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Board Trustee Honored with Cortese-Lippincott Award

2021 Cortese-Lippincott Award Goes to Dr. Michael J. Smith. The award honors Dr. Smith because he has excelled in community service, service, education of the veterinary community and support of the human-animal bond. Read more about his remarkable veterinarian. Read more »

AHF Donates $20,000 to Orange County Animal Care Services

The $20,000 went towards the acquisition of two mobile AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers for OC Animal Care Services. Read more »

Anaheim Hills pet clinic uses stem cells to help heal dog with arthritis

This South Bay veterinarian is leading the pack to provide hospice care for cats and dogs who are terminally ill

AHF Board Member - Dr. Alice Villalobos - Receives Ethics Award

Dr. Scott Weldy Receives AHF Cortese-Lippincott Award

Dr. Weldy Has Devoted His Career to Exotic Animals Read more »

AHF Board Member Receives SCVMA Award

AHF's 2019 Cortese-Lippincott Honoree - Dr. Matthew Jenkins

Dr. Jenkins Moved From Veterinary Excellence to Wealth, Philanthropy Read more »

Dr. Lowell Novy receives AHF's Cortese-Lippincott Award

AAHA’s Canine Vaccination Guidelines

The American Animal Hospital Association's Canine Vaccination Guidelines 2017 Read more »

Two dogs and a ring-necked dove help Orange County high schoolers de-stress after test

Veterinarians treat homeless pets at Santa Ana River Trail for free

AHF Donates to the Orange County Bird of Prey Center

Charlene Savage Mobile Clinic for Pets of the Homeless

AHF Therapy Dog - Kiss - Receives Petco Grant

Dr. Robert Olds Receives the AHF 2016 Cortese-Lippincott Award

Dr. Robert Olds\' distinguished veterinary career was honored at the Southern California Veterinary Medical Associations Annual Celebration Dinner by receiving the Animal Health Foundations\' Cortest-Lippincott Award. Read more »

Dr. Peter Weinstein Receives the AHF 2017 Cortese-Lippincott Award

Dr. Peter Weinstein\'s career in the Veterinary Industry was honored at the 2017 annual Southern California Veterinary Medical Association\'s celebration dinner by him being the recipient of the Animal Health Foundation\'s Cortese -Lippincott Award. Read more »

AHF and Adams Elementary School Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday in a Novel Way

AHF Board Member to be KEYNOTE Speaker at AKC Conference

Villalobos Keynote topic is the Human-Animal Bond and how we want Quality of Life at the End of Life for our pets. Read more »

Charlene Savage, Donor to the Animal Health Foundation and Animal Lover, Was Inspired by her Parents Theory of Giving.

Charlene Savage has been one of the most prolific donors in the History of the Animal Health Foundation, and we wanted to meet with her to say a humble and heartfelt thank you Read more »

Dr. "Chas" Hendricks Receives the AHF 2015 Cortese-Lippincott Award

Dr. Hendricks Abandoned Farm Career for Veterinary Medicine Read more »

Angel Fund Gave Cosmo a Fighting Chance to Live

AHF Donates Vest to K9 Officer Prinz

Baclit has a gun and a bulletproof vest. He also has a K-9 partner wholl lead the way. Read more »

AHF Sponsors SCVMA Disaster Preparedness Program

Dr. Alice Villalobos speaks on the Quality of Life

Board Member to speak at Continuing Education Event

Dr. Sheldon Altman Selected by AHF to receive Cortese-Lippincott Award during the SCVMA officer Installation dinner

Although Dr. Altman retired in 1998, he still kept a hand in the profession with the creation of the Rainbow Bridge Fund which helps families pay for critical care for their beloved pets. Read more »

Dr. Zabala selected by the AHF to receive Cortese-Lippincott Award

On January 19, Dr. Zabala will receive the Cortese-Lippincott Award from the Animal Health Foundation at SCVMAs Installation of Officers. It will honor her for going above and beyond in making the world a better place for both humans and animals. Read on for her story. Read more »

Pet Partner Team Carole Melvin and Shellie on TV

Carole Melvin and Shellie were at their regular visit at CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County) when they were asked to help with a project.  Channel 7 ABC news was doing a feature on charities and how a consumer should check out the charity first. So, Carole and Shellie ended up on TV in a special news segment when they were talking about the CHOC Foundation!  Sometimes we're called on to help in many different ways!

AHF Board Member, Dr. Dirk Yelinek, Is Honored

Dr. Dirk Yelinek, practicing veterinarian and Hospital Director of the Redondo Shores Veterinary Center received the NDMS Outstanding Achievement Award 2012 for his contributions in disaster animal response.

The award was given at the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) 2012 Integrated Training Summit in Nashville, TN.

The award, for Response Team Distinguished Employee of the Year, is presented by the Director of the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

The National Disaster Medical System is comprised of 96 medical teams, five of which are veterinary teams. Award recipients are chosen by nomination by their peers.

In addition to regular practice Dr. Yelinek maintains a government position as Deputy Team Leader of National Veterinary Response Team-4, Department of Health and Human Services, and has been a member of the VMAT program since 2002.

He is also a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security.

AHF Executive Director Honored

The Animal Health Foundation's Executive Director, Pam Becker, was recognized as a Senior Making a Difference In Orange County by State Senator Lou Correa at a breakfast on May 11 at the Garden Grove Community Center.

Kathleen Bunge, Director of Volunteers at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County nominated Pam for the award citing " tirelessly to educate the community on and implement pet therapy visitation programs throughout the Orange County & Southern California area. Pam has devoted her life to this special calling:  she volunteers in several medical centers, nursing homes & a hospice in Orange County & has even visited Veterans’ hospitals & other medical centers in San Bernardino & Riverside Counties to assist efforts in implementing pet therapy programs.   In addition to her own volunteer work and activities through Pet Partners".

Pam is also an AHF Caring Creatures Pet Partner team and has been involved in Pet Therapy for about 12 years with several of her dogs.

The AHF Board congratulates Pam on this honor.

Kaytee Hand Feeding Baby Bird Formula Recalled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 9, 2012 - Kaytee, a Central Garden & Pet brand, is recalling two products, Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Birds and Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, due to high levels of vitamin D. These products are used primarily by bird breeders for feeding baby birds. Baby birds being fed the formula may run the risk of kidney failure when ingesting the product.

Man sues Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart over dog treats from China

Pet owner Dennis Adkins has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart following the death of his 9-year-old Pomeranian, Cleo, who became ill and died after eating one Waggin Train "Yam Good" chicken-wrapped treat per day over a three-day period. Adkins has also requested that a class be initiated for other owners whose pets were affected. The FDA has performed extensive testing of the treats and hasn't found any causative agent, but the agency has issued consumer warnings about the products since 2007 Read more »

Chosen Dog Breed May Reflect Personality Traits

British scientists conducted a study of 1,000 dog owners and identified common personality traits associated with people who tend to pick certain breeds. The findings could end up in the form of a questionnaire people can use to determine the best dog for their personality and space limitations, hopefully thereby reducing the numbers of dogs surrendered to shelters, researchers said.

