Deconstructing the spay/neuter debate

Source: Animal Sheltering

(Summer 2020) When pet owners hear that spay/neuter is associated with an increased risk of a particular disease, they’re understandably alarmed. What’s too often missing from the discussion is that spay/neuter decisions shouldn’t be based on the impact on a small handful of diseases. Instead, we must look at the overall health and longevity of the animal. And where research seems to point to a potential increase in occurrence of a particular disease, we must consider disease incidence and be prepared to explain why a decreased incidence of a common disease outweighs the potential increased risk of a rare one...Read more»

 

One Welfare, the role of health professionals, and climate change

Source: Animal Sentience

(2020) Wiebers & Feigin argue that the COVID-19 crisis is a call for humanity to rethink our relationships with animals and the environment. This One Welfare approach has implications for the role of health care professionals and demands that we address climate change...Read more»

 

Owners Remain Faithful to Flat-Faced Dogs Despite Heath Woes

Source: US News & World Report

(August 28, 2020) In spite of serious health problems, flat-faced pooches such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs win the hearts of their owners, a new study finds. Respiratory disease, breathing issues, eye disease, spinal disease, heat stroke and pneumonia are among the severe disorders that afflict these dogs. And they live an average of four fewer years than dogs with longer muzzles...Read more»

 

HSVMA Leadership Council stands against feline declawing

Source: dvm360

(August 2020) The AVMA’s recent statement discouraging feline onychectomy as an elective procedure aligns with the popular stance throughout the global veterinary profession, but will it prompt more states to ban the procedure?...Read more»

 

Virtually there: How the lessons of COVID-19 are ushering in a new era of veterinary telemedicine

Source: Animal Sheltering

(Summer 2020) While the veterinary profession has been slow to embrace telemedicine compared to the human health field, COVID-19 has forced a lot of change, says Dr. Hilary Jones, founder of veterinary telehealth platform TeleTails. In the wake of state stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines, veterinarians across the country lost in-person access to many (and, in some cases, all) of their clients and patients. Many turned to telemedicine and telehealth to bridge the gap to triage animals and provide critical care...Read more»

 

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»

 
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