Friday, October 27, 2006

Human cancer treatment goes to the dogs

I was very pleased to see this news story about a vaccine to treat melanoma in dogs. Melanoma is one of the most aggressive cancers in dogs and despite equally aggressive treatment, once diagnosed, often leads to death. This vaccine holds hope for the future and reinforces the fact that human medicine and veterinary medicine are very similar. This idea is central to the Protect the Pets movement. The pet owning public believes when they go to their veterinarian they will get the same level of care and variety of treatment options offered to people. Although true in some instances, this is not the industry standard. Protect the Pets is all about driving the changes necessary to improve veterinary medicine to bring it closer to the standards available for people. I believe this can be accomplished by informing the public, and with the help of the like-minded veterinarians who have joined the movement.

Newest member of the PTP team

I'm so happy to be able to share the arrival of a new member of the Robb family. Our son, Bruno Noah Robb was born on Monday Oct 23. He's a healthy 9 lbs, 9 ounces. Mom, Aldona and new big sister Tiffany are also doing well.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Dr Robb on Pet Insurance

from the, as published in the Beaver County/Allegheny County Times:

Dr. John Robb of New Fairfield, Conn., founded Protect the Pets to educate pet owners about the realities of unsafe veterinary medicine and to inspire veterinary professionals to value the health of pets over the drive for profits. He said like anything, pet insurance is something that can be good, with the right resources.

"I'm a straight shooter and the truth is the truth," he said. "There are good companies and there are bad companies. It's a hot topic and it's an important topic."

Provided a person does research and understands specific policies, purchasing pet insurance can definitely be a good thing, he said.

"The key thing is to find out if a veterinarian promotes pet insurance and has clients who use it so he or she can educate their beliefs," he said. "If a person doesn't have a veterinarian to make a recommendation, they need to be an educated consumer and call companies and get a client list and make some calls.

"They need to check references and it would be nice if they knew someone who used it."

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

PTP on

Here's the full article.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Evacuation Laws

These new laws being enacted to Protect the Pets in cases where evacuation of people is necessary are long overdue. The laws have lagged behind the change in attitude of the American people as the human-animal bond has strengthened over the last 50 years. Of course, I am thrilled this is happening and this reinforces the need for similar changes in veterinary medicine. Laws that would require veterinary technicians to be certified and that would give pet owners more legal options when harm is done to their pets are necessary and a worthy goal for the Protect the Pets movement.

(Thanks to the Humane Society for the article and photo)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Avon PtP Seminar

I held my first Protect the Pets Seminar at the Old Farm Hotel in Avon last night. It was standing room only as pet lovers from the greater Hartford area gathered together to learn how to Protect the Pets. Our discussion was wide-ranging and touched on issues concerning vaccinations, pet insurance, wellness testing, when to consult a specialist and much more. The pet owners were thrilled to get the truth concerning these important issues and, more importantly, to learn how to take a pro-active stance to make sure they receive the best veterinary care for their pets. Keep checking this blog for news about Protect the Pets Seminars in your area. You won’t want to miss it; the pets are depending on you!