Deaf Dogs Can Be Trained with Hand Signals

Nearly 100 breeds of dogs are recognized to have congenital deafness, meaning a defect that has been present since birth.

Dalmatians, bull terriers and Australian cattle dogs are overrepresented. Cats can be deaf from birth but exactly which breeds are predisposed is less understood. Deafness in either species seems to be linked with white coats and/or blue eyes but not always.

An animal can be deaf in one or both ears, but we often don't pick up on any deficiency in those that are deaf in just one ear. Deafness in dogs is more quickly recognizable since we expect them to respond to the sound of our voice or loud noises. Since humans as well as the world at large are frequently ignored by cats, it's a little tougher to tell when they can't hear. In either case, deaf animals should never be bred, since the trait will be passed down to subsequent generations.

The only completely accurate way to determine if a dog is deaf in one or both ears is to perform a Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) hearing test. The test uses a computer to record the electrical activity of the brain in response to sound stimulation. Since the BAER test was developed for use in humans, it does not measure the full range of canine hearing. But enough data can be gathered to determine if the dog can hear within the normal human range.

The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital can perform this test to determine if an animal is deaf in one or both ears.

Dogs that are deaf from birth can be trained to respond to hand signals and still be wonderful pets. The trick to training them is getting their attention so they can look to you for a signal. Vibrating collars often are used to train these animals. The dog is taught that when it feels a vibration from the collar it should look to its owner.

Dogs and cats can have acquired deafness, meaning they become deaf later in life. Causes of acquired deafness include chronic ear infections, noise trauma, certain drugs used in topical ear preparations, geriatric changes and rarely general anesthesia. Dogs with acquired deafness also can be trained to respond to hand signals.

It's important to remember deaf animals need to be protected from dangers that would give auditory cues to a hearing animal, such as oncoming cars. Children need to be instructed on how to approach a deaf animal so they do not startle it.

The website is maintained by the school of veterinary medicine at Louisiana State University and is an excellent resource about congenital and acquired deafness in dogs and cats. Helpful tips on training deaf dogs can be found at

Christie Long is a veterinarian at the VCA Fort Collins Animal Hospital. Once a month, she will answer questions from her readers regarding pet health issues. Call her at (970) 204-4567 or send email to

People Will Take a Pay Cut or Work More to Bring Their Pooch to Work

An online survey of dog owners by and found that 66% of respondents would work longer hours and 32% would even take less pay if they could bring their dogs to work. Several workplaces have been allowing dogs for years, including Google and Amazon offices, reporting higher employee satisfaction and lower stress. Detroit Free Press (4/16) Read more »

Diamond Pet Food Recall - April 6, 2012

Diamond Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Limited Number of Dry Dog Food Bags Due to a Potential Health Risk.
Recall is limited to one formula of Diamond Naturals distributed to 12 states; no illnesses reported.

Service Horses

Did you know that service horses are allowed where service dogs are?

Wellness for Senior Cats Part II

Part II on this issue from the American Veterinary Medical Association Read more »

Wellness for Senior Cats

Part I on this issue from the American Veterinary Medical Association Read more »

On Capitol Hill, Every Day is Take Your Dog to Work Day

Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall while Congress does its work? Some pampered pets get to sit in daily, but they're not spilling any secrets. Some members of Congress bring their dogs to work every day, including North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad, whose bichon frise Dakota takes over the office; some say the pets' presence has been known to defuse tense confrontations

Pet Allergies are Tricky to Diagnose and Treat

All dog and cat breeds are susceptible to allergies, but determining the exact cause and course of treatment can be frustrating, time-consuming and costly, says Illinois veterinarian and internal medicine specialist Donna Spector. "Allergies are very challenging to diagnose accurately because it's a diagnosis of exclusion. It takes a lot of money and a lot of time. It takes a very dedicated owner."

The AVMA Shares Tips To Avoid Accidental Pet Poisonings

Common household items including prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and houseplants can prove poisonous to pets, AVMA reminds owners on the 50th anniversary of Poison Prevention Week. Dangers to dogs and cats also include a long list of food products such as raisins, grapes, chocolate, macadamia nuts and coffee grounds Read more »

Plant a Pet Safe Garden this Spring

It's not just plants you need to worry about. Read on for other garden products that can harm your furry friends. Read more »

Keep Cats Away from Lilies

Nobody knows why lilies are toxic to cats, and Collins said this is particularly harmful because few are aware of the danger. An afflicted cat might initially become lethargic, but symptoms progress to drooling, loss of appetite, tremors, and, if left untreated, kidney failure and death.

How Animals and Humans Heal Each Other

The use of pets in medical settings actually dates back more than 150 years, says Aubrey Fine, a clinical psychologist and professor at California State Polytechnic University. "One could even look at Florence Nightingale recognizing that animals provided a level of social support in the institutional care of the mentally ill," says Fine, who has written several books on the human-animal bond.

Another New Pet Partner Team!

Congratulations to Kelly Lindgren and Whiskey.  On March 10, they passed the AHF Caring Creatures Pet Partner Evaluation!

The Many Health Benefits of Dogs

Studies in multiple countries have quantified what animal lovers already know: Pets are good for you. Evidence suggests having a dog can lower an owner's blood pressure, elevate mood and even prolong life

Evidence of Epstein-Barr-like virus found in dogs with lymphoma

Research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine found evidence of a virus similar to Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in some dogs with lymphoma. EBV was previously thought to infect only humans, but scientists hypothesize that the approximately 15,000 years of cohabitation between dogs and people prompted the virus to adapt and infect some dogs. The research, done with Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, provides new avenues for studying the connection between EBV and lymphoma in humans.

Understanding soft-tissue sarcomas in dogs

Soft-tissue sarcomas in dogs often begin as small nodules under the skin that can feel hard or soft, depending on location and surrounding structures, writes veterinarian Karri Miller, a board-certified oncologist. A definitive diagnosis can only be made with a fine needle aspirate and cytology of the mass. Treatment usually consists of surgical removal followed by radiation or chemotherapy, and Dr. Miller recommends all lumps on pets be evaluated by a veterinarian.

Congratulations New Pet Partner Team

We are pleased to announce that Jenney Denes and her standard poodle Fletcher became Animal Health Foundation Caring Creatures Pet Partners on Saturday, March 10!

Your Own Personal Canine Medical Helper

Pet Victims of Tornadoes are Finally Surfacing

Pets lost during the recent Midwest tornadoes are beginning to emerge from rubble, likely in search of food and their owners. Dogs, cats, horses, cattle, rabbits and even chickens are being rescued and taken to shelters where they are treated for injuries. Attempts are being made to find their owners

Olympic Horses Fly FedEx

International horse travel expert and business owner Tim Dutta will transport some 50-60 equine Olympic athletes via FedEx from Newark, N.J., to England for the London Summer Olympics. The horses will be accompanied by a veterinarian and a groom and will be housed two per specially made stall during the flight. Food, drink, physical reassurance and even a sedative will be provided, if needed, to keep the animals calm and ready to compete in the games

Allergies in Dogs Don't Usually Manifest as Sneezing

While respiratory symptoms are a common manifestation of human allergies, dogs with allergies usually exhibit skin problems, writes veterinarian Jeff Kahler. A sneezing dog is likely to have a nasal infection, such as a bacterial infection caused by a foreign body. But, nasal tumors can also cause sneezing, and diagnostics including radiographs and endoscopy should be used to determine the cause of severe sneezing in dogs.

