Alley Cat Allies Celebrates World Veterinary Day

This Saturday, April 25, Alley Cat Allies observes World Veterinary Day by recognizing veterinarians and their crucial role in protecting cats. Veterinarians not only serve their communities by providing care and treatment for cats, they are also vital sources of information about cats and cat health.

This year’s World Veterinary Day theme is “Vector-Borne Diseases with a Zoonotic Potential,” which is a subject veterinarians are often asked about regarding outdoor cats. As experts, veterinarians are uniquely positioned to answer questions from the public and dispel common myths about zoonoses—myths and undue fear that can cost cats their lives. Veterinarians can use their knowledge and experience to help people understand that outdoor cats are healthy members of the community.

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For example, the enormous success of rabies vaccination and prevention in the United States is illustrative of the impact of veterinarians and their support for effective, humane programs like Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for community cats, which are often the largest providers of rabies vaccinations in communities. The fact is there has not been a single cat to human rabies transmission in the United States in 40 years, and this impressive record is due in large part to veterinary practice and education, as well as the growth of TNR programs nationally.

In a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program, community cats—also called feral cats—are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be neutered, vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal sign of a neutered and vaccinated cat). Unsocialized cats are returned to their outdoor home, while socialized cats and kittens are adopted. Trap-Neuter-Return works—it is the mainstream approach to community cats and is supported by veterinarians across the country.

“The importance of cooperation between veterinarians and community cat groups cannot be understated,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Together, they create a powerful coalition that saves cats’ lives and mobilizes the community with knowledge and resources.”

Alley Cat Allies supports veterinarians by providing them with the information they need to respond to and educate community members on cat health and dispelling common misconceptions and myths about community cats. Alley Cat Allies also sponsors trainings throughout the country to provide hands-on experience for veterinarians in high-volume spay and neuter procedures, as well as teaching veterinarians how to respond to the unique needs of community cats.

Resources for veterinarians can be found on Alley Cat Allies’ website at www.alleycat.org/veterinarian. In addition, veterinarians are encouraged to sign an online pledge to show their support for TNR.

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Aloha Vet- Trouble in Paradise

So what happens when a tortoise shell needs some help? Call Dr. Sims! Watch as he performs a bit of shell maintenance on some of the world’s biggest (but still precious) tortoises!

Tune in tomorrow for the full episode on NatGeo Wild.

“Trouble in Paradise” premiering Saturday, April 25, at 9 PM ET/PT
When emergencies arise, Dr. Scott Sims must address them when and where they happen-whether it’s on the side of the road or in the middle of the night. Scott hops in his plane to travel to Maui to check out a chicken with an eye infection and a goat with mastitis. But tension is high in Kauai when a horse named Kolohe is brought into the clinic with a life threatening case of colic.

Dr. Sims travels barefoot or by plane, whatever it takes to rescue an animals.
Dr. Sims travels barefoot or by plane, whatever it takes to rescue an animals.
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Set Your DVRs! Feline Wellness in the spotlight tomorrow.

Move over Good Morning America–change up your morning news routine this Monday and support feline wellness’ moment in the spotlight! Tune in to The Discovery Channel Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. EST / PST, 6:30am CST and check out The American Association of Feline Practitioners’ (AAFP) feline wellness-focused segment on the TV series Innovations with Ed Begley Jr. Not an early bird? No problem. Set your DVR in advance or visit: http://www.catvets.com/cfp/cat-owners Monday morning to watch the full segment.

AAFP Feline Wellness

The AAFP is using this as an opportunity to educate cat owners on the importance of routine check-ups and hoping you’ll join us in spreading the word. Eighty-three percent of cats are taken to the vet in the first year of ownership, yet over half of them don’t return!

JOIN THE FUN! #AAFPonTV Social Media Photo Hunt Contest: We’re asking fans to keep their eyes peeled while watching our segment, launching April 20th in this photo hunt contest. We’ll choose a fan (who answers the question correctly) at random to win a $25 gift card and a bag of feline goodies.

Make your vet visit easier for you, and your cat. Here’s a great cat friendly practice to try with your cat:

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Pet Travel Tips

Pet Travel TipsTraveling with your pet can be fun for everyone with a little planning. It’s important to understand the rules before you go so your trip can be as smooth as possible.

I love this little antidote about a man who wanted to travel with his dog (author unknown).

A man wrote a letter to a hotel: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me?”

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, linens, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. We’ve never had a dog that smoked in bed and set fire to the blankets. We’ve never had a dog who played the TV too loud or had a fight with his traveling companion. So, if your dog can vouch for you, you’re welcome, too!”

Here are a few tips to make your travels with pets a bit easier.

Call Ahead

The hotel website might say it allows pets, but be sure to call ahead anyway. Sometimes a policy change takes place but a website update doesn’t. The last thing you want is to show up only to be told that a particular hotel doesn’t follow the chain policy for pets.

Weight Limits

Many hotels have weight limits and even pet type restrictions. This policy seems to be in place to discourage very large dogs, as most weight limits seem to hover around 25 pounds. It’s unlikely they will actually ask to weigh your dog at check in, but if you know your pooch goes over the limit be sure to get permission in place before hand.

It can help to speak directly to a manger, especially if you explain that your dog is well behaved and won’t be left alone in the hotel room.

Barking

No one would enjoy a vacation if they heard a dog barking at all hours. Goodness, even people can be loud and annoying with their behaviors in hotels, so being considerate is rule number one.

If you know your dog is prone to bark, especially when left alone, make sure you don’t leave them alone in the room. Even well trained dogs can bark in new environments, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Do your best to minimize barking though, even if a hotel is pet friendly they can still ask guests to leave for any reason.

Fees

There are usually extra fees involved in having your pet stay at a hotel. Make sure you ask if the fee is one time (at the end of the stay), or if it is an added nightly fee. This fee will vary depending on the hotel.

You may also be asked for a deposit. The deposit is there to protect the hotel from damage that a pet may cause to the room. The deposit is given back to you at checkout if all is well.

Be courteous.

Nothing is worse for other pet owners than those who want to ruin it for everyone. Be courteous and clean up after your pet. Follow the rules of the hotel. Help pet travelers gain a reputation for being guests hotels want to have.

Have fun, and safe travels!

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