Here are some resources to help you be the best possible pet parent!
The internet is a wealth of information – so much so that sometimes locating quality websites can be challenging. That’s why our staff has taken the time to find a few links to share with you that we think you’ll find helpful:
The Veterinary Partner website provides pet owners with information about general pet health and care, nutrition, behavior, first aid and emergency preparedness, medications and various medical conditions. Whatever you’re looking for, if it’s information that will make your pet happier and healthier, you’ll find it here! Try browsing around in the Pet Connection with nationally syndicated pet expert and author Gina Spadafori. You can even submit your question to be answered by a veterinary professional.
Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
Lap of Love is a network of veterinarians around the country whose goal is to empower every owner to care for their geriatric pets. Their philosophy centers around the human-animal bond and the need for that bond to be as undisturbed as possible during this most difficult time. The desire to bring this important service to families across the United States is slowly being realized as additional veterinarians begin working under the same philosophy. Learn more by visiting the Lap of Love website.
Llama and Alpaca Health Care
Online resource to provide guidance and support for the health and nutrition of llamas and alpacas. This website features a comprehensive index of information on health and disease topics, including parasite prevention, vaccinations and other tips for keeping your small ruminants healthy and happy.
Ask a Vet – Sheep
Blog authored by Dr. Kennedy, a practicing food animal veterinarian. Visit this blog for information about a variety of topics relating to sheep and their care.
Pet Hospice Journal – Quality of Life Scale
The purpose of this quality of life scale is to provide pet owners with some type of objective data to base their judgment on when it comes to making decisions for their companions during illness or later years. This scale has been developed by Lap of Love hospice veterinarians in hopes of providing guidance through this tough time and to help you feel more prepared, educated, and aware of the decisions you make for your beloved pet during this time. You should also be working closely with your veterinarian to help you interpret the progression of clinical signs based on the disease process your pet is suffering from, be it arthritis, organ failure, or cancer.
Association of Pet Obesity Prevention
The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has launched campaigns to fight pet obesity within the veterinary medical community, veterinary schools, and state and local veterinary organizations. They are made up of dedicated veterinarians and veterinary healthcare personnel who are committed to making the lives of dogs, cats, all other animals and people healthier and more vital. Visit the APOP website for helpful weight loss tools, as well as diet and exercise tips to help keep your animal companion fit and healthy.
Healthy Pet by American Animal Hospital Association
A wealth of resources from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), including pet care resources, information on breed, behavior, disease, animal bond, nutrition, pet care tips, preventive care info, adoption, relocation and travel tips, as well as a section dedicated to children, which contains a variety of fun animal-related games and activities.
Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)
The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) exists to recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols. Regular use of products carrying the VOHC Seal will reduce the severity of periodontal disease in pets. Learn more about this important cause by visiting the website.
This is an excellent resource for those who care for handicapped or disabled pets. On this website, you will find everything from dog wheelchairs to 250+ other pet health products designed to make disabled animals mobile again, ready to play and get the exercise for a happier, healthy life. There are also a number of other helpful resources, as well as a link to join an online community of other pet owners sharing their lives with animals with disabilities.
Caring for Cats
This site is provided by the American Association of Feline practitioners, who believe that the key to a healthy and happy cat is a well-informed and understanding owner. The site features a wealth of information relating to caring for your cat’s health and wellness, including adoption tips, signs and symptoms of illness, senior cat care and much, much more.
This website was inspired by a special dog named Chris, who was diagnosed with diabetes in September 2003. Chris was a dog who never did anything “by the book.” In fact he seemed to delight in defying any conventional wisdom and that was certainly true with his diabetes. So he was one of the challenging cases. But through home testing his blood sugar and learning as much as they could about how insulin and food interact, Chris’ owners found a system that worked for him. Learn more about Chris, and access a number of helpful resources for managing diabetes in your pet.
Centers for Disease Control
Centers for Disease Control works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish their mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise. Learn more by visiting the CDC website.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine – Cat Health Information
The Feline Health Center offers a variety of articles, brochures, and videos online for cat owners and enthusiasts alike. Web visitors can find links to articles and brochures that help answer frequently asked questions as well as links to videos that demonstrate how to groom, medicate, and care for your cat. This website features such feline care topics as preparation, vaccination, feeding, grooming, medication, spaying/neutering and health hazards.
Indoor Pet Initiative
The Indoor Pet Initiative wants to help make every day your pet’s best day. Their goal is to enhance the health and welfare of companion animals world-wide so that all pets and their caregivers can experience optimal well-being. This website contains all of the information and tools caregivers need to recognize thriving in their pets, and to create an environment that helps them to thrive across their lifespan.
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