Pet Insurance is Gaining in Popularity Among U.S. Owners

The high costs of advanced veterinary care and some owners' attitude that pets are family members are fueling the growth of the pet health insurance industry. Eleven companies provide pet health insurance in the U.S., and revenues are expected to total $753 million in 2014, compared with $303 million in 2009, according to research by Packaged Facts.

Warning Signs of Arthritis in Pets

According to veterinarians, it's (osteoarthritis) one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in their field, and unlike their human counterparts, animals must suffer in silence.

Pet Therapy: How Animals and Humans Heal Each Other

Resident therapy dog Vi may well be doing more than just bringing smiles to the faces of stressed out parents and children. Dogs like Vi have helped launch an entirely new field of medical research over the past three decades or so.

Listen to the audio interview from npr and read the story!

Annual Spending on Pets Tops 50 Billion

Food and vet costs accounted for about 65 percent of the spending. But it was a service category — one that includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, pet-sitting and day care — that grew more than any other, surging 7.9 percent from $3.51 billion in 2010 to $3.79 billion in 2011.

Cats Age Differently Than Dogs - What Ailments to Look for as They Do

Cats start to show aging changes between 7 to 10 years of age. Since most cats live longer than dogs, they spend relatively more of their life as a senior pet. Read more »

Horse Food Recall

WASHINGTON | Sat Mar 3, 2012 11:00am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Western Feed LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Kountry Buffet 14 percent feed because it may contain monensin sodium, which is potentially fatal for horses, the Morrill, Nebraska, company said on Saturday.

Monensin sodium, or Rumensin, is a medication used for some livestock and poultry. But it can be fatal to horses if fed at sufficiently high levels, Western Feed said in a statement posted on the Food and Drug Administration website.

Western Feed has received a report of some horses that died from eating the feed, it said.

The recalled lot numbers are M718430 and M720280.

The feed is packaged in 50-pound bags with the Payback logo. It was distributed December 2 to December 15, 2011, to retailers in Nebraska and Wyoming.

(Reporting By Ian Simpson; Editing by Peter Bohan)

Senator Asks FDA to Protect Consumers from Tainted Pet Treats

Tainted Chicken Jerky Treats Are Still on the Shelves of Many Retailers Despite Numerous Reports of Sickened Pets

Warning: Serious Illness In Dogs Linked To Chicken Jerky Treats

Per Dr. Peterson of the Animal Endocrine Clinic in New York: "At this time, I would encourage you to only purchase products that are made in the United States. The first thing that I do when looking at a bag of pet treats is turn it over and look for the country of origin. At least for now, I would not buy any treats that are imported from China"

Mobile veterinarian emphasizes importance of equine dentistry

Equine veterinarian Jacob Johnson provides comprehensive care using a mobile veterinary clinic. Dr. Johnson emphasizes the importance of good oral health in horses and encourages routine preventive dental care. Read more »

The Labrador Retriever is Still America's Top Dog

In the American Kennel Club's annual report of the most popular dog breeds in the U.S., the Labrador retriever topped the list for the 21st year in a row, with German shepherds, beagles and golden retrievers following close behind. Rottweilers broke into the top 10 by displacing Shih Tzus this year. Read more »

Pet custody cases increasing, divorce lawyers say

Pets are considered property during divorce proceedings, but increasingly people are actively seeking custody of pets when dissolving a marriage. This sometimes leads divorce lawyers to hammer out detailed agreements, including visitation rights and cost-sharing. Read more »

How to Help a Dog with Cushing's Disease

Cushing's disease, a common endocrine disease of older dogs, is best treated with medication in most cases, although microadenomas respond best to radiation therapy, writes veterinarian Mary Ann Crawford. A drug approved by the FDA in 2009 successfully treats most Cushing's cases, Dr. Crawford writes. Read more »

AHF Caring Creatures Therapy Animal Teams visit Castille Elementary in Mission Viejo

It was READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK and AHF Caring Creatures Therapy Animals were involved! Read more »

Top Ten Animal-Related Super Bowl Commercials

Watch and pick your favorite

What Has Been Seeing at the National Veterinarian Conference in Las Vegas

This week Vetstreet is attending the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. In the coming weeks and months, they will be covering some of the new breakthroughs and treatments for keeping your pet healthy that were reported at the conference. In the meantime, here is just a snapshot of some of what they've learned. Read more »

One of the more common puppy problems is demodectic mange

But, the mangy dogs is not what you think. There are 2 types of mange that are vastly different. Read on and get a better understanding of both. Read more »

Bloody Diarrhea in Dogs

Bloody stool or diarrhea is common in veterinary medicine and often constitutes an emergency because it is so alarming. Blood can show up in the stool in two ways -- as hematochezia, which is the presence of bright red blood with normal feces or diarrhea, or as melena, which is digested blood that often gives the stool a dark, tarry appearance. Read more »

Detecting Hip Dysplasia Early Can Be Critical for Dog Breeders

Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint, which is similar to a ball and socket. In hip dysplasia, the socket becomes shallow and the ball does not fit properly, which eventually leads to the development of arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. Read more »

Pet Oxygen Masks Can Save Animals' Lives in Fires

While pet oxygen masks have been used for decades by veterinarians in offices and hospitals, their use in the field by first responders — firefighters, paramedics and animal rescue teams — has been building for a decade, experts say.

As with humans, the sooner the animal received oxygen after inhaling the smoke, the better.

Girl Scouts Host Canines ♥Kids Party

This fun and festive afternoon was the concept and hard work of fifth graders Taryn Uyematsu, Jennifer Liu, and Lauren Kuo. The three scouts designed this event to earn their Bronze Awardthe highest achievement within Junior Girl Scouts. To fulfill the award requirements, the scouts must complete a service project that helps their community. They also need to log a minimum of 15 hours of work toward the project. Read more »

Top 10 dog, cat and bird names in 2011

Sorry Fido, you didn't make the list Read more »

The top 5 things a cat would want you to know if they could speak.

Cats require more than basic nutrition and toileting needs. Their health concerns are often unrecognized. Step one: visit a cat-friendly veterinarian to see what your cat is hiding. Read more »

Survey Shows More Than Half of America's Pet Are Obese

It May Be Difficult To Find a Pet Food Without Some Overseas Ingredients

Veterinarians and pet owners can learn more at the American Veterinary Medical Association's user-friendly site; Read more »

AHF Pet Partners Visit Ladera Ranch Elementary School

350 students in grades 4 and 5 visited the dogs and learned about what it takes to train a dog for therapy work, and how the dogs help people in need. Read more »

Donate to Help Fukushima Pets in Japan!

