There are so many interesting news stories out there about pets and other animals, veterinary medicine or other animal related topics!  Each week we’ll be gathering some stories that might be interesting to you, so keep posted each week for new stories!

Healthcare and Prevention:

Parasites can spread from pets to humans– Pets can spread parasites to people, but regular checkups and preventive care can prevent these zoonotic diseases.  This article mentions the most concerning parasites, who is most at risk and how to prevent disease transmission.

MU researchers pioneer animal diabetes treatment– University of Missouri veterinarians are designing a device that can track glucose concentrations over a 3-day time period, allowing vets to make better decisions on care and diabetic management.

13 Foods Never to Feed Your dog – We all like to indulge our pets, but it’s important to make sure those foods are safe as there are some human foods that can be harmful to dogs!

What to do when you suspect your pet is in pain but is hiding it – The difficulty veterinarians have is our patients cannot tell us exactly how they feel and what is wrong.  Learn some signs to look for that you may not realize can be a clue that your furry friend is in pain or uncomfortable.

Exercise and the couch-potato pooch– Similar to their human owners, about 65% of dogs are overweight!

Exercise you pooch and both of you will lose your paunch – Consider your dog’s breed to determine the best exercise regimen for your pooch so that you can both get healthy and keep from pushing your pet beyond it’s limits.

Pampering Pets and Fun Stuff:

Dog Massage?  Isn’t Petting Enough?” – Though there is little scientific evidence and research that supports massage therapy, many pet owners believe it can offer the same benefits that people enjoy.

Spoiled Pets:  6 Ways to Pamper Pets” – Most U.S. families consider their pets as another family member and extend certain luxuries to their canine/feline family members.

When the Fur Doesn’t Fly – Pet-stay facilities convenient for air travelers.

Japanese couples enlist pet dogs as canine ‘witnesses’ in marriage ceremonies– As the pet industry grows in Japan, one hotel is offering couples a “dog wedding” package.

Pick a Pet:  How to choose the right dog for your children – The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that 37% of families have pets.  Children with pets tend to get more exercise, but there are some things to consider before jumping in!

How to grow a beautiful, yet dog-safe garden – If your dogs roams your backyard with access to your garden and other plants, make sure there are not any plants that could be poisonous and choose pesticides that are safe to your pets.