Are we wrong to assume fish can't feel pain?

Source: The Guardian

(October 30, 2018) We like to think fish have no feelings. And yet the idea that they have both memory and a capacity for suffering is gaining ground among scientists. The impression that fish are insensate, short of memory and, therefore, can be caught, killed and eaten without guilt, is being revisited....Read more»

 

New animal shelter being built near LSU's vet school promises better care, more adoptions

Source: The Advocate

(October 21, 2018) The dogs, cats and other wildlife captured by East Baton Rouge Parish animal control officers, or surrendered by the public, will soon head to a new shelter where they can be treated and readied for adoption. Companion Animal Alliance, the nonprofit animal advocacy group that has run the city-parish animal shelter since 2011, is set to relocate from its current facility near the Baton Rouge Metro Airport into a new building near the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. It's a move officials say will not only mean better animal care but also serve as a more inviting place for the public to visit when they are looking for a pet to adopt...Read more»

 

Community cats program benefits cats and veterinary students

Source: Mohave Valley Daily News

(October 20, 2018) The partnership between a local animal care organization and Midwestern University has benefited nearly 800 cats in the community. Community cats are not just feral cats but also cats that have been lost or abandoned by their owners. The animals are humanely trapped, taken to a veterinarian for a health check, vaccinations, wound care and to be spayed or neutered prior to being returned to their outdoor home...Read more»

 

Many veterinarians have ethical qualms about what some pet owners ask them to do

Source: Mother Nature Network

(October 17, 2018) There are great days for veterinarians when puppies and kittens come in for their first exams and when pets bounce in, recovered from life-threatening injuries and illnesses. But sandwiched in between the happy times are heartrending moments. Sometimes an owner decides to put a pet to sleep because they can't — or won't — pay for treatment. Or there's the other extreme: An owner opts to keep prolonging treatment when the animal is suffering and won't get better. A new study looks at this "moral distress" among veterinarians....Read more»

 

Study tackles nonprofit spay-neuter clinic controversy

Source: Veterinary Practice News

(September 18, 2018) Most pets seen in nonprofit spay-neuter clinics belong to low-income families and do not receive regular veterinary care, according to a study published Sept. 15 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The study, which surveyed 3,768 owners of 2,154 dogs and 1,902 cats admitted to 22 nonprofit spay-neuter clinics across the United States in a nine-month period, showed nonprofit spay-neuter clinics predominantly serve low-income clients, animals lacking regular veterinary care, shelter animals, and community cats...Read more»

 

FDA releases plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship

Source: Feedstuffs

(September, 14, 2018)  The Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) unveiled Sept. 14 its five-year action plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings. The plan builds upon the important steps CVM has taken to eliminate production uses of medically important antimicrobials (i.e., antimicrobials important for treating human disease) and to bring all remaining therapeutic uses of these drugs under the oversight of licensed veterinarians...Read more»

 

The Responsibility of Veterinarians to Address Companion Animal Obesity

Source: Animals

(August 21, 2018) Obesity is a disease of rapidly increasing prevalence in dogs and cats, with significant and often lifelong implications for animal welfare. Veterinarians are expected and mandated to protect animal health and welfare, and provide informed consent. We provide an overview of the causes, risk factors, and consequences of pet obesity; evidence regarding veterinarian compliance in diagnosing and discussing obesity in small animal practice; and outline recommendations to prevent and address overweight and obesity in companion animals. We argue that small-animal veterinarians are not meeting their ethical and professional obligation to speak up about obesity, which is a One-Health problem...Read more»

 

The role of private practitioners in reducing numbers of homeless dogs and cats and shelter euthanasia rates

Source: JAVMA

(August 15, 2018) Despite the millions of dollars spent annually to address homeless dogs and cats, more than 1.5 million animals are euthanized in US shelters each year  Of these, 80% are healthy, potentially adoptable animals.  The statistics have been improving in recent years; still, more dogs and cats die of homelessness each year than as a result of any preventable disease, and the number of shelter euthanasias can still be lower.  In our view, veterinarians have an ethical if not moral obligation to work with shelters to minimize animal suffering and decrease the number of healthy, adoptable animals that are euthanized...Read more»

 
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