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Chagas disease is believed to infect more than 300,000 people in the United States, and nearly 8 million people across Mexico and Central and South America. But Chagas is not just a human disease; recent research has shown that dogs across the state of Texas are becoming infected with the parasite that causes Chagas. So just what kind of threat does Chagas disease pose to humans and their pets? In this podcast, Dr. Sarah Hamer, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at Texas A&M University, discusses Chagas disease.
Noise phobias are among the most commonly recognized panic-related disorders in dogs. Triggered by fireworks, thunderclaps, and other loud and unexpected sounds, these noise phobias can cause our dogs to cower, withdraw, and experience great distress. But what causes some dogs to experience noise phobias, while other dogs are untroubled by the exact same sounds? And what can be done to treat noise phobias in dogs, or even prevent them in the first place? In this podcast, Dr. Kelly Ballantyne, clinical instructor with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses noise phobias in dogs.
Dogs and cats may be the most popular pets in the United States, but exotic pets are gaining in popularity and can make great additions to our homes. One such pet is the hedgehog. But is a hedgehog right for you and your family? Joining us now to talk about hedgehogs as pets is Dr. Valarie Tynes, editor of Behavior of Exotic Pets, and author of that book's chapter on hedgehogs.
Blood banks and blood donors are an integral component of human health. But blood banks are no longer just a human endeavor. As advances in veterinary medicine have increased, so too has the need for blood banks for our pets, as well as pet blood donors. To meet this need, many veterinary professionals are reaching out to educate the public about the importance of blood donation and to find donors. In this podcast, Kym Marryott, a certified veterinary technician and manager of the Penn Vet Animal Blood Bank at the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine, discusses feline blood donation.
Canines and felines have a long history of being used as examples of mortal enemies, but in reality, and perhaps with a little preparation and encouragement from us, dogs and cats can live happy lives together. In this podcast, former AVMA president and board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. Bonnie Beaver shares tips on helping dogs and cats peacefully coexist in the same home.