of A & R Critter Care Almost 90% of owners will say that their pet has some sort of behavioral problem. This can range from the “reactive”or “cranky” to “dominant” pets. There is a behavior or “personality quirk” that’s not ideal, but it’s something that the pet’s family lives with because…well, why not? It’s not a big deal. He’s just “cranky” or “certain things set him off”. But what if you can notice signs of discomfort before that happens? What if Fido is acting out because he’s scared? Can you recognize the early signs of fear? “Fear is the number one cause of aggression. It’s imperative that you be able to 1) understand the cause and basis behind the fear, 2) recognize the overt as well as subtle signs, and 3) be aware of what people commonly do to that worsens the fear and aggression.” -Dr. Sophia Yin Sophia Yin was a veterinarian and behaviorist who spent years learning, teaching, and applying Low Stress principles as a smarter alternative to force. Her goal was to gain and teach a new understanding of the motivation behind an animal’s response and why fear is such a driving force behind many negative and potentially dangerous behaviors. Essentially, what may be a small and inconsequential behavior now