This week: black cats take bad selfies, service dog scammers face the music, and new laws protect people that help pets
The opioid shortage is both a manufacturing issue and a manufactured one. The manufacturing part can be traced back to production issues at a Pfizer Inc. plant in Kansas and residual damage from last year’s Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, a major pharmaceutical manufacturing center. The manufactured part can be traced back to the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF) and the V Foundation for Cancer Research are collaborating to fund cancer research for dogs—research that shows a very real possibility of helping humans, too. It’s the very definition of comparative oncology.
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.
“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.
Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and in Washington, DC. Legal for people, that is, not pets. As far as the medicinal benefits of marijuana for pets go, the jury is still out.
This week: A daring baboon breakout, Congress could ban Americans from eating their pets, and a cancerous mass that’s anything but.
This week: Dogs get banned, a rescue backfires, and your pet wants to know if there’s anything good on Netflix.
This week: Cats! Two dead cats spark a cat food recall, a cat gets under a model’s skin—literally, and a cat owner adopts a kidney donor (it’s good to have a spare)
This week: rescue dogs on the catwalk, dog mats go upscale, and the Flintstones got it wrong about Dino