Many veterinarians have ethical qualms about what some pet owners ask them to do

Source: Mother Nature Network

(October 17, 2018) There are great days for veterinarians when puppies and kittens come in for their first exams and when pets bounce in, recovered from life-threatening injuries and illnesses. But sandwiched in between the happy times are heartrending moments. Sometimes an owner decides to put a pet to sleep because they can't — or won't — pay for treatment. Or there's the other extreme: An owner opts to keep prolonging treatment when the animal is suffering and won't get better. A new study looks at this "moral distress" among veterinarians....Read more»

 

Study tackles nonprofit spay-neuter clinic controversy

Source: Veterinary Practice News

(September 18, 2018) Most pets seen in nonprofit spay-neuter clinics belong to low-income families and do not receive regular veterinary care, according to a study published Sept. 15 in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The study, which surveyed 3,768 owners of 2,154 dogs and 1,902 cats admitted to 22 nonprofit spay-neuter clinics across the United States in a nine-month period, showed nonprofit spay-neuter clinics predominantly serve low-income clients, animals lacking regular veterinary care, shelter animals, and community cats...Read more»

 

FDA releases plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship

Source: Feedstuffs

(September, 14, 2018)  The Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) unveiled Sept. 14 its five-year action plan for supporting antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings. The plan builds upon the important steps CVM has taken to eliminate production uses of medically important antimicrobials (i.e., antimicrobials important for treating human disease) and to bring all remaining therapeutic uses of these drugs under the oversight of licensed veterinarians...Read more»

 

The Responsibility of Veterinarians to Address Companion Animal Obesity

Source: Animals

(August 21, 2018) Obesity is a disease of rapidly increasing prevalence in dogs and cats, with significant and often lifelong implications for animal welfare. Veterinarians are expected and mandated to protect animal health and welfare, and provide informed consent. We provide an overview of the causes, risk factors, and consequences of pet obesity; evidence regarding veterinarian compliance in diagnosing and discussing obesity in small animal practice; and outline recommendations to prevent and address overweight and obesity in companion animals. We argue that small-animal veterinarians are not meeting their ethical and professional obligation to speak up about obesity, which is a One-Health problem...Read more»

 

The role of private practitioners in reducing numbers of homeless dogs and cats and shelter euthanasia rates

Source: JAVMA

(August 15, 2018) Despite the millions of dollars spent annually to address homeless dogs and cats, more than 1.5 million animals are euthanized in US shelters each year  Of these, 80% are healthy, potentially adoptable animals.  The statistics have been improving in recent years; still, more dogs and cats die of homelessness each year than as a result of any preventable disease, and the number of shelter euthanasias can still be lower.  In our view, veterinarians have an ethical if not moral obligation to work with shelters to minimize animal suffering and decrease the number of healthy, adoptable animals that are euthanized...Read more»

 

The Development of a Clinical Skills Laboratory at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Source: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals

(July 2018) Dedicated clinical skills laboratories (CSLs) that make use of models, mannequins and simulators, are being increasingly established in medical and veterinary schools. These have been commonplace in medical schools for more than two decades, but their incorporation within the teaching of veterinary curricula has occurred much more recently...Read more»

 

Pop-up clinic helps homeless pets: 'I want to help him feel safe'

Source: Denver (CBS4)

Sunday, the Colorado Convention Center became an on-site street clinic, to provide free medical care and other services to pets of the homeless. “We’re heading off trouble before it happens, if we can. If they already have a problem, we are going to treat it as well as we can,” said Dr. Jon Geller, the Director of Street Dog Coalition...Read more»

 

Pet food is an environmental disaster-are vegan dogs the answer?

Source: The Guardian

(June 26, 2018) The common term for the environmental impact of pet-keeping has a cute name too: pawprint. But, with humans increasingly demanding human-grade meat for their four-legged family members, pet food is estimated to be responsible for a quarter of the environmental impacts of meat production in terms of the use of land, water, fossil fuels, phosphates and pesticides. And this trend for raw food is, environmentally speaking, a step backwards...Read more»

 
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