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December 21, 2017

Weekly News Roundup 12/15 – 12/21

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.

September 20, 2018

Well-intentioned opioid quotas have unintended consequences for veterinary care

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.

March 19, 2018

Working together to cure cancer across species

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.

December 29, 2017

Rabies vaccine could cure more than rabies

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.

December 27, 2017

Reporting animal abuse just got easier

“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.

November 16, 2017

Cannabis and companion animals

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.

April 26, 2018

Weekly News Roundup 4/20–4/26

This week: A daring baboon breakout, Congress could ban Americans from eating their pets, and a cancerous mass that’s anything but.

April 19, 2018

Weekly News Roundup 4/13–4/19

This week: Dogs get banned, a rescue backfires, and your pet wants to know if there’s anything good on Netflix.

March 08, 2018

Weekly News Roundup 3/2–3/8

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)

February 22, 2018

Weekly News Roundup 2/16–2/22

This week: rescue dogs on the catwalk, dog mats go upscale, and the Flintstones got it wrong about Dino

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