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»

 

The long road

Source: Animal Sheltering

(Spring 2020) If you’re a rural shelter, or an organization with the capacity and desire to bring services to rural areas, the challenges of low-income, rural communities—from the difficulties individual people and animals face to overarching population and zoonotic disease control—can feel insurmountable. In rural areas, rescuers say these access-to-care issues are caused or compounded by difficulties like few or no veterinary and pet supply resources; if a shelter exists, there’s little or no foot traffic by potential adopters, no animal control budget, dated facilities and limited hours, including some shelters left unstaffed over the weekends; a lack of pet wellness, foster care, enrichment, community cat and marketing programs; and significant anger and sadness among local animal advocates who perceive little progress despite their years of work...Read more»

 

The Mysterious Deaths That Exposed Horse Racing's Brutal Underbelly

Source: News Republic

(March 8, 2020) It was sweltering in Saratoga Springs, New York, on the second Sunday of August, when 400 racing executives decided to discuss the dead horse situation. The horsemen had filled a ballroom at the Gideon Putnam, a gargantuan brick resort near the town’s famous racetrack, for the 67th annual “Round Table Conference On Matters Pertaining to Racing.” Specifically, one matter pertained a lot to racing: the possible end of it. The past six months had produced protests across the country, a flood of articles investigating the industry, and calls from legislators for an outright racing ban...Read more»

 

 

No small matter

Source: All Animals

(March 10, 2020) Protecting your pet against Lyme disease and other pesky tick-borne illnesses is easy: Apply preventative as directed a few months out of the year and forget about it, right? Well, not exactly. There are a lot of misconceptions about ticks and the diseases they carry...Read more»

 

France bans mass killing of male chicks, but US egg farmers say there's no other 'workable' solution

Source: USA Today

(January 30, 2020) U.S. egg producers announced Wednesday there is not yet a viable alternative to the killing of day-old male chicks in egg production, missing a goal set by the industry in 2016. The announcement from United Egg Producers comes the same week France announced an impending ban on the mass slaughter of male chicks, according to reports from Agence France-Presse and CNN...Read more»

 

Seattle clinic treats people and pets together

Source: VIN News Service

(January 30, 2020) Every other Wednesday, New Horizons hosts what's called a One Health Clinic, which brings together a veterinarian and veterinary students, a nurse practitioner and students in health sciences (including medical, nursing, social work and nutrition) who treat the young adults and their pets as family units. This means owner and pet stay together during the animal wellness visit and the human health visit, which take place in adjacent upstairs rooms at New Horizons. The veterinary and human health teams share information and insights for care decisions and research...Read more»

 

'Fear-Free' Pets Make for Happier Pets, and Owners

Source: The New York Times

(January 28, 2020) The idea of “fear free” veterinary care, intended to address not just the physical health but also the emotional well-being of animals, goes back 30 or 40 years, veterinarians say. But in 2016, an Idaho-based vet, Dr. Marty Becker, branded the approach, starting a company called Fear Free that certifies veterinarians, veterinary technicians, other staff members and even whole practices after up to 40 hours of online training...Read more»

 

The Clean Pet Food Revolution Will Change the World

Source: Psychology Today

(January 8, 2020) Did you know that a quarter of all the meat consumed in the United States is eaten by our pets? That’s the equivalent to the amount devoured by 26 million Americans, and it makes U.S. cats and dogs equal to the fifth largest country in terms of animal protein consumption. Because more pet parents are demanding human-grade animal meats for their dogs and cats, animals are being purpose-bred to become pet food: about 30 percent of intensively farmed animals in the U.S. are slaughtered solely to feed our dogs and cats...Read more»

 
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