This week: A malingering dog proves faking pain pays, restaurant customers don’t care about animal welfare, and pig ears continue to cause problems
As Hurricane Dorian churns relentlessly up the eastern seaboard, veterinary hospitals in the storm’s path are putting their emergency plans into place. If Dorian made landfall near your practice, would you be ready?
An uncontrolled outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) has reached epidemic proportions in one northern Mexico town and started spreading to the United States last year, according to a 2018 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I see a lot of epileptic patients,” says Stephanie McGrath, DVM, MS. “It’s a very heart-wrenching disease.” Canine idiopathic epilepsy affects up to 5.7% of the pet dog population worldwide. McGrath, a neurologist and researcher at Colorado State University’s (CSU) Veterinary Teaching Hospital who says she’s frustrated at the lack of good options for treating it, thinks cannabidiols (CBD) might be one answer.
Odds are, not often enough.That’s according to a new survey of cat owners in the United Kingdom, carried out to coincide with Feline Hypertension Month, which runs through the end of May.
When you prescribe a medication for a patient, do you advise the client on the proper disposal of those meds? Most veterinarians don’t.A 2018 study by researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) found that 60%
If you’re a confirmed carnivore, how would you feel if your pet went vegan? A new study finds that one-quarter of pet owners who identify as vegans feed their dog or cat a vegan diet, while more than one-third of all dog and cat owners (which includes a lot more meat-eaters than vegans) are interested in plant-based diets for their pets.
People have been traveling with emotional support animals for years, claiming they serve a mental health purpose. But the scientific case for comfort animals is very weak, according to this Prevention article. “These animals provide the sole purpose of emotional support,” says Molly Crossman, a doctoral student in clinical study at Yale University who authored a study about how animals impact human psychological distress.
It’s like the paleo diet, only for pets. Grain-free, all-meat, and raw-food diets are hugely popular with pet owners who like the idea of feeding their cats and dogs a diet that’s closer to what their ancestor ate in the wilds. The problem is, there’s no hard, scientific evidence that raw meat–based diets (RMBDs) are any healthier than traditional dry or canned pet foods.
It was a lightning strike heard ’round the world. And the man it struck is alive and well today (along with his three German shepherds) thanks to the quick thinking and CPR training of staffers at AAHA-accredited Stuebner Airline Veterinary Hospital in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston.