MISSISSIPPI university mourns retired canine mascot

August 22, 2016

Miss. university mourns retired canine mascot

Mississippi State University’s retired mascot Bully XX has died from health problems related to congestive heart failure. The animal, called Champ, fathered a dog named Jak, who has taken Champ’s place on the sidelines.

The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) (tiered subscription model) (8/21)

Domestic animals could harbor potent drug-resistance gene, study finds

August 17, 2016

Domestic animals could harbor potent drug-resistance gene, study finds

In the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, researchers in China report that a pet store worker was infected with a form of E. coli carrying the multi-drug-resistant mcr-1 gene, and four dogs and two cats there also carried the strain. The six bacterial isolates researchers identified were resistant to multiple antibiotics, and the authors said the findings suggest the drug-resistant bacteria may be passed between companion animals and humans.

NBC News (8/16)

COLORADOVeterinarian testing dermal application for feline appetite stimulant

August 17, 2016

Veterinarian testing dermal application for feline appetite stimulant

Colorado State University veterinarian Jessica Quimby is testing dermal application of mirtazapine to determine its efficacy for stimulating appetite and reducing nausea in cats with chronic kidney disease. Mirtazapine given orally successfully increased weight in cats taking the medication, according to results of an earlier study, but owners may have difficulty getting cats to take pills.

The Reporter-Herald (Loveland, Colo.) (8/15)

TENNESSEE Proposed ordinance Hillsborough County Animal Abuse Registry

August 11, 2016

TENNESSEE  Proposed ordinance Hillsborough County Animal Abuse Registry

The Tennessee animal abuse registry law that was finally passed only applies
to people who have been convicted of aggravated animal cruelty. We were able
to convince the legislature not to include minor offenses.

Since the law was passed last year, we have noticed that many animal control
people seem to be trying to over-charge cases so they can put people on the
registry. So far there are only three people in the state on the registry.

Advice for pet owners in venomous snake territory

August 11, 2016

Advice for pet owners in venomous snake territory

Wildlife experts say people should not fear snakes because most times when the reptiles bite, they are simply doing so in an effort to protect themselves. That said, venomous snakes pose a safety concern for livestock and curious pets, and pets that are bitten need rapid veterinary care, with bites on or close to the head of particular concern.

High Plains Journal (Dodge City, Kan.)/Oklahoma State University (8/10)