This week: black cats take bad selfies, service dog scammers face the music, and new laws protect people that help pets
If the phrase “culture of heroes” (not to mention “apple pancakes” and “Mr. Delicious”) mean nothing to you, chances are you missed keynote speaker Kevin Brown, at AAHA Nashville 2017. Fortunately, you’ve got another chance: Based on overwhelming positive feedback from this popular session, AAHA is excited to have Brown back to deliver the keynote on the final day of Connexity 2018.
The numbers are grim. According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), female veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than members of the general population. And while female veterinarians account for two-thirds of US veterinarians, their suicide rate is more than twice that for male veterinarians.
The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine recently approved Pexion (imepitoin tablets) to treat noise aversion in dogs. It’s a common condition—one study found that 40% of dogs may suffer from some degree of noise aversion—and one with possibly serious health implications, indicates a study that shows that noise aversion in dogs could be a sign of serous pain.
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 United States is battling an epidemic of opioid abuse that claimed 42,000 lives and caused 1,000 emergency room visits per day in 2016. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knows that veterinarians are on the front lines of that fight. And “doctor-shopping” patients are only part of the problem.
Which caregivers should be allowed to put their hands on a client’s pet? And under what circumstances? For that matter, what constitutes a qualified caregiver? A bill is coming to a vote before the California State Assembly’s Committee on Business and Professions next Tuesday that could change the answers to those questions, at least in California, and pose some thorny new ones with serious implications for the veterinary industry nationwide.
If you had a chance to talk face-to-face with the government officials you helped elect about the most pressing issues facing veterinary medicine today, what would you say? That’s the question facing nearly 100 veterinarians and veterinary students headed to Washington, D.C. for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) annual legislative fly-in.
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.
The Gravy Train stops here. So do the Kibbles ’n Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy. Big Heart Pet Brands announced on Thursday that it’s recalling 27 shipments of wet canned dog food marketed under those names following news reports that trace amounts of pentobarbital were found in some cans of Gravy Train.