AAHA Newsletter


From your AAHA-accredited veterinary practice

September / October 2013

PetsMatter is your bi-monthly dose of pet health, behavior and lifestyle articles from veterinary professionals. PetsMatter delivers the inside scoop with experts’ credibility and a personal touch. Read stories about pet owners just like you; engage your kids in the fun activities each issue features; and most of all, learn how you can give your pets a happy, healthy life.

3 Reasons Your Pet Hates Halloween

My dog has been dressed up every year for Halloween since he was 6 months old. One year, he was a banana (to my human son’s monkey). Another year, he was a dinosaur. Last year, he was Waldo from “Where’s Waldo.” He never wears the costume for long—just long enough for us to snap a few photos—but he hates every moment of it.

Flea/Tick Quiz

The weather may be cooling off, but that doesn’t mean you no longer have to worry about fleas and ticks affecting your pets. Contrary to popular belief, fleas and ticks are capable of surviving winter temperatures, especially if they are hanging out in a warm spot (like on your pet!).

Canine Bloat is Life Threatening

GDV is a condition in which a dog’s stomach first dilates with fluid or gas, and then twists so that inflow and outflow of the stomach is obstructed.It is a life-threatening emergency and requires immediate and aggressive intervention, says Larry Glickman, VMD, DrPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

5 Reasons to Have Your Pet Vaccinated Against Rabies

When people get a new dog or cat, they might question whether rabies vaccination is really needed. Maybe they consider it just another frivolous expense, or perhaps they view it as unnecessary because they plan on always keeping the cat indoors.

Veterinary Technicians: Your Partners in Pet Health Care

This year, October 13–19 has been set aside to acknowledge, honor and thank veterinary technicians for the important roles they play in the day-to-day operations of veterinary practices, and in helping to preserve animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week, first celebrated in 1993, provides an opportunity to recognize the special contributions veterinary technicians make to enhance and protect the lives of our furry, feathered, scaled, or hooved animal friends and family members.

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