The long term effect of Japan's earthquake, Tsunami and disaster at the Fukushima power plant on the Fukushima pets is now known. Read more »

Thoroughbreds get their speed from just a few ancestors

New study traces genetics of winning racehorses over time and in different regions. "The results show that the 'speed gene' entered the Thoroughbred from a single founder, which was most like a British mare about 300 years ago when local British horse types were the pre-eminent racing horses," Hill said. Read more »

Pet Partner Teams Help with Ability Awareness Day at Local School

AHF therapy animal teams are called on to participate in many local events. In January, 2012, several teams helped students understand what therapy animals are at an elementary school's "Ability Awareness Day". Read more »

Cat will undergo knee replacement surgery at North Carolina State University

Veterinarians and engineers at N.C. State University have collaborated on innovative medical procedures since 2005, when Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little performed the world's first surgery to give a cat artificial leg implants that fused together with living bone tissue. But Cyrano presented the most complicated challenge ever faced by the team at NCSU's College of Veterinary Medicine. The cat's bone cancer and radiation treatment had caused the knee to collapse and parts of his leg to deteriorate. Read more »

Cancer Research Could Help Dogs, Cats and Humans!

The veterinarians recently set up a registry they hope will connect pet owners and cancer researchers and show that diseased pets - dogs in particular - are better predictors of the efficacy of new cancer drugs and devices in people than mice, oncologists' favorite test subject historically. Read more »

Shedding Light On Animal Hoarding

This article by the Co-President of the San Francisco's SPCA, Jennifer Scarlett, links the reader to research that has been done about animal hoarders. It is a must-read to understand this particular mental illness. Read more »

Pet Partners and their role helping patients

In the audio, Jan Vincent of the Animal Health Foundation describes the amazing effect pet partners have upon children and adults in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities. She will tell us all about the Pet Partner Program, and how you can get involved.

Canine Breeds are Determined by a Surprisingly Small Number of Genes

No word yet on which genes control loyalty, dog breath, or a propensity to slobber on your slippers Read more »

Aggressive behavior in cats isn't always obvious to owner

Watch for warning signs before a catfight breaks out Read more »

Understanding Food Allergies in Pets

The most common clinical sign of food allergy affecting the skin in dogs is nonseasonal scratching, which is usually generalized. This also may be primarily directed at the feet or ears. Read more »

Specialized vascular pattern makes dog paws resistant to cold

Scientists in Japan have solved a long-standing veterinary mystery: how dogs can stand and walk for so long on snow and ice without apparent discomfort, and without freezing their paws. Read more »

Busch Gardens to offer visitors a rare glimpse into veterinary care

On Jan. 23, Busch Gardens' $5 million Animal Care Center will be open to the public. The center allows visitors to view surgical procedures, dental care and diet preparation for the zoo's animals. "In the zoo world before, no one really got to see that, and now everything is open basically," said animal expert Jack Hanna. Read more »

Treating A Pet's Diabetes Requires Owner's Committment

"I have many happy patients who have been dealing with diabetes for several years, and in practically every case, the clients are so grateful to have their beloved pet with them living a happy life. I hope this information has helped, and that Woody will do very well in the future" Read more »

Wild About Pets: Pet Partners

Past President and Animal Health Foundation Pet Partner Coordinator, Jan Vincent, was interviewed on January 13th about the benefits of therapy dogs to patients and children.

For the love of your pet: Diet and exercise are important

How To Help Dogs Lose Weight - Sound familiar? Evaluate what your dog eats every day; pick a low-calorie food; eliminate fatty human foods; exercise Read more »

Dogs' Ability to Sense Communication Similar to Infants

Veterinarians and animal behavior experts not involved with the research said that while it may seem obvious that dogs are able to follow nonverbal cues, this is one of the few studies that offer scientific proof about dogs' ability to communicate Read more »

New Species Found on Ocean Floor in Antartica

British scientists have discovered a “lost world” of new species of yeti crab, starfish, barnacles, sea anemones — and potentially an octopus — on the sea floor near Antarctica.

Why Does Your Cat Urinate Outside of the Litter Box

There are many reasons why cats have this habit. Most can be fixed. Read more »

Veterinary Q&A: Dogs with dry, itchy skin

Is it dry forced-air heat in your home or allergy to indoor allergens or fleas? Read on. Read more »

How Old is Old, in Dog Years?

The relationship between chronological and physiological age in dogs is not linear. Young dogs age rapidly at first and then the rate of aging slows down in middle age before increasing again in geriatric dogs Read more »

Anesthesia and Pets

Q: What is the difference between sevoflurane and isoflurane? Q: Why not use sevoflurane on every pet? Q: Why do veterinarians run blood tests before anesthesia? Read more »

Winter getaway includes volunteer work for Edmonton vets

The lounge chairs, of course, are for basking in the non-stop sun. The ironing boards? Theyre used as operating tables at the animal shelter in Cabo San Lucas, which is where Fowler and his team log several 12-hour days spaying and neutering a never-ending parade of homeless cats and dogs. Read more »

German shepherd helps Army vet battle with PTSD

The 64-year-old Army veteran who has been battling post-traumatic stress disorder is finally sharing his story, thanks to a new ally named Dazzle Read more »

The New Face of Pet Therapy

One recent study found therapy dogs effective in easing the anxiety of people waiting to have an MRI -- and their help didn't involve the side effects that often accompany the use of anti-anxiety medication. Read more »

Police Dog Dies After Eating Leaves of Popular Sago Palm Plant

The other plants include azaleas, Easter lilies, lantanas, mistletoe, nightshades, oleander and yew.

Jennings said it's not uncommon for pets such as Lotty to die from eating such plants, especially around the holidays with so much mistletoe around as well as poinsettias, which are toxic but not deadly.

Animal hospice care lets owners say goodbye to pets at home

Similar to human hospice, Stanland works with pet owners to make old and ailing animals comfortable in their homes during their final days. She offers pet owners information on treatment and surgery options and tells them the signs to look for to recognize when the end is near. Read more »

Secondhand Smoke is Harming Pets Too.

