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»

 

The End of Meat Is Here

Source: The New York Times

(May 21, 2020) Is any panic more primitive than the one prompted by the thought of empty grocery store shelves? Is any relief more primitive than the one provided by comfort food? Most everyone has been doing more cooking these days, more documenting of the cooking, and more thinking about food in general. The combination of meat shortages and President Trump’s decision to order slaughterhouses open despite the protestations of endangered workers has inspired many Americans to consider just how essential meat is...Read more»

 

Meat Plant Closures Means Pigs Are Gassed or Shot Instead

Source: The New York Times

(May 14, 2020) These are dark days on many American pig farms. Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants across the Midwest have created a backlog of pigs that are ready for slaughter but have nowhere to go. Hundreds of thousands of pigs have grown too large to be slaughtered commercially, forcing farmers to kill them and dispose of their carcasses without processing them into food...Read more»

 

Before You Adopt: Planning a Lifelong Commitment to Your Pet's Health

Source: The New York Times

(March 31, 2020) Falling in love with a cute pet is easy, but it’s important to think critically about the animal’s lifelong veterinary care and associated costs before you make a commitment and bring a new pet into your home. Thanks to advancements in veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer and healthier lives. Veterinary care is increasingly mirroring human medicine, with specialists, surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, holistic practitioners and behaviorists available to keep Fluffy feeling her best — but these expanded care options come at a cost...Read more»

 

The long road

Source: Animal Sheltering

(Spring 2020) If you’re a rural shelter, or an organization with the capacity and desire to bring services to rural areas, the challenges of low-income, rural communities—from the difficulties individual people and animals face to overarching population and zoonotic disease control—can feel insurmountable. In rural areas, rescuers say these access-to-care issues are caused or compounded by difficulties like few or no veterinary and pet supply resources; if a shelter exists, there’s little or no foot traffic by potential adopters, no animal control budget, dated facilities and limited hours, including some shelters left unstaffed over the weekends; a lack of pet wellness, foster care, enrichment, community cat and marketing programs; and significant anger and sadness among local animal advocates who perceive little progress despite their years of work...Read more»

 

The Mysterious Deaths That Exposed Horse Racing's Brutal Underbelly

Source: News Republic

(March 8, 2020) It was sweltering in Saratoga Springs, New York, on the second Sunday of August, when 400 racing executives decided to discuss the dead horse situation. The horsemen had filled a ballroom at the Gideon Putnam, a gargantuan brick resort near the town’s famous racetrack, for the 67th annual “Round Table Conference On Matters Pertaining to Racing.” Specifically, one matter pertained a lot to racing: the possible end of it. The past six months had produced protests across the country, a flood of articles investigating the industry, and calls from legislators for an outright racing ban...Read more»

 

 

No small matter

Source: All Animals

(March 10, 2020) Protecting your pet against Lyme disease and other pesky tick-borne illnesses is easy: Apply preventative as directed a few months out of the year and forget about it, right? Well, not exactly. There are a lot of misconceptions about ticks and the diseases they carry...Read more»

 
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