auditory triggers tied to older cats’ seizures

April 29, 2015

Auditory triggers tied to older cats’ seizures

A study reported in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery found that cats between 10 and 19 years old may have a seizure in response to certain noises. Veterinarian Mark Lowrie and colleagues termed the condition feline audiogenic reflex seizures. Humans have a similar condition. The study was based on questionnaires filled out by cat owners. ABC (Australia)/Agence France-Presse (4/28)

study confirms benefits of pedicle tie spays

April 28, 2015

Study Confirms Benefits of Pedicle Tie Spays
Compared to PDL, PT procedures are safe and reduce a patient’s anesthesia time.

<img src=”/images/cache/cache_e/cache_2/cache_d/Tabbie_Pair-I-5-800px-dbf93d2e.jpeg?ver=1429898911&aspectratio=1.8823529411765″ alt=”A feline spay operation can take from six to 20 minutes, depending on the skill and experience of the practitioner, according to Oregon State University.”>

A feline spay operation can take from six to 20 minutes, depending on the skill and experience of the practitioner, according to Oregon State University

High-volume sterilization clinics may save time and money using a pedicle tie procedure when spaying cats, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

Kirk Miller, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, a clinical instructor at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, teamed up with four other researchers to compare the feline pedicle tie (PT) to traditional pedicle double ligation (PDL).

They found that PT was safe, posed a very low risk of additional bleeding and slightly reduced the patient’s anesthesia time. Surgery took about two minutes less in PT cases.

“Saving two minutes may not sound like much, but when you do thousands of these procedures every year, like we do, it can add up in savings of both time and money,” said Dr. Miller, who practices with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland. “Over the course of a year this may free up about two weeks of time for both the surgeon and anesthetist.

“That increased efficiency means we can serve more animals, provide the care they need and make them eligible to find new homes.”

The researchers performed ovariohysterectomies using the PT technique on 2,136 cats. They determined that the pedicle tie was effective at stopping blood flow through two vessels that that go to a cat’s ovary.

“It’s essentially tying the vessels in a knot, and [it] works just as well and is about 30 percent faster than a procedure used for decades that required multiple ligatures to accomplish the same purpose,” the university reported Tuesday.

Teaching the PT technique to veterinarians is fairly easy, Miller said, and expertise can be gained within a week or two.

The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.

http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/Study-Confirms-Benefits-of-Pedicle-Tie-Spays/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=vpn_2015_04_27%20(1

TEXAS Senate committee will hear SB 708 on 4/28/15

April 27, 2015
SB 708: Woof! They’re At it Again–Need Your Barks & Howls! This is the Senate version of HB 1800 (same exact bill from last week). Will be heard 4/28/15! Grrrrr……

OPPOSE SB 708/ HB 1800: Woof! Your Dog is “Aggressive”- HEARING 4/28/15!
(Addition of Aggressive & Nuisance Dog Designations to Dangerous Dog Laws)

THE SENATE COMMITTEE WILL HEAR THIS BILL ON 4/28/15 SO NEED YOUR BARKS AND HOWLS OPPOSING SENATE BILL 708! Senator/Staffers Emails below!!!

SB 708 is the same bill as HB 1800, but now it is going to be heard in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development on Tuesday, April 29, 2015. Help!!!!

Here is the analysis of the bill again and you are welcome to use any of these points in your emails to OPPOSE SB 708:

There are numerous problems with this bill. It is riddled with far reaching implications for all Texas dog owners that could make every dog in Texas “aggressive” or a “nuisance” with severe legal sanctions. Texas already has some of the toughest dangerous dog laws in the country. A dog does not even have to bite, scratch or touch a person to be declared dangerous under current Texas law.

Problems with SB 708/ HB 1800: 12 Reasons this Bill is Bad for Texas Dogs and their Owners.

