News Article | May 1, 2017
A sympathetic witness was able to rescue this poor feline after a cat fight sent it into the River Thames. Read: Town in Uproar After Council Votes to Evict Library Cat From His Only Home Felix, the official office cat of London’s Royal Docks Management Authority, could be seen on CCTV video being chased around the pier until one final claw from the opponent cat sent him stumbling into the river. As Felix could be seen falling below the water, a good Samaritan who saw the whole scene unfold drops his belongings and runs toward the drowning cat. Without hesitation, he climbs over the railings, reaches into the water and pulls the poor kitty back ashore. Read: Cat Rescued by Mechanic After Getting Stuck in a Van's Exhaust for Hours In a statement, Royal Docks Authority said: “We can happily report that Felix suffered no injury or trauma... She also seems to be completely unaware that the rest of the RoDMA team have been laughing behind her back after the blasé ‘nothing to see here’ routine that followed her dunking.” Watch: Veterinary Hospital's 'Nurse' Is a Rescued Kitten That Snuggles Up to Animals Under Anesthesia
News Article | April 17, 2017
One third (33%) of family pets go missing every year, and if they do not have identification, they only have a 10% chance of returning home to their owner. While pet identification tags significantly increase the chances of pets reuniting with their owner, microchipping is the only real form of permanent, unique identification that cannot be falsified or removed. In an effort to help ensure that all pet owners and their pets will be reunited, Pet Central has partnered with Reber Ranch Veterinary Hospital to implant 50 microchips to the first 50 families that signup on April 22nd. The Reber Ranch Vet Team will be on-site performing the microchipping procedures at the Pet Central store from 10am to 2pm, or until all 50 microchips have been implanted. “We have witnessed first-hand how valuable it is to microchip your pet,” said Carrie Estrada, Marketing Manager for Reber Ranch. “It is always devastating when we learn that someone has lost their pet, and they are not microchipped as we know that the possibility of them being found and reunited are far less. “That’s why we are thrilled to offer this service to our community.” FOR THOSE CONSIDERING MICROCHIPPING A PET: Dog and cat microchipping is a simple procedure. A microchip, about the size of a grain of rice (12mm), is injected beneath the surface of the pet's skin between the shoulder blades. The process takes only a few seconds, and the pet will not react any more than he or she would to a vaccination. No anesthetic is required. Microchipping costs $49.95. Pet Central is a 4,000 square foot family-owned, neighborhood pet supply store and grooming salon. Specializing in offering the industry’s most premium brands, they have everything a pet owner needs to care for their dog, cat, or small animal, from diet, to health supplements, toys, bedding, and more.
News Article | April 13, 2017
A wild-born, pure Australian desert dingo called Sandy Maliki has taken out first place in the World's Most Interesting Genome competition.The UNSW-led proposal to have Sandy's DNA decoded was one of five finalists for the Pacific Biosciences SMRT Grant, which provides cutting-edge sequencing of the complete genome of a particularly fascinating plant or animal. The public determined the winner, with 2-year-old Sandy securing 41 percent of the international community votes, closely followed by a Temple Pitviper snake, then a solar-powered sea slug, an explosive bombardier beetle, and a pink pigeon. "We are thrilled that our bid to have Sandy's DNA sequenced captured the public's imagination," says project leader, Professor Bill Ballard of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. "Sandy is truly a gift to science. As a rare, wild-born pure dingo, she provides a unique case study. Pure dingoes are intermediate between wild wolves and domestic dogs, with a range of non-domesticated traits. So sequencing Sandy's genome will help pinpoint some of the genes for temperament and behaviour that underlie the transition from wild animals to perfect pets. "As well, learning more about dingo genetics will help efforts to conserve these wonderful Australian animals, through the development of improved tests for dingo purity," Professor Ballard says. Sandy and her sister and brother were discovered as 3-week-old pups in the Australian desert near the Strzelecki Track in 2014 by NSW animal lovers, Barry and Lyn Eggleton, who have hand-reared them ever since. The pups were close to death and their parents could not be found. The dingo sequencing project will be the first to test Charles' Darwin's 1868 theory that the process of domestication can be divided into two steps: unconscious selection as a result of non-intentional human influences; and artificial selection as a result of breeding by humans for desired traits. "This project will reveal the DNA changes between wolves and dingoes (unconscious selection) and dingoes and dogs (artificial selection)," says Ballard. A key aim of the annual international PacBio competition, which attracted more than 200 