COLORADO female elk chases nature lovers

June 18, 2015

Female elk chases Colo. nature lovers Visitors to a Colorado trail had a close encounter with nature they might not want to repeat. A female elk chased or lunged at several people on the trail, including a man jogging with his dog. The elk was likely protecting a calf. Jennifer Churchill of the state parks and wildlife agency says elk likely view dogs as predators, and she urges people to keep themselves and their dogs a safe distance from wildlife. USA Today (6/17)




MISSISSIPPI producers see shortage of large animal veterinarians

June 18, 2015

Miss. producers see shortage of large-animal veterinarians

Not enough of Mississippi’s veterinarians specialize in large-animal medicine, argues Andy Berry, executive vice president of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association. Just 8% of U.S. veterinarians in 2010 were focused almost entirely on food animals, and 6% were equine medicine practitioners, according to USDA data. Cattle producers say the situation forces them to handle certain medical issues themselves, but large-animal veterinarian David Hidalgo says that if producers called on veterinarians more frequently for preventive care and other veterinary needs, the demand would yield supply in the workforce. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.)

plasma, serum glucose test more precise than whole blood test, study finds

June 17, 2015

Plasma, serum glucose test more precise than whole blood test, study finds University of Pennsylvania veterinarians found that measurement of glucose using serum or plasma is more accurate than testing whole blood. “It’s widely known that glucometer readings come with a degree of inaccuracy, and until now we’ve just lived with it,” said veterinarian Rebecka Hess. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, could have implications for humans with diabetes. (6/16)

OKLAHOMA daughter’s plea for help leads to over 50 animals being rescued

June 17, 2015

Posted: Jun 16, 2015 6:24 PM EST
Updated: Jun 16, 2015 6:30 PM EST
By: Thabie Sibanda, Fox 25 Reporter

A daughter’s call for help leads to over 50 animals being rescued from a northwest Oklahoma City home.

One by one Oklahoma City Animal Welfare officers removed dozens of animals from a home Tuesday in northwest Oklahoma City. Animal Welfare Superintendent Julie Bank says her organization received a call about the animals in the home, leading to the investigation.

During the investigation, 56 animals were found: 13 birds, 12 dogs and
31 cats. Legally homeowners are only allowed to have no more than four dogs and four cats in one home.

“When you have too many animals in one home it’s really difficult to have conditions that are going to be appropriate for the animal to live”
Bank said. …

KANSAS temporarily avoiding the dog park could save your puppy’s life

June 16, 2015

Temporarily avoiding the dog park could save your puppy’s life

Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson says owners of puppies should avoid the dog park and other areas where groups of dogs gather until their pets have received the entire “puppy series” of vaccines. Until then, young dogs are not protected from parvovirus, a frequently fatal infection. Puppies receive vaccines every three to four weeks beginning around 6 to 8 weeks old and ending around 14 to 16 weeks old to ensure their own immune systems — and not their mother’s circulating antibodies — are protecting them against disease. (6/15)

Biobank explores genetic basis of feline diseases

June 16, 2015

Deb, Motzie and Peanut are all region 3 inhabitants.

Biobank explores genetic basis of feline diseases

Savannah cats Peanut and Motzie donated blood samples and underwent testing at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as part of the Feline Biobank. They are among a variety of cats undergoing genetic testing, imaging and other tests as researchers build the database. Veterinarian Marta Castelhano, director of the Biobank, said the data will help researchers understand inherited feline health problems. Forty-eight more cats are needed to complete data collection. (6/15)

OKLAHOMA, Oklahoma city animal welfare officers threatened during investigation

June 16, 2015

Updated: Jun 15, 2015 6:40 PM EST

By Lacie Lowry, News 9

The investigation is ongoing into a viral video showing Oklahoma City dogs attacking each other. Animal Welfare is involved in the investigation, but said misinformation and threats against its officers are making things difficult…. ..

.Now the agency is dealing with people online who are threatening animal welfare officers and even sharing officers’ personal information as a way to pressure the agency to do more to the homeowner. “Unfortunately, it’s very easy to sit behind a computer and type bad messages,” Bank told News 9….

MISSISSIPPI state gains support for helping pets, domestic violence victims

June 15, 2015

Miss. State gains support for helping pets, domestic violence victims Mississippi State University’s Safe Haven for Pets, which cares for pets from domestic violence situations, was awarded a grant by the American Kennel Club Humane Fund. Veterinarian Sharon Fooshee Grace, who started the program at MSU, applied for the grant. “In a house with domestic violence, animals are often the first victims as the violence escalates. … Having a safe place for their pets may help victims escape their situations sooner,” Dr. Grace said. The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (6/13)

NEW MEXICO veterinarians note uptick in rattlesnake bites

June 15, 2015

N.M. veterinarians note uptick in rattlesnake bites

New Mexico veterinarians Andy Cameron, Sharon Hartshorn and others have treated dogs for rattlesnake bites in recent weeks, and pet owners are urged to be careful. The snakes emerge in May to hunt, making encounters with dogs and people more likely. Keeping dogs leashed may help owners keep them away from snake hangouts such as bushes and under rocks. Owners who suspect a bite has occurred should stay calm and bring the pet to see a veterinarian right away. The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model) (6/12)