Pets and the Great Outdoors

We want your canine patients to enjoy the “dog days” of summer. That’s why the AVMA recently posted a new reference guide on disease precautions for outdoor enthusiasts and their companion animals on our Web site.

This informational piece is intended to inform your clients about the risks they and their animal companions face, and the steps they can take to reduce those risks. It came about when an AVMA@Work subscriber, who saw a new educational piece we did on the disease risks associated with hunting, asked if we could do something similar for hikers and campers. He wrote, “In our part of the world, there are many more participants of outdoors activities involving non-hunters who should be informed of the similar risks and conditions.”

Well, we took him up on it. And we hope you’ll pass the information along to your clients. You can print the reference guide and the corresponding quick tips right from your office printer, or you can suggest that your clients check them out online. This is just one more way we can encourage pet owners to enjoy the great outdoors by taking the necessary precautions to avoid exposure to disease.  The guide also emphasizes the importance of preventive care in minimizing disease risks.

Which brings up another point – let us know what you’re thinking by writing us or contributing to our blog!  We can’t promise to fulfill every request we receive, but we are here, we are listening, and we want to know what you think and what you need. Who knows?  You could be the genius behind the next brilliant suggestion.

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