entries this year, is to raise public awareness of science and how genomic research can benefit society. Sandy's team, which set up a DancingwithDingoes Facebook page, enlisted the support of a wide variety of people around the world, including animal conservationists and fans of wolves, dingoes and dogs. "We also engaged with staff and students at UNSW, by bringing two pure alpine dingoes from the Bargo Dingo Sanctuary onto campus for everyone to meet," says Ballard. The cutting edge PacBio technology allows DNA to be sequenced in long sections containing tens of thousands of bases, rather than in shorter sections of a few hundred bases, as with existing techniques. This can reveal important rearrangements in the genome that affect gene expression. The sequencing will be carried out at the University of Arizona, with initial analysis by Computomics in Germany. The Australian team behind the Sandy project also includes Claire Wade of the University of Sydney, Richard Melvin of UNSW, Robert Zammit of the Vineyard Veterinary Hospital and Andre Minoche of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. UNSW has a strong reputation in genomics research, with scientists at the university's Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics having worked on the genomes of a variety of other important native creatures, including the koala, the Tasmanian devil, the wombat, the platypus, the Queensland fruit fly and the Wollemi Pine. "We're very proud of UNSW's history of contribution to genomics and we are delighted that Sandy's genome will now be sequenced as the prize for winning this competition," says UNSW molecular biologist and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Merlin Crossley. "Australia has so many interesting animals to sequence and the results enhance our understanding of evolution and biology and help improve agriculture and pest management". Dingoes were introduced to Australia about 5,000 years ago. It is widely accepted they were not domesticated by Indigenous Australians. Pure dingoes are becoming increasingly rare as the native animals interbreed with wild dogs and domestic dogs, and are targeted as pests by landowners.
News Article | December 11, 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Holiday pet boarding in Greensboro is useful for pet owners traveling and visiting family and friends for the holidays or taking an extended vacation. Beloved pets deserve a safe environment with plenty of special tender loving care as provided by the compassionate staff at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pet boarding offered at this Greensboro animal hospital offers the highest quality of care, plenty of exercise, and experienced staff who deliver any needed medication and who attend to health needs. Enjoy the holidays with peace of mind when boarding pets with a Greensboro veterinarian at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pet owners who board pets at West Market Veterinary Hospital can expect a compassionate, full-service boarding experience. Pets benefit from clean, air-conditioned, and heated runs and kennels. They are offered the opportunity to exercise in a covered outdoor space. Pets receive attention and care from the dedicated and experienced staff at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pets do not have to experience anxiety from isolation when they board at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pets may become destructive and even run out of the house if left alone at home. Pets with medical conditions or those that require medication benefit from boarding at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pet owners can select to have boarded pets bathed and groomed during their stay. Their staff can help owners have pets updated on vaccines prior to a boarding experience. “Pets and their owners can expect a positive boarding experience from our professional and friendly veterinary staff,” said Dr. Elizabeth G. Murray. “During the holidays, it is not always possible to travel with pets due to allergies, restrictions, and more. We offer affordable pet boarding in a veterinary hospital where pets can stay comfortable and receive grooming, immediate treatment, and necessary medications if needed. We always consider the special needs of boarding pets and their unique temperaments when they stay with us. We strive to ease any anxiety on the part of pet owners and their pets with our high-quality care.” Dr. Elizabeth G. Murray, DVM and Dr. Ron Murray, DVM, co-owners of West Market Veterinary Hospital, serve pets and their owners in Greensboro and the surrounding areas. Pets can receive needed routine wellness care and major pet surgery at West Market Veterinary Hospital. The range of veterinary services at West Market Veterinary Hospital include wellness exams, dentistry, health maintenance, boarding and grooming, diagnostic services, emergency care, pet surgery, and hospitalization. The compassionate veterinary staff helps furry family members thrive. Call (336) 221-3936 to speak with a knowledgeable associate about holiday pet boarding, any needed vaccinations, or to schedule a stay. Visit http://westmarketvets.com/ for additional details.
