According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 55 percent of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.
In light of that number and today’s observance of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Health Talk spoke with Julie Churchill, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate clinical professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, to discuss strategies pet owners can use to keep their animals healthy.
Whether flying out of town or setting out on road trip with your pet this summer, it’s important to travel safely.
Kelly Tart, D.V.M., veterinary emergency medicine specialist and assistant clinical professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, spoke to Health Talk about five simple tips that will help make a stressful travel experience safer and more enjoyable.
Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., a canine cancer researcher from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, is one of a trio of researchers receiving a new $1.1 million grant from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation to investigate improved cancer diagnostics and treatments for golden retrievers and, by extension, humans.
Modiano, a professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and director of the university’s Animal Cancer Care and Research program, will join collaborators Matthew Breen, Ph.D., of North Carolina State University, and Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Ph.D., of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, in refining the current understanding of why golden retrievers are more susceptible to two hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma cancers than other dog breeds.
Summer is arguably the best time of year to get outside and enjoy the warm weather with your canine companion. Pet A Palooza, sponsored by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and The Urban Dog, is a great way to take advantage of that opportunity.
For many this spring, the return of the sun and warm weather also means a return of seasonal allergies. The sniffling, sneezing and itching can be a frustrating characteristic of this time of year. As you head for the pharmacist to combat your allergies once again, keep an eye on your pets — they may be suffering, too.
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, spotlighting a peak season for asthma and allergy symptoms as pollen and other allergens come out in full force.