1885 meets 2030: 145 years and one cult classic movie later, rabies still the unifier

“He had been struck by something, possibly destiny, or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies…”  -Stephen King, Cujo, 1981 King, Stephen. Cujo. Portland, Maine, Viking Press, September 8, 1981. For many of us horror movie aficionados, when we think of rabid animals, one dog comes to mind; Cujo. For those less versed in 1980 horror films, Cujo (1983) was a character created by the mind of Stephen King; a young canine wreaking havoc on a small town after being bitten by a bat. Cujo morphs from man’s best friend to their worst nightmare tormenting his family with

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September 2020 is National Suicide Prevention Month; Do pets play a role in prevention?

At the end of a long day, coming home to a wagging tail or a purring kitty can turn a bad day into a manageable one. As pet owners, we have all had those moments where our furry companions are more than dogs or cats; they are our confidants, our therapists, and undoubtedly our biggest fans. We have also had those moments where our happiness is directly related to how much time we get to spend with our faithful fur babies. Not only is this a relatable feeling among pet owners, but this theory is actually backed by science. It

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An Exciting New Addition to Family Pet Hospital

Welcome Dr. Rebecca Cross Family Pet Hospital is excited to announce the addition of Dr. Rebecca Cross to the medical staff. A graduate of Texas A&M, Dr. Cross brings nearly fifteen years of experience to Family Pet Hospital. Sharing a passion for emergency medicine and surgery, Dr. Cross and Dr. Abernathy met at an emergency animal hospital in Northern Colorado and became fast friends. After leaving the emergency hospital and practicing general veterinary medicine for a few years, Dr. Cross found herself at Heska Laboratories assisting veterinarians all over the state in diagnosing rare and difficult cases. Ready to be

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Pain Management in Pets (Including Acupuncture)

We never like to see a loved one in pain, regardless if that loved one is a human being or a pet. Many people know how to manage pain in humans but find themselves unsure of what to do when – or even how to tell if – their dog or cat is in pain. Let’s take a closer look at how pets demonstrate their pain as well as how pain can be managed in pets. How to Recognize Pain in Pets Since our dogs and cats can’t verbally tell us when they are in pain, we have to look

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Obesity in Pets – Causes & Treatment

Did you know that according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are clinically overweight? This means that these pets have a body condition score of 6 or higher (where 6-7 is overweight and 8-9 is obese). Moreover, the number of overweight pets is on the rise throughout the country and has been for several years. Unfortunately, many owners don’t realize that their pets are overweight or obese. In fact, the APOP found that as many as 90% or more of pet owners didn’t recognize their pet’s weight issue. Just like people,

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Seven Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Are you planning a trip with your four-legged pals? Here are some helpful tips for traveling with your pets: 1. Call your veterinarian! Start with a phone call to your local animal hospital. They can help you decide if leaving your pet at home with a pet sitter or at your favorite kennel is a better option. The logistics of some trips might not make travel fur baby friendly. If that’s the case, get a referral to a kennel in the area. Keep in mind, planning early will help make your trip run smoother–especially since some treatments, documents, and bookings

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