TEXAS dog recuperating after veterinarian removes batteries from his stomach

November 24, 2015

Dog recuperating after veterinarian removes batteries from his stomach
Boogie, a 1-year-old Yorkipoo, swallowed 10 hearing aid batteries before his owners could stop him. Veterinarian Carissa Blair surgically removed the batteries after determining that inducing vomiting could damage Boogie’s esophagus. Earlier, Boogie’s appetite for candied popcorn landed him at the clinic for emergency treatment, too. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (11/23)

cat friendly practice designation helps cats and clinics

November 23, 2015

Cat Friendly Practice designation helps cats and clinics
The American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Cat Friendly Practice program is in effect at 888 practices and in the works at over 600 more. In a 2014 survey of CFP practices, many veterinarians indicated they had gained revenue and clients due to the program, and 77% had gotten positive feedback about the program. The program provides a manual covering feline behavior, the special needs of cats and tools for interacting with cat owners. JAVMA News (11/17)


MISSISSIPPI abandoned puppies discovered sealed in aquarium

November 22, 2015



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cat’s story shines light on problems with anesthesia-free dental procedures

November 19, 2015

Cat’s story shines light on problems with anesthesia-free dental procedures
Carolyn Lyons says her cat Monkey-Face had to be euthanized after an anesthesia-free dental cleaning left the animal with a nearly severed tongue. Staff at the business say the injury could not have occurred under their watch. Veterinarian Julio Lopez says pets should have dental cleanings under anesthesia to address the health of the entire mouth, including the teeth above and below the gum line, and to prevent injuries to animals and staff during the procedure. Lyons has filed a complaint with the California Veterinary Medical Board. KNBC-TV (Los Angeles) (11/17)

MISSISSIPPI dog recovering from 3rd degree burns over 60% of his body

November 18, 2015

Miss. dog recovering from 3rd-degree burns over 60% of his body
A playful, mixed-breed dog named Gage is recovering from what appear to be intentional third-degree burns over 60% of his body. The team at the Humane Society of South Mississippi and veterinarian Jennifer Griffin of Happy Tails Animal Hospital are caring for the dog, who is expected to be available for adoption after he recovers. The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)

WYOMING wilderness how a dog survived for 60 days

November 18, 2015

How a Dog Survived 60 Days in the Wyoming Wilderness

Hank, a 6-year-old Australian shepherd mix belonging to Tiffany and Travis
Whitsitt has his formerly few extra pounds and his natural hunting instincts
to thank for keeping him alive while lost for 60 days in Wyoming’s French
Creek Campground.

The pet owners are from Fort Collins, Wyo., and in August, they took their
dog camping about 60 miles west of Laramie, but according to a
Coloradoan.com report, the pet ran away and got lost after getting spooked
by gunfire.

The Whitsitts searched for their dog but didn’t find him. They enlisted the
help of family members and contacted the local humane society to report
their missing pet, but in the end the heart broken couple had to return home
without Hank.

For two months, the Whitsitts hoped to received calls with sightings of
their dog, but other than one call from a hunter who though he had spotted
the dog, the couple had no news of their missing dog.

Knowing the area was roamed by coyotes, mountain lions and even bears, the
Whitsitts believed there was little hope for Hank to be alive. Three weeks
after losing Hank a new four legged member joined the family to try to bring
happiness back into the empty household.

Two days short of 60 days since Hank’s disappearance, the Larimer Humane
Society called asking to get Hank’s registration renewed. That’s when
Tiffany decided to officially declared Hank dead, but just 72 hours later,
their beloved pet was found.

Home Again, the company with whom Hank’s microchip had been registered
called to inform the pet owners that the dog had been found walking along a
highway, just an hour-long drive from French Creek. The Whitsitts didn’t
want to get their hopes up because they didn’t believe Hank could have
survived the wilderness all this long, but they agreed to meet the dog
identified as Hank. When they met, tears of joy gushed out because it was
true, Hank was alive

The pet was taken to a vet. He lost about 20 lbs and needed grooming
desperately, but the veterinarian who examined Hank ran tests and said he
had been surviving on rabbits. His hunting instincts and the few extra
pounds he had on when he got lost helped him survive the wilderness.

The Whitsitts are happy their family is complete. Tiffany, Travis, Hank and
the new Australian shepherd puppy named Gus.

cats’ finicky tastes may be due to their genetics

November 17, 2015

Cats’ finicky tastes may be due to their genetics

Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, and scientists may have discovered why. A study published in PLOS One found that cats have 12 genes coding for bitter-taste detection, and previous research has suggested cats are sensitive to a wider range of bitter tastes than dogs. Quartz (11/16)


TENNESSEE to launch nation’s first animal abuse registry

November 12, 2015

Tenn. to launch nation’s first animal abuse registry
In May, Tennessee lawmakers passed legislation to create an online animal abuse registry — the country’s first — and the site will launch in January. The names of people convicted of felony charges against animals, aggravated cruelty, dogfighting and similar transgressions will be posted on the site. The law is meant to help prevent animal abuse but does not apply to livestock. WJHL-TV (Johnson City, Tenn.) (11/9)