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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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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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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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