Just like humans shed hair, dogs shed their fur throughout their lives, even hypoallergenic dogs. Shedding is a good thing; it’s a dog’s way of getting rid of old and damaged hair. It can be overwhelming in the springtime when some dogs “blow” their winter coat, but overall most dogs lose their fur evenly over their body.
When it comes to our pets, Americans will spend whatever it takes to make sure they have the best quality of life. It's estimated that in 2019, U.S. families spent 95.7 billion dollars on pets. Out of that 95.7 billion, 29.3 billion was for veterinary care. That number is estimated to increase by 3% in 2020.
We all need more to celebrate these days, so here’s something we hope you can get behind. September 17 is officially national Pet Bird Day, where bird owners and even potential bird owners across the country will share photos and stories and advocate for the growth of responsible bird ownership.
Right now, we don’t know when a proven vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available. Some companies are going so far as to require their employees to work from home until mid-2021. Now is a great time to put some schedules and expectations in place so that everyone can remain sane.
Science has named them Canis lupus familiaris; every other person calls them Man’s Best Friend.
For anyone who has hiked in the Boise Foothills, or any of our forests, you’ve come across cheatgrass at some point in your journey, whether you realized it or not. Cheatgrass covers an estimated 7% of Idaho, and the dangers of the grass is a topic that we have covered before.
Dr. Throne is a native of the Treasure Valley and obtained her B.S. in Biology with a business minor from Boise State University. Go Broncos! She then went north to complete her DVM at Washington State University in 2011. Following the completion of veterinary school, she moved to northern California to complete a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at the VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center. Dr. Throne then worked at a small animal general practice in the area for 6 years before returning to Idaho.
It’s been a good 6 to 8 weeks of social distancing and being ordered to stay at home as much as possible. You know who’s not complaining about that so far, your dog, cat, or other family pet. They’re getting extra love, walks, and probably an increase of treats throughout the day. Talk about a perfect life.
Over the past few months, the coronavirus, or Covid-19, has been blasted all over the news, almost as much as the upcoming 2020 presidential elections. At first it was mainly over in Asia and Europe, but now that confirmed cases and related deaths have started to appear closer to home, we are starting to get the question, can my pet get, or be a carrier of the coronavirus?
Below Dr. Hunt talks about what Covid-19 is, how it spreads, and how your pet does or does not play a role in the spread of the virus.