When working with animals can hurt your mental health

Source: ScienceDaily

(August 9, 2019) While it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. "People who work or volunteer with animals are often drawn to it because they see it as a personal calling," said Angela K. Fournier, PhD, of Bemidji State University, who presented at the meeting. "However, they are faced with animal suffering and death on a routine basis, which can lead to burnout, compassion fatigue and mental health issues..."Read more»

 

'Horrible Hundred' identifies problem puppy mills, calls on USDA to enforce penalties

Source: dvm360

(August 1, 2019) The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recently published a list of one hundred problem puppy mills and dog sellers. Dubbed ‘The Horrible Hundred,’ this report is published annually to warn consumers about common problems associated with puppy mills and to urge government oversight agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and some local departments of agriculture, to live up to their enforcement obligations. The USDA is responsible for inspecting dog breeding kennels in every state if they have five or more breeding females and sell sight-unseen, such as through pet stores or online...Read more»

 

Why Are So Many Veterinarians in America Being Pushed to the Point of Suicide?

Source: noellefloyd.com

(July 22, 2019) According to a recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), veterinarians are 3½ times more likely to die by suicide than members of the general population. The study analyzed the death records of some 11,620 veterinarians between the years of 1979 and 2015 — a period during which 398 vets, 326 men and 72 women, died by suicide. What’s more, less than half of veterinarians currently in practice would recommend their career path to others, according to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine...Read more»

 

Why So Many Horses Have Died at Santa Anita

Source: The New York Times (tiered subscription model)

(June 26, 2019) On the morning of March 29, Santa Anita Park was reopening for racing for the first time in three weeks after the mystifying deaths of nearly two dozen horses. Satellite trucks, national news reporters and animal rights activists converged for what had become a macabre death watch. But California regulators were watching a live surveillance feed of a trainer’s assistant carrying a bucket into the stall of a horse named Tick Tock. Moments after the assistant left, a white foam was visible on the horse’s lips, often a telltale sign of performance-enhancing drugs...Read more»

 

Fake Meat Will Save Us

Source: The New York Times

(June 21, 2019) At a moment when animal-based agriculture is near the top of planet-killing culprits, ditching meat for substitutes, faux or otherwise, is the most effective thing an individual can do to fight climate change, according to a study in the journal Science. Industrial agriculture to produce meat is the coal-mining of food production. At the same time, unhealthy diets pose a greater risk of early death than unsafe sex, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined, as the medical journal Lancet recently reported...Read more»

 

Body-on-a-chip mimics how organs and cancer cells react to drugs

Source: ScienceNews

(June 19, 2019) A new body-on-a-chip system could provide a more holistic view of drug effects than other devices of its kind. Unlike traditional organ-on-a-chip devices that simulate a single organ, the new setup contains five chambers to house different types of cells, connected by channels that circulate a nutrient solution to mimic blood flow. This is the first organ-on-a-chip scheme to examine how a drug and its chemical by-products affect target cells and other tissue at the same time, researchers report online June 19 in Science Translational Medicine...Read more»

 

Warning of 'Pig Zero': One Drugmaker's Push to Sell More Antibiotics

Source: The New York Times

(June 7, 2019) Facing a surge in drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organization issued a plea to farmers two years ago: “Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals.” But at last year’s big swine industry trade show, the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, one of the largest manufacturers of drugs for livestock was pushing the opposite message. “Don’t wait for Pig Zero,” warned a poster featuring a giant picture of a pig peeking through an enormous blue zero, at a booth run by the drugmaker Elanco...Read more»

 

Bulldogs and Pugs Are Cute, But New Campaign Warns of Health Risks

Source: care2.com

(June 5, 2019) Every time I open Instagram or walk down the street, I seem to see a pug, bulldog or similar brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog breed. And the internet has its fair share of brachycephalic feline stars, too. A lot of people think these animals are cute. And sometimes they cite the very things that make brachycephaly so dangerous as evidence of cuteness, rather than disease and stress created by overbreeding. But the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is trying to bite back with its “Cost of Cuteness” campaign. It stresses that these animals may look winsome, but they come with serious, sometimes life-threatening health problems...Read more»

 
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