The role of private practitioners in reducing numbers of homeless dogs and cats and shelter euthanasia rates

Source: JAVMA

(August 15, 2018) Despite the millions of dollars spent annually to address homeless dogs and cats, more than 1.5 million animals are euthanized in US shelters each year  Of these, 80% are healthy, potentially adoptable animals.  The statistics have been improving in recent years; still, more dogs and cats die of homelessness each year than as a result of any preventable disease, and the number of shelter euthanasias can still be lower.  In our view, veterinarians have an ethical if not moral obligation to work with shelters to minimize animal suffering and decrease the number of healthy, adoptable animals that are euthanized...Read more»


The Development of a Clinical Skills Laboratory at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Source: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals

(July 2018) Dedicated clinical skills laboratories (CSLs) that make use of models, mannequins and simulators, are being increasingly established in medical and veterinary schools. These have been commonplace in medical schools for more than two decades, but their incorporation within the teaching of veterinary curricula has occurred much more recently...Read more»


Pop-up clinic helps homeless pets: 'I want to help him feel safe'

Source: Denver (CBS4)

Sunday, the Colorado Convention Center became an on-site street clinic, to provide free medical care and other services to pets of the homeless. “We’re heading off trouble before it happens, if we can. If they already have a problem, we are going to treat it as well as we can,” said Dr. Jon Geller, the Director of Street Dog Coalition...Read more»


Pet food is an environmental disaster-are vegan dogs the answer?

Source: The Guardian

(June 26, 2018) The common term for the environmental impact of pet-keeping has a cute name too: pawprint. But, with humans increasingly demanding human-grade meat for their four-legged family members, pet food is estimated to be responsible for a quarter of the environmental impacts of meat production in terms of the use of land, water, fossil fuels, phosphates and pesticides. And this trend for raw food is, environmentally speaking, a step backwards...Read more»


Immigrant Farm Workers Endure Inhumane Conditions: Here's What We Can Do

Source: Fortune

(June 8, 2018) Industrialized agriculture depends on a ready source of cheap labor, and factory farms across the United States have a long history of exploiting immigrants to provide this need.  Whether legally sanctioned or not, inhumane labor practices are woven into the fabric of American agriculture, and represent a fundamental element of our mass-produced, cheap food system.  This callous system wants to extract as much profit as possible, and it shows little or no regard for the dignity and welfare of exploited individuals. It lacks empathy for human and nonhuman animals alike...Read more»


A new look at standard of care

Source: JAVMA

The term “standard of care” (SOC) has been defined many times in case law.  These legal definitions, however, do not provide the kind of clear, practical, clinically relevant guidelines that veterinarians need to help them understand and meet the SOC or that veterinary state boards need to consistently identify and appropriately discipline veterinarians who may be accused of malpractice...Read more»


Online Database of Canine Inherited Genetic Disorders Now Available

Source: American Veterinarian

There has been a longstanding perception that mixed-breed dogs are less likely than purebred dogs to develop disease. New research published in PLOS Genetics proves that this is the case, but with one important caveat—mixed-breed dogs can still develop genetic disorders...Read more»


Dog Population & Dog Sheltering Trends in the United States of America

Source: Animals

The pet overpopulation problem in the United States has changed significantly since the 1970s. The purpose of this review is to document these changes and propose factors that have been and are currently driving the dog population dynamics in the U.S....Read more»

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