Archive for November, 2010

St Augustine, FL: Mobile Veterinary Service

Monday, November 29th, 2010

We received this from a mobile vet in St Augustine, FL. Would be nice if all areas had them.

We’re a mobile veterinary service, called Vilano Mobile Vet, based in St. Augustine, Florida. I am a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in emergency medicine for the past year, I want to provided a service that would aid both the pet and owner in providing convenience and a stress free approach to medicine. “My goal is to provide a quality at home experience for both the pet and owner at very reasonable rates”.

Many owners have a hard time getting their animals in the car or getting their cats in a carrier. Vacationers with pets may have difficulty driving to find a vet. Trips to the hospital can be both time-consuming and stressful for animals and owners alike. Decreasing the stress on your pet and yourself is the goal of house call veterinary care.

We can provide examinations, vaccines, blood work, diagnostics, treatments, and it all can be done right in the comfort of your home, where your pet is most comfortable. If you have an elderly pet or a pet nearing the end of its life, making an end of life decision can be one of the hardest times for you. At-home euthanasia can be a great gift for your pet in their time of need.

You can contact Vilano Mobile Vet at 904-315-1331 or by email, vilanomobilevet@gmail.com. Our appointments are Monday – Saturday, from 8am -7pm. Other appointment times can be arranged.

Can Pets Read Our Minds?

Monday, November 29th, 2010

One out of every two pet owners said yes, their dog or cat seems to be able to read their minds and react to their thoughts or intentions. That was one of the surprising answers in a ground-breaking study in 1994* into the seemingly psychic powers of pets. More than 15 years later, scientists are still debating this fascinating question.

Is my pet psychic?

According to Brian Hare, PhD, assistant professor of evolutionary anthropology at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, dogs have kept such close company with people for hundreds of generations that they have evolved the ability to read human body language and social cues.

Dr. Hare and his colleagues found “dogs are better at a test of ability to interpret social cues than even the chimpanzees.”

Do dogs and cats have super powers?

There’s no question dogs and cats have extraordinarily keen senses. Compared to the human hearing range of a 100 yards away, dogs can pick up sounds a quarter mile away. Your dog’s sense of smell is up to 40 times stronger than yours. And, compared to a human’s, the cat’s sense of touch, hearing and vision, are all more highly evolved. However, along with this heightened sensitivity, some pets also develop frequent and ongoing fears or phobias.

Can my pet sense trouble?

Dogs are astute at reading body language and picking up on subtle expressions and gestures. Dogs can also “smell fear.” Literally. When humans experience intense emotions, such as panic, we naturally release pheromones. So if you’re afraid, your dog may not only sense your mood, she can also smell the adrenaline you release and may respond with fear, too.

Why are some pets more fearful than others?

With their built-in ability to “know” when change is coming, many pets aremore sensitive than we realize. Thunderstorms, fireworks, other animals and loud noises can cause intense reactions. “Fears, anxieties and phobias are more common in pets than people realize,” said Stacey Leonard, senior marketing manager, Senior Care, Virbac Animal Health. “And, a pet that’s experiencing frequent fear, anxiety, phobia or brain aging is likely suffering. If treatment is delayed, the problem can get worse, so it’s important to recognize the early signs and get help from a veterinarian.”

Is anxiety bad for my pet’s health?

If left untreated, the discomfort caused by persistent fear, anxiety or a phobia can lead to behavior problems or aggression. And yes, it can raise the risk of illness, including skin and digestive problems or heart disease. Fortunately, research has demonstrated these pets don’t need to suffer or be sedated to enjoy a normal life. At the first sign of ongoing trouble, consult a veterinarian, who can analyze the situation and recommend appropriate treatment. In some cases, behavior training to properly calm a pet may be all that’s needed. Serious cases may call for additional therapy. There is a nutritional supplement now available from your veterinarian that’s proven to help keep pets calm.

Homeless Voyaging Dog “John” Gets a Cross-Country Flight for Life

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Pet Airways and other U.S. rescue organizations, help coordinate the extensive effort of returning John, 3 y/o pit bull mix, to the west coast where he will have another chance to live and find a stable forever home

Thanks to the Wheels of Hope for Homeless Pets transport van program – one of the many programs part of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to help reduce the euthanasia rate of healthy and treatable animals in New York City shelters and Pet Airways – the first airline specifically designed for the comfortable, efficient transportation of pets; a homeless dog’s life has been saved through a successful cross-country transport that has given a courageous pooch a second chance at life, and another chance to find a permanent home.

On Thursday, September 9 Melissa Donaldson, Coordinator of Veterinary Care and APO Oversight at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals transported John – a three year old Pitt Bull mix, to Republic Airport in Farmingdale, Long Island where he caught his flight via Pet Airways to Los Angeles’ John Northop/Hawthorne Executive Airport en route to Nevada. John arrived to Los Angeles, today where he met his new foster who will care for him until he can be transported from LA to the Nevada SPCA.

The Mayor’s Alliance worked diligently with the many rescue organizations involved, the fosters and Pet Airways to coordinate the extensive effort of returning John to the west coast where he will have another chance to live and find a stable forever home.

So many of the elements that help to make the Mayor’s Alliance successful are working to help John – adoption, microchipping, kind foster families, shelters coast to coast, Pet Airways – we ask you to publicize his amazing story to help him find a home.

Read More About John Below
John has already traveled from the West Coast to the East Coast and now is returning to the west coast, where he will be in foster care until he finds a permanent home. John has quite a travel history — he was adopted by a family from the Nevada SPCA, however they soon moved to Delaware where John was “given away.” Then, on June 30, 2010, John was brought to the AC&C Shelter in Brooklyn NY by NYPD officers as a stray and since he is a sweet dog with no behavioral issues, he quickly found a foster family in NYC. AC&C discovered that he is microchipped, so his chip was traced back to the Nevada SPCA and the owner was located. Unfortunately, the owner did not want to take John back, but the Nevada SPCA, was more than willing to take back John, but they had no way to transport him back to the west coast from New York City. AC&C’s New Hope team then contacted the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to help with John’s transportation.