Pop-up clinic helps homeless pets: 'I want to help him feel safe'

Source: Denver (CBS4)

Sunday, the Colorado Convention Center became an on-site street clinic, to provide free medical care and other services to pets of the homeless. “We’re heading off trouble before it happens, if we can. If they already have a problem, we are going to treat it as well as we can,” said Dr. Jon Geller, the Director of Street Dog Coalition...Read more»

 

Pet food is an environmental disaster-are vegan dogs the answer?

Source: The Guardian

(June 26, 2018) The common term for the environmental impact of pet-keeping has a cute name too: pawprint. But, with humans increasingly demanding human-grade meat for their four-legged family members, pet food is estimated to be responsible for a quarter of the environmental impacts of meat production in terms of the use of land, water, fossil fuels, phosphates and pesticides. And this trend for raw food is, environmentally speaking, a step backwards...Read more»

 

Immigrant Farm Workers Endure Inhumane Conditions: Here's What We Can Do

Source: Fortune

(June 8, 2018) Industrialized agriculture depends on a ready source of cheap labor, and factory farms across the United States have a long history of exploiting immigrants to provide this need.  Whether legally sanctioned or not, inhumane labor practices are woven into the fabric of American agriculture, and represent a fundamental element of our mass-produced, cheap food system.  This callous system wants to extract as much profit as possible, and it shows little or no regard for the dignity and welfare of exploited individuals. It lacks empathy for human and nonhuman animals alike...Read more»

 

A new look at standard of care

Source: JAVMA

The term “standard of care” (SOC) has been defined many times in case law.  These legal definitions, however, do not provide the kind of clear, practical, clinically relevant guidelines that veterinarians need to help them understand and meet the SOC or that veterinary state boards need to consistently identify and appropriately discipline veterinarians who may be accused of malpractice...Read more»

 

Online Database of Canine Inherited Genetic Disorders Now Available

Source: American Veterinarian

There has been a longstanding perception that mixed-breed dogs are less likely than purebred dogs to develop disease. New research published in PLOS Genetics proves that this is the case, but with one important caveat—mixed-breed dogs can still develop genetic disorders...Read more»

 

Dog Population & Dog Sheltering Trends in the United States of America

Source: Animals

The pet overpopulation problem in the United States has changed significantly since the 1970s. The purpose of this review is to document these changes and propose factors that have been and are currently driving the dog population dynamics in the U.S....Read more»

 

French bulldog owners should expect a lifetime of expensive vet bills, warns Royal Veterinary College

Source: The Telegraph

They are beloved of sport stars and socialites such as The Beckhams and Millie Mackintosh.  But anyone considering buying a French Bulldog should be prepared for a lifetime of expensive vet bills because the animals are so unhealthy, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has warned...Read more»

 

Kirkpatrick Foundation introduces manual for veterinarians responding to animal abuse

Source: NewsOK

Reporting suspected animal abuse can save lives.  However, until recently there was no unified system in Oklahoma to do so.  A manual recently published by the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma City aims to change that...Read more»

 
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