By jvhvet on 3/04/2016 4:41 PM

The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the study involved 193 employees from 31 companies that allowed pets in the workplace.

The most important function that pets in the workplace served was to reduce stress on the part of the employees. The second function that the pets fulfilled was to facilitate social interactions both among employees and between employees and customers. In addition there was a feeling that having pets present in the workplace ultimately served as a sort of a symbol, helping to identify the company as being warm, sociable, and welcoming. The largest effect was on the employees who were actually bringing their pets to work with them, although positive effects were also found on those employees who did not.


By jvhvet on 27/01/2016 3:06 PM

How the Tail Works

The tail is an extension of the spine, but it’s more mobile and flexible. A wedgelike bone at the base of the spine known as the sacrum anchors the tail. The subsequent tailbones (coccygeal, or caudal, vertebrae) get smaller and smaller along the length of the tail. Cushioning each tailbone are tiny joints and disc pads. Muscles put the wag in the tail and play a role in faecal control. Blood vessels and nerves are also part of the tail’s anatomy.

When the tail is injured, the damage can be as simple as the “Ouch!” from getting the tip caught in a doorway or as serious as heavy bleeding or severe nerve damage. The tail is prone to injury because it’s unprotected and frequently in motion.

By jvhvet on 11/01/2016 5:39 PM

Heatstroke in animals is a killer and can happen frighteningly fast.

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Unlike humans dogs do not cool off by sweating through their skin. The only way they can lower their body temperature is to pant, and sweat a little bit through their paws. To pant effectively, they rely on the air around them being cooler than their own temperature; this allows the heat in their moist breath to dissipate and be removed into the environment. They also rely on the environment being a little dry. The air they exhale is 41oC which is why they rapidly over heat in cars.

By jvhvet on 24/11/2015 6:06 PM

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It might seem like an obvious question at first, but the more you think about it, the more confusing it can seem. After all, dogs certainly don’t need to towel off after a run or a hot day in the sun like we do! So does a dog sweat?

By jvhvet on 26/10/2015 11:38 PM

We know that wellness care for our pets saves lives and improves the quality of life by catching problems early. It also saves money. But while pet lovers are increasingly aware of these benefits, cats aren’t getting their fair share of care. It’s not because their owners don’t care about them, or don’t believe in the benefits of wellness care.

It’s because many cats don’t like — and, in fact, will barely tolerate — a trip to the vet.

By jvhvet on 1/07/2014 11:38 PM

There are many varied opinions surrounding the topic of cats and newborn babies.A vet by the name of Dr Dave Nichol discusses why he believes cats and babies can happily coexist in a home and go on to form a long and lasting relationship.

By jvhvet on 10/02/2014 8:42 PM

Urinary tract disorders range from annoying to life-threatening.
Here are some symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options.

By jvhvet on 3/02/2014 9:35 PM

How cute is it when a dog tilts their head when you speak?

is it to hear you better? or are they simply confused? find out more.

By jvhvet on 27/01/2014 5:11 PM

Do you think your dog misses you when you're gone?

New studies suggest that they certainly do.