Symptoms of illness may be subtle in cats

September 15, 2017

Symptoms of illness may be subtle in cats

Behavioral changes such as sleeping more than usual may signal illness or injury in cats, says veterinarian Stacy Eckman of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Other symptoms that should prompt a visit to a veterinarian include a reluctance to be touched, vomiting, unusual food or water consumption, or changes in litter box use, Dr. Eckman says.Texas A&M University (College Station) (9/14)

 

Veterinarians in Texas county warn about parvo outbreak

September 14. 2017

Veterinarians in Texas county warn about parvo outbreak

Veterinarians in Hansford County, Texas, say they are treating two or three cases of parvovirus each day, and they are advising dog owners to ensure their pets are vaccinated. Puppies should be kept away from other dogs until they are fully vaccinated.

The AVMA strongly discourages the practice of declawing cats,

September 12, 2017

The AVMA strongly discourages the practice of declawing cats, and many individual veterinarians refuse to perform the procedure, but the AVMA recognizes the scientific evidence that cats displaying “destructive scratching behavior are more likely to be euthanized, or more readily relinquished, released or abandoned, thereby contributing to the homeless cat population.” Veterinarians who perform the procedure say they do it infrequently and only after advising cat owners to try nonsurgical alternatives first.

Cat owners use “catios” to protect felines outdoors

September 12, 2017

Cat owners use “catios” to protect felines outdoors

Cat owners in England and the United States have found a way to keep felines safe while giving them freedom to play and explore outside. Many owners have commissioned custom, luxury “catios,” wire window boxes for their cats to enjoy the outdoors, complete with bug-attracting cat gardens, climbing frames and benches.

Panleukopenia claims 50 cats at N.C. shelter

September 6, 2017

Panleukopenia claims 50 cats at N.C. shelter

At least 50 cats at a northeastern North Carolina animal shelter have died of panleukopenia since a kitten died of the disease in July. Kittens are especially susceptible to the virus, which spreads through feces, urine and bowls and is difficult to kill, said veterinarian Leigh Rigler, who has been helping the shelter diagnose and manage the virus.

WAVY-TV (Portsmouth, Va.) (9/5)

OKLAHOMA City Zoo show off their artistic talents

September 5, 2017

 OKLAHOMA  City Zoo show off their artistic talