The 32nd Annual World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congress was held in Sydney, Australia in mid-August. Animal experts spoke on various topics from vaccine guidelines to behavioral problems.
One of the main topics in discussion was vaccine guidelines. Overall, the recommendation is to increase the number of pets vaccinated, and to cut down on how frequently a pet needs to be vaccinated. A common concern is adverse reactions to vaccines which is why the vaccine guidelines have been put into place.
Veterinary behaviorists also spoke about dominance in dogs. Some believe that dogs don’t necessarily want to be dominant; they simply want to be social and have positive interactions with humans. They recommended ways of how to show your love to your dog in a constructive manner.
Animal experts and veterinarians were also able to answer questions from pet owners at the conference. They told pet owners how to get a cat off of the counter, how to calm an excited dog down when people walk by, how to help an overweight cat shed some pounds, and to help a dog not bark when the phone rings.
While in Sydney, many animal experts were able to see intriguing animals in the land down under. One different animal is the southern Cassowary, a very large flightless bird and the largest land creature in Australia. Another interesting animal found in Australia is the Lumholtz tree kangaroo. These kangaroos have adapted to living their daily lives in trees.
Source: Steve Dale’s Pet World