On the first day of Christmas my pet parent gave to me: one Intelligent Water Fountain (or one of the other cool prizes)! This holiday season, include your pet in the festivities and win some cool prizes from 1-800-PetMeds!
“Meet two friends and call me in the morning” may be good advice from your doctor. Medical researchers are learning more and more how strong social connections are linked to good health. Researchers call this social capital. When we think of capital, we usually think of money. Social capital is like money in the bank from having strong social supports. People who are involved in their communities, talk to their […]
My book Fit As Fido devotes an entire chapter to the importance of socializing like your dog−meaning meeting and greeting your neighbors needs to be a top health priority. In today’s world of backyard decks instead of front porches, electric garage door openers, and social media replacing sidewalk chats, it’s easy to feel disconnected from your neighborhood. Need a cup of sugar? You’ll probably order some online to be delivered […]
The American Heart Association just released a new scientific statement paper in the journal Circulation, titled “Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk.” The conclusions in this paper have been endorsed by numerous heart health organizations, including the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the American Society of Hypertension, the American Society for Preventive Cardiology, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and the World Heart Federation. […]
When I’m having a rough day, missing departed loved ones, or feeling overwhelmed by tight deadlines, I pull out the best prescription for lifting mood and spirit–a couple well-used dog leashes that will take me and my pups for a romp in the woods. As a doctor, I’ve taken this discovery of the health-boosting power of our pets to the next level, sharing my dogs with hospital patients, elementary students […]
Dog can serve a wide range of roles: companions, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, military dogs, actors, and school mascots. Of course, I’m partial to therapy dogs–dogs trained to bring calm, comfort, and joy to people in need. Therapy dogs fill important roles improving moods, decreasing pain, and relieving stress in a wide range of environments. Therapy dogs may work in nursing homes, hospitals and hospices, libraries and schools, […]
Did you ever notice that some people can’t wait to get to the gym, lace up their sneakers, and start a workout, while others find lots of excuses to avoid a day’s exercise, lingering at the drink bar and cutting their time on the treadmill short? Researchers from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine are looking into the genetics of loving or avoiding exercise.