Street medicine: Free clinics, charitable funds are lifelines for pets of the homeless

Source: SOURCE

(November 17, 2015) It was a fairly common sight that first piqued Dr. Jon Geller’s interest in the plight of pets living on the street with their owners. Crossing a bridge in Nashville, Tennessee, he saw a homeless man panhandling with his pit bull–type dog.

“There was something about the obvious intensity of their bond and the surprisingly robust appearance of the dog, in comparison to the owner, that struck me to explore this issue further,” he said.

The encounter eventually led Dr. Geller to found a volunteer organization, The Street Dog Coalition, in Fort Collins, Colorado...

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Tips for keeping your pet healthy without breaking the bank

Source: All Animals magazine

(January/February 2016) Hip replacements, kidney transplants, chemotherapy. Veterinary treatments that were virtually unheard of a generation ago are now options for extending the life of a beloved companion...

But just as in human medicine, 21st-century health care for pets doesn’t come cheap. According to a 2011 veterinary usage study, the rising cost of care is a major reason many pet owners delay routine vet exams or turn to the Internet and home remedies to save money.

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Penn Vet program fixes limbs to save lives

Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

(December 9, 2015) For a shelter animal, a broken limb can mean the loss of a life. “Saving Lives by Saving Limbs” is a pilot program at the School of Veterinary Medicine in which surgeons and students repair the fractured limbs of homeless shelter animals. This program is not only a philanthropic endeavor that provides treatment for animals that otherwise may have to face amputation or euthanasia, but is also a learning opportunity for residents, interns and students...

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Vet helps police K9s: “Highlight of my career”

Source: KOIN 6

(November 19, 2015) PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police dogs, just like human officers, are often put into dangerous situations. A Vancouver Police dog lost his life in September and a Portland K9 was killed in the line of duty a year ago. Now, one local veterinarian is going above and beyond to make sure police K9s stay safe while on duty.

Dr. Libby Hawkins of Gabriel Park Vet Clinic started assembling first aid safety kits for police dogs in Tigard. She now distributes them to police agencies across the state...

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Kellogg: All cage-free eggs by 2025

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

(October 29, 2015) Kellogg Co. plans to expand its animal welfare efforts by sourcing only cage-free eggs and eliminating gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by the end of 2025, the company said Thursday.

The Battle Creek-based food company uses eggs in several of its food offerings, including Eggo frozen breakfast foods and MorningStar Farms frozen vegetable food brands. The company said it also purchases "a small amount of pork" for use in its frozen breakfast sandwiches...

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Risk factors for suicide, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians

Source: JAVMA

(October 15, 2015) Read the results of a study that evaluated the prevalence of suicide risk factors, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians.

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Arizona university installs state of the art 'Haptic Cow and Horse'

Source: FarmingUK

(September 24, 2015) Midwestern University in Arizona has recently installed both the Haptic Cow and Horse in its new College of Veterinary Medicine to help make their students “Day One Ready”.

Both training systems employ haptics to simulate an animal’s internal organs and were developed by Prof Sarah Baillie of The University of Bristol and are marketed and supported worldwide by Virtalis, the leading Virtual Reality and visualisation company...

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California livestock drug bill set for Assembly hearing

Source: The Siskiyou Daily News

(August 25, 2015) A Senate bill currently before the California State Assembly could require livestock owners to obtain a prescription before administering certain drugs to their animals. Introduced by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Senate Bill 27 would, starting on Jan. 1, 2018, prohibit the administration of “medically important” anti-microbial drugs to livestock unless ordered by a licensed veterinarian through a prescription or veterinary feed directive...

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