Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S.

Source: Scientific Research

(October 2015) When dogs and cats are not retained in a home, they are re-homed to somewhere, and while there is a collection of research around relinquishment to shelters, little is known about the general re-homing picture. A cross sectional random digit dial survey was conducted with an aim to learn more about who is re-homing, where they are re-homing and why they are re-homing owned dogs and cats in the US. We found the prevalence of re-homing in five years at 6% making for an estimated 6.12 million household re-homing pets every five years. Pets were most likely to be re-homed by being given to a friend or family member (37%) closely followed by being taken to a shelter. Those who re-homed due to a reason related to the pet as opposed to reasons such as family issues were more likely to re-home to a shelter. For respondents who rented, housing reasons were the number one reason for re-homing, and for respondents of lower income, they were significantly more likely to re-home due to cost and housing issues as opposed to pet related issues. We conclude that some reasons for re-homing are not easily modified and humane re-homing is the best option, but that there are many areas in which intervention and prevention programs may increase retention...

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New guidance for pets exposed to rabies

Source: AVMA

(February 10, 2016) New guidance in this issue of the JAVMA advises that cats and dogs that are exposed to rabies and are overdue for a vaccine can have a booster shot followed by an observation period rather than be subject to quarantine or euthanasia...

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A review of medically unnecessary surgeries in dogs and cats

Source: JAVMA

(January 15, 2016) The full text of this study is restricted to JAVMA subscribers. Pay-per-view and subscription options are also available.

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Street medicine: Free clinics, charitable funds are lifelines for pets of the homeless

Source: SOURCE

(November 17, 2015) It was a fairly common sight that first piqued Dr. Jon Geller’s interest in the plight of pets living on the street with their owners. Crossing a bridge in Nashville, Tennessee, he saw a homeless man panhandling with his pit bull–type dog.

“There was something about the obvious intensity of their bond and the surprisingly robust appearance of the dog, in comparison to the owner, that struck me to explore this issue further,” he said.

The encounter eventually led Dr. Geller to found a volunteer organization, The Street Dog Coalition, in Fort Collins, Colorado...

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Tips for keeping your pet healthy without breaking the bank

Source: All Animals magazine

(January/February 2016) Hip replacements, kidney transplants, chemotherapy. Veterinary treatments that were virtually unheard of a generation ago are now options for extending the life of a beloved companion...

But just as in human medicine, 21st-century health care for pets doesn’t come cheap. According to a 2011 veterinary usage study, the rising cost of care is a major reason many pet owners delay routine vet exams or turn to the Internet and home remedies to save money.

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Penn Vet program fixes limbs to save lives

Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

(December 9, 2015) For a shelter animal, a broken limb can mean the loss of a life. “Saving Lives by Saving Limbs” is a pilot program at the School of Veterinary Medicine in which surgeons and students repair the fractured limbs of homeless shelter animals. This program is not only a philanthropic endeavor that provides treatment for animals that otherwise may have to face amputation or euthanasia, but is also a learning opportunity for residents, interns and students...

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Vet helps police K9s: “Highlight of my career”

Source: KOIN 6

(November 19, 2015) PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police dogs, just like human officers, are often put into dangerous situations. A Vancouver Police dog lost his life in September and a Portland K9 was killed in the line of duty a year ago. Now, one local veterinarian is going above and beyond to make sure police K9s stay safe while on duty.

Dr. Libby Hawkins of Gabriel Park Vet Clinic started assembling first aid safety kits for police dogs in Tigard. She now distributes them to police agencies across the state...

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Kellogg: All cage-free eggs by 2025

Source: Battle Creek Enquirer

(October 29, 2015) Kellogg Co. plans to expand its animal welfare efforts by sourcing only cage-free eggs and eliminating gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by the end of 2025, the company said Thursday.

The Battle Creek-based food company uses eggs in several of its food offerings, including Eggo frozen breakfast foods and MorningStar Farms frozen vegetable food brands. The company said it also purchases "a small amount of pork" for use in its frozen breakfast sandwiches...

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