Current Trends – how the moon affects dogs and cats
What does scientific research and Halloween have in common? Absolutely, nothing but we thought this recent report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association was ghoulishly clever, considering the season. Researchers at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences looked at the incidence of canine and feline emergency room visits and the lunar cycle. They reviewed 11,940 cases (9,407 canine and 2,533 feline) and found that more emergency room visits occurred on fuller moon days for dogs and cats. Boo!
Raegan J. Wells, DVM et al. (2007) “Canine and feline emergency room visits and the lunar cycle: 11,940 cases (1992–2002).”
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association July 15, Vol. 231, No. 2, Pages 251-253 doi: 10.2460/javma.231.2.251