Veterinarians Say Health Law's Device Tax Is Unfair To Pets

Source: NPR

(October 8, 2013) Dr. Douglas Aspros says the federal health law is increasing his costs to buy medical equipment, which he has no choice but to pass onto his patients — most of whom are uninsured. None of Aspros' patients, though, will benefit from the Affordable Care Act's expansion of coverage. Aspros, you see, treats dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, parrots and other small animals at his veterinary center in Pound Ridge, N.Y. ...

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Study shines spotlight on neutering: Assumptions about a mainstay of companion animal practice are called into question

Source: JAVMA

(October 16, 2013) Earlier this year, a study out of the University of California-Davis showed higher rates of certain cancers and musculoskeletal disorders among neutered Golden Retrievers, compared with rates among sexually intact Goldens. The findings challenge what is essentially an article of faith within the U.S. veterinary profession: Thou shalt spay or castrate cats and dogs [NOTE: the HSVMA September webinar on recent spay/neuter research is highlighted in this article]...

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Veterinarian argues declawing cats is too 'painful'

Source: 9News

(September 24, 2013) KUSA - On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., the Denver Film Society's SIE Film Center will screen a documentary produced by Paw Project founder Dr. Jennifer Conrad.

The documentary is educational, not graphic and was produced to increase awareness of the cruelty that is tacitly condoned by the largest veterinary professional organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association...

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Outlaw the Declaw? One Veterinarian Weighs In

Source: Embrace Pet Insurance

(September 24, 2013) Today’s telephone inquiry impressed me as much for its unapologetic cluelessness as for its subject matter. It was the first time in at least a couple of years someone’s asked me whether I’d be willing to remove the claws from a cat’s hind feet too...

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Coalition pushes for sow stall ban in New Jersey

Source: Global Meat News

(September 18, 2013) A coalition of US animal welfare groups have joined forces to urge New Jersey legislators to push for a statewide ban on sow stalls.The New Jersey state legislature voted for a bill which would ban gestation crates in May, but the bill was subsequently vetoed by New Jersey governor Chris Christie. The coalition, made up of the local and national animal production groups, are now calling on legislators to override the veto and press ahead with the legislation, which would require that breeding pigs are able to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs...

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New Documentary Condemns Declawing of Cats; Who Is Right?

Source: National Geographic

(September 13, 2013) A California veterinarian is taking her crusade across North America with a documentary that opens this month. The Paw Project is directed by Jennifer Conrad, a vet who spent much of her career working with exotic animals. After observing the debilitating effect of declawing on tigers, lions, and other big cats, she began to perform reparative surgeries on their paws. Her attention soon turned to smaller felines: the millions of domesticated pet cats in America....

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REPORT: The Economic Impact of Stray Cats and Dogs at Tourist Destinations on the Tourism Industry

Source: Humane Advisor

(September 8, 2013) A compelling report that presents information about how stray cats and dogs ruin millions of tourists’ vacations and impact profits for tourism companies and tourist destinations. The only humane solution is sterilization to end the overpopulation of these strays...

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A Critical Crossroad for BLM's Wild Horse Program

Source: Science magazine

(August 23, 2013) Although horses evolved in North America, they went extinct 10 to 12 thousand years ago. Spanish conquistadors returned domestic horses to the continent in the mid-1500s, and since then, domestic horses have escaped captivity and also were purposefully released onto western rangelands where they thrive today. Most free-roaming horse populations are managed primarily by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the U.S. Department of the Interior...

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