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Sea Otter Awareness Week: Seeing Healthy Otters at Shedd Aquarium

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 09.22.2016 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

When you hear or read the term "marine mammal," chances are you think immediately of a sleek dolphin, or a graceful whale. But not all marine mammals are of the hairless variety. Sea otters, like the five we have here at Shedd Aquarium in fact, set the record for hairiness! Sea otters have more hairs per square inch on their body surface than any other known animal.

Shark Week, Baby: What We Learn Caring For Pregnant Sharks

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 07.01.2016 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

It's amazing how much an animal can teach you. That fact is very evident in my care for the eleven species of sharks at Shedd Aquarium, all of them ...

Inner Workings: Understanding the Complex Brains of Complex Animals

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

Have you ever wondered what it may be like to get inside the head of an animal? No really, to understand how an animal's brain works; ever wonder?

Raise a Tentacle for Cephalopod Awareness Days

Dr. Bill Van Bonn | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green
Dr. Bill Van Bonn

I once saw a male cuttlefish in a research aquarium position himself between another male and a female. On one side, the side facing the other male, a menacing pattern of dark bands flashed along the body sending a message, I assume, of his claim over the female.

Local Dog Boutique Barkfield Road: Offering All-Natural Ingredients and Supporting Rescue Groups

Rescue Idiot | Posted 06.02.2015 | New York
Rescue Idiot

Many think of doggy boutiques as fun places to take furry pooches to get treats, toys, or accessories, but Barkfield Road in East Northport, New York,...

An Adorably Necessary Process

Sarah Barness | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green

It's that time of year again! The zookeepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are beginning the long (and necessary) process of weighing their 2,500 adorable anim...

5 Health Problems Cat Owners Can Miss

Posted 06.22.2013 | Green

From Vetstreet's Dr. Marty Becker: Cats have a reputation as low-maintenance pets, perfect for people who don’t have the time to care for an ani...

True Health in a Faux Health World: How CNN's Escape Fire Applies to Veterinary Medicine

Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M. | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M.

In our zeal to manage our increasing health problems, we didn't notice that many health problems we are working to "manage" shouldn't even be there in the first place. I have seen this trend in veterinary care as well.

South African Community Led Animal Welfare Program: An Example for the World

Kate Nattrass Atema | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Kate Nattrass Atema

Animal suffering and violence against animals deeply affect children and adults. The emotional trauma and the violation of the human-animal bond tend to remain with children throughout their lives. In the communities CLAW serves, violence towards animals has virtually stopped.

Give a Dog a Bone?

Natasha Ashton | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
Natasha Ashton

It follows naturally that as we make better and more informed choices about our own food, we would also start giving more careful consideration to what we feed our pets.

Animal Welfare Supports Public Health: New Book Lays Out The Science

Kathy Freston | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Kathy Freston

Dr. Aysha Akhtar looks at the interlocking animal and human health issues involved in domestic violence, animal-fighting, animal attacks, the wildlife trade, factory farming, climate change, and drug development.

Today Is World Spay Day

Posted 02.28.2012 | Green

Will you help save animal lives on World Spay Day? Held on the last Tuesday of every February, World Spay Day is part of a campaign to promote anim...

How To Keep Your Pet Heart Healthy

Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M. | Posted 04.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M.

Valentine's Day -- a time to think about your heart and the heart of someone you love. Where do you find more love than in the heart of your pet? Yes, we have husbands, wives, family and friends, but there's no substitute for that happy thump-thump-thump of a wagging tail.

How To Keep Your Pet Safe And Happy In The Cold

Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M. | Posted 04.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara E. Royal, D.V.M.

A pet on the lap is a simple and wonderful way to lower heating bills, but what can we do to reduce their risk of illness from the tolls of winter?

Does Your Dog Get Along With Other Dogs?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If your dog seems to have lost the knack for being around other canines, there are lots of things you can do to help him regain his social skills.

Trendy Pet Dental Procedure May Do More Harm Than Good

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Nonprofessional dental scaling (NPDS), also known as anesthesia-free dentistry, is gaining popularity with an increasing number of dog and cat owners.

Better Than Tomato Juice as a Skunk Rinse

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

If, heaven forbid, your dog or cat is ever sprayed by a skunk, you should have this recipe on hand. The sooner you apply the solution to your pet's fur, the sooner he'll get relief and smell better.

How To Keep Pets Safe Through The Cold Winter

Amy D. Shojai, CABC | Posted 02.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy D. Shojai, CABC

People fight the cold with heavy coats, long underwear and wooly mittens. And if it's too cold for people, a fur coat won't protect pets from weather extremes, either.

Taxing Prognosis for California's Pets

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Markarian

Rather than find solutions to help pet owners during this money crunch, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced plans to add a sales tax on veterinary services.