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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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Dog flu spreads to cats at NW Indiana shelter

Source: SOURCE

(March 31, 2016) CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's called the canine flu, but a group of cats at a northwest Indiana pet shelter now also have the virus. Veterinarians say it is rare, but the H3N2 virus can spread from dogs to cats. It now appears the virus can replicate and spread from cat to cat...

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Read this before blaming road rage on your cat

Source: Washington Post

(March 30, 2016) Pity the cats. They’re always getting blamed for something. ... Now there’s this: Cats cause road rage. That’s been one common takeaway from a study, published last week in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, that is the latest to link the common parasitic infection toxoplasmosis to behavior changes or psychiatric disorders in humans. This one found that people with intermittent explosive disorder – who have recurrent outbursts of extreme anger, like road rage – are more than twice as likely as healthy people with no psychiatric disorders to have been exposed to t. gondii, as the parasite is known...

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Bulldogs that can't breathe: Our view

Source: USA Today

(February 16, 2016) As the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show headed toward its conclusion Tuesday, a TV audience of dog lovers watched the best in breeds strut their stuff, striving to show that perfect championship form. And while the public saw many lovely, healthy dogs in the ring, some breeds have paid a high price — a wide array of medical problems, even difficulty breathing or moving — in the pursuit of human-designed breed “standards.” ...

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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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