Pet Health 

NOTE: The information contained in these self help documents is not to be used as a substitute for professional care. Neither the authors nor the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help documents.

News

Why Are Vets So Expensive? - Great insight to the cost of veterinary medicine.


Real Raw Milk Facts - Everyone is talking about raw milk! What are the real benefits and risks? In 2009, two leading public health agencies, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), held informational sessions to discuss emerging issues surrounding the increasing popularity of raw milk. After examining the scope and complexity of the debate, many participants felt that there was a need for a website entirely devoted to raw milk. On May 18, 2010, such a website was launched.


AVMA and WebMD join forces to offer online pet information - The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and WebMD have teamed up to launch a pet health community called the Pet Health Exchange. Visitors to the new site can discuss pet health issues with AVMA member veterinarians.


FDA Launches New Pet Health and Safety Widget

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched its Pet Health and Safety Widget for consumers as part of an ongoing effort to provide timely, user-friendly, public health information.


Cold Weather Tips - The WSVMA offers tips on the best care for your pet during the cold winter weather.


H1N1 (Swine Flu) Updates

 Pet Poison Helpline's List of Top 10 Human Medications Poisonous To Pets - Pet owners who are serious about pet-proofing their home should start with their own medicine cabinet.


Holiday Toxin Tips from Pet Poison Helpline- Help keep your pets safe this holiday season with tips on holiday foods, plants and decorations that can put your pet at risk.


Zoonotic Disease- Zoonotic diseases (also called zoonoses) are infectious diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.


Xylitol is dangerous to pets
Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbancy and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days. Source: ASPCA

Brochures

WSVMA Resources

Helpful Websites

AVMA Care for Animals

Check parasite prevalence by state – Pets and Parasites

Dog Bite Prevention Websites and Reading Material:

Healthy Pet - An extensive pet care library and FAQs from the American Animal Hospital Association.

My Pet Care TV - Pet care community. Learn, share, connect.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Animals

PetEducation.com - Health information for all types of pets.

Public Health Seattle King County - Zoonotic Diseases - Zoonotic diseases (also called zoonoses) are infectious diseases that can be spread from animals to humans.

The Cattle Site - A Visual Guide to Bovine Reproduction

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Recommended Reading

General Practical Animal Behavior/Training in an effort to decrease euthansias related to behavior problems:The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller

Healthy Pets – Healthy People - Health related risks to owning a pet. National Center for Infectious Diseases (CDC website).

Keeping your pets healthy - Early warning signs if your pet is unhealthy. June 25, 2006, USA Weekend.com.

Merck Veterinary Manual - Animal health expertise in everyday language.

Microchipping - Frequently asked questions about microchipping animals. (AVMA website).

Pandemic Influenza - Resources on pandemic flu and H1N1 Influenza A.

Online Pet Pharmacies - Protect Yourself and Your Pet: Be Online Pet Pharmacy A.W.A.R.E.

Top Ten Tips for Calming Cats & Veterinarians - Keeping Cat Veterinary Visits Stress-Free – For Everyone

What animal owners should know about Internet Pharmacies - Frequently asked questions. (AVMA website).

Vaccinations - What You Should Know About Vaccinations For Your Pet. (AVMA website).

 

NOTE: The information contained in these self help documents is not to be used as a substitute for professional care. Neither the authors nor the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) assume liability for injury incurred by following the information presented in these self-help documents.

 

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