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»

 

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»

 

Accessible, affordable veterinary care aim of $11M fund

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

(November 6, 2019) The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is working toward making veterinary services more affordable and accessible to underserved communities, thanks to a $11 million fund. The funding will create the Kim and Stu Lang Community Healthcare Partnership Program (CHPP), an academic program the college says will help expand community outreach, spay-neuter programs and deliver basic vet services to marginalized and remote communities...Read more»

 

Horses go from racetracks to slaughterhouses: 'It's just a job to me'

Source: USA Today

(October 31, 2019) Over the past decade, an average of more than 600 thoroughbreds a year have died because of racing, according to research by the USA TODAY Network. By contrast, an estimated 7,500 thoroughbreds a year are slaughtered for human consumption, according to Alex Waldrop, president of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)...Read more»

 

Don't Let Your Vet Bill Dog You Forever

Source: Nerdwallet

(October 8, 2019) When pets get sick, expenses pile up quickly. If you encounter a sky-high vet bill, it’s important to have a plan for dealing with it while keeping debt under control...Read more»

 

Dog ownership associated with longer life, especially among heart attack and stroke survivors

Source: News Republic

(October 8, 2019) Dog ownership may be associated with longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live alone, according to a new study and a separate meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, a journal of the American Heart Association...Read more»

 
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