Q&A: Pets Are Becoming People, Legally Speaking

Source: National Geographic

(April 6, 2014) We love our pets. About 90 percent of owners consider their pets part of the family. More than 80 percent of us would likely risk our lives for them. Last year, we spent $55 billion on the animals that share our lives.

This is all fairly new. Dog and cat ownership has quadrupled since the 1960s, and our pet expenditures have more than doubled since 2000. As more and more cats and dogs (150 million in the United States) have licked and purred their way into our lives, they've also worked their way into the legal system. Pets have become the subject of legislation and court battles, and in some cases even have their own legal representation...

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Raw meat could be cause of dead dogs, scientist warns

Source: The Telegraph

(March 29, 2014) A trend for feeding dogs raw meat may be behind the deaths of 40 pets in Britain, a leading scientist who tackled an outbreak of the same disease in America has warned...

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Dog Dies After Eating Electronic Cigarette Capsule

Source: The Huffington Post

(February 18, 2014) A warning to pet owners: Keep cigarettes -- even electronic ones -- out of reach.
A dog owner in the United Kingdom is mourning the loss of his 14-week-old puppy, Ivy, this week after the dog devoured an electronic cigarette cartridge.

On Sunday, a nicotine capsule fell out of Keith Sutton's pocket, and his playful pup got ahold of e-cigarette filler before Sutton could intervene, the Western Daily Press reports...

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Senate passes crucial veterinary mobility bill

Source: AVMA @ Work

(January 9, 2014) The Senate passed a key piece of legislation late yesterday that impacts many veterinarians in the nation–the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 1171). This commonsense legislation will allow veterinarians the ability to provide complete care to their animal patients beyond their clinics...

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Thirty-one students complete Maddie's Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine

Source: News-Medical.net

(January 9, 2014) Thirty-one veterinarians and veterinary students have just completed the Maddie's® Online Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine. These new certificate holders are now the first in the world to complete the fully online program offered by the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

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20/20 Segment on Veterinarians Stirs Controversy

Source: DogChannel.com

(January 2, 2014) The segment, reported by ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez, featured allegations by former Canadian veterinarian Dr. Andrew Jones that some vets in the U.S. and Canada sell unnecessary shots, tests and procedures to pet owners.

Veterinarians across the U.S. reacted with outrage, posting comments on social media sites. Some surmised that it was a typical sensational broadcast intended to drive ratings during the November "sweeps month." ...

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Meeeoooow! USDA finds corn could be purr-fect in your cat’s litter box

Source: Des Moine Register

(December 17, 2013) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found a way to a way to make cat littler that is almost fully degradable.

The department’s Agricultural Research Service found that using spent corn called dried distiller’s grain DDGs may prove to be more environmentally friendly than popular but nonbiodegradable, clay-based litters that mostly end up in landfills...

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Within prison walls: Veterinary students in Louisiana are training inmates in shelter animal care

Source: JAVMA

(November 20, 2013) Alexis Solis removes her stethoscope and leans her head close to Lady Red, a 5 1/2-year-old Beagle. Jason Broom, a prisoner at Dixon Correctional Institute, watches from across an examination table in the prison’s animal shelter as Solis, a veterinary student, listens to wheezing when the Beagle inhales. During the examination, he describes the treatment regimen he has been giving Lady Red for heartworm infection, anterior uveitis of unknown origin in the dog’s remaining eye, and digestive difficulties...

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