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»

 

Denmark Raises Antibiotic-Free Pigs.  Why Can't the US?

Source: The New York Times

(December 6, 2019) American pigs are raised on a liberal diet of antibiotics, fueling the rise of resistant germs. Danish pork producers are proving there’s a better way. As use of antibiotics in livestock has soared globally, contributing to the rise of drug-resistant germs, Denmark, which ranks among the world’s top pork exporters, has proved that a country can build a thriving industry while sharply cutting back on antibiotic use in pigs...Read more»

 

NYC Just Opened the Nation's First 'Office of Animal Welfare'

Source: LIVEKINDLY

(November 25, 2019) New York City will open an “Office of Animal Welfare.” This makes it the nation’s first city to have a dedicated office for animal welfare. The new office — set to be based within the mayor’s office — will oversee administration and regulation of animal welfare issues in the city. It will also oversee animal welfare programs, as well as zoos, kennels, and pet stores...Read more»

 

More states direct veterinarians to report suspected abuse

Source: VIN News Service

(November 25, 2019) Signaling a high-water mark in efforts to fight animal abuse, President Donald Trump today signed a law making intentional cruelty to animals a federal felony. While the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act does not specify a role or responsibilities for veterinarians in combating cruelty, an increasing number of jurisdictions do, reflecting an evolution in attitudes about animal abuse that is changing expectations of veterinarians...Read more»

 

How Not to Kill an Animal

Source: The New York Times

(November 18, 2019) Although their use has been banned or severely curtailed in more than 120 countries, leg-hold traps are indeed legal in Tennessee and in most other states in this country. Traps are sometimes used by farmers and ranchers to catch livestock predators, but the primary use for leg-hold traps is to catch an animal in a way that preserves the value of its pelt...Read more»

 

Lawmakers, DVMs expand care for pets of homeless people

Source: VIN News 

(November 11, 2019)  Homelessness is regularly seen as a crisis in the United States. On a single night in 2018, approximately 553,000 people were in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the street, according to the Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentPolicymakers and activists recently have begun including pets of homeless people in discussions about how to get them into temporary shelter or permanent homes. There is a growing awareness that pets play a positive role in the lives of their homeless owners and may be an important asset in providing effective assistance...Read more»

 
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