Monday, June 30, 2014

Two Of My Dogs Made The Top Of The List To Cause The Most Damage , Not My Chihuahua Or My Dachshund

The tiny Chihuahua causes more damage than any other dog breed, a new study by has revealed

 Owning a dog is expensive - but now potential dog owners are able to see exactly which breeds cause the most damage, and which cause the least.

 Despite being one of the smallest dogs, the Chihuahua causes an average of £866 worth of damage over its lifetime by ripping or staining carpets, scratching or chewing sofas and digging up plants and flowerbeds.

Second in the poll went to Dachshunds, with owners of the cute ‘sausage’ dog facing a bill of £810 to repair or clean up after their pet’s destruction followed by a Boxer’s total damage of £784.
At the other end of the scale, Staffordshire Bull Terriers cause the least amount of damage with a total bill of just £178.
It also emerged that, for some, the massive amount will be even higher with many also admitting their pet has caused damage to other people’s property and have been involved in, or caused an accident.
A spokesman for financial comparison, which commissioned the research, said: “Chihuahuas may be tiny but it seems they will leave you with a bigger bill than any other dog.
“They might not have the size of other breeds but they can still leave more than their fair share of destruction behind them.
“All pet owners expect a little damage from their dog from time to time, but when you add up the total amount spent on cleaning, repairing and replacing, it can be a huge amount.
“Add to that extra costs from damage caused to other people’s property and bills if your pet is involved in an accident, and you can expect to part with a large amount of money.
“Worryingly, there are a large number of people who don’t have insurance to cover the costs – whether that’s contents cover for your home or pet insurance to cover the cost of vets bills or damage to other people’s property.”
The study of 2,000 dog owners found that fourth place in the poll went to Dalmatian’s with a total damage bill of £775 over its lifetime, with a Bulldog’s £749 putting it into fifth place.
Great Danes will cost their owners £692, Huskies more than £671, Beagles £609 and Pointers £601.
German Shepherds completed the top ten with damage worth a total of £562.
And while Staffordshire Bull Terriers cause the least damage, they were followed close behind by West Highland Terriers which cause around £183 worth of destruction over their lives.
Third place went to Yorkshire Terriers with a bill of £227 followed by a Spaniel’s £230 and Whippet’s £251.
Other dogs to feature among the least destructive include Shih Tzus, Labradors and even the fearsome Rottweiler.    
Researchers found that 57 per cent of dog owners will face a trail of destruction in their home at some point over their pet’s life, with scratched, ripped or chewed carpets the most likely damage.
Ruined sofas, damage to gardens and flowerbeds and scratched doors and door frames also add to the total.
But it doesn’t stop in the home as 13 per cent even admitted their pet has caused damage to someone else’s property, with seven in ten then facing an average repair bill of £285 for that as well.
More than one in five also admitted their pet has been involved in an accident, leaving them with a vet’s bill of a further £273.71.
It also emerged that one in five admit there have been occasions where they have regretted getting their pet, with one in ten even claiming they have considered giving their pet away or rehoming due to the constant damage to their home.
A spokesman for added: “When it comes to a pet, many owners turn a blind eye to the real costs involved because they are seen as being part of the family and are viewed with a loving eye. However as our research shows, the cost of owning a dog will usually exceed providing food, paying vets bills and buying toys as there will be other ancillary costs which should never be under-estimated for all sorts of reasons.”  

  I have to say in the nineteen years we have had our Chihuahua  he hasn't cause really any damage and as for our Dachshund over the last fourteen years he has only scratched up the door waiting for us to walk in.

What can I say our dogs are great.

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014 World's Ugliest Dog Winner Is Peanut

Peanut Named Top Dog in 2014 World's Ugliest Dog® Contest

After much deliberation worthy of a national beauty contest and tabulation by an independent calculator, Peanut, a miniscule mutt from North Carolina has been crowned the World's Ugliest Dog® 2014 winner at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

After much deliberation worthy of a national beauty contest and tabulation by an independent calculator, Peanut, a miniscule mutt from North Carolina has been crowned the World's Ugliest Dog® 2014 winner at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. The unlikely celebrity, owned by Holly Chandler was selected for his shocking smile. Runner up and winner of the pedigree category was SweePee, a Chihuahua from Encino, CA.

