Note to Reporters: Note to reporters: The following is a media tip sheet that includes information about expert and resources at Colorado State University. The contact information for experts is intended to provide resources to reporters and editors and is not intended as contact information for the public. To arrange interviews, please contact Dell Rae Moellenberg.
Pets and outdoor hazards
Colorado State University veterinarians can discuss a variety of pet care concerns related to outdoor hazards such as:
– lawn and garden chemicals;
– heat stroke;
– hiking with your dog;
– fear of thunder and loud noises;
– general pet first aid tips; and
– preventing dog-on-dog violence, which happens more often during warm weather.
To speak to a veterinarian about these topics, contact Dell Rae Moellenberg at (970) 491-6009 or e-mail DellRae.Moellenberg@colostate.edu.
Caring for a pet on a budget
In today’s tough economic times, caring for a pet may put an extra strain in anyone’s budget. Colorado State University experts can share some money-saving tips for families and Fido or Felix, including strategies for cutting the budget and sound advice regarding where not to skimp on pet care.
To speak to a veterinarian about finances and pets, contact Dell Rae Moellenberg at (970) 491-6009 or e-mail DellRae.Moellenberg@colostate.edu.
A pet’s health and cold weather
Many people remember to winterize their homes and cars for Colorado’s colder weather, and it’s also important to remember to pay special attention to keep pets safe and warm. During cold weather, pets need extra shelter and outdoor pets may need to be brought inside. When temperatures dip below 32 degrees, it’s a dangerous time for pets – but even warmer temperatures can be dangerous for your pet if it is wet. Colorado State University veterinarians can share information to keep pets healthy during the winter, from cold weather shelters to dietary adjustments for optimal health to preventing hypothermia and frostbite. The experts also can address cold weather hazards such as antifreeze.
To speak to a veterinarian about cold weather and pets, contact Dell Rae Moellenberg at (970) 491-6009 or e-mail DellRae.Moellenberg@colostate.edu.
Saying goodbye to a pet
One of the most challenging moments in owning a pet is when it has reached an age or state of health that means it’s time to say goodbye. Pet owners find themselves wrestling with hard questions, such as how to know if their pet is in pain or suffering, and how to know when it’s time to say goodbye to their companion. Colorado State University’s Argus Institute specializes in helping veterinarians and pet owners address those tough questions.
To speak to a veterinary expert in the human-animal bond or addressing tough questions regarding euthanasia, contact Dell Rae Moellenberg at (970) 491-6009 or e-mail DellRae.Moellenberg@colostate.edu.
Do complementary medicine options hurt or help pets?
The amount of medical misinformation on the Internet, especially for complementary and alternative medicine, is staggering. At the same time, there is very little evidence-based research on these treatments for pets. For example, despite lack of scientific evidence, consumers buy herbs and supplements for their pets – often online without the benefit of veterinary advice. Most herbal products on the market for pets are unsafe and unapproved for current uses, according to the FDA. While some complementary approaches may definitely provide a solution to your pet’s problem, others may cause harm. Colorado State University experts can talk about the benefits and risks of herbal, acupuncture, massage and other complementary treatments for pets.
To speak to a veterinarian about complementary medicine and pets, contact Dell Rae Moellenberg at (970) 491-6009 or e-mail DellRae.Moellenberg@colostate.edu.