Dog birth control shots could limit populations

Source: USA Today

(June 20, 2013) LOS ANGELES (AP) — A decade ago, the Rosebud Sioux Indians in South Dakota were paying people to catch and shoot wild dogs. Dogs that weren't caught were covered in mange and parasites. Some froze. Some starved. In packs, they survived by eating each other. And dog bites were 20 times worse than the national average...

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'Race Horse is Not a Diagnosis': The Path Forward

Source: Thoroughbred Daily News

(June 24, 2013) It takes a lot to shock a regulatory veterinarian of 25 years. But that’s how Dr. Mary Scollay felt last October after Kentucky switched from private vets to state-employed ones for the administration of Lasix on race day. Scollay, the equine medical director of the Bluegrass State, said she soon learned that something as simple as giving a routine shot with the authorized dosage had been regularly abused by trainers and their vets...

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Could the 'lung on a chip' help end animal testing?

Source: The Week

(June 18, 2013) On the hunt for a new asthma medication, pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co is looking at a new technology for testing potential drugs — a tiny "lung" that lives on a microchip. This is fantastic news for mice who might otherwise have the drugs tested on them...

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Top 10 Dog and Cat Medical Conditions of 2012

Source: VPI Pet Insurance

(April 2, 2013) Just like their human counterparts, when pets are afflicted with even seemingly minor ailments such as an ear infection, stomach ache or cough, it can prompt a visit to the doctor. While the majority of these conditions are rarely life threatening, they can become chronic and expensive to treat...

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Sheepdog 'bodyguards' protect endangered penguins from foxes, saving them from extinction

Source: Treehugger

(June 3, 2013) "No foxes have killed penguins in the past seven years" This is clever. Very clever. Sheepdogs are bred and trained to protect sheep against wolves, but that doesn't mean that their skills can't be used to protect different animals against other species of predators. This is exactly what the Maremma Project did on Warrnambool’s Middle Island, off the south coast of Australia...

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Birth control implants will curb dog populations in Labrador Innu communities

Source: Canada.com

(June 7, 2013) ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Contraceptive implants will prevent the births of thousands of puppies in Labrador's remote Innu communities, says a veterinarian who volunteered this week in Sheshatshiu.

Judith Samson-French, a Bragg Creek, Alta.-based vet with the group Dogs With No Names, said more than 60 female dogs had received an implant by Friday. The hormonal devices are about the size of a grain of rice and are slipped under the skin between the dog's shoulder blades...

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Legislation is right step for state animal welfare

Source: journal-news.net

(May 19, 2013) While not all legislation regarding dogs and cats in West Virginia has been reasonable or necessary, the Legislature has taken some admirable steps recently to do good things for the creatures in our care...

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Sen. Moran introduces Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

Source: High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

(May 27, 2013) U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-KS, and Angus King, I-ME, on May 15 introduced the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act. The bipartisan legislation will allow veterinarians to legally carry and dispense controlled substances to protect the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, ensure public safety, and safeguard the nation’s food supply. Companion legislation, H.R. 1528, was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives...

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