More than 500 spectators clapped and cheered as 29 underdogs proudly walked the red carpet and strutted their stuff across the stage. Josie, a Chinese Crested even wore pink nail polish. Cameras flashed and video rolled as international press recorded the evening's events.
You might think that all these homely hounds are Heinz 57 mutts, however pedigreed pooches took their share of the spotlight. "We aren't interested in lineage, it's the inner beauty and personality that shine in our World's Ugliest Dog® Contest," said Karen Spencer, Sonoma-Marin Fair marketing director.
The judges score the dogs on their first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness, personality and audience impression. The highest scoring pedigreed dog and mutt are selected, then the winner is declared from those two, after further deliberation.
"We are proud to carry on such a great tradition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair," said Sarah Cummings, CEO. The contest has been held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair since 1989 after taking it over from the Petaluma Ugly Dog contest that started in the early 1970s.
A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the Contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs and how no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions. And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans!
Adoptable animals from the Sonoma County Humane Society are also featured along with other rescue organizations, in a "Rescue Walk" escorted by royalty from the Miss Sonoma County pageant.
Peanut's owner will take home a check for $1500 with smaller cash prizes and gifts from Paradise Pet Resort going to the runner up winners. Following the contest, Peanut will be whisked off to San Francisco and New York on a media tour.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Your Pets Health Monitoring Has Just Gone High Tech

New Smart Tech Collar Allows Veterinarians to Continuously Monitor Pets’ Health and Track Vital Signs  

The PetPace innovative pet health monitor helps veterinarians and pet owners to monitor their pets’, vital signs, activity and well being 24/7 and sends alerts when there is a cause for concern.  

 The PetPace smart collar is changing how veterinarians can track the well-being of pets and keep in touch with owners. The pet health monitorprovides veterinarians, for the first time, with the ability to follow dogs and cats health 24-hours-a-day in the clinic or at the pet’s home.

The collar is offered in 2 versions - the veterinary professional version and the pet owner version. The Pro version allows animal health professionals to provide intensive wireless monitoring of multiple pets simultaneously; to receive immediate alerts to a centralized control center or directly onto their mobile devices; and to run sophisticated analytics on a massive knowledge base.
The innovative (patents pending) wireless smart collar wearable device, developed and manufactured by PetPace, provides the ability to accurately monitor a pet’s health and well-being. Additionally, it can facilitate early detection of diseases and behavioral problems.
Continuous close monitoring of vital signs and other health related data improves standard of care and quality of life for pets while enhancing owner compliance and engagement. The system requires that a veterinarian is always registered with any pet client, thereby extending the vet’s reach into the pet's home and solidifying the client-veterinarian bond.


