Veterinary clinics cope with Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

Source: DVM360

(October 30, 2012) Phone calls up and down the Atlantic seaboard went unanswered Tuesday morning. Some stalled in an eerie quiet before a spiritless automated voice warned that circuits were busy. Others sounded the harsh alarm of a busy tone. Worse still were the oblivious out-of-office messages that cheerfully recited operations as usual, as if unaware of the destruction Hurricane Sandy was leaving in her wake...

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Texas A&M veterinary students put to test in simulated emergency

Source: theeagle.com

(November 4, 2012) The course was emergency disaster preparedness, the pupils were fourth-year veterinary students at Texas A&M University. The group was working alongside various professionals developing a new awareness of the role of the veterinarian in the community and the skills necessary to be a qualified emergency responder. Angela Clendenin, director of communications and ...

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Vet comes up with a purr-fect eye-dea

Source: Philly.com

(September 27, 2012) I JUST LEARNED about the most ingenious recycling idea. It saves lives, reduces waste and appears to be easily replicable in other cities besides Philly, where it's kicking off this week

Did I mention that it features babies and kittens? So it's also the most "adorable" reuse program in the city. Not that that's important, but it's a fun bonus when you're talking about something as workaday as recycling...

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Molly’s Bill Exempts Some Dogs from Rabies Vaccination

Source: PetMD

(September 25, 2012) I feel compelled to praise the California government for making vaccination an individual decision undertaken as a collaboration between pet owners and veterinarians. This is a victory for our canine companions, as circumstances exist where a vaccination can induce illness and can be a contributing cause of death...

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Racing Economics Collide With Veterinarians’ Oath

Source: The New York Times

(September 21, 2012) Only after Bourbon Bandit broke a leg racing last November did his owner, Susan Kayne, learn the full extent of prescription drugs that veterinarians had given him at Belmont Park on Long Island.

Until then, Ms. Kayne had believed that Bourbon Bandit was “sound and healthy,” because that is what her trainer told her, she said. But new veterinary bills arrived, showing that the horse had been treated regularly with clenbuterol, a widely abused medication for breathing problems that can build muscle by mimicking anabolic steroids...

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Rabbits show their pain

Source: Nature

(September 7, 2012) Rabbits are the latest focus of work seeking to measure animal discomfort by assessing facial expressions.

Researchers working with animals often find it difficult to scientifically assess when their study subjects are in pain. Traditional methods rely on after-the-fact measurements involving weight loss or food and water consumption, or on subjective judgements such as how an animal moves. In an attempt to make pain assessment more scientific...

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Fat dogs and cats are getting professional help

Source: boston.com

(September 1, 2012) Lisa Baruzzi admits she used to slip Richie a few too many treats. She just wanted to show him how much she loved him — "he’s just the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet."

Then, Richie started having heart trouble. A cardiologist told Baruzzi the golden retriever would have a better recovery if he weren’t 20 pounds overweight, and referred the dog to a pet nutritionist...

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NY officers to be trained for animal abuse cases

Source: The Wall Street Journal

(September 9, 2012) ALBANY, N.Y. — Police and animal care specialists are getting special training on how to investigate cases of animal abuse...

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