Researchers have established that the development of canine asthma, as well as nasal and lung cancer, may be prompted by exposure to secondhand smoke, Yugel said. Read more »

White Teeth Aren't Necessarily Healthy

Recently, I saw a dog whose teeth were pearly white. She'd had her teeth cleaned by a local groomer for years. But four of her incisors and two molars were loose, causing a lot of pain when she ate. These teeth needed extraction. And guess what we found when we removed them? Their roots were covered in that brown stuff: tartar. Read more »

Canine Hero Receives Free Stem Cell Therapy

Julie says, in his mind, Hoke is still 2-years old searching for victims at the World Trade Center, searching through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. So the lack of ability and pain is particularly hard on him. Some of his service work may have even caused this. Read more »

A Family Dog Wakes Up Before Burial

Being left out in the cold is what saved his life per the veterinarians because it kept his brain from swelling. Read more »

TIME Animal of the Year: The 2011 Distinction That Really Matters

Animal of the Year: SEAL Team Sixs Canine Companion Read more »

Prepare your dog for holiday boarding

Steer clear of boarding facilities that don't offer direct, fully explained answers to all your questions. This article tells you what to ask. Read more »

Vaccination is the Easiest Route to Prevent Parvovirus

"It's a very contagious virus," White said. "And the virus lives for a long time in the environment, which makes it very dangerous." White says parvo can live for a year in the environment, or even longer. Parvo can withstand wide pH ranges and high temperatures. Read more »

Kim Kane and her Retired Pet Partner, Muffy

The kids who know Muffy love their special visits and look forward to them." Read more »

Dog Poop Poses Disease Risk

Scoop Fido's Feces While It's Still Fresh Read more »

Beware of OTC meds for pets

Acetaminophen toxicity is an emergency situation. If you suspect acetaminophen ingestion, contact your veterinarian immediately. Prompt veterinary care is crucial to your pets survival. There is a greater chance of survival if treatment is instituted early. Read more »

Toxic Holiday Plants

Knowing what type of plant was ingested, how much was ingested, the time of ingestion, and what symptoms your pet is showing will help your veterinarian take appropriate action. Read more »

P & G Voluntary Recall of Dry Dog Food

The affected product lot was distributed to a limited number of retailers located in the eastern United States (AL, CT, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, SC, VA). Read more »

Ms. Madelyn Enright, Esq. Named President of AHF

The AHF will continue to support programs that further the human-animal bond. Read more »

Autistic Boy's Service Dog Falls Ill to Poison

Dr. Caplis believes Magpie will survive and serve Deeds once again, but the separation is difficult for the three year-old boy. Read more »

Ithaca veterinary hospice service helps families say goodbye to pets

Service Strives to East Emotional Stress Read more »

 Post-traumatic stress disorder is increasingly evident in military dogs

Like humans with the analogous disorder, different dogs show different symptoms. Some become hyper-vigilant. Others avoid buildings or work areas that they had previously been comfortable in. Some undergo sharp changes in temperament, becoming unusually aggressive with their handlers, or clingy and timid. Most crucially, many stop doing the tasks they were trained to perform.

Understanding the Life Cycle of Heartworms

According to Vichot, a veterinarian needs to evaluate any dog with heartworms to stage the disease before making any treatment options. Read more »

Is artificial sweetner safe for dogs?

By: Ask Dr. Watts - Dr. Michael Watts Published: December 05, 2011 One of our favorite patients, Sadie the Dachshund, submitted this weeks question. She is concerned that her owners seem to be buying more and more sugar free food for themselves. Sadie is worried this may limit the nibbles of human food she is sometimes allowed. Read more »

Diabetes and your pet

If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to understand that diabetes can be successfully managed though is a fulltime commitment Read more »

Does your cat hate making trips to the vet? If so, you're not alone!

A recent survey of over 1,000 cat owners showed that 58 percent of cats hate going to the vet. Many of these cat lovers decide not to make regular visits to their veterinarian for wellness exams and preventive care. The cats may suffer the consequences of not getting adequate health care and only see their vet when they have been sick. Read more »

Coughing is a sign of feline asthma

It is currently believed that allergens are at least part of the cause of feline asthma. It is important to consider possible allergens in your home if you have an asthmatic cat. Exposure to cigarette smoke is a common cause. Dust and dust mites are common household allergens as are air fresheners. If your cat has seasonal signs, pollen may be the cause. Read more »

FDA Issues Warning on Chicken Jerky for Dogs

FDA is advising consumers who choose to feed their dogs chicken jerky products to watch their dogs closely for any or all of the following signs that may occur within hours to days of feeding the products: decreased appetite; decreased activity; vomiting; diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination Read more »

White tiger undergoes leg amputation at Colorado State

Snow Magics medical problems began a couple years ago when he suffered a spinal aneurism that paralyzed his back legs. Steroids, acupuncture and massage healed his right leg, but not the left. Since then, he walked stiffly, but the muscle holding the bad leg deteriorated and could not be repaired. Read more »

The rewards of being a therapy dog team

This article will bring a smile to your heart. Read more »

Sayreville, NJ vocational program uses pets to help prepare autism students for jobs

The program's goal is to train adult students with autism and developmental disabilities to work with animals so they may be able to get jobs with veterinarians or in other animal care facilities. Read more »

Overweight pets are common in the U.S.

Signs your pet needs a diet These tips are from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention website: How to tell if your pet is a healthy weight: Ribs are easily felt Tucked abdomen no sagging stomach Waist when viewed from above Your pet is overweight if It\'s difficult to feel ribs under fat Sagging stomach: You can grab a handful of fat! Broad, flat back No waist Read more »

 Service dog fraud threatens real service dog owner's independence

Advocates against wrongful vest use say its important to remember that its against the law to use the vests improperly and you could be prosecuted. Read more »

The dogs that can detect cancer

Earlier this year, German research discovered that dogs could sniff out lung cancer from breath samples of sufferers. The four dogs in the study learned to get it right 71 per cent of the time, far too high to be mere coincidence. Read more »

The Real Reason not go give begging pets those table scraps: Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis can be fatal in severe acute forms. Permanent damage to the pancreas can result from any form of the disease, leading to diabetes mellitus or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Most importantly, any pet that has suffered from pancreatitis in the past is subject to a recurrence if receiving table scraps. Read more »

Fort Worth, TX court says pets worth more than market value

"We wanted to have a law in place that would protect animals from being hurt," Katherine Medlen said. "Before this, animals were considered property, and you weren't allowed to sue or be compensated for sentimental value. The hurt we experienced was nowhere comparable to a piece of property." Read more »

Contraceptive vaccine could reduce feral cat population

The single-shot, multiyear vaccine stimulates the production of antibodies that bind to GnRH, a hormone in an animals body that signals the production of sex hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. By binding to GnRH, the antibodies reduce its ability to stimulate the release of these sex hormones. All sexual activity is inhibited, and animals remain in a nonreproductive state as long as a sufficient level of antibody activity is present. Read more »

Pet owners receive $12.4 million in melamine case

In all, $12,357,277 was paid on 20,229 claims from the United States and Canada, according to information provided by the claims administrator, the accounting firm Heffler, Radetich & Saitta LLP in Philadelphia Read more »

Purdue to Develop Online Hub for Human-Animal Bond Research

Resource will further study the human-animal bond By Drew Andersen November 3, 2011 Read more »

Small Animal Hospital rehab center helps canines

At the Canine Rehab Center, dogs of all sizes and conditions are rehabilitated, giving them a chance for a speedy recovery as well as an "improvement in the quality of recovery and function," Bergh said. Read more »

Veterinary Q & A: Eye problems in aging dogs

Dr. Tom Sullivan, a veterinary ophthalmologist at Animal Eye Clinic in Seattle, answers this week's questions about eye problems in aging dogs. It is part of our continuing series about the health issues facing senior dogs. Read more »

10 Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

When celebrating the winter festivities, don't forget to keep holiday pet dangers in mind. It may require some changes to your normal decorating or dining routine, but these tips can help you create a pet-safe holiday that is fun for the whole family. Read more »