 “This is a product that is going to revolutionize veterinary medicine, as well as enhancing a pet owner’s ability to recognize that their pet is becoming ill before they start showing physical signs,” said Dr. Teresa Lightfoot, director of BluePearl Science, who conducted clinical trials of the collar. “The ability to have real-time, continuous access to pets’ vitals is undoubtedly going to save pets’ lives.”
PetPace’s tech collar has an array of sensors that non-invasively, continuously and automatically monitor vital signs of dogs and cats (TPR - Temperature, Pulse and Respiration), activity patterns, positions, calories, pain, heart rate variability and other physiologic and behavior parameters relevant to pets health and well-being.
Big Data proprietary software analyzes the pet health information in real time in the context of historical and breed-specific criteria. A sophisticated rule-based engine supports data optimization by quickly accessing and cross-referencing enormous amounts of relevant information.
If any cause for concern is detected an alert is generated to designated recipients via text, email, phone or push notification to the mobile app. In addition to the early detection of health issues, the device is excellent for monitoring pets with existing health problems, or those at risk of developing diseases, to evaluate their condition, progress and response to treatment. Long term monitoring will provide unprecedented, objective, quantifiable medical history to help with medical assessment of cases.
The PetPace collar can be used by veterinarians to: 
  • Monitor hospitalized pets,
  • Provide follow-up pet monitoring after discharge,
  • Allow TPR (Temp, Pulse, Respiration) measurements without any need for handling or restraining. For example, dogs can have their TPR taken while they wait in the reception area, thus avoiding the stress, time and efforts associated with doing it in the exam room.
  • Complementing an annual or semi-annual pet health evaluation by lending the collars to clients for 1-2 weeks and collect valuable data about the dog in its natural environment.
PetPace had already successfully deployed dozens of systems to veterinary hospitals and private homes in the US. The collars are used to closely monitor hospitalized pets, to collect TPR on patients in the reception area, and to send home with pet owners for remote monitoring following a procedure. "We always strive to find ways to improve the service and the overall experience of our clients and their pets," says Diane Tower, owner of Andover Animal Hospital in Andover, MA, who had been using the system for several months. "The PetPace collar provides us with a great way to take frequent vitals without being invasive. The staff, the doctors and the pets love it," says Tower.
The PetPace collar was developed with the guidance of expert veterinarians, representing various specialty disciplines of veterinary medicine, with the goal of providing owners and fellow veterinarians with an advanced tool to extend the veterinarian reach and revolutionize preventive medicine.
"After three years of research and development, I am very happy and proud to be launching this innovative remote monitoring device," says Dr. Asaf Dagan, DVM, DABVP, and chief veterinary scientist at PetPace. “This collar will enable pets, for the first time, to ‘tell’ us how they feel”.
Additional features include the ability to build a personalized health profile for a pet and enable comparisons with other similar dogs or cats. It also monitors pets’ daily activity goals; calories burned; and provide periodical health reports.
“Most importantly, our smart collar will allow veterinarians to provide better medicine and bet-ter service to their patients while sealing the bond with the pet owners,” said Dr. Dagan.
About PetPace
PetPace was founded in 2012 with the goal of improving the quality of life of pets and bring peace of mind to pet owners. PetPace specializes in pets’ wearable tech that remotely monitor pets’ vital signs utilizing advanced analytical methods and alerting models.
PetPace had develop a low power, wireless smart collar fitted with an array of sensors that reports abnormal vital signs, physiological and behavioral parameters.
Once an abnormal sign or behavior is detected, a sophisticated cloud-based analytical engine evaluates the signs and if needed, an immediate alert regarding the suspected condition is generated, allowing the owner or the vet to take preemptive action to protect their pet’s health. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Blue Buffalo and Petco Were Able To Raised Over $2.4 million For Cancer Research Maddie's Fund Were Able To Adopt Over 15,000 Pets In Two Days

Two companies exceed their goal in their 5th annual fundraising drive

 Blue Buffalo® and Petco™ raised more than $2.4 million during the month of May, which was their 5th Annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  The figure was the highest in the history of their fundraising push, and exceeded the $2 million goal they set out to raise.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to benefit pet cancer research and the families affected by this terrible disease.

Blue Buffalo and Petco have partnered together for the past five years, raising over $7 million since 2010. May was chosen as Pet Cancer Awareness month because it is a time of year when people put down yard fertilizers, spray for fleas and tics etc., which causes an increase in environmental toxins that many veterinarians feel contribute to pet cancer.
Cancer will affect one out of every four dogs in the U.S., and of those, more than half will die from the disease.  In fact, cancer is the number one disease-related cause of death in both dogs and cats, according to Morris Animal Foundation, a world leader in advancing veterinary research. 
"We are overwhelmed by this response," said Bill Bishop, founder of Blue Buffalo.  "I want to thank all of Blue Buffalo's Pet Parents and everyone else who made this our most successful Pet Cancer Awareness month ever.  This issue is very personal to us at Blue Buffalo.  Our family dog Blue had three bouts with cancer which is why we wanted to do something meaningful to help find a cure for this devastating disease.  So one of the first things we did after starting our pet food company was to establish the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research to begin fund raising and start increasing awareness among pet parents of the early warning signs of this disease." And, while funding research is critical, awareness of the warning signs is equally important as early detection of cancer is key to successful treatment; especially since approximately eighty percent of pet parents know little to nothing about pet cancer symptoms.
During the month of May, for each bag of BLUE dog or cat food purchased at Petco stores across the country, Blue Buffalo donated one dollar to the fund.  Money raised will fund efforts like the Morris Animal Foundation's 5-5-5 Initiative, which will conduct five annual clinical trials on osteosarcoma, the most common form of bone cancer in dogs, and a form of cancer that also affects children.
Funds will also be distributed to universities and clinics across the country that are conducting research on the causes, prevention and treatment of canine and feline cancer, as well as to various organizations that are dedicated to helping families in need cover the cost of cancer treatments.
For more information, visit  To find a Petco store near you, visit
About Blue Buffalo and the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research
Blue Buffalo Company, located in Wilton, CT, is the nation's leading natural pet food company, and provides a complete line of healthy and holistic natural foods and treats for dogs and cats under the BLUE brand name. The Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research ( a 501 (c) 3) was established in 2003 by The Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. Blue Buffalo products are sold nationwide in Petco and other leading pet specialty stores.  For more information visit


