AlignCare is a community-based program that helps families pay for their pet’s care—the potential mental health benefits are huge for clients and the vet team.
Anyone who has ever put a beloved pet to sleep might wonder if there’s such a thing as a good euthanasia. Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS, CHPV, and a leading authority on companion animal euthanasia, says yes. “A good euthanasia is one that holds beauty in the presence of extreme sadness and heartbreak,” Cooney says.
We face an unbelievable scenario in the United States with the treatment of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) , where our only option is to suggest clients meet up with strangers in parking lots to buy an unapproved medication to inject into their dying cats .
A new study offers hope for treating hemangiosarcoma, the “silent killer” that often isn’t diagnosed until a seemingly healthy dog suffers from acute collapse due to a ruptured, bleeding tumor, usually on the spleen.
How do you feel about the veterinary profession? Wait, here’s a better question: How old are you? How you feel about the profession varies with age, according to a new, first-of-its-kind study conducted by Merck Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
As 2019 draws to a close and we look back over the year that was, NEWStat put together a list of the most popular news stories we published over the last 12 months.
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.
The Dog Aging Project brings together citizen scientists and a cross-disciplinary team from aging biology, human medicine, and veterinary medicine to help dogs—and humans—live longer.
Topics that most interested NEWStat readers in the past year included treating cat pain, research on aging in dogs, mental health resources, and the question of whether vet professionals are genetically wired to work with animals.