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Choosing a Veterinarian – The Humane Society of the United States

Much information here from The Humane Society of the United States on how to find the right veterinarian, what to look for in a veterinary practice, what to do when you are not happy with your veterinarian, and more.

Pet Health – MedlinePlus

Much helpful and pertinent information here from the U. S. National Library of Medicine’s consumer health site MedlinePlus on keeping your pets healthy.

ASPCA – Virtual Pet Behaviorist

Now you can get pet-behavior advice from ASPCA experts 24 hours a day. Our nationally recognized team of animal behaviorists offers possible solutions to a wide range of issues at no charge. With our easy-to-use database, you’ll receive step-by-step advice—without leaving home.”–From the website.

Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care?

“No owner wants a pet to suffer because medical care is out of reach. Financial aid is out there, and there are steps you can take to cover an emergency vet bill.”–From the website.  The Humane Society of the United States offers information that could help anyone who needs help in paying for veterinary care for their pets.

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants To Animals Database

“This list contains plants that have been reported as having systemic effects on animals and/or intense effects on the gastrointestinal tract. Please note that the information contained in our plant lists is not meant to be all-inclusive, but rather a compilation of the most frequently encountered plants. If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or our 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.”–From the website.   This is from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.  You can search by common or scientific name.

Local Rabies Vaccination Clinics

Thanks to Beth Dailey (Highland) for passing this along!

From the site: “Annually the Memphis & Shelby County Health Department sponsors special weekend Rabies Vaccination Clinics in conjunction with the Memphis Animal Shelter & the Memphis & Shelby County Veterinary Medical Association during April, Rabies Vaccination Month. The clinics are scheduled the last two Saturdays in April every year. This year the clinics will be held Saturday, April 18 & Saturday, April 25, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 11 locations throughout the city and county.”  Follow the link for a list of all fees and locations.

First Aid Tips For Pet

The American Veterinary Medical Association offers tips to help you prepare for a pet medical emergency.

Taking care of our pets

Most people in this culture treat our pets just as beloved members of the family.  This site from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) informs petowners which vaccinations are necessary, and how the medicine protects the animals.

American Kennel Club — Dog Breeds

Here is the American Kennel Club’s alphabetical list of breeds.  In addition to pictures of the breed and some information about it, there are links to where more information can be found on the breed of the dog.  Information from the American Kennel Club to help you decide what dog breed would be best for you is found in their article The Right Dog For You.

Memphis Loves Kids

Submitted by a community member: “Now in its third year, Memphis Loves Kids, ‘The Must-Have Web Site for Mid-South Moms & Dads’ is a comprehensive resource for parents and teachers in Shelby County. The site offers information on events, classes, parties, story times, reading resources, museums, local pet adoption, kids eat free nights, fun & free activities, volunteering and more. Sign up for weekly newsletter for family-friendly happenings in Shelby County.”

Pet Food Recalls

Other pet food brands have been added to the recall.  The FDA has set up a “Hot Topics” page to provide recall lists, current news and more:

Also, for information on Interpreting Pet Food Labels, try this site:

Memphis Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Thanks to Beth Dailey (Highland) for passing this information along!

“The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department is teaming up with the Memphis Animal Shelter and the Shelby County Veterinary Medical Association to hold the Annual Rabies Vaccination Clinics at 10 locations around Memphis and Shelby County on Saturday, April 21st and Saturday, April 28th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.”  See the press release (link above) to view locations and fees.

Top Tips for Girls

This site offers a how-to guide for women that covers everything from etiquette to relationship advice.  Users can browse by topic (Work, Finances, Health, etc.) or search for the answer to a specific question.  A few examples of the helpful tips available:

  • How to fix a loose thread on a sweater
  • How to follow up after a job interview
  • How to stop cats from scratching the furniture
  • How to stop your windows from fogging up

Pet Food Recall Update

Update: Other foods have been added.  Please check the FDA website ( to view all recalled products.

Menu Foods distributes food under a variety of brand names.  Use this site for brand names, lot numbers and other recall information.  A toll-free number is also provided for further assistance.

Update from John Lloyd (Business/Sciences):
“A CNN article has just stated that the drug Aminopterin was found in the recalled pet food: Aminopterin is found in rat poison (overseas only) and is registered as a cancer drug here in the united states.”

U.S. Citizens Moving Abroad

Thanks to Christina Barnes (Sciences) for passing this along…

Frequently Asked Questions from the AARP for those who are considering moving abroad.  This site covers necessary documents, moving and rates, insurance issues, vehicles, and pets.  It concludes with links to other helpful online resources.