National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day – May 12

Motivated by recent catastrophic events and natural disasters where many animals were accounted for dead in the aftermaths (ex. Hurricane Katrina – 600.000 animals killed), May 12 was declared as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day by The Federal Emergency Agency’s Citizen’s Corp in 2010. This day serves to remind all people that both pets and livestock need some sort of …

World Migratory Bird Day – May 12

The World Migratory Bird Day, formerly known as International Migratory Bird Day, is celebrated on the second Saturday of May. This holiday was initially created in 1993, by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. This holiday was initiated as a counter campaign on the negative opinion of the public about migratory birds and their belief that these birds are to blame …

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National Service Dog Eye Examination Month – May 2018

What are service dogs? Service dogs are canines specifically trained to help people with disabilities in performing everyday activities. People with hearing and visual impairments, mental disorders, mobility impairments or other diseases enjoy great benefit from service dogs. The most common dog breeds used by trainers and breeders are German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Labrador Retrievers, but any other dog …

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 …

Transmission of Feline Diseases

In 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 …