Maddie's Fund Exceeds Goal with over 15,000 Pet Adoptions in Two Days

Pledge amount rises to more than $10 million

 An unprecedented 15,000[1] dogs and cats, and counting, found homes this past weekend at the nation's largest free pet adoption event, Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days, sponsored by Maddie's Fund®.  This represents a 78% increase over last year's 8,432 adoptions during this annual two-day event.  Maddie's Fund® originally set aside $10 million to underwrite the adoptions managed by participating organizations this year, but the total donation amount is likely to be much higher. 

Now in its fifth year, Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days spanned 591 cities in nine states across the country.  More than 200 shelters and rescue groups worked tirelessly over the two days to give homeless pets a second chance.  Communities throughout the U.S. were buzzing with adoption events, and many locations had people lined up hours before their doors opened.  Here in the Bay Area, 4,464 (and counting) dogs and cats found their forever homes.
"As we near our goal of a no-kill nation by 2015, we are thrilled at the sheer number of people who visited all of the locations over the weekend," said Maddie's Fund president Rich Avanzino.  "We congratulate the groups on a successful event, and applaud the thousands of people who opened their hearts and homes to a shelter pet this weekend."
Inspired by one family's love for a Miniature Schnauzer, Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days has found homes for more than 30,000 homeless dogs and cats since 2010.  For each pet adopted, Maddie's Fund gives participating shelters from $500 to $2,000 to cover the true costs of those adoptions.  This funding enables the shelters and rescue groups to save and treat more animals throughout the year.
"Each year, Cheryl and I see the spirit of Maddie at every adoption location we visit," said Maddie's Fund founder Dave Duffield. "It's a tribute to her legacy and the power of one little dog to inspire a movement and bring communities together to find thousands of animals loving homes."
Maddie was a beloved four-legged family member of Dave Duffield, founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, and his wife, Cheryl.  For the last five years, Maddie's Fund, their family foundation, has sponsored Maddie's® Pet Adoption Days to honor her memory.

 About Maddie's Fund 
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie's Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through grant giving, hands-on animal care, and research and education. Maddie's Fund is named after the family's beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags Of Dog Food

Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags of “Science
Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™” Dry Dog Food in California,
Hawaii and Nevada Because of Potential Health Risk

 Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, KS is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The suspect product, part of a single production run, was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers in California, Hawaii and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
This voluntary recall is limited to 62 15.5 lb. bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food with the Stock-Keeping Unit (SKU) code, “Best before” date and production code shown below. This product was accidentally released, as revealed during a routine inventory reconciliation. All 17 affected customers have been contacted by Hill’s and there have been no reported illnesses related to this product to date.
Product NameBag SizeSKU“Best Before” Date/ Production Code
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed15.5 lbs.909708 2015 M094
The SKU number is located on the bottom of the bag, both side panels and on the back lower right hand corner below the UPC code. As illustrated below, the “Best before” date and production code is stamped on the top, middle of each bag.
Consumers who may have purchased any of these specific 62 15.5 lb bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food should discontinue use of the product and immediately call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm (CT). Hill’s will arrange to collect the unused portion of the product at its own expense at a time convenient for the consumer and will provide a full refund.
This voluntary recall does not impact any Science Diet® Adult Small and Toy Breed™ products with different “best before” dates or any other Science Diet products.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is dedicated to providing high-quality, safe products and regrets the need for this voluntary recall. For further information, please contact Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. at 1-800-445-5777 Monday-Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm (CT).
About Hill's Pet Nutrition
Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Hill’s® Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Science Diet® and Ideal Balance™ brand wellness pet foods sold through veterinarians and pet specialty retailers. Founded more than 70 years ago with an unparalleled commitment to pet well-being, Hill's’ mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. For more information about Hill's, our products and our nutritional philosophy visit, or visit us on Facebook, keywords "Hill’s Pet Nutrition."


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

AKC Canine Health Foundation Provides Dog Owners And The Veterinary Community With Improved Methods For Preventing And Treating Epilepsy In Dogs

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has taken a major step to better understand epilepsy in dogs with the launch of an Epilepsy Research Initiative. The Initiative will provide dog owners and the veterinary community with improved methods for preventing and treating epilepsy in dogs.

