A new look at standard of care

Source: JAVMA

The term “standard of care” (SOC) has been defined many times in case law.  These legal definitions, however, do not provide the kind of clear, practical, clinically relevant guidelines that veterinarians need to help them understand and meet the SOC or that veterinary state boards need to consistently identify and appropriately discipline veterinarians who may be accused of malpractice...Read more»

 

Online Database of Canine Inherited Genetic Disorders Now Available

Source: American Veterinarian

There has been a longstanding perception that mixed-breed dogs are less likely than purebred dogs to develop disease. New research published in PLOS Genetics proves that this is the case, but with one important caveat—mixed-breed dogs can still develop genetic disorders...Read more»

 

Dog Population & Dog Sheltering Trends in the United States of America

Source: Animals

The pet overpopulation problem in the United States has changed significantly since the 1970s. The purpose of this review is to document these changes and propose factors that have been and are currently driving the dog population dynamics in the U.S....Read more»

 

French bulldog owners should expect a lifetime of expensive vet bills, warns Royal Veterinary College

Source: The Telegraph

They are beloved of sport stars and socialites such as The Beckhams and Millie Mackintosh.  But anyone considering buying a French Bulldog should be prepared for a lifetime of expensive vet bills because the animals are so unhealthy, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has warned...Read more»

 

Kirkpatrick Foundation introduces manual for veterinarians responding to animal abuse

Source: NewsOK

Reporting suspected animal abuse can save lives.  However, until recently there was no unified system in Oklahoma to do so.  A manual recently published by the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma City aims to change that...Read more»

 

The price French bulldogs pay for being so cute

Source: The New York Times

(March 16, 2018) Big eyes. Pointy ears. Snub nose.  With its compact bundle of a body and inquisitively puckered face, the French bulldog is irresistibly cute.  According to the American Kennel Club, it's the sixth most popular breed in the United States...Read more»

 

Cloning a pet involves some unpleasant facts, explains one veterinarian

Source: Washington's Top News

(March 8, 2018) "I want to clone that dog."  Really?  Fair enough.  They're adorable, they do adorable stuff, and you don't want to say goodbye when they're gone.  No argument there.  Understandable.  Then again, you probably meant it as a figure of speech...Read more»

 

Debra Probert: Treatment of sled dogs is morally indefensible

Source: Vancouver Sun

(March 4, 2018) The welfare of sled dogs came to public attention in 2010 when Robert Fawcett, an employee of Howling Dog Tours in Whistler, B.C. filed a claim for post-traumatic stress disorder.  He had allegedly been ordered by his employer to kill surplus sled dogs after a downturn in business following the 2010 Olympics.  He shot, stabbed and bludgeoned 56 dogs to death...Read more»

 
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