Cats owned by more families than stocks

September 11, 2014

Cats owned by more families than stocks People seem to find cat ownership more appealing than investing in individual stocks. Three in 10 U.S. households have at least one cat, according to the AVMA, while only 13.8% of families in the U.S. own individual stocks, according to the Federal Reserve. American Public Media/Marketplace (9/9), CNNMoney (9/9)


Pathogens are most abundant in raw pet foods, jerky treats, study finds

September 8, 2014

Pathogens are most abundant in raw pet foods, jerky treats, study finds Over 1,000 pet food samples, including dry, moist and raw foods, were tested for the presence of bacterial pathogens over a two-year period in a recent study. While contamination occurred in all types of pet food, bacterial contamination was more common in raw pet foods and jerky treats, according to the study. Testing focused on salmonella, listeria, Shiga toxin-producing strains of E. coli and E. coli O157:H7. The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine will use the results to focus future testing. Food Poisoning Bulletin (9/6)

COLORADO officials report human tularemia infection

September 8, 2014

Colo. officials report human tularemia infection A man in Larimer County, Colo., has been hospitalized with tularemia, a potentially deadly bacterial disease affecting people and pets that is acquired through exposure to infected animals, including airborne transmission, or via insect bites. The man may have contracted the bacteria while mowing an area frequented by infected rabbits. At least one other human case has surfaced in the county this summer. The Coloradoan (Fort Collins, Colo.) (tiered subscription model)


Pet cancer care is starting to benefit from tailored drugs

September 8, 2014

Pet cancer care is starting to benefit from tailored drugs Because there are few species-specific drugs available, animals with cancer are generally treated with medications used for humans. There are three FDA-approved drugs for treating canine cancer, but there aren’t any for treating feline cancer. “Pets are living longer because of [preventive] health care,” said FDA veterinarian Lisa Troutman. “And we’re able to diagnose cancers earlier. As a result, there is an increased need for better cancer treatments.” HealthDay News (9/5)

Why it is best to stick with your veterinarian for meds

September 8, 2014

Why it’s best to stick with your veterinarian for meds Although clients may think they’re saving money by purchasing pet medications online, veterinarian Lawrence Gerson argues that may not be the case, and shopping online raises other concerns. Communication with online pharmacies can be difficult, products may not be guaranteed and follow-up care could be compromised. Buying medications from pharmacies for human patients can also be problematic, as staff may not have adequate animal medicine expertise to safely dispense medications. A recent JAVMA News article chronicles the mishaps that may occur when pet medications are filled by those other than the prescribing veterinarian. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (9/6

TENNESSEE, HSUS reps claim financial transparency

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September 6, 2014 – 8:41pm HSUS reps claim financial transparency By VANESSA CURRY

State representatives for the Humane Society of the United States contend the organization is fully transparent about how it helps to protect animals and posts some financial information on its website for public inspection.

Although the posted information does not give a breakdown of specific expenses or contributions, its 2013 annual report shows HSUS spent 81 percent or $134,934,326 of its budget on animal protection programs. The organization also says 77 percent or $131,195,584 of their revenue comes from contributions and grants.

HSUS officials said the organization does not break down its contributions and expenditures by county or state.

“The HSUS work on a national level affects the well-being of animals in all states, including Tennesee,” said Stephanie Twining, HSUS’s media relations manager in Washington D.C. “Like most organizations, we break down our spending by program areas and not by location or the types of animals we help.”…

LOUISIANA activists question how St Landry Parish deals with stray or abandoned horses

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Activists question how parish deals with stray or abandoned horses William Johnson, Louisiana 5:04 p.m. CDT September 6, 2014

Animal lovers, who have complained for months about how the St. Landry Parish Animal Shelter has treated dogs and cats, now say they are concerned about its treatment of horses.

At a recent Parish Council committee meeting, volunteers with Friends Underwriting Rescues urged the council to cancel a lease of a 22-acre site near Eunice where the parish plans to keep the scores of horses that Animal Control picks up throughout the parish.

Connie Deranger called that property totally unacceptable because it has no source of water, no shade and is heavily overgrown and infested with chicken trees…. …

Deranger was also concerned that one man who has been allowed to adopt horses, keeps them on the very piece of property the parish is leasing.

She said she knows he adopted at least 66 horses last year and got at least 16 of them for far less than the usual $150 adoption fee.

“Why would anybody be allowed to adopt 66 horses? What is he doing with them?” asked Deranger, who then offered her theory. “If you want to sell them for meat then shame on you.”…

MISSISSIPPI could make hunting a right

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September 6, 2014

A pro-hunting amendment to the state Constitution should be a slam dunk in Mississippi, a fiery-red state with hunting roots that run generations deep.

But the National Rifle Association isn’t taking any chances with the Nov. 4 vote on the Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment.

“This is a priority for the NRA and the hunting world nationwide,” NRA spokesman Lacey Briles said. “Years down the road, even a hunter-friendly state might turn the other way. It might be 20 years down the road, it might be 50. That’s the whole point of a constitutional amendment, to protect the future, and a hunting heritage that is rich in Mississippi currently, we want that to be enshrined for generations to come.”… …”

Sportsmen in many states increasingly feel as if they are the ones outside the duck blind, and they are turning to state constitutions to ensure their hallowed pastime will continue in perpetuity,” the council writes on its website. “Increasing urbanization, decreased habitat, declining numbers of sportsmen, and more restrictions on hunting are common factors in the quest to assert the right to hunt and fish in a state’s most basic and difficult-to-amend document. On land that has been traditionally open to sportsmen, development of farmland and forests, along with pressure from other recreational groups such as hikers and off-road vehicles, is putting the pinch on the available land for harvesting game and fish.”….

OKLAHOMA group alleges OSU Animal Welfare Act violations

September 3, 2014

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Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 12:00 am By K.S. McNUTT

STILLWATER – Officials who enforce the federal Animal Welfare Act will determine whether Oklahoma State University will be investigated for noncompliance, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

In a complaint filed Friday, the group Stop Animal Exploitation Now alleges that OSU has committed multiple violations, including actions that resulted in the deaths of more than 80 animals.

“We will be looking into this to determine whether there were any Animal Welfare Act noncompliances that occurred,” said Tanya Espinosa of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

“To be clear, this is not an investigation. We are just looking into it at this point. We may, at some point, open an investigation if warranted,” Espinosa said.