When 58-year-old Sharon Larson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, got nipped by her new puppy last June, the small bite seemed pretty minor at first. Until she developed flu-like symptoms that came on quickly and only got worse. Within two days, she was dead. Larson tested positive for a bacterial infection called
This week: A serial cat killer has England on edge, United Airlines hopes new pet guidelines will make a difference, and a veterinary student turned con artist preys on horse owners.
As of Thursday, 21,000 firefighters were battling 137 active wildfires in various stages of containment across 2,200 square miles in nine western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Veterinary practices in the affected areas have gotten used to it.
Got spare PPE? Ready to give it away? That’s what Andrea Moore, DVM, co-owner and medical director of AAHA-accredited Pinnacle Animal Hospital in San Jose, California, wanted to do.
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Low-income Americans are having a hard enough time feeding themselves. Feeding their pets is an even bigger challenge. Some 42 million Americans received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) last year.
As many as half of human healthcare workers don’t remove personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly, according to a 2015 study from the University of Wisconsin.
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.
The opioid shortage isn’t going away any time soon. The shortage, which is severely affecting veterinarians’ ability to provide pain management for patients, is expected to last into 2019. The primary short-term cause is a production issue at a Pfizer, Inc. plant in Kansas, but residual hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, a major pharmaceutical manufacturing center, and a pre-existing Drug Enforcement Agency mandate to reduce the manufacture of opioid medication in the United States by 20% in 2018, are also having an effect.