Getting Fluffy into the Carrier

As cat owners, weve all experienced itthe war that starts when its time to put your feline friend in a travel carrier. The sweet, purring ball of fluff can suddenly turn into ten pounds of fury. Fluffy might straighten and stiffen her legs in an attempt to make her body too big to fit into the crate. She may even use her claws to try and get awayor urinate due to the stress of the situation. Read more »

FDA Starts Testing Pet Food for Salmonella

FDA this week announced that in October it began testing commercial dog and cat food, including treats, for the presence of salmonella. The measure is aimed at curbing potential illness in owners; between 2006 and 2007, salmonella-contaminated pet food was linked to sickness in 70 people Read more »

Agriculture-sniffing dogs help safeguard nation's crops

Agriculture-sniffing dogs that operate for USDA identify parcels from around the world that contain plant matter that could harbor pests that threaten the nation's fruits and vegetables. An individual dog may examine up to 5,000 packages in just one day, and in 2009 alone, the dogs identified roughly 39,000 packages with potentially harmful contents Read more »

Bobbie Werbe, rehab master for dogs

Her love of animals lead her down the path of a rewarding career helping them heal. Read more »

Cat health is declining - from WebMD

Cats are taken to the veterinarian's office half as often as their canine counterparts, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus, which results in serious consequences for their health. Dr. Hohenhaus explains three concerning trends in cat health, including an increase in feline rabies, more cases of diabetes and a high incidence of dental disease. Preventative care including wellness exams, vaccinations and dental cleanings can prevent these maladies. -- WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (10/28) Read more »

Your Pet's Illnesses Can Be Predicted

If insurance actuaries know your pet's breed, age and place of residence, they can estimate the cost of medical treatment during the animal's lifetime. They base predictions on medical data, but location also is important, since treatment is more expensive if you live in a large urban center. Read more »

Tips for Orange County Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

It's happening all too frequently these days. People leave their homes and their pets behind. These tips can help you move with your pet...after all, they are part of the family. Read more »

Imagine a Cougar Having a Toothache!

Dr. Weldy of Serrano Animal Hospital in Lake Forest not only fixes and cleans teeth for our domestic furry friends, but last week, he helped out a cougar who broke his upper canine and needed a root removed. Read more »

Second Hand Smoke CAN Affect Your Pets

It\'s something people wouldn\'t think about, but why not? If second hand smoke is bad for other humans, then it\'s bad for pets. Read more »

Thanks To Michael Sofka at UPS Store #26

Mike Sofka has been kind enough to provide us with a free mailbox and discounts on other services at UPS Store #26 in Lake Forest, California. His support saves us more money we can invest in our projects. Along with providing the Animal Health Foundation a free mailbox Mikes crew of wife Jean, Marissa, Steven and Jon do a great job of UPS shipping, providing notary services. packaging, freight services, copying, finishing and printing when we need those services. If you live in the Lake Forest area stop in and tell Mike and his crew you appreciate his support of the Animal Health Foundation and of course please support his store. Thanks Mike and Jean!! Read more »

Thanks To Robert Coats of Kinsey Street Online Marketing

Getting a Google Grant was a challenge but we met a bigger challenge in making it work for the foundation. We tried managing our Adwords campaign ourselves and found Google Grants make for challenging problems and learned in short order that we needed a professional. We interviewed several Adwords specialists and feel lucky that we made the right decision in choosing Rob Coats and his company to do our Adwords promotions. Read more »

Thank you Larry Page and Sergey Brin for the Google Grant!

We want to thank all of our supporters for visiting our website and spreading the word about our projects. There are some special "thank yous" we would like to make.... Google Grants is a unique in-kind donation program awarding free AdWords advertising to select charitable organizations. Google supports organizations sharing their philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Read more »

Curbing Pet Food Contamination

New federal program will enhance information sharing of pet food-related incidents. Read more »

Pet Cremation Emerges as Option for Grieving Owners

Trend shows rise in pet parents choosing cremation for departed pets. While its becoming more and more common for pet owners to include their pets in their wills, another, seemingly contradictory trend is on the rise opting for cremation of pets rather than a burial, reports the Los Angeles Times. Read more »

Heartworn Cases Increase in Southern California

Historically, heartworm has not been a concern in Southern California because of our dry climate, but that seems to be changing. Read more »

Miniature Horses Attend Vet Student Lecture About Animal Therapy

An associate professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine lectured her students on human animal interaction. Little did they know that, instead of bringing in a therapy dog, the professor arranged to have 2 miniature horses brought into class while they discussed the human-animal bond. Read more »

Flea-borne Typhus is a Problem again in Orange County, CA

It's more important than ever to use monthly flea preventative treatments on your dogs and cats so that your pet and your families are protected. Symptoms include feaver, headache, muscle aches and a rason the the chest, back arms or legs. Read more »

Immunology of Canine Vaccinations

Ever wonder how canine vaccines work? How does the vaccine know to target parvo? How do they travel in the canine body? Read more and find out. Read more »

Interview with Jan Vincent, President of the AHF Board of Trustees

The Animal Health Foundation is proud to share the Jan Vincent interview in the SCVMA Pulse magazine with our visitors. Read more »

Days spent reading to dogs during summer may help avoid decline of reading skills

Second graders who read aloud to a canine over the summer seem to maintain their reading skills during the dog days of summer, according to a pilot study published today by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  If you live in the Los Angeles or Orange County areas and would like to participate in the AHF READ program please visit for more information.

Cal Poly stem cell study hopes to heal animals

The idea behind the project is that the stem cells could be isolated and stored in a tissue bank. Then those healthy cells would be sent to a veterinarian, who would inject them into the animal from which they came. The animal would have to be the same because its immune system would mobilize to reject cells originating from another animal. Read more »

War Dogs Adoptions Are On The Rise

In the past almost all military dogs were euthanized once their tours of duty were done. Few dogs returned from Viet Nam ... unfortunately those that survived the battle fields, serving their country, were thanked by being "put down". The Animal Health Foundation is thrilled to hear that about 300 retired U.S. military dogs are put up for adoption each year and military officials tell us they received more than 400 adoption applications in the three weeks after the May 2 bin Laden raid. Read more »

Plump Pets Are At Risk for Health Ailments

Veterinarians, including those on the AHF Board of trustees, report that the number of paunchy pooches and fat cats is on the rise, leading to health issues like diabetes, arthritis, breathing problems and more. Many of us see "food as love" ... don't love your pet to death by overfeeding! Read more »

Include Pets in Disaster Preparedness

Ask yourself the following five essential questions in preparation of a written pre-event disaster plan: 1. What is my number one concern? Of course it is safety of yourself and your families lives as well as your pets and then property 2. What will be my means of survival? Having food, water, and shelter? 3. What are the contingency plans, if any? Will I need to evacuate? 4. How will I help others? 5. What is my plan? Is it realistic? Can I effectively activate the plan with the resources I have available and be safe and secure? Read more »

