August 26, 2015
Cat handles hydrotherapy swimmingly
August 25, 2015
Tips for allergy-prone animal lovers
Veterinarians note that since allergies to pets are caused by dander and saliva, there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. However, people with allergies to pets may find pet ownership is possible if they prioritize cleaning and choose the right animal. “It’s very individual which dogs or cats will set someone with pet allergies off,” said veterinarian Camille DeClementi. “One dog of a certain breed could cause a reaction when another one may not.” FoxNews.com/Health.com (8/22)
August 21, 2015
Hot, dry conditions in Texas have prompted warnings to cattle ranchers to be on the lookout for toxic plants, including coffee and other senna plants, that cattle might eat as grass dries up. “Just like humans, cattle will want variety in their diet and they find the coffee senna beans quite tasty as forages become less available,” said veterinarian Tam Garland, head of toxicology at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory. “The biggest problem is we don’t notice subtle clinical signs in our livestock, nor do we scout our pastures and look for these potentially toxic plants,” Dr. Garland said. PhysOrg.com (8/20
August 20, 2015
Veterinarian Craig Webb is among those exploring the use of stem cells in veterinary medicine. Stem cells are used in dogs and horses as a treatment for arthritis, but Dr. Webb is working with his Colorado State University colleague and wife, veterinarian Tracy Webb, to explore stem cell treatment in cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Their study involved fat-derived mesenchymal stem cells, and five of the seven cats in the study showed significant improvement, Dr. Craig Webb said, with two others showing slight improvement. ChicagoNow.com
August 17, 2015
Cats have driven some 40 wild canine species into extinction, but dogs have not driven any feline species into extinction, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Cats were better hunters than dogs and won the competition for prey, the researchers say. More than 30 dog species existed on the North American continent around 20 million years ago, when cats arrived from Asia. Nine wild dog species remain. The Oregonian (Portland) (8/14), The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (8/14)
August 17, 2015
Environmentalists” Kill Millions of Cats and Birds
President Obama owns two adorable dogs, Bo and Sunny. Clearly, he likes animals. So, it’s puzzling why his administration supports global environmental policies and federally-subsidized energy technology that endangers animals like cats and birds.
Sadness and anger echoed around the world when an American dentist shot Cecil the lion, a protected animal, in Zimbabwe. But where is the shock and disappointment over the fact that Australia plans to spend some $6 million to shoot, poison and trap 2 million feral cats? And why has the Obama administration applauded Australia’s plans while making a big show of seeking justice for Cecil?
I support hunting as a wildlife conservation method that treats animals with dignity. However, Australia’s plan does not fall into this category because hunting is not effective for managing feral cat populations. Additionally, our administration is sending the unhealthy message that some cats—namely “celebrity” cats like Cecil—deserve more attention than non-celebrity feral cats that help keep rodent populations in check.
“By 2020, I want to see 2 million feral cats culled, five new islands and 10 new mainland areas as ‘safe havens,’ free of feral cats, and control measures applied across 10 million hectares,” said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt upon announcing Australia’s plan.
John Berry, the U.S. ambassador to Australia, was present during Hunt’s announcement. Berry took the time to laud Australia’s “leadership position” on wildlife preservation. Meanwhile, another representative of the Obama administration led a global investigation to protect one particular cat:
“USFWS is investigating the tragic killing of #CecilTheLion. Will go where facts lead. Efforts to contact Dr. Palmer so far unsuccessful,” tweeted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe on July 30.
Many experts believe that the most effective and caring way to manage a feral cat population is through a process of “trap, neuter and return” (TNR). Disneyland in California has successfully employed TNR for over a decade. By managing the cats instead of killing them en-masse, Disneyland has been able to keep mice (the non-Mickey kind!) in check.
August 15, 2015
By Claudia Feldman
The keepers at the Houston Zoo despaired when 2-year-old Mac, a favorite in the elephant barn, died in 2008. He was the sixth elephant in 20 years to be born at the zoo, then die from a little understood strain of a herpes virus.
Veterinarians at Baylor College of Medicine called their zoo colleagues with condolences, asking if there were any way they could help.
“We need a virologist,” the zoo vets responded.
Baylor herpes specialist Paul Ling had spent two decades investigating human strains of the virus, but he was ready to change course.
“Who doesn’t want to save baby elephants?” he asked himself.
Over the past five years, Ling and his colleagues at the the zoo have changed the mood in the elephant exhibit from funereal to optimistic. By perfecting blood tests that detect signs of the virus and track its presence — and developing the protocols for treatment — the Houston crew has cut herpes-related deaths in Houston to zero. They’ve had the same impact at zoos around the country, including St. Louis, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and Portland, Ore., as well as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. None of those institutions has had any elephant deaths related to herpes in the past five years, either….
August 15, 2015
Body Cam Shows Cop Walk into Backyard and Shoot and Kill a Family’s Small
Dog By Mike Sawyer on August 8, 2015
Topeka, KS – “Josie” was a 26-pound miniature pinscher-boxer mix, who was
rescued seven years ago, and became a beloved member of 72-year-old
Harriette Macnish’s family.
“She was wonderful, and she loved us,” Harriette Macnish said.
This loving 7-year relationship would be violently brought to an end,
however, on July 13 when Topeka Police Officer, Michael Cruse would enter
the backyard of the Macnish’s home, and kill their Josie.
According to the Capital-Journal,
A Topeka officer shot the dog twice about 10:45 a.m. that day while
responding to a false burglary alarm, the police department said in a news
According to the police report, after entering the backyard, “the officer
then saw a dog begin charging at him in an aggressive manner.”
The report goes on, “I attempted to place time and distance between the dog
and myself by running backwards. The dog continued to aggressively run
toward me to attack,” while also barking and growling.
“When the dog continued to attack toward me,” Cruse explained in his report.
“I obtained my department issued Glock 9mm Model 17 from my holster and shot
the dog 2 times effectively ending the imminent attack.”
The officer’s body cam caught the entire incident on video. The small 26-lb
dog comes running from around the corner when she’s met with 2 shots from
the officer’s pistol. The graphic video is saddening.
Macnish was home at the time the officer entered her backyard and shot her
dog. After she heard the shots, she came outside to find Josie laying dead
in the yard.
Macnish told the Capital-Journal that she sat there holding little Josie for
half an hour after the little dog died.
“She was a wonderful watch dog – anything but fierce – but if anybody was
around that she didn’t know, she made noise,” Macnish said.
Topeka Police Chief James Brown said in a press conference that the shooting
of Josie was justified under current police policy, and Officer Michael
Cruse was not placed on administrative leave.
After this shooting, the department is reviewing its dog killing policy.
According to the new policy, “officers can only use lethal force against an
animal when necessary to defend against a vicious animal when it is
reasonably believed the animal poses an imminent threat of significant
injury and no other reasonable means of protection is available.”
How is it that postal workers, delivery drivers, and door to door salesmen
can fend off dogs on a daily basis without killing them but police officers