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September 04, 2019

Weekly News Roundup 8/30 to 9/5

This week: A malingering dog proves faking pain pays, restaurant customers don’t care about animal welfare, and pig ears continue to cause problems 

September 04, 2019

Is your hospital disaster ready?

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? 

May 30, 2019

New study: CBD shows promise for treating canine epilepsy

“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.

March 27, 2019

Study: One-third of pet owners would consider having their pets go vegan

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.

March 27, 2018

Emotional support animals probably don’t do anything for anxiety

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.

January 15, 2018

New study: don't feed pets raw meat

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.

October 31, 2019

AAHA-accredited hospital staff save man struck by lightening

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.

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