UGA gets $1.4M grant to study rabies vaccine

Researcher Zhen Fang Fu at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine will work with experts across the country to test a vaccine that could cure rabies even after infection. Professor Zhen received his DVM In 1981 from Huazhong Agricultural University, China and his PhD in1988) from Massey University in New Zealand Read more »

Therapy Dogs

Pam Becker's plunge into the world of specialized canines led to her current position as executive director of the Animal Health Foundation. Read this great article about our Executive Director! Read more »

African dwarf frogs that spread salmonella to kids are back on the market, CDC officials warn

ATLANTA A California company has resumed selling a kind of pet frog that caused salmonella illnesses in more than 240 people, most of them children. And federal health officials are not happy. Read more »

Miracle Cat Survives 20-Story Fall From Upper West Side Apartment Building

The owners of one lucky Upper West Side cat were talking about nine lives after he survived a 20-floor fall from a high-rise building. Forget about black cats and bad luck this cat is one amazing animal. They told me that he was a miracle, owner Barry Myers said. Read more »

Nestle Purina Recalls Dry Cat Food Bags

Consumer Contact: Nestl Purina PetCare Office of Consumer Affairs: 1-800-982-6559 Media Contact: Jill Winte 314-982-3032 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ST. LOUIS, MO, June 27, 2011Nestl Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling approximately 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Read more »

Rabies Alert - Important to vaccinate your pets!

The AHF learned recently that a Laguna Beach Cat who killed a bat and was not vaccinated for rabies is stuck in quarantine for 6 months. Had she been vaccinated the quarantine period would have been only one month. Read more »

Treats for Dogs are Potentially Dangerous

Check the label for country of origin, and be observant if you give your dog chicken jerky treats. The American Veterinary Medical Association was notified last week by the Canadian VMA that several Canadian veterinarians have seen dogs with a condition that resembles Fanconi syndrome, and it may be associated with the consumption of chicken jerky treats manufactured in China. Similar incidents were reported in the United States in 2007 and investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a further warning in 2008 Read more »

AHF Pet Partner Teams Participate in UC Irvine Study

Article by Pat Brennan, science, environment editor of the Orange County Register: The girl, looking something like a well-mannered cherub, sat primly with her hands folded, raised her hand to speak, and made direct eye contact as her teacher told a story. Her reward: permission to leave the table and join Cinder, a large, friendly golden retriever and a glutton for affection, on the classroom rug. The girl is among six children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder who are taking part in a four-year, $2.2 million experiment by scientists at UC Irvine. The question: Can dogs help the children learn to act appropriately in social situations? And will animal-assisted therapy yield more solid, lasting effects than non-animal conditioning? Read more »

5 top-selling human drugs: The dangers to pets

Nearly half the calls the team at Pet Posion Helpline receives are for pets that have accidentally ingested human medications. With such a high number of incidents occurring each year, its critical that you stay up-to-date in case your veterinary clinic is the first place clients call for help. Read more »

Welcome to the (Kennel) Club: AKC Recognizes Three New Dog Breeds

The American Kennel Club announced Wednesday that it is expanding its litter of recognized breeds by three bringing the registry's total to 173 breeds in the U.S. Read more »

Animal Health Foundation Announces Full Scholarships for Veterinary Students In Indonesia

The competitive Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) has been one of OURFs main education programs in Sumatra where the organization has been collaborating with the Yayasan Orangutan Sumatra Lestari-Orangutan Information Center (OIC) for the past six years. OIC promotes and oversees the program in-country while OURF seeks fiscal support for the program. OURF President Dr. Gary Shapiro stated, The Orangutan Caring Scholarship program is an investment in long-term orangutan conservation by supporting talented students who will advocate for orangutans as professionals. Read more »

Six Tips for a Pet-Safe Summer from the ASPCA

The last days of May signal the unofficial start of summer for folks, young and old, across the country. But with these carefree months of no homework and summer Fridays comes an increased risk for illness or injury for our furry pals. From unpredictable weather to unusual routines, our animals are exposed to all sorts of hazards during June, July and August, and your pet is counting on you to keep him safe. Check out our top six tips for keeping your animal secure all summer long. - Give your pet access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat. - Avoid lathering your pet with any insect repellent or sunscreen not intended for the four-legged kind. - Keep your pet away from matches, citronella candles and lighter fluid, which if eaten can irritate the stomach, lungs and central nervous system. - Be cool near the pool. Don't leave pets unsupervised around a pool, lake or high watersnot all dogs are expert swimmers! - Never leave your dog, cat or any other animal friend alone in a car! The inside of a car can heat up very quicklyeven with a window open. - Be prepared! From tornadoes to floods, we've seen the devastation severe weather has brought to pets and their families these past few weeks. Develop an evacuation plan well ahead of time in case you're forced from your home in an emergency. Read more »

Two more companies are recalling pig ear dog treats!

Two more companies are recalling pig ear dog treats after a supplier, Keys Manufacturing of Paris, IL, found that a batch of the pet chews tested positive for Salmonella. One dog has been reported to have become ill because of contaminated pig ears. Read more »

FDA Issues Caution to Pet Owners with the Use of an Unapproved Pet Shampoo Product

The FDAs Center for Veterinary Medicine is alerting pet owners to use caution with the use of an unapproved animal drug product, Douxo Seborrhea Shampoo (0.1% phytosphingosine), distributed by Sogeval Laboratories, Inc. of Coppell, Texas after recently receiving a report of the death of a woman associated with the use of the product on her dog. The March adverse event report describes a woman with severe, preexisting asthma who had a sudden, severe asthma attack and died while bathing a dog using the product, Douxo Seborrhea Shampoo. A few days later, another asthmatic family member bathed the dog using the same product and experienced a mild asthma attack but recovered. FDA is advising consumers with asthma or other respiratory conditions to consider consulting with their physicians prior to use of this product. FDA is currently investigating this serious issue and will provide additional information as appropriate. Read more »

Pet Market Sales Expected to Increase

Study, Breed-Specific Causes of Death

A new University of Georgia study provides a rare and comprehensive look at causes of death in more than 80 breeds. Read more »

Are Female Dogs Smarter Than Males?

When it comes to detecting the unexpected, female dogs might have a leg up. Read more »

Dr. Elizabeth Bradt: Dangers of pet dentistry without anesthesia

There are several negative unintended consequences to pet dentistry without anesthesia or sedation. While some dogs can be tolerant and will sit patiently, many have to be physically restrained, leading to stress and deep-seated fears. Read more »

MRI Anxiety Eased with Therapy Dog Visit

Medical tests can be daunting, especially when they require 45 minutes of complete stillness deep in an outsized, noisy magnet. For 16-year-old Allison Ruchman of Rumson, N.J., a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to investigate recurrent headaches provoked a level of fear and anxiety that left her desperately searching her mind for a distraction. That's when Wally, her 5-year-old beagle, saved the day. Read more »

Pig ears with salmonella risk recalled

An Illinois company is recalling pet chews made of pig's ears because they could be contaminated with salmonella. Read more »

June is Microchip Awareness Month

During the month of June, with the assistance of AVID and HomeAgain, the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) and many of the shelters in LA and OC are creating a Microchip Awareness Program to educate pet owners about the inportance and benefit of having their pets both microchipped and registered. Shelters will be working in their communities to encourage un-chipped pets to come in for a chip. Microchip Days will be organized throughout the area to provide affordable chipping for pet owners. Read more »

Multidrug Sensitivity in Dogs

Some dog breeds are more sensitive to certain drugs than other breeds. Collies and related breeds, for instance, can have adverse reactions to drugs such as ivermectin and loperamide (Imodium). At Washington State University\'s College of Veterinary Medicine you can get your dog tested for drug sensitivity and keep up with the latest research. Read more »

AHF in the News

Article highlights the AHF's role in helping animals and their owners.

