Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Pet transition tips & tricks
Bring favorites. New home equals new bed, new toys, new collar, etc...right? Wrong! Pack a pet's favorite bed, crate, toys, food and water dishes, treats and more. Try to place them in the same places as they were in your previous home. Familiarity will help your pet feel in control and at home more quickly.
Be consistent. Keep to the routines your pet has come to expect for feeding, walking, playtime and bedtime. If your dog or cat is used to roaming the property untethered, consider a short-term leash for safety and to help them become familiar with the new boundaries.
Maximize safety. During the packing stage, the actual move and the transition in the new home, plan for your pet's safety. Some animals will be upset and scared once the boxes and suitcases take over familiar areas. They may hide or run away. Set aside a safe place where they can't get lost or hurt. Make sure your pet has identification and your contact information, and that you have copies of veterinarian records. Learn about any aggressive animals or risks in the new home, yard and neighborhood
Minimize anxiety. Beer or wine won’t work. Some animals just need to be near you no matter what you're doing. Others may do better away from the moving madness. Consider a “safe room” or a little pet vacation away from home. The more secure they feel, the better they'll ride out the craziness.
Most of all...
Be patient. Give them time. Let them sniff around, and safely explore. It’s OK if they want to hide for a while, as long as they remember the relief rules. Promise—they’ll come out when they are ready. Be prepared to accept their behavioral changes, including eating, barking, spraying, etc. Yes, there may be some short-term “potty" issues. You may see a little more protection mode. Just like you, they need time to get used to their new home
Give ‘em a whole lotta love. A bit of extra loving will go a long way as they come to feel at home in their new surroundings. Unexpected or unwanted behaviors are likely the result of uneasiness with the change. Difficult behaviors don't mean the pet is bad and can't change. This, too, shall pass. Take a breath and remember all of the love of a few days ago. Take a breath, have a seat and remember that this is all temporary. Soon, all will be right in your home sweet home.
The content is not medical advise, nor is it intended to be a substitute for veterinary treatment or care. First, consult with your veterinarian before use.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Break out the treats. Head to the pet store. Visit the local shelter. Today is National Love Your Pet Day. The purpose of this holiday is to encourage pet owners to spend some time with their pets and show them the love and affection they deserve. Dogs, cats, turtles, lizards, fish; it doesn’t matter. It’s the day to show them just how much they mean to you.
No one knows exactly when it started but according to our research, wide-scale celebration began in the early 2000s.
The stats will surprise you
In 2017, U.S pet owners spent almost $70 billion dollars worth of products for their pets (American Pet Products Association). Compare that to the $41 billion spent in 2007. Want to know more about the pet industry in the United States? Then check out the following pet statistics:
Number of Households That Own a Pet (By Type. In Millions)
Number of Animals Owned in U.S (In Millions)
The benefits will blow you away
Strengthen a child’s immune system ̶ Studies have shown that children who live in homes with pets miss less school due to sickness than children who grow up in pet-free homes.
Lessen the chance of developing allergies— Contrary to outdated myth, children in households with pets are reported to have fewer allergies. Nowadays, several studies have shown that children in pet-friendly households lower the chances of developing related allergies by as much as 33% (National Institute of Health). You’ll want to introduce the kids to the animals as soon as possible. If a person has already developed an allergy, the allergy can’t be reversed.
Heart health—Another benefit to owning a pet may be improved heart health. Studies have shown that owning a pet can lower blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels; all are contributors to the risk of heart attack
Overall fitness—This one’s so obvious. You walk your dog 3X daily; you walk off excess weight and boost your metabolism. The pooch is happy and you get healthy. Win-Win!
Don’t worry; be happy—Yes, they can be expensive. Certainly they can be a pain in the neck. In spite of it all, pets have been shown to turn a bad day into a beautiful one. That’s why their presence in hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities is ever-rising.
Make new friends, keep the old—Pets are instant icebreakers; people are just more willing to stop and chat when they see a person out with their pet. And you’d be amazed by how often friends stop by for pet play dates. Just one more reason to make a dog, cat, reptile or bird a part of the family.
Celebrating National Love Your Pet Day
Stop by your local pet adoption center. Volunteer, foster or adopt. Animals provide love and companionship each and every day. February 20th is your chance to return the favor.
Monday, January 29, 2018
A veterinarian’s main concern is caring for animals. Pet owners, animal lovers, and farmers depend on these specialists to uphold animal health and well-being. Government relies on vets for research into disease, food safety and drugs.
The last thing the student or newly-graduated vet wants to think about is paying back loans.
Much like human medical school, veterinary school costs are staggering. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 2016 veterinary graduates have a mean student debt of $141,000.
Fortunately, there are programs that can help with educational debt—veterinary student loan forgiveness and repayment programs. Here are just a few to consider:
U.S. veterinary student loan forgiveness and repayment programs
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA), helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medicine degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations.
To receive this award, you must agree to serve at least three years in a region with a veterinarian shortage. The type and amount of work you do for the yearly award depends on the area where you work. Note that this program focuses primarily on veterinary medicine for livestock raised for food.
You may receive up to $25,000 of your student loan debt per year.
For more info: nifa.usda.gov
State-by-state veterinary student loan repayment assistance programs
Some states (not all) offer repayment assistance. Note that even in states where legislation was enacted to establish these programs, funding needs to be appropriated. You’ll need to contact the specific programs to find out if they are currently funded and operational.
For more info: avma.org
Army Health Professions Loan Repayment Program
The Army offers a loan repayment program for a variety of health professionals, including veterinarians. Both active duty and reservists are eligible.
If you are on active duty, you can receive up to $120,000 over three years through the Active Duty Health Professions Loan Repayment Program. If you’re in the reserves, you can receive $50,000 in student loan repayment over three years.
For more info: military.com OR goarmy.com
Faculty Loan Repayment Program
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers loan repayment to those interested in pursuing a career as a faculty member at a health professions school. The Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) helps recruit and retain health professions faculty members by encouraging students to pursue faculty roles in their respective health care fields.
Loan payment assistance up to $40,000; Funding to offset the tax burden may be possible.
For more info: bhw.hrsa.gov
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Eligible jobs are available for veterinarians in government, nonprofit, and military organizations.
For more info: studentaid.ed.gov
Veterinary medicine is a fulfilling career; the chief reward is the contribution to animal health. We suggest that you explore all repayment options, including private funding and debt consolidation.