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Keeping pets healthy, keeps your family healthy

Airs Wed March 28, 2012, 9PM EST. Listen to this podcast directly from my show page by CLICKING HERE.

Dear Listeners, Viewers, and Readers:

This evening, I am following up on my latest You Tube show, The Web-DVM, which was an objective outlook on recent news reports that were sparked by a 2010 journal article written by veterinarian, Dr. Bruno Chomel, warning against the dangers of sleeping in bed with one’s pets. In this video cast, I acknowledged that the dangers these news reports warned of are real, but that for the sake of attracting an audience, were a bit overblown and I ventured to present it more realistically and less sensationally.

I personally am not against people sharing their bed with their pets, but I am against people sharing their beds with pets that are not properly monitored and cared for properly to keep them free of disease that is potentially communicable to humans. I am especially against this when it comes to children sleeping pets not properly cared for. Sometimes this lack of proper preventive and wellness care that protects both pets and the family they live with is due to pet owner apathy, laziness, stubbornness, or cheapness. For others, the intentions may be there, but the information has not yet come their way. This evening’s broadcast is for the latter, and I will be highlighting diseases and less than ideal circumstances where pets can pose an infectious disease risk to their human families, as well as how to prevent those diseases and less than ideal circumstances. This goes far beyond just vaccines folks, so be sure to tune in and find out how you can protect your family, while still enjoying the unconditional love of your pet.

As always, I invite you to post comments right here at the blog or submit e-mail comments/questions to be addressed by me on the air, by sending them to

Thank you as always for caring about what I have to say!

Roger Welton, DVM

Dr. Roger Welton is the President and chief veterinarian at Maybeck Animal Hospital in West Melbourne Florida, as well as CEO of the veterinary advice and health management website

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