Study: Over half of pet dogs and cats were overweight in 2015

Source: AVMA

(June 1, 2016) Approximately 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs were overweight or obese in 2015, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. The association is calling on the veterinary industry to clearly define and classify pet obesity as a disease and to adopt a universal body condition scoring scale for assessing pet obesity... Read more»

 

What's Fido thinking? Canine cognition researchers want to know

Source: CNBC

(June 18, 2016) Dogs — all 300-plus existing breeds — are curious creatures: The domesticated variety is notorious for mindless habits like chewing on socks and chasing down squirrels, even while their more disciplined brethren sniff out illegal drugs, explosives and even cancer.

Those characteristics are all part of canine cognition, a growing field of research conducted by leading dog psychologists (yes, really) who actively examine why our furry friends behave the way they do. Places like Stanford, Yale and the University of Florida are just several of the research institutions pioneering a broad effort to understand what makes dogs tick... Read more»

 

PAWS to become smoke-free shelter

Source: NWF Daily News

(June 28, 2016) Starting next month, smoke in the air will be prohibited at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Fort Walton Beach.

PAWS is going tobacco free on July 1. That means cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems—such as “vapes”—will be prohibited on PAWS premises, including parking lots, outdoor play areas and in company vehicles... Read more»

 

State Supreme Court Finds Dogs Are “Sentient Beings,” Not Mere Property, In Landmark Ruling

Source: BarkPost

(June 29, 2016) Last week, the Oregon Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling finding that an emaciated dog named Juno is more than just a thing, under the law. The court found instead that, in a significant way, Juno is akin to a human child... Read more»

 

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Source: NPR

(June 20, 2016) When you think about fish, it's probably at dinnertime. Author Jonathan Balcombe, on the other hand, spends a lot of time pondering the emotional lives of fish. Balcombe, who serves as the director of animal sentience for the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that humans are closer to understanding fish than ever before... Read more»

 

Not One More Vet: Veterinary peers discuss suicide, offer safe place for dialogue

Source: DVM360

(May 14, 2016) Last summer, during a Skype brainstorming session with my colleague Karen Bradley, DVM, to prepare for an upcoming session we were presenting at CVC, she asked me if I was a member of Not One More Vet.

No, I said. I had never heard of it.

“Let me send you an invite,” Karen offered.

A minute later, an invitation to join the secret Facebook group Not One More Vet, NOMV for short, was in my inbox. Intrigued, I clicked “join.” I was instantly immersed in the secret world of veterinarians, where colleagues were jaw-droppingly open with each other, sharing their joys, their struggles, insider jokes and, all-too-often, desperate cries for help... Read more»

 

Early Neutering Poses Health Risks for German Shepherd Dogs, Study Finds

Source: UC Davis

(May 26, 2016) Renowned for their intelligence, obedience and loyalty, German shepherd dogs are often the preferred breed for police and military work, as well as popular service dogs and family pets. But as most handlers, breeders and veterinarians are aware, joint disorders are a big concern in these animals...

A new study in the journal Veterinary Medicine and Science finds that neutering or spaying these dogs before 1 year of age triples the risk of one or more joint disorders — particularly for cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL, tears...

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Study Shows Difference Between Accidents and Abuse in Animals

Source: Veterinary Practice News

(May 25, 2016) A veterinarian sees a canine patient with severe rib and head injuries whose cause of injury is unknown. Without having witnessed the incident, how can the veterinary professional distinguish an accident from abuse?

Using data from criminal cases of animal abuse, researchers from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have demonstrated that motor vehicle accidents and non-accidental blunt force trauma cases in dogs and cats present with different types of injuries. The research, which appears online in advance of the September 2016 print edition of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, can help in the effort to uncover and address animal abuse....

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