Reflections From a House Call Veterinarian

Source: Petinsider

(May 2019) Early on in my veterinary career, a house call practice was the furthest thing from my mind. I was planning to be a specialist and I was going to work in a referral hospital with the latest high tech equipment and support staff. Little did I know, my extensive post-graduate training was preparing me for a wild ride as a specialist, but not a mainstream specialist that would be certified by a battery of tests and other requirements. Instead, within only a few years of working in veterinary hospitals, on-call beeper on my belt, I found myself driving around from house to house in a white VW Jetta filled with veterinary supplies...Read more»

 

Pet Insurance Can Be Your Wallet's Best Friend

Source: nerdwallet.com

(May 7, 2019) Most dog owners don’t have thousands of dollars sitting around to cover surgery or cancer treatment. That’s where pet insurance comes in. Policies typically reimburse 70% to 90% of covered costs related to illness and injury. Here’s what you need to know and what you should look for when shopping for a pet policy...Read more»

 

Horse Deaths Are Threatening the Racing Industry. Is the Sport Obsolete?

Source: The New York Times

(April 29, 2019) Horses have been dying in high numbers at a premier track and while nobody knows exactly why, the treatment of the animals — before, during and after racing — is under the harshest scrutiny in years. A Kentucky family in the horse business for decades says action to address the health of the animals is overdue. The consequences of inaction could be catastrophic...Read more»

 

Death of Another Horse at Santa Anita Rocks the Racing Industry

Source: The New York Times

(April 1, 2019) Horse racing is among America’s oldest sports and perhaps the only one ever run out of the White House: Andrew Jackson operated a stable there during his presidency. Yet the multibillion-dollar industry is reeling as the Kentucky Derby approaches, with the death of yet another thoroughbred at the premier Santa Anita Park in California amplifying anxiety over whether the sport will continue in the state...Read more»

 

Are Eggs Bad for Your Heart Health? Maybe

Source: The New York Times

(March 15, 2019) A new analysis found that for each additional 300 milligrams a day of cholesterol in the diet — and the more eggs you ate — the greater the risk for cardiovascular disease. Some nutrition experts say eggs are good for you, even though they are high in cholesterol. Others are sure they are bad. A large new study may help resolve at least some of the confusion...Read more»

 

Source: The New York Times

(March 8, 2019) The hamburger is suddenly embroiled in a political dispute. Supporters of the Green New Deal, according to a Republican talking point, are anti-patty. But the Green New Deal, a broad climate policy proposal, makes no mention of hamburgers, cows or beef. Instead, the resolution, introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, underscores the role of agricultural emissions in climate change. Among its many goals, it calls for “working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible."...Read more»

 

The encouraging travel trend that's on the rise

Source: New York Post

(March 1, 2019) From animal shows to posed photos or staged cultural visits — four in 10 Americans (39 percent) suffer “travel guilt” after taking a trip they now worry may have been unethical. A new study examining the rise of responsible tourism found many have an activity they’ve done in the past they would not do again in hindsight. In fact, ninety-one percent of international travelers say it’s important for their trips to be ethical, according to new research...Read more»

 

Want your dog to win at Westminster?  You might need to cut off its ears or tail.  

Source: The Washington Post

(February 11, 2019) Leslie Fried is a prominent dog breeder who has been turning out champion Rottweilers since 1986. She says she knows a winning Rottie when she sees one, and a number of years ago, she thought she had an outstanding female for the show ring. There was just one problem: Unlike all the other Rottweilers on the circuit, Fried’s dog Tyra still had a “natural” tail — a big, long one. Tyra was from the first litter of puppies whose tails Fried, after seven generations of breeding, had left undocked. Fried is among a small but growing number of breeders willing to voice opposition to docking tails or cropping dogs’ ears to make the point that these are cruelties that should end...Read more»

 
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