MVMA wants you to be prepared for emergencies! Here are some resources.
NEW! MA Emergency Management Agency Explains "Shelter in Place"

MA Emergency Management Agency Offers Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines

MA Emergency Management Agency Says August & September Are MA Hurricane Season

MA Emergency Management Agency Extreme Heat Guidelines

The CDC has action steps for each household to be prepared

AVMA's guide helps you save the whole family, including your pets

FEMA and the American Red Cross offer 4 steps to preparedness



Do You Know About Exotic Pets? If you think an exotic animal like a monkey, alligator, or piranha would make a great pet, think again. Massachusetts has very strict regulations governing the possession of both native and exotic wildlife by the average citizen. "Many people assume that any animal they can purchase in another state or over the Internet is legal to possess in Massachusetts,” said MassWildlife Assistant Director Dr. Tom French, “This is simply not true. Our regulations are restrictive to the point that we publish only what you may possess, rather than what you may not. Only museums, nature centers or educational institutions are granted permits for many kinds of wildlife.  The goal of these regulations is to protect both the interests of wildlife and the public."  Before making any purchase, consult with a veterinarian to determine what pet is suitable for your abilities, lifestyle and commitment to pet care.

Dr. French recommends doing business with established and reputable pet shops rather than surfing the Internet or scanning the classifieds where sellers are not necessarily concerned with or aware of the laws that might affect potential buyers. "Store owners keep up with the laws," he notes. "The store owners were an effective lobby for making domestic ferrets a legal pet in Massachusetts and know their livelihood depends on doing business by the book. They'll be happy to sell you reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals that conform to state laws, and they'll tell you if something you ask about is illegal." 

Anyone with knowledge of an illegal wild or exotic animal kept as a pet should contact the Environmental Police at 1-800-632-8075 on any day of the week, or MassWildlife at 508/792-7270 on weekdays during business hours. An abstract of the regulation, titled “Keeping Captive/Exotic Wildlife” is available in the Wildlife area of the MassWildlife website. 


Equine Items

* Volunteer to help at the World Equestrian Games in 2014.

* The American Association of Equine Practitioners provides news and information to improve your horse's health. Be an educated owner. Click here to learn more.  
* AAEP and Fort Dodge have partnered to create "America's Healthy Horse" to promote equine wellness.

* Minnesota horse folks say: Horses can stand the cold - if they're dry and have shelter.

* The Unwanted Horse Coalition has resources for owners that cannot or will not keep their horse, as well as information about responsible horse ownership.
* Thinking about adopting a retired racehorse? Visit the New Vocations website for information.


 For a chuckle: The Veterinarian Song (to the tune of "O' My Darlin'")   

"Twice a year for life!" That's what we recommend: at least two visits per year to your pet's veterinarian help keep your pet healthy. Twice-a-year wellness exams allow your veterinarian to detect, treat, and help prevent problems before they become life-threatening. They also provide you with the opportunity to ask your veterinarian questions about nutrition, behavior, dental health, or other issues. Visit the National Pet Wellness Month website for information about how animals age and, more importantly, how to keep them healthy.

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Pet behavior problems? The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has issued a position statement on Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals. "Dog Whisperer, beware!" Also, use our "Find a Veterinarian" feature to find an MVMA member with experience and advanced training in behavior.



The MVMA office is located at 163 Lakeside Avenue in Marlborough, MA 01752.  You can contact us at 508-460-9333, via fax at 508-460-9969, or email at




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