Promeris Discontinued Not Recalled

Was Promeris discontinued as a business decision or was it recalled because of side effects? Read more »

Missouri Legislators Weaken November Puppy Mill Law

Missouri voters thought they scored a big win against some of the nation's most notorious puppy mills when they approved strict new dog breeding regulations last year. Now state lawmakers are changing the rules. See the "More Info" Link for the full story.

Donate to Help Homeless Animals in Japan!

You can help pets suffering in Japan... Read more »

AHF Pet Partners Participate in "Read Across America"

Read about "Read Across America" local school event ... Read more »

Japanese Students Visit with AHF Executive Director at Kaiser in Irvine, CA

Students from the Hiroshima Animal Care College, along with one of their teachers, visited Irvine Medical Center to learn about our pet therapy program... Read more »

Pet Therapy Benefits Hospice Patients

See how Pet Therapy benefits hospice patients... Read more »

Pet Therapy Benefits Mesothelioma Cancer Patients

Pet therapy is helpful for many patients who are overwhelmed in dealing with their disease... Read more »

Canine Cancer Walks in California

The K9 Cancer Walks are a grass roots effort to raises funds and awareness for the Morris Animal Foundation's Canine Cancer Campaign, which funds research that will develop prevention strategies, test new treatments, establish tools for cancer researchers and train new scientists specializing in cancer research. We are California dog lovers committed to doing our part to fight this horrible disease. Half of all dogs will be affected by cancerbut together, we can beat this disease. Read more »

FDA warns pet owners about buying online pet meds

Any time, but especially during lean economic times, it's tempting to look for discounted drugs for your pets. Buyer beware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns Tuesday with a video and announcement, especially when it comes to ads that say you don't need a veterinarian's prescription. You could kill a dog, for instance, that has heartworms by giving it heartworm meds and kill cats and small dogs by giving them certian tick and flea meds. Read more »

Veterinarians report mysterious link between dog food and hypercalcemia

The reports have cropped up on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an online community for the profession and parent of the VIN News Service. In message board discussions, veterinarians have revealed cases of hypercalcemia secondary to vitamin D toxicosis occurring in dogs that eat a single brand of dry pet food: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Diet, chicken flavor. In each of the cases, veterinarians report that dogs conditions have improved after switching brands. So far, nothing concrete has identified a causal relationship between the food and illnesses in dogs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while reportedly alerted to adverse events tied to the food, has not prompted a recall, though the VIN News Service has been unable to reach officials with the regulatory agency directly. Read more »

California Spay and Neuter License Plate

The California Spay & Neuter license plate, sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board, provides a fun and easy way for pet lovers to help reduce pet overpopulation. Read more »

Pet Product Company Recalls Nearly 75,000 Bags of Dog Treats

The move by Hartz Mountain Corp. came after random sample testing by the FDA indicated the presence of salmonella organisms in one or more 8-ounce bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs. Read more »

Pet Partner Maryanne Dell to Receive Honor

Maryanne Dell, and her AHF Pet Partner will received an honor September 11, 2010 at the Paws for Cures Fundraiser in Anaheim Hills. The night honored Heroes of all kinds and Maryanne received the Community Hero award for her work educating the public about issues affecting their pets. Read more »

Pet Partners Barbara and Mini-Horse Barbie in the news!

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Event

Dog Owners Warned About Deadly Plant

Salmonella May Be A New Weapon Against Cancer

Salmonella could be used in the war against cancer after it was found to trigger the body's own defence system against the disease. Read more »

Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Information for the Pet Owner

Lights are off, sirens are screaming, it is before sunrise, cold, possibly raining and there truly is an emergency. Phone lines are out with overloaded circuits. Smoke billows in the distance. You have a NOAA radio with fresh batteries. Your generator has adequate fuel and you have started it routinely on a monthly basis since you purchased it two years ago. The family seems shaken but fine for the time being and you have systems in place for safety for all of your family including your beloved pets and livestock. Read more »

Psychology Today July 20, 2010 - Current research challenges the idea of the alpha dog..

Stanley Coren, Ph.D.a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, in his July 20, 2010, Animal Behavior blog presents current research challenging the idea of the alpha dog. Read more »

Proctor and Gamble Expands Voluntary Recall of Iams Dry Products

CINCINNATI, July 30, 2010 - The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) (NYSE:PG) is voluntarily expanding its recall to include veterinary and some specialized dry pet food as a precautionary measure because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No salmonella-related illnesses have been reported. Read more »

How the Angel Fund Has Helped

In the past year, 28 veterinary hospitals recieved $15,275 from the Angel Fund to help 39 clients afford needed treatment for their furry family member. Read more »

AHF Pet Partners registers it's first Therapy DOVE!

On July 24, 2010 Cloud and Daleen became the first Pet Partner Dove Team! Dove's cooing at the evaluations calmed everyone and it was a delightful background to a normally hectic day Read more »

Pet Partners help take the stress out of finals at CSU Fullerton

NURSING PET THERAPY Nursing students took a break from studying for finals May 10 by petting a few cuddly dogs on campus. Beyond relieving their own stress, students learned a few things about how pet therapy is used in hospitals and nursing homes to soothe patients. Read more »

British Veterinarians give cat two prosthetic limbs.

A cat that had its back feet severed by a combine harvester has been given two prosthetic limbs in a pioneering operation by a UK vet. Read more »

Good News!! Pelicans rehabbed from oil spill arrive in Texas

Two U.S. Coast Guard cargo planes brought 62 brown pelicans to Texas on Wednesday for the largest release to date of pelicans rehabilitated after being contaminated in BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more »

Are You Traveling With Your Pet? Here Are Some Great Pet Travel Tips from the AVMA...

Planning and preparation are important when traveling with family pets. There are dogs and cats that cannot withstand the rigors of any type of travel due to illness, injury, or temperament. If this is the case, discuss with your veterinarian options such as hiring a reliable pet-sitter or housing your pet in a clean, well-managed boarding facility Read more »

UC Davis Study Shows Dogs Can Help Kids Become Better Readers

Kids, dogs and a good book are a great combination, according to researchers in UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine — and they have the data to back that up.

AHF Mini-Horse Pet Partner

Claudia Bradford is an AHF/Delta Pet Partner with an unusual pet.  Claudia and her mini-horse Lucky were featured in the Orange County register when the Mission Viejo City Council gave her special permission to keep Lucky in the back yard.