Legislation is right step for state animal welfare

Source: journal-news.net

(May 19, 2013) While not all legislation regarding dogs and cats in West Virginia has been reasonable or necessary, the Legislature has taken some admirable steps recently to do good things for the creatures in our care...

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Sen. Moran introduces Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

Source: High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

(May 27, 2013) U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-KS, and Angus King, I-ME, on May 15 introduced the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. The bipartisan legislation will allow veterinarians to legally carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation’s food supply. Companion legislation, H.R. 1528, was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives...

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Dogs Put $489M Bite on Home Insurance Industry

Source: ABC News

(May 29, 2013) How costly are dog bites? The cost to the insurance industry last year was $489 million--about one-third of all the money paid out for homeowners' liability claims overall. That figure, says the Insurance Information Institute, is up more than 50 percent since 2003. The number of bite claims last year topped 16,500...

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Many animal-related expenses are tax deductible

Source: San Jose Mercury News

(April 15, 2013) Many people consider pets to be members of the family. But at tax time, our four-legged dependents aren't deductible. There are, however, some animal-related expenses the Internal Revenue Service does allow...

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Horse model with inflatable latex intestines helps train vets

Source: Wired.co.uk

(April 3, 2013) The University of Edinburgh has acquired a life-sized anatomical model of a horse, complete with latex intestines, that can be used to simulate the common and deadly condition of equine colic.

The Equine Colic Simulator model will help students at the University's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies to familiarise themselves with the condition, which causes abdominal pain and is the leading cause of premature death in horses. Students will learn to assess the condition by performing an internal examination of the horse's intestines and sampling for free fluid in their abdomen...

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How Cute Animal Videos Could Help Science

Source: LiveScience

(March 15, 2013) The Internet is a friendly place for cute and weird animal behaviors caught on camera, from foxes jumping on trampolines to dogs playing with deer. But beyond entertaining the masses, these amateur viral videos sometimes document behaviors that are rarely seen, and they could help scientists understand how species interact with each other, some researchers say...

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Is Your Cat a Lion at Heart?

Source: Huffington Post UK

(March 18, 2013) Have you ever wondered why your pet cat rubs up against your legs, kneads your thighs with its forepaws or sleeps on top of a wardrobe? These, and many other behaviours, can be attributed to the tiger lurking within your pet tigger...

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Feline predation study ruffles feathers

Source: DVM360

(March 5, 2013) Headlines such as "'Stone-cold serial killers': Domestic cats slaughter billions upon billions of animals in U.S. every year" and "Hello Kitty! Please Don’t Kill Me!" prompted quick rebukes by organizations including CATalyst Council, Alley Cat Allies and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). Allusions to "killer cats" were plentiful after "The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife of the United States" study was published in the online journal Nature Communications earlier this year...

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