COLD WEATHER PET DEATHS, DOG POOP PUNISHMENT, VIP PETCARE EXPANDS in this episode of Off Label Veterinary News, your source for commentary on Animals, Medicine, and Practice Life.
A special “Howliday” episode of Off Label Veterinary News on Youtube. 1) Do animals kneel, face east, or talk at midnight on Christmas Eve? That's what my late grandmother told me when I was a child. 2) Do you know the story of the Donkey Cross? 3) Did you know a veterinarian wrote the holiday hit song, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer?" We tell the story. 4) Awkward Pet Holiday Photos!
I was honored to present a special keynote at the 2017 Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Your Weight Matters Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. In this impassioned presentation, I discuss why I believe pet obesity is a disease, why obesity is a shared disease of humans and animals, the role pet care shaming and weight bias play in veterinary medicine, and why I've dedicated much of my career to fighting pet obesity. I also review the role of chronic inflammation, strategies for effective weight loss, differences in pet owner and veterinary professionals' attitudes on diet and nutrition, and challenges for the future of pet food and weight loss.
Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward speaks at the 2017 North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians (NCAVT) Annual Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina and talks with veterinary technicians about their biggest challenges, how they cope with stress, compassion fatigue and burnout, and what advice they'd give veterinarians and practice managers for better utilizing vet techs in their veterinary practices.
“What makes a pet great?”
I was asked this question by a pet owner and it caught me off-guard. Truth is, I’d never really given it much thought. All pets are great, right? The reality is some animals are truly incredible, amazing once-in-a-lifetime friends we are lucky to share our lives with while others… maybe not so much. Good pets, just not quite great. So what makes the difference between good and great pets? What makes a pet great? I wanted to find out.