Acupuncture for pets gains a following

February 13, 2017

Acupuncture for pets gains a following

Acupuncture can be a good complement to traditional veterinary medicine, but it should not replace traditional care, writes veterinarian Lawrence Gerson. The AVMA welcomed the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture as a constituent allied veterinary organization three years ago, and veterinarians gain acupuncture certification only after a rigorous training process.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/11)

New cafe offers coffee, tea and furry lap-warmers

February 13, 2017

New cafe offers coffee, tea and furry lap-warmers

Nine Lives Cat Cafe in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square offers locally produced coffee, tea and baked goods served in the company of shelter cats available for adoption. A $5 cover charge that counts toward adoption includes an hour with the cats, and the cafe will add another $5 donation when patrons commit to a cat.

The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (2/2),  WISH-TV (Indianapolis) (1/26)

COLORADO Denver veterinarian reports uptick in dog lice cases

February 15, 2017

Denver veterinarian reports uptick in dog lice cases

Veterinarian Leslie Longo of Denver says she’s seen more dogs with lice in the past 18 months than normal, although the diagnosis is still relatively rare in her area. Luckily, lice are species-specific, so dogs can’t transmit the itchy bugs to humans, Dr. Longo said, but lice do spread between dogs at dog parks, animal day cares and other areas where animals congregate.

KUSA-TV (Denver) (2/13)

TEXAS sea turtles increasingly riddled with tumors

February 15, 2017

Texas sea turtles increasingly riddled with tumors

Veterinarian Tim Tristan of the Texas SeaLife Center says the number and size of aggressive tumors on sea turtles in the area has increased dramatically over the past five years. Fibropapillomatosis, caused by a sea turtle herpes virus thought to be transmitted by marine leeches, involves lesions around the eyes, head, and underside of the turtles, and Dr. Tristan surgically removes as many of the growths as possible, allowing the turtles to be released if the tumors don’t recur.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas) (tiered subscription model) (2/13)

Westminster dog show rolls out the welcome mat for cats

February 13, 2017

Westminster dog show rolls out the welcome mat for cats

Dogs at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will make way for 40 cat breeds, each with its own booth, to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and the different types of dogs and cats. Cat handlers will show off their animals in an agility demonstration involving an obstacle course, said Gail Miller Bisher, Westminster communications director.

National Public Radio (2/1),  USA Today (2/1)

Salt lamps and pets don’t mix

February 13, 2017

Salt lamps and pets don’t mix

Salt lamps are toxic to pets and are especially dangerous in households that have cats, which are more likely than dogs to jump on a table and lick a salt lamp. Signs of salt toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, coordination problems, excessive thirst or urination, and loss of appetite, according to the Pet Poison Helpline.

Bustle (1/13)

Trendy “munchkin” cats often have painful bone conditions

February 13, 2017

Trendy “munchkin” cats often have painful bone conditions

Veterinarians and animal welfare advocates are alarmed by the deliberate breeding of cats with unnaturally short legs. So-called munchkin cats have a genetic mutation that predisposes the animals to painful osteoarthritis, and some also have spinal malformations and rib abnormalities, says veterinarian Carol Margolis of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

The Dodo (2/1)

Drug offers a new option for feline heart disorder

January 31, 2017

Drug offers a new option for feline heart disorder

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affects 1 in 7 cats, thickening the walls of the heart and compromising cardiac function. However, University of California at Davis researchers report treatment with a drug known as MYK-461 alleviated left-ventricle obstruction in five cats with the condition — which might also advance development of treatments for humans.

Seeker (1/5)

Kitty’s diarrhea could be a symptom of serious disease

January 31, 2017

Kitty’s diarrhea could be a symptom of serious disease

Occasional diarrhea in cats is usually nothing to worry about, but chronic or long-lasting diarrhea could be a signal of a serious illness and warrants a veterinary exam, writes veterinarian Yoojin Kim. Untreated diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and could be a symptom of infection, parasites, cancer, or inflammatory or immune-mediated disease.

WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (1/19)

TEXAS, Austin Therapy dogs defuse family court tensions

February 1, 2017

Therapy dogs defuse family court tensions

Austin Dog Alliance therapy dog Molly, a 155-pound great Dane, helps ease tensions in Judge Darlene Byrne’s courtroom in the Texas city, where there are often child custody hearings underway. Byrne sought out the partnership because her cases tend to involve strong, difficult emotions, and she says the therapy dogs bring a soothing presence.

KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (1/30)