 The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has taken a major step to better understand epilepsy in dogs with the launch of an Epilepsy Research Initiative. The goal of the Initiative is to provide dog owners and the veterinary community with improved methods for preventing and treating epilepsy in dogs.

Epilepsy research has been articulated by dog clubs, owners and veterinarians as an unmet need in the field of canine health. The seizure-related syndromes collectively known as epilepsy represent the most common neurological disorders in dogs. Data indicates that half of all dogs diagnosed with epilepsy are not able to achieve relief from seizures with the current drug therapies available, and current treatment options also carry possible negative side-effects.
According to Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer, “The Initiative aims to fund research grants that will better classify the disease, provide a more thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms that predispose dogs to epilepsy, and introduce new drugs into the canine epilepsy treatment pipeline.” Dr. Nordone goes on to state, “CHF strives to be responsive to donors, dog owners and the veterinary community and we expect this major, two-phase research effort to have a wide-ranging impact on not only canine epilepsy, but epilepsy in humans as well.”
A Request for Proposal (RFP) went out to the research community in March 2014. Proposals are currently under review with funding announcements expected later in 2014. In order to qualify for funding, scientists are expected to deliver tangible outcomes that will help bring an understanding about the causes of epilepsy, as well as identify additional treatment options. Collaboration among researchers is required to translate results from bench to bedside as rapidly as possible.
Dog owners who have been impacted by epilepsy can access free resources on CHF’s website. Understanding Canine Epilepsy is a comprehensive, peer reviewed white paper on the current state of epilepsy research. This valuable resource, which includes a seizure diary, is ideal for pet owners and for veterinarians to distribute to clients. Also available on the CHF website is What to do if Your Dog Has a Seizure, which provides detailed information on what to do during and after your dog has a seizure.
CHF is grateful to the following dog clubs for their support of the Initiative:
Lead Epilepsy Initiative Sponsors ($25,000 - $49,999):
Giant Schnauzer Club of America
United States Australian Shepherd Foundation/USASA
Charter Epilepsy Initiative Sponsors ($10,000 - $24,999):
American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Charitable Trust
Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute
English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation
German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America
Keeshond Club of America
Toby's Foundation
Epilepsy Initiative Sponsors ($2,500 - $9,999):
American Belgian Tervuren Club
American Pointer Club
Field Spaniel Society of America
Irish Water Spaniel Club of America
For information on how you can support the Canine Epilepsy Initiative, please contact chfgrants(at)akcchf(dot)org.
CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at for more information about the Foundation. Like CHF on Facebook, follow CHF on Twitter @CanineHealthFnd, or connect with CHF on LinkedIn.
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About CHF
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), dog clubs, and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at for more information.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Do You Know What A Yellow Dog Leash Means On A Dog

  Have you noticed people walking their dogs with a yellow ribbon tied to the leash? Do you know what these ribbons mean?
While the dogs might be patriotic, these ribbons aren't being used to show support for our troops. They serve as a warning that the dog at the end of the leash doesn't like to be approached and petted by strangers, and that you should keep your distance.
Of course it's always good to ask permission before petting someone's dog—yellow ribbon or not. Doing so is just one way to help prevent some of the estimated 4.5 million dog bites that happen every year in the United States.
This week (May 18-24) is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people – most of them children – are bitten by dogs every year. The majority of these bites are preventable.
Every day during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the AVMA will be releasing a short, fun video with a tip on preventing dog bites. The first video, released Sunday, discusses the yellow ribbon campaign and stresses the importance of asking permission before petting someone's dog.
Monday's video serves as a reminder never to pet a dog over or through a fence, even if it's one you know. Future videos will address other bite risk scenarios such as dogs that are eating, dogs and postal workers, and more.
Visit the AVMA's website to learn more about dog bite prevention and access tools to help educate others so we can all work together to prevent dog bites. And subscribe to AVMA's YouTube channel for daily dog bite prevention videos all week, as well as other pet, vet and animal-related videos throughout the year.
For more information, or to set up interviews with veterinary experts on dog bites and dog behavior, contact Michael San Filippo, AVMA media relations assistant, at 847-285-6687 (office), 847-732-6194 (cell) or
The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 85,000 member veterinarians engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. Visit the AVMA website at to learn more about veterinary medicine and animal care and to access up-to-date information on the association's issues, policies and activities.