At Senate Hearing, Calls for Strict Discipline on Doping in Horses

Source: The New York Times

(July 12, 2012) WASHINGTON — Eight prominent members of the racing industry, including a track owner and a veterinarian, told a Senate committee Thursday that horse trainers should be barred for life if they are found even once to have used potent performance-enhancing drugs like dermorphin, a frog secretion recently found in racehorses in several states...

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Performing an ovariectomy in dogs and cats

Source: DVM360

(Jun 1, 2012) Have you considered performing an ovariectomy in place of an ovariohysterectomy? If you are hesitant to perform this surgery, here is a straightforward how-to so you can add this technique to your clinical toolbox...

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Hospice Care for Pets

Source: Spot Speaks blog

(July 8, 2012) Over the years I’ve counseled many thousands of clients as they’ve struggled with end-of-life decision making for their pets. For many of those years, clients who expressed opposition to humane euthanasia for moral, philosophical, emotional, or religious reasons created quite a conundrum for me: my professional obligation to ease patient suffering seemed incompatible with their convictions...

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Animals and Grief

Source: petMD

Whenever I talk to owners about the death of a pet, I always bring up the topic of grieving and mourning as it applies to other animals in the household. Yes, pets do grieve. We are witnessing it in our own house right now...

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Dogs May Mourn as Deeply as Humans Do

Source: U.S. News

FRIDAY, July 6 (HealthDay News) -- Jon Tumilson's dog, Hawkeye, was an important part of his life.

And, as it turns out, Tumilson was an important part of Hawkeye's life.

After the Navy SEAL was killed in Afghanistan last summer, more than a thousand friends and family attended the funeral in Rockford, Iowa, including his "son" Hawkeye, a black Labrador retriever who, with a heavy sigh, lay down in front of Tumilson's flag-draped casket. There, the loyal dog stayed for the entire service...

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Nonsurgical sterilization technique shows promise as safe, effective alternative to castration

Source: DVM360

(June 29, 2012) Veterinary clinics and animal shelters across the country could soon be streamlining their canine castration protocols, thanks to a product that's gaining popularity in the veterinary community. A nonsurgical, injectable sterilant for male dogs is scheduled for release in the United States this year and could prove to be stiff competition for the traditional surgical method of castration...

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Bird vocalization provides insight for poultry industry, veterinarians

Source: DVM360

(July 1, 2012) Researchers from the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology believe they may have cracked the code—the clucking code, that is. A project initiated by a team of professionals at these educational institutions could reveal valuable information about how content and healthy chickens are, based on their vocalization, according to information recently released by both schools...

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Hoarding: Veterinarians investigate mock crime scene at conference

Source: DVM360

(May 1, 2012) Gainesville, Fla. — Real cat skeletons were hidden amongst the debris and animal feces that covered the floor at the third annual Maddie’s Veterinary Forensics Conference, held in association with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine on March 24-25...

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