Jan
18
2018
This week: Fear the Walking Deer, canines hit the catwalk, and cat owners are more creative (but dog owners earn more money) ...more
Jan
12
2018
How can you tell if a dog is a pessimist or an optimist? Check his paws. A recent study indicates that a dog’s paw preference (righty or lefty) can be a predictor of how well he responds to and deals with emotional and environmental stress. ...more
Jan
8
2018
The vicious winter storm that battered the East Coast with ice, snow, wind, and plummeting temperatures last week is gone, leaving frigid temperatures in its wake. And when we checked in with AAHA member hospitals from Maine to South Carolina to see how they came through some seriously record-breaking cold, we found that most were doing just fine. In fact, for many, the bomb cyclone just wasn’t that big of a deal ...more
Jan
4
2018
This week: a Staffordshire terrier peers reviews papers, Colorado pays the tab for large animal vet students, and who gets the dog in a divorce? ...more
Dec
29
2017
A new rabies study turned up some unexpected benefits.From the vaccine, not the disease.The rabies vaccine has a proven track record of preventing the disease in dogs, but a recent study, funded by Morris Animal Foundation and published in the journal Vaccine, indicates that the vaccine may have unintended positive effects on overall canine health. Specifically, an overall decrease in canine mortality rates from all causes. ...more
Dec
27
2017
“Veterinarians who want to report suspected animal abuse often encounter a bureaucratic runaround,” says Phil Arkow. Arkow hopes that the recent launch of a free online National Directory of Abuse Investigation Agencies will help. Arkow is Coordinator of the National Link Coalition, a multidisciplinary, collaborative initiative formed in 2008 to raise awareness of the connection between animal abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence. It’s based on the idea that violence begets violence, and that when animal cruelty or neglect exists in a home, chances are that children, domestic partners, or elderly family members are being hurt, too. ...more
Dec
21
2017
A vet shoots a dog for barking too much, pets swallow unusual things, and Virginia may ban public funding for research after a dog has a heart attack on a treadmill. ...more
Dec
20
2017
Vegan diets for dogs could become the next big fad, if a proposal before the Los Angeles City Board of Animal Service Commissioners gets passed. At a November 28 meeting of the Board, commissioner Roger Wolfson, a Hollywood screenwriter and attorney, proposed that all dogs in Los Angeles city animal shelters be switched to plant-based vegan diets. They call it La-La Land for a reason. ...more
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