Aug
1
2018
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave veterinarians the green light to use cannabis in the treatment of pets—in a manner of speaking. Put it this way: It didn’t say they couldn’t. Here’s what happened. ...more
Aug
1
2018
It’s time to fight both parasites involved in the heartworm lifecycle—and that means fighting the vector as well as the disease.It’s time to hold the mosquito accountable for the transmission of heartworm disease. It’s time for Double Defense. ...more
Jul
31
2018
Research shows that pet owners are willing to make changes and embrace preventive healthcare visits if they know it will benefit their pets. But for pet owners to find value in the recommendations of veterinary professionals and be motivated by their advice, there must be effective communication between the healthcare team and pet owners. ...more
Jul
30
2018
Farmer: What's that, Lassie?
Lassie: Woof, woof, woof!
Farmer: Timmy fell down the well?!
Lassie: Woof!
Farmer: That’s the third time this month, right?
Lassie: Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof. Woof, woof, woof, woof.
Farmer: I agree. Let him get himself out.
—A well-known joke dating back to the classic 1950s show, Lassie.

That joke is a part of pop culture, but ironically, the only character on Lassie who ever fell down a well and had to be rescued was . . . well, Lassie. ...more
Jul
26
2018
Each month in NEWStat, we will highlight an article from the upcoming issue of Trends magazine.

Laboratory services provided at veterinary hospitals continue to evolve. Just look at the changes over the last 40 years: Parvo used to be identified by clinical signs and nearly absent white cell count, and red blood cell counts were done by a human (using a hemocytometer). Now, blood samples are simply placed into a piece of equipment to produce the counts. Evolution can be a good thing. New tests are being developed for old diseases, and new diseases are requiring new tests. The way diagnostic lab services are provided is evolving, and it is not slowing down. ...more
Jul
26
2018
This week: The mysterious origin of waving cat statues, a daring canine jailbreak, and Washington, DC, counts cats. ...more
Jul
25
2018
We’re going to have to find a new cliché to describe people who don’t get along. A new study from the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, the United Kingdom, explores the relationships between cats and dogs who live together in the same home. And in most cases, cats and dogs living under the same roof got along just fine . . . as long as nobody ticked off the cat. ...more
Jul
24
2018
A research group recently sought to identify why skepticism about vaccines is perpetuated. They found strong evidence of the Dunning-Kruger effects which addresses the inability to accurately appraise one’s own knowledge. Their results point to the uphill battle the scientific community faces as it confronts growing anti-vax sentiment from the public and politicians alike. ...more
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