World Penguin Day – April 25

There are actually 2 different holidays that recognize these beautiful and often funny creatures. The first one is the Penguin Awareness Day, always celebrated on 20th of January. The second is World Penguin Day celebrated on 25th of April. The origins of World Penguin Day aren’t very familiar; neither do the questions when and how it started being celebrated can …

World Malaria Day – April 25

History In May 2007 the 60th session of the WHA (World Health Assembly) established the World Malaria Day as an international observance commemorated every April 25 to recognize global efforts for malaria control. Prior to the establishment of World Malaria Day, every April 25 since 2001 Africa Malaria Day was being held. This particular event was initiated after the Abuja …

Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Cats

A recent study, published in the “Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery”, speaks about all the potential applications of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in cats. Authors of the study are Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM from the Ohio State University, and Dori L. Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Mesenchymal stem cells are cells that …

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Transmission of Feline Diseases

On the illustrations below, you can find all the possible transmission routes for the most common feline diseases. In every case, prevention is the most important thing you can do. When it comes to vector transmissions, proper prevention against internal and external parasites is key. When it comes to oral transmission, vaccines can protect your cat against some of the …

International Mother Earth Day – April 22

History Every April 22 around the globe people celebrate the birth and anniversary of a modern environmental movement that started back in 1970. On April 22, 48 years ago people took to the streets around the United States in order to demonstrate and raise awareness about the deterioration of the environment and the negative impact the 150 years of industrialization …

Inauguration of “Dog Flu Prevention Week”

The people from “Merck Animal Health” announced that they have created a new awareness-raising animal holiday, the Dog Flu Prevention Week. This holiday is planned to be celebrated every year during the 3rd week of April, and this year that is April 16-22. They say that this awareness event is much needed in order to educate pet owners about the …

Rottweilers are the most predisposed breed for osteoarthritis

A recent research study, done by the VetCompass, sheds new light on joint disease, diagnosis, and treatment. The study analyzed 455 557 dogs from different breeds and concluded that the Rottweilers are the breed that showed the highest predisposition in developing osteoarthritis. Other breeds that were high on the list were English sheepdogs, Dogues De Bordeaux and Labrador Retrievers. Osteoarthritis …

Heartworm: Life Cycle

The American Heartworm Society (established in 1974) celebrates the month of April as the month to raise awareness for one devastating but preventable disease that affects our pets – the heartworm disease. We are talking about a very serious and potentially fatal condition that is caused by a parasitic worm, a roundworm, that is very long and called Dirofilaria immitis. …

Top 8 Characteristics of a Successful Veterinarian

The veterinary profession is one of the most (if not the one most) interesting, calling and diverse occupations in which one can pursue a career. It’s difficult, it’s challenging, and it’s filled with both happy and sad moments, stressful situations, mistakes, failures and pleasant success. It’s true that the veterinary profession isn’t for everyone as it requires harsh training and …