News Article | October 8, 2016
Cats' whiskers are there for a purpose: they navigate the animal, indicate their mood and help them sense the impending danger, notes a researcher from University of Melbourne's U-Vet Veterinary Hospital (UMUVH). A dozen of whiskers are found arranged in four neat rows on the cheeks of cats and a few on their eyebrows, chin, wrists and front paws. Dr. Leonie Richards, head of general practice from UMUVH said that though the whiskers are on different sites they serve the same purpose. They help the cats in sensing as well as give them an understanding on where they are located spatially. The whiskers that are made up of keratin do not have any nerves and therefore they don't have any "feel" as such. However, the point where the whiskers end up on the animal's body is packed with nerve fibers and fed with a rich supply of blood making the whisker a good "sensory organ," added the researcher. Whiskers that are scientifically called as vibrissae, meaning "vibrate" in Latin, are capable of sensing airflow, touch and vibration. They are helpful for the animal in judging if a particular space is sufficient enough to pass through. The whiskers also guide cats in the dark to sense the obstacles on the way just like fingers as touch receptors for humans. The whiskers are also used to detect the airflow in the dark to find if they are close to a wall or sort. On the other hand, when the prey is caught, the whiskers on the back of the paw help the cats sense where the food is present in the feet as the animal is naturally short-sighted. "With a normal cat the whiskers will span out as far as their body can squeeze through," said Richards, as reported by Science Daily via the University of Melbourne. "If it's a really obese cat then they're not as useful. That's another reason to keep your cat slim -- so they don't get stuck!" If the whiskers are cut, the cats could feel disoriented because it might become harder for them to sense and access the surroundings. However, the whiskers grow back again in months once cut and they are also sometimes shed naturally. Whiskers also indicate the mood of the cat: droopy and relaxed whiskers indicate that the cat is calm and happy. "If the whiskers are pinned back up against its face it can mean they're quite fearful," said, Richards. "Straight forward can mean they're angry." © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | February 5, 2017
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In honor of National Pet Dental Month, pet owners and their felines can benefit from All About Cats Veterinary Hospital discounted dental services till March 31st. The staff offers high-quality dental care and specialized attention to cats and their owners. Dental disease can go beyond making eating and grooming difficult, and may negatively affect other areas of a cat’s health. Discounts on dental services such as dental exams, checkups, and cleanings make it more affordable for pet owners to address dental needs in a beloved pet. The veterinary team at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to supporting the needs of Las Vegas cats and their owners. Periodontal disease is the most frequently seen dental issue veterinarians address in cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 7 in every 10 cats will have symptoms of periodontal disease by the age of three. Many pet owners think that bad kitty breath is normal. However, bad breath might be an early warning sign of dental disease. Other symptoms include red or swollen gums, pus surrounding the teeth, unusual pawing at the face, drooling, and yellow deposits on teeth. Unaddressed plaque buildup may develop into tartar, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria and creating rough surfaces that invite additional bacteria growth and buildup. In response, the feline immune system may respond with gum inflammation and deeper pockets may develop that allow bacteria to get under the gums and loosen the gums’ hold on a pet’s teeth. Gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, resulting in potential gum infections and loose or decaying teeth. A feline dental exam and cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar during anesthesia. This allows any developing pockets to lessen and perform their necessary functions, including being a barrier for bacteria and toxins from entering the bloodstream. X-rays also provide necessary information about the health of teeth. “Pet owners need to be concerned about the cat’s dental health and understand how to prevent periodontal disease,” said Dr. Terri Koppe. “Pet owners can avoid symptoms of periodontal disease in kittens and cats with regular cleanings and exams. Our promotion provides additional incentive for pet owners to address any outstanding dental needs and maintain a cat’s good oral health.” Dr. Alissa McCormick, Dr. Terri Koppe, Dr. Cathy Berquist and Dr. Laura Klaassen, the veterinarians at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital, serve cats and owners in and around Las Vegas at this feline-only veterinary hospital. The staff caters to the specific needs and health concerns of cats with compassionate and high-quality veterinary care. Services include cat dental examinations and cleanings, vaccinations, and annual exams. Call (702) 257-3222 to learn more about feline dental health and receive discounted dental services at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital. Visit http://allaboutcatsonline.com/ for more information.
