What the COVID-19 Crisis Is Telling Humanity

Source: Neuroepidemiology

(June 4, 2020) The world is enveloped in a global health emergency that is exacting enormous medical and economic tolls upon humanity. The SARS-CoV-2 that has caused the current COVID-19 pandemic is thought to have originated in bats and, via an intermediary such as the pangolin, to have found its way from a “wet market” where live wildlife species were being sold for human consumption in Wuhan, China, to one or more humans at that location.  Another well-recognized source for increasingly lethal human zoonoses is the massive overcrowding of animals for human consumption in industrial “factory farm” environments – also known as concentrated animal feeding operations...Read more»

 

Incidence and risk factors for heat-related illness (heatstroke) in UK dogs under primary veterinary care in 2016

Source: Scientific Reports

(June 18, 2020) As climate change causes global temperatures to rise, heat-related illness, a potentially fatal condition in dogs, will become an ever-greater threat. This study aimed to report the incidence, fatality and canine risk factors of heat-related illness in UK dogs under primary veterinary care in 2016...Read more»

 

COVID-19 highlights access-to-care challenges

Source: JAVMAnews

(June 1, 2020) How to provide access to affordable veterinary care for pet owners with financial needs or limitations has always been a dilemma for veterinarians, but the issue has only become more acute. Nearly 40% of people who were working in February and had an annual household income below $40,000 reported a job loss in March, according to a Federal Reserve report released in May. The report is typically released yearly to summarize the financial standing of U.S. households, but the Federal Reserve released an addendum surveying people in April related to the impact of COVID-19...Read more»

 

Can veterinarians save us from the next pandemic?

Source: The Hill

(May 29, 2020) While scientists are still seeking the origins of the novel coronavirus, there’s little doubt that it came from an infected animal. Three-quarters of all emerging diseases are zoonotic, meaning they originate from contact with animals. Our efforts to handle COVID-19 have understandably been human-centric. However, the flip side of preventing pandemics is looking at animals. Yet, the United States does not have a comprehensive animal health surveillance network. That’s a stupefying, critical and ultimately remediable lapse...Read more»

 

How to Prepare Your Dog to Be Left at Home Alone (Again)

Source: The New York Times

(May 27, 2020) The members of your household probably haven’t left the house for an extended period of time for what, weeks? Months? The 17 years this quarantine has felt like? So, start transitioning as cities and states reopen by leaving a little bit at a time. But not for too long...Read more»

 

The End of Meat Is Here

Source: The New York Times

(May 21, 2020) Is any panic more primitive than the one prompted by the thought of empty grocery store shelves? Is any relief more primitive than the one provided by comfort food? Most everyone has been doing more cooking these days, more documenting of the cooking, and more thinking about food in general. The combination of meat shortages and President Trump’s decision to order slaughterhouses open despite the protestations of endangered workers has inspired many Americans to consider just how essential meat is...Read more»

 

Meat Plant Closures Means Pigs Are Gassed or Shot Instead

Source: The New York Times

(May 14, 2020) These are dark days on many American pig farms. Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants across the Midwest have created a backlog of pigs that are ready for slaughter but have nowhere to go. Hundreds of thousands of pigs have grown too large to be slaughtered commercially, forcing farmers to kill them and dispose of their carcasses without processing them into food...Read more»

 

Before You Adopt: Planning a Lifelong Commitment to Your Pet's Health

Source: The New York Times

(March 31, 2020) Falling in love with a cute pet is easy, but it’s important to think critically about the animal’s lifelong veterinary care and associated costs before you make a commitment and bring a new pet into your home. Thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer and healthier lives. Veterinary care is increasingly mirroring human medicine, with specialists, surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, holistic practitioners and behaviorists available to keep Fluffy feeling her best — but these expanded care options come at a cost...Read more»

 
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