Helpful Articles and Information for Pet Owners

At Abel Pet Clinic, we believe good ideas are worth sharing. This is where we’ll provide a wide range of pet care links, articles and insights. Check back often for updates.

Agility Information

American Animal Hospital Association

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

American Veterinary Medical Association
This site is a good starting point to learn more about a variety of topics, including feline injection-site sarcomas and the latest subjects in veterinary medicine.

American Association of Feline Practitioners
The AAFP is like the American Medical Association for cat doctors and has lots of good information regarding feline health.

ASPCA’s Poison Control Center

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement
We have all experienced the pain of losing a pet. The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement has set up this site for support during this most difficult time. You will find inspirational stories, grief counseling resources, hotline number and many other resources.

Behavior Problems
Founded by Brian Kilcommons and Sharon Wilson, best-selling authors and recognized experts on animal training and behavior, this site is a terrific resource for advice on a variety of behavioral problems. If you want to learn more about feline house-soiling, barking dogs, aggression, or any other behavioral problem, check this one out!

Breeds of Dogs
A quick reference guide to many breeds of dogs, including photos and brief descriptions of each breed’s characteristics.

Bring Fido
Search your area for Dog-friendly Destinations!

The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
The Cat Fanciers’ Association website has lots of pictures, as well as information on cat breeds, cat care, upcoming cat shows, and much more.

Center for Veterinary Medicine- U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Choosing a New Puppy
This is a nice starter guide of things that you should consider when you are thinking about getting a puppy.

Cornell Feline Health Center

Elanco
This site is sponsored by Elanco and has useful information on heartworm prevention and flea control for pet owners.

Heartworm Society
Everything you ever wanted to know about heartworm disease can be found here!

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets
Some of you have asked about home prepared diets. If you want to try one; try Dr Strombeck’s recipes. This doctor is a retired veterinary gastroenterologist at at UC Davis. There are plenty of places that only want to sell you commercial kibble in fancy packages, where most of what you are paying for is advertising. If your dog or cat doesn’t need a prescription diet, give home made a try and see how your pet does. Most people who try to home make pet foods have calcium deficient diets. Use caution in growing animals especially. But there is no commercial food trial that is longer than 6 months. 6 months. That’s the gold standard. If 75% of the dogs in the trial maintain weight and don’t die or become anemic or develop liver problems; the food passes. Boarded veterinary nutritionists have recently published papers about the dangers of home cooked diets. You know what danger we don’t typically see associated with these diets? Death or kidney failure.

National Animal Poison Control Center
This is the website of the National Animal Poison Control Center. It includes a library, links to other sites, and phone numbers for the poison control center.

Pet Insurance Review

Pet Loss Support
Provided by the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Plants Toxic to Animals, Introduction — Vet Med Library, UIUC
Information about toxic plants can be found here. You can search under common name or scientific name of the plant.

PROS Pug Rescue
Great people helping pugs in trouble.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
The USDA maintains this website with information on a variety of animal health related topics, including the latest news on such things as Mad Cow Diseases, foot and mouth disease, and many other things.

Rainbow Bridge
Anyone who has ever lost a pet should visit this wonderful site. It is a terrific tribute to our lost family members.

Veterinary Schools in the US
This is a great link to all of the websites of veterinary schools in the United States.

The VIN Library
A repository of helpful tips and articles for pet owners.

West Nile Virus
This site is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, and has the latest information on the spread of West Nile Virus in the US, as well as information on disease transmission, symptoms, etc.

World’s Best Nail Trim

WSAVA Dental Guidelines – Provided by the WSAVA with introduction by Brook A. Niemiec, DVM

“The ineffectiveness and inappropriateness of NAD has been brought up in almost every section, including anesthesia and welfare. This is because all authors of these guidelines agree that this is a completely worthless procedure. Not only does it provide no medical benefit, it is dangerous and stressful to the patient. Furthermore, because it cleans the surface of the teeth, it falsifies the results of the conscious oral exam. This is based on the fact that most clients and veterinarians base the need for professional care on the mistaken belief that the level of dental calculus is an accurate indicator of the level of disease. This gives clients (and veterinarians) a false sense of security that the procedure is effective.”

“Based on this lack of outward signs, definitive care is often delayed, resulting in these patients often suffering from chronic pain and infection. Veterinarians are forced to extract teeth with clean crowns on a regular basis because the area below the gingival margin was not cleaned, and the infection continued.”

“For all the issues above, the WSAVA Dental Guidelines committee feels that NAD poses a significant animal welfare concern as well as being below the standard of care.”