No small matter

Source: All Animals

(March 10, 2020) Protecting your pet against Lyme disease and other pesky tick-borne illnesses is easy: Apply preventative as directed a few months out of the year and forget about it, right? Well, not exactly. There are a lot of misconceptions about ticks and the diseases they carry...Read more»


France bans mass killing of male chicks, but US egg farmers say there's no other 'workable' solution

Source: USA Today

(January 30, 2020) U.S. egg producers announced Wednesday there is not yet a viable alternative to the killing of day-old male chicks in egg production, missing a goal set by the industry in 2016. The announcement from United Egg Producers comes the same week France announced an impending ban on the mass slaughter of male chicks, according to reports from Agence France-Presse and CNN...Read more»


Seattle clinic treats people and pets together

Source: VIN News Service

(January 30, 2020) Every other Wednesday, New Horizons hosts what's called a One Health Clinic, which brings together a veterinarian and veterinary students, a nurse practitioner and students in health sciences (including medical, nursing, social work and nutrition) who treat the young adults and their pets as family units. This means owner and pet stay together during the animal wellness visit and the human health visit, which take place in adjacent upstairs rooms at New Horizons. The veterinary and human health teams share information and insights for care decisions and research...Read more»


'Fear-Free' Pets Make for Happier Pets, and Owners

Source: The New York Times

(January 28, 2020) The idea of “fear free” veterinary care, intended to address not just the physical health but also the emotional well-being of animals, goes back 30 or 40 years, veterinarians say. But in 2016, an Idaho-based vet, Dr. Marty Becker, branded the approach, starting a company called Fear Free that certifies veterinarians, veterinary technicians, other staff members and even whole practices after up to 40 hours of online training...Read more»


The Clean Pet Food Revolution Will Change the World

Source: Psychology Today

(January 8, 2020) Did you know that a quarter of all the meat consumed in the United States is eaten by our pets? That’s the equivalent to the amount devoured by 26 million Americans, and it makes U.S. cats and dogs equal to the fifth largest country in terms of animal protein consumption. Because more pet parents are demanding human-grade animal meats for their dogs and cats, animals are being purpose-bred to become pet food: about 30 percent of intensively farmed animals in the U.S. are slaughtered solely to feed our dogs and cats...Read more»


Denmark Raises Antibiotic-Free Pigs.  Why Can't the US?

Source: The New York Times

(December 6, 2019) American pigs are raised on a liberal diet of antibiotics, fueling the rise of resistant germs. Danish pork producers are proving there’s a better way. As use of antibiotics in livestock has soared globally, contributing to the rise of drug-resistant germs, Denmark, which ranks among the world’s top pork exporters, has proved that a country can build a thriving industry while sharply cutting back on antibiotic use in pigs...Read more»


NYC Just Opened the Nation's First 'Office of Animal Welfare'


(November 25, 2019) New York City will open an “Office of Animal Welfare.” This makes it the nation’s first city to have a dedicated office for animal welfare. The new office — set to be based within the mayor’s office — will oversee administration and regulation of animal welfare issues in the city. It will also oversee animal welfare programs, as well as zoos, kennels, and pet stores...Read more»


More states direct veterinarians to report suspected abuse

Source: VIN News Service

(November 25, 2019) Signaling a high-water mark in efforts to fight animal abuse, President Donald Trump today signed a law making intentional cruelty to animals a federal felony. While the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act does not specify a role or responsibilities for veterinarians in combating cruelty, an increasing number of jurisdictions do, reflecting an evolution in attitudes about animal abuse that is changing expectations of veterinarians...Read more»

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