Aloha Vet: Babe the Two-Legged Pup Gets Wheels

How adorable is Babe? This sweet two legged pup gets wheels in the next episode of Aloha Vet.

Babe the two legged pup

This Saturday, Dr. Sims helps an adorable two-legged dog named Babe become more mobile. Babe visits children’s hospitals and does lots of other volunteer work to share her positive story, and she can even walk around on her two back legs!

Enjoy a sneak peek, and be sure to tune in tomorrow to watch “Aloha Vet” – “Big Island, Big Problems” premiering Sat, May 2 at 9 PM ET/PT

Veterinary medicine is serious business, but in this episode Dr. Scott has some lighter moments and even takes some clients on a wild ride.

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Happy National Shelter Pet Adoption Day!

We want to wish you a very HAPPY national shelter pet adoption day by introducing “Happy” the Cat and “Happy” the Dog!

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These beloved Pet Ambassadors of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries were adopted last year by Crown Media Family Networks’ President and CEO, Bill Abbott, as part of the company’s evergreen PET PROJECT initiative, which seeks to show through entertainment the joys that animals bring to our lives every day.

In the past 5 years, Hallmark Channel has become known for programming that is entertaining and that serves as a catalyst for shelter pet adoption. Some of the network’s marquee franchises include “Hero Dog Awards Show,” “Kitten Bowl,” “Paw Star Game,” and the upcoming 2016 program, “Ultimate Kitten Summer Games.” Additionally, pet adoption or shelter pets have been at the heart of some of the network’s highest-rated Original Movies, “Nine Lives of Christmas,” “My Boyfriends’ Dogs,” and “Puppy Love,” to name a few. As part of the “Tip to Tail” press tour, “Happy” the Cat and “Happy” the Dog will celebrate many pet-related holidays, including National Shelter Pet Adoption Day on April 30th and Be Kind To Animals Week beginning on May 7th, with the mission to galvanize culture around the belief that the most beautiful pets on the planet are those in shelters waiting on a forever home.

Happy the Dog

“Crown Media Family Networks is proud to support pet adoption and encourage viewers and fans to discover the unmatched love and profound joy a shelter pet can bring into their own families, especially on this day of national awareness and beyond,” said Bill Abbott, President & CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “With this promotional effort by our Pet Ambassadors, we hope to expand and further our mission of bringing incredible and lovable rescue animals into the spotlight, and through exceptional entertainment, show just how wonderful it can be to give an animal a home.”

“Happy” the Cat, a three-year-old tabby rescued from an Ohio animal shelter, was the first official rescue pet adopted by the network in 2014. “Happy” the Dog is the newest pet to join Crown Media Family Networks’ furry family, becoming the company’s first-ever canine goodwill ambassador. In addition, this adorable pup has just begun training toward certification to be a therapy dog for sick children and their families.

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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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