News Article | December 11, 2016
LAS VEGAS, Dec. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the last 15 years of practice, Dr. Terri Koppe of All About Cats Veterinary Hospital has made advancements in the services and technology offered at this feline-only animal hospital. Included in these updates is her completion of advanced training and added new equipment for updated feline endoscopy services, which puts pets at a decreased risk and requires less recovery time. "I opened All About Cats in 2001," Dr. Koppe says, because "in a feline-only environment, cats are among friends who understand their needs and the causes of their problems.” Dr. Cathy Berquist received training and has developed their feline acupuncture program. This treatment is soothing to felines and can alleviate dermatological problems, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory problems. Other concerns such as pain relief, urinary health, fatigue and even behavioral disorders can also be addressed through acupuncture, which has been a popular and effective service. Long-time patients and clients of All About Cats Veterinary Hospital can attest to the updates that have taken place to the facility over the last 15 years. They have remodeled their clinic by installing new flooring, repainted the exterior and interior, and have recently expanded their parking lot to more easily accommodate their clients. With the great success of their pet boarding offerings, they remodeled their boarding room last year by adding additional pet quarters, a larger play room, and new décor. Both Dr. Berquist and Dr. McCormick have completed advanced dentistry training to hone their feline surgical techniques. They routinely perform full mouth dental X-rays to feline patients and administer local anesthetic blocks when extractions are necessary. Feline extractions can be difficult to accomplish, and having doctors who get the appropriate training and feline experience is key to a more comfortable procedure with fewer associated risks. All About Cats Veterinary Hospital continues to grow as they’ve added their fourth veterinarian this year, Dr. Laura Klaassen. She’s an ambitious member of their team who is currently completing a certification track in feline specialty by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. All About Cats Veterinary Hospital continues to be a supporter of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. They are a collection site for donations and they provide discounted services to cats who are being prepared for adoption by this organization. Current specials which celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of this feline-only pet hospital include complimentary exams for new adoptions of shelter cats; free second opinion exams for new patients whose owners have written records from another veterinarian in the previous three months; and a kitten wellness package covering multiple visits. All About Cats Hospital is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information and appointment scheduling is available by calling (702) 257-3222 or by contacting the clinic online at http://allaboutcatsonline.com/.
News Article | January 3, 2016
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Southglen Veterinary Hospital has announced the availability of innovative treatments to reduce stress reactions in cats. Feline pets tend to be highly sensitive to stress, especially during holidays or any time there is transition or change. Dr. M. Sra and the staff at Southglen Veterinary Hospital are committed to assisting clients in managing behavioral problems in their feline friends. As a general rule, cats tend to be more prone to stress than other domestic animals like dogs. The signs of stress in cats often manifest at times of the year when routines change such as during the holidays. Stress reactions in cats can take the form of urinary issues, undesirable behavior and other health problems. Dr. M. Sra of Southglen Veterinary Hospital explains, “Cats tend to love routine and exhibit more signs of stress the moment anything challenges their routine. These health effects and behavioral changes can in turn add stress to a family household. We offer some of the top solutions for reducing feline stress in non-invasive ways.” Over the years, veterinary medicine has developed a number of products to assist cats and their owners in navigating through stressful times with as little disruption as possible. The Southglen Veterinary Hospital offers Feliway products such as pheremone spray, which is clinically proven to eliminate or reduce a range of behavioral issues in cats triggered by stress. Feliway wipes can assist as-needed when stress and stress reactions flare up unexpectedly around the home. For a more comprehensive solution, the Comfort Zone Feliway wall diffuser offers a continuous calming and comforting effect for cats in a home environment. This can make all the difference during a time of transition or change. Nutriceuticals for cats are another effective method of treating environmental stress in cats from the inside out. Nutriceuticals are nutritional supplements or dietary supplements that are sometimes referred to as medicinal foods or functional foods. The term “nutriceuticals” was coined by Dr. Stephen DeFelice, chairman and founder of the Foundation of Innovation in Medicine in 1989. The word refers to a suite of food products with properties that provide health or medical benefits including the treatment and prevention of illness. While nutriceuticals products were originally made for humans, healing foods and supplements are now also available for pets as well. In the case of cats who are prone to stress, augmenting their healing protocol with nutraceuticals can help to manage stress reactions in a holistic manner. Since nutraceuticals contain herbal, raw and botanical components, they are safer and more natural for pets than medications. The Southglen Veterinary Hospital is located at V-730 St. Anne's Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cat owners interested in learning more about stress reduction solutions for cats can call (204) 452-0077 or visit the Southglen Veterinary Hospital website.
News Article | June 26, 2016
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southglen Veterinary Hospital of Winnipeg, Manitoba warns area pet owners about an increased risk of Lyme disease transmitted by ticks. There have been unprecedented numbers of reported cases in the province in both people and animals. Winnipeg Veterinarian Southglen Veterinary Hospital is offering key treatments and preventative measures for Lyme disease. It is reported the ticks are being carried to the area by songbirds and migratory water fowl. Flight paths have changed for these birds, routing them over Manitoba more frequently. In the past, Lyme disease has been mainly associated with the U.S., with some cases in Ontario. The warmer winters may have contributed to higher numbers of ticks in Manitoba. Lyme vaccination paired with tick prescription preventives is the best means of preventing Lyme disease in dog patients. Pet owners should always take care in inspecting their pets for ticks. Southglen Veterinary Hospital recommends annual testing for Lyme disease, left untreated it will cause permanent joint discomfort and potentially organ damage in pets. Southglen Veterinary Hospital is pleased to offer their Preventative Wellness Profile for canines. Dogs up to seven years of age can be tested Heartworm, and three tick borne illnesses, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis. This diagnostic package includes a complete blood count, assessing the red and white blood cells, screening for anemia, infection, inflammation, platelet count and quality. A blood chemistry is also performed evaluating organ function and electrolytes. Dogs over seven years old will receive the same panel along with thyroid and pancreas assessment. Dr. M. Sra, owner of Southglen Veterinary Hospital, reports, “We have seen record numbers of positive Lyme disease cases in the Winnipeg area. However, awareness of the risks is the first step; with preventative measures as well as diagnostics, when needed, you can reduce your pet’s chances of being adversely affected by Lyme disease. Our Preventative Care Profile is an essential tool in our toolkit supporting a long and healthy for our dog patients.” Southglen Veterinary Hospital is located at V-730 St. Anne's Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Those in the public who wish to receive more information or book an appointment may do so by calling (204) 452-0077. Additional information about the clinic is available on their website at http://www.southglenvethospital.ca/.
News Article | October 30, 2016
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The staff at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital continues to give back and help animals in the community as ongoing partners with Florida Parrot Rescue and Florida All Retriever Rescue. CountryChase Veterinary Hospital announces that pet owners who have recently adopted a pet from these rescue organizations are eligible for a complementary wellness exam to ensure the health of their pet. CountryChase Veterinary Hospital has partnered with Florida Parrot Rescue for the last eight years and Florida All Retriever Rescue for three years. Pet owners considering a rescue dog or parrot can turn to these pet rescue organizations for a loving new pet. These rescue organizations are eligible for discounted veterinary care from CountryChase Veterinary Hospital, which makes it possible for rescued pets to receive necessary veterinary care. Florida Parrot Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to avian rescue. The organization helps in the rehabilitation and placement of companion parrots throughout Florida. Rescue birds are given a full check-up with either a physical with blood work or a physical with a fecal gram stain and cultures. Prospective pet owners may choose from parrots, dogs or cats at Florida Parrot Rescue. Florida All Retriever Rescue rescues, fosters and finds homes for homeless dogs throughout Florida. Located in Tampa Bay, the organization is 100% volunteer-based, 501c3 non-profit. Their organization has a special focus on retriever breeds, such as Labradors, Goldens, Flat Coats, Curly Coats, and Duck Tollers. Prior to adoption, all dogs are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on shots and heartworm tested. They have the lowest adoption fees of any rescue in the Tampa Bay area and may be contacted directly about adoption or fostering a rescue dog. “We want all rescued animals to continue to be safe and healthy,” said Dr. Melissa Smith. “We have worked closely for years with Florida Parrot Rescue and Florida All Retriever Rescue to ensure that all new pet owners can receive needed services to maintain the health of a new or rehomed pet. We suggest that prospective pet owners look to these quality rescue organizations for their next pet and take advantage of our veterinarian services to keep pets healthy.” Dr. Melissa Smith, veterinarian at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital, a full-service, AAHA accredited medical, surgical and dental veterinary clinic, serves residents of West Tampa, Westchase, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and the surrounding communities. Veterinarians and staff are committed to providing personalized care to pets and their owners to ensure the health of a beloved pet. Services at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital include routine preventative care, laboratory services, medical and dental digital radiographs, in house ultrasound, pet surgery, integrative medicine, Class IV laser, and pet dentistry. Call (813) 814-1814 to learn more about the pet rescue partnerships, or to schedule an appointment for veterinary services such as microchips or vaccines. Visit http://countrychasevets.com/ for more details about this veterinary hospital.