Can dogs be used to screen for COVID-19?

Source: dvm360

(July 16, 2020) A new research initiative is underway at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) to determine whether dogs can discriminate between positive and negative COVID-19 samples. Backed in part by the new Penn Vet COVID-19 Research Innovation Fund, the study is exploring the sensitivity and specificity of scent in hopes that trained dogs can detect the virus successfully, particularly among asymptomatic patients...Read more»


Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence

Source: Frontiers in Veterinary Science

(July 7, 2020) Neutering (including spaying) of male and female dogs in the first year after birth has become routine in the U.S. and much of Europe, but recent research reveals that for some dog breeds, neutering may be associated with increased risks of debilitating joint disorders and some cancers, complicating pet owners' decisions on neutering...Read more»


Coronavirus shows we must get serious about the well-being of animals

Source: News Republic

(May 25, 2020) COVID-19 raises crucial questions about how best to move forward from the pandemic and its many effects. We are reassessing key political and economic assumptions and perceptions of what is possible and desirable. Basic income guarantees, public child care, loan forgiveness and other programs are laudably being considered as we recognize the fragility and interconnectedness of our socioeconomic web, and grapple with how to prevent future harm. We also need to take animals seriously. Our families, communities and society include animals...Read more»


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»

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