What’s the risk of contracting toxoplasmosis from your cat?

April 21, 2016

What’s the risk of contracting toxoplasmosis from your cat?

The risk of humans contracting toxoplasmosis, a zoonotic parasite carried by cats, is low, writes veterinarian Jeff Kahler, noting that it is more common for people to encounter the parasite in contaminated soil and water. Dr. Kahler says regular litterbox cleaning and other good sanitation practices can help mitigate any risk, and expectant women should let someone else handle the cleanup.

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TENNESSEE Knoxville poodle breeder claiming civil-rights violations in dog seizure

April 20l, 2016


By Jamie Satterfield of the Knoxville News Sentinel


A Knox County poodle breeder wrongfully accused of animal abuse and forced to shell out $1,700 to get her seized animals back is suing.

Sara Tinker has filed a civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Knox County and Knox County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officer Frankie Byrne over a March 2015 raid of her Marshy Swamp Point home.

PDF: Knox County poodle breeder’s lawsuit Acting on neighborhood complaints, Byrne obtained a search warrant for Tinker’s home last year and seized 31 dogs, including a Havanese, a cockapoo and 29 poodles. Tinker was charged with animal cruelty and her home condemned. Tinker breeds and sells standard poodles via a website.

Less than a month later, Knox County prosecutors dropped the charges after a veterinarian certified the animals were in good health and properly housed, according to the lawsuit and confirmed by state court records.

But according to attorney Van R. Irion, the damage to Tinker’s reputation and economic status could not be repaired.

“Local television news media ran stories describing (Tinker’s) business using the derogatory term ‘puppy mill,'” Irion wrote in the lawsuit. “An anonymous neighbor of (Tinker’s) posted a sign in front of (her) house also accusing (her) of running a ‘puppy mill’ and accusing (her) of cruelty to animals. Because of the allegations against (Tinker), her employer terminated her employment.”

After the charges were dropped, Tinker sought the return of her dogs, but the Young-Williams Animal Shelter demanded $3,500 for housing the animals, the lawsuit alleged.

“When (Tinker) told the animal shelter agents that she had not been convicted of any wrongdoing and that she shouldn’t have to pay thousands of dollars to get her own dogs back, she was informed that if she did not pay this amount, her dogs would either be permanently adopted out to unknown third parties or killed by shelter employees.”

Young-Williams, which is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, routinely euthanizes unwanted animals, according to its website.

Tinker took to the Internet to raise money and eventually negotiated to pay a fee of $1,700 for the return of the seized dogs, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Byrne of failing to follow a county ordinance that requires a 30-day written notice and an opportunity to address any concerns about a homeowner’s animal housing before action, including the seizure of animals, can be taken.

The ordinance at issue in Tinker’s case “includes an exception allowing more than the allotted number of dogs on a property if all dogs and/or cats have been vaccinated and inoculated against disease as recommended by a veterinarian,” the lawsuit stated.

Tinker’s veterinarian, Dr. Patrick Hackett, already had provided Tinker with a letter attesting to the proper vaccination and care of her animals before Byrne raided her home, the lawsuit stated.

KCSO spokesman Martha Dooley declined to comment, as did the Knox County Law Department.




Veterinarian treats cat who was shot in the face

April 19, 2016

Veterinarian treats cat who was shot in the face

Veterinarian Christina Boekhout of the Utah Veterinary Center removed bullet fragments and repaired the jaw of Blackjack, a cat found wounded in his owner’s garage. “I was disappointed that Blackjack had been shot, but I considered him very lucky to have such great owners to put him through a repair,” Dr. Boekhout said.KSTU-TV (Salt Lake City) (4/15)

DSM-5manuel online animal hoarding not mentioned

April 18, 2016


Animal hoarding not mentioned.
In the DSM IV certain people tried to have animal hoarding contained in the
DSM IV manual and were unsuccessful.

Child abuse is mentioned as a disorder though animal abuse is not mentioned.

Frequent vomiting could signal serious feline disease

April 13, 2016

Frequent vomiting could signal serious feline disease

Frequent vomiting in an otherwise healthy cat could be due to hairballs, food allergies, inappropriate diet or consumption of house plants, writes veterinarian Gail Cutler. Health problems that might cause vomiting include gastrointestinal parasitic infections, inflammation, hyperthyroidism and kidney disease, Dr. Cutler writes.

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Experimental antiviral shows promise in halting FIP

April 13, 2016

Experimental antiviral shows promise in halting FIP

Cats with advanced feline infectious peritonitis recovered fully after being treated with an experimental antiviral, Kansas State University researchers reported in PLOS One. The treatment blocks feline coronavirus replication and stops the progression of disease, the researchers say.

Discovery (4/11)

MISSISSIPPI Gulfport nearly 40 yorkies removed

April 9, 2016



Nearly 30 Yorkies removed from Gulfport
GULFPORT — Thirty animals, including 28 Yorkshire terriers, one Labrador
retriever mix and one cockatoo, were rescued from a Gulfport residence
Tuesday morning, and a Gulfport man was arrested.