Horses go from racetracks to slaughterhouses: 'It's just a job to me'

Source: USA Today

(October 31, 2019) Over the past decade, an average of more than 600 thoroughbreds a year have died because of racing, according to research by the USA TODAY Network. By contrast, an estimated 7,500 thoroughbreds a year are slaughtered for human consumption, according to Alex Waldrop, president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)...Read more»


Don't Let Your Vet Bill Dog You Forever

Source: Nerdwallet

(October 8, 2019) When pets get sick, expenses pile up quickly. If you encounter a sky-high vet bill, it’s important to have a plan for dealing with it while keeping debt under control...Read more»


Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors

Source: News Republic

(October 8, 2019) Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association...Read more»


The Real Problem With Beef

Source: The New York Times

(October 1, 2019) An extensive study confirms that red meat might not be that bad for you.  But it is bad for the planet, with chicken and pork less harmful than beef...Read more»


Need to make tough decisions about your pet? A veterinary social worker can help.

Source: The Washington Post

(September 16, 2019) Veterinary social workers interact with veterinarians and pet owners in clinics, animal hospitals and other settings in four areas: the link between human and animal violence; grief and loss; animal-assisted interaction; and compassion fatigue management.  There is no official count on the number of veterinary social workers.  The University of Tennessee at Knoxville-which established the country's first program in 2002 and offers three certificates-has an Internet mailing list of about 1,000 individuals, though some may not be veterinary social workers...Read more»


University Replaces Animals with Models for Veterinarian Courses

Source: The Korea Bizwire

(September 4, 2019) Increasing public awareness on animal welfare is leading an university to replace animal cadavers with artificial models for anatomy classes. Konkuk University’s College of Veterinary Medicine announced on Tuesday that it will introduce artificial animal models for anatomy classes starting in the fall semester. The models include those manufactured by Syndaver, a leading manufacturer of animal models, that come with elaborate anatomical structure as well as the texture of organs and blood circulation of dogs and cats...Read more»



Why Euthanasia Rates at Animal Shelters Have Plummeted

Source: The New York Times (tiered subscription)

(September 3, 2019) When a lost, stray or abandoned pet entered an American city’s animal shelter 10 years ago, there was a good chance it would not leave. But in a quiet transformation, pet euthanasia rates have plummeted in big cities in recent years, falling more than 75 percent since 2009. A rescue, an adoption or a return to an owner or community is now a far likelier outcome, a shift that experts say has happened nationwide...Read more»



Owners of brachycephalic dogs are in denial, study suggests

Source: dvm360

(August 30, 2019) In recent years many in the veterinary community have decried the increasing popularity of brachycephalic breeds, which are adored for the “cute” traits that actually make these dogs extremely unhealthy. The truth is that the snub noses, “smiling” mouths and bulging eyes of these breeds make them look friendly and happy, when in fact these dogs are often straining to breathe. In a recent study in PLoS One, researchers tried to quantify exactly how owners of these dogs may be deluding themselves about their pets’ health...Read more»

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