1. Woof! Dog Barks at Fence and Your Dog is Aggressive. If your dog is barking at the fence he could be deemed “aggressive” and be subjected to the same requirements as a dog that was at large and bit someone. Sec. 822.041(1)(B) (“on property where the dog is being kept”)
2. Dog Can be Deemed Aggressive in Your Own Home or Yard. This bill provides that your dog can be deemed “aggressive” while it is contained in your own home or yard. Sec. 822.041(1)(B) (“on property where the dog is being kept”)
3. Animal Control or Police: Your Dog is Aggressive Because I Say So. If the officer “believes” the dog has a dangerous disposition he can be declared aggressive regardless that your dog has never touched a person or an animal and despite that your dog is contained in your home or in your yard.. This provision does not define “aggressive disposition” so it can mean anything a police officer or animal control officer wants it to mean. Sec. 822.041(1)(D)(“law enforcement officer or animal control authority reasonably believes has a dangerous disposition and is likely to be harmful to a person or domestic animal”)
4. Neighbor Can Trigger Your Dog being Deemed Aggressive. Your dog can be deemed “aggressive” based on a neighbor’s complaint. If your neighbor does not like you, this proposed law will empower the neighbor to make your life a nightmare by filing complaints against your dog. Sec. 822.041(1)(B)(“acts that cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack”)
5. Neighbors Complaint can be Based on What he Thinks Your Dog Might Do. All your neighbor has to do is complain that he thinks your dog might cause serious injury to him or a “domestic animal.” Sec. 822.041(1)(B)(“acts that cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack”)
6. Dogs that Bark at a Stray Cat can be Declared “Aggressive.” So, if you dog barks at a stray cat it can be deemed “aggressive.” This is true even if the cat is roaming at large and antagonizing your dog. Sec. 822.041(1)(B)(“acts that cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause serious bodily injury to that person or a domestic animal”)
7. Guilt by Association: But I Didn’t Even Go Woof! If you have three dogs contained in your yard and one goes woof, then all three can be declared aggressive. Sec. 822.041(1)(E)(“part of a group of two or more dogs and was present”)
8. Dogs Deemed Aggressive in Owners Home/Yard may be Subjected to Same Sanctions as Dangerous Dogs. Dogs deemed “aggressive” despite being in the owner’s home or backyard can be sanctioned as severely as dogs that have gotten out and bitten someone. Sec. 822.0416.
9. Dog Declared Public Nuisance for Getting Out One Time. This bill adds a category for a “public nuisance dog” that would apply to a dog that has gotten out one single time and subject the owner to going to a hearing and other legal implications. Section 822.041(6)(C)(“ has run at large”)
10. Nuisance Law in Conflict with Current Texas Law. This proposed law is contrary to existing Texas law because there is no state leash law. Dogs are legally allowed to be at large in many Texas counties that have not enacted leash laws.
11. Dog Deemed Nuisance for Going After a Stray Cat in his Own Yard. Dogs can be declared to be a nuisance attacking a domestic animal even if a cat comes into the dog’s own yard. Many counties and cities have at large laws that apply to cats, so even if the cat is in violation of the local law, your dog can be declared a nuisance if he goes after a stray cat that wanders into your yard. Section 822.041(6)(B).
12. Fat Dogs on a Sidewalk Can be Deemed a Nuisance. A dog can be declared a nuisance if it “interferes with a person’s freedom of movement in a public right-of-way.” So, if your dog is fat or even just big and you are walking him on a leash on a sidewalk, he can be deemed a nuisance if the neighbor contends the dog interfered with his movement. Section 822.041(6)(A)

This bill will be considered by the SENATE Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee on April 28, 2015. Please email these Senators and their staffers and tell them VOTE NO on SB 708/ HB 1800!

Troy.fraser@senate.state.tx.us
Quinn.qian_sc@senate.state.tx.us
Craig.Estes@senate.state.tx.us
John.Bennett@senate.state.tx.us
Brian.Birdwell@senate.state.tx.us
Matt.Cope@senate.state.tx.us
Bob.Hall@senate.state.tx.us
Amy.Jones@senate.state.tx.us
Kelly.Hancock@senate.state.tx.us
Kyle.Jackson@senate.state.tx.us
Juan.Hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us
Josh.Reyna@senate.state.tx.us
Eddie.Lucio@senate.state.tx.us
Louie.Sanchez@senate.state.tx.us
Robert.Nichols@senate.state.tx.us
Cristina.Ojibway@senate.state.tx.us
Kel.Seliger@senate.state.tx.us
Rusty.Smith@senate.state.tx.us
Carlos.Uresti@senate.state.tx.us
Jerry.Needham@senate.state.tx.us
Judith.Zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us
Krista.Kyle@senate.state.tx.us

VOTE NO on SB 708! Woof! Grrrrrrr…..

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TEXAS animal rights activists call for end to dog shootings

April 26, 2015

http://www.kvue.com/story/news/local/2015/04/25/animal-rights-activists-call-for-end-to-dog-shootings-by-police/26387951/

http://tinyurl.com/p9zhxlk

Animal rights activists call for end to dog shootings by police KVUE 8:13 p.m. CDT April 25, 2015

AUSTIN — Animal rights activists met at the Texas Capitol Saturday in an effort to put a stop to what they feel is unnecessary shooting of dogs by law enforcement

The event, entitled “Stronger Laws For Paws,” calls for action to be taken against officers involved in these types of shootings

Julian Reyes, one of the organizers of the event, said they want to see officers who are accused of shooting a pet while out on a call put on administrative leave…..

 

OKLAHOMA Senator Inhofe receives defender of America’s hunting heritage award

 

April 25, 2015

http://politicalnews.me/?id=33384&keys=HUMANE-SOCIETY-HUNTING-AWARD

INHOFE RECEIVES DEFENDER OF AMERICA’S HUNTING HERITAGE AWARD “I appreciate the National Shooting Sports Foundation for acknowledging my work in the Senate to protect the interests of Oklahomans,” Inhofe said.

Date: 2015-04-25

PoliticalNews.me – Apr 25,2015 – INHOFE RECEIVES DEFENDER OF AMERICA’S HUNTING HERITAGE AWARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was recognized by the
National Shooting Sports Foundation with the “Defender of America’
Hunting Heritage” award for bringing attention to the misleading
fundraising tactics of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

“I appreciate the National Shooting Sports Foundation for acknowledging
my work in the Senate to protect the interests of Oklahomans,” Inhofe
said. “I have been disappointed in the Humane Society of the United
States’ performance, especially as of late, where in my committee the
CEO, Wayne Pacelle, failed to be straight forward with the activities of
his organization. HSUS operates as if they are in the business of caring
for abandoned household pets, like dogs and cats, through local animal
shelters, yet a tiny fraction of its raised funds actually goes towards
their well-marked mission. In Oklahoma, HSUS raised over $1.7 million
dollars from advertisements that ran after the Moore tornadoes in 2013,
and only $110,000 went back to Oklahoma organizations. I am glad we are
making waves in exposing this organization’s true activist interests and
protecting hunting traditions that are practiced safely and enjoyed by
many in Oklahoma.”….

remotely controlled toys let people play with shelter cats online

April 24, 2015

Remotely controlled toys let people play with shelter cats online A Utah shelter has installed technology that allows people to play with cats there via the Internet. Viewers can operate cat toys in a room at the shelter where foster cats play using technology donated by the company behind it, iPet Companion. Only 12 other shelters in the country offer the same technology, which the company says boosts adoptions. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (4/21)

device helps cat with arthritis stay active

April 24, 2015

Device helps cat with arthritis stay active Papworth Trust’s Workwise program in the U.K. was enlisted to help arthritic cats exercise, and the result is a large indoor device much like a hamster wheel. Owner Steve Westley says his arthritic cat, Denver, has improved substantially since he began using the wheel. Workwise employs people coping with mental illness, teaching them skills needed to enter the workforce. BBC (4/23)

genetic tests confirm Chicago-area canine influenza traced to Asian strain

April 22, 2015

Genetic tests confirm Chicago-area canine influenza traced to Asian strain Genetic testing has confirmed that the ongoing canine influenza outbreak centered in the Chicago area is due to a new strain of canine influenza virus never before seen in the U.S., according to Cornell University researchers. Visit the AVMA@Work blog for the latest information and links to additional resources on the subject.

 

canine influenza numbers may be too low, AVMA says

April 22, 2015

Canine influenza numbers may be too low, AVMA says

The Midwest canine influenza outbreak continues and may be more widespread than figures suggest. Reports of 1,100 infected dogs could be low because not all ill dogs are tested for the virus, said AVMA spokesman Michael San Filippo. The H3N2 strain of canine influenza is new to the U.S. and may also cause illnesses in cats, according to Cornell University, although no feline cases have been reported in the Midwest outbreak. The AVMA estimates the virus has a less than 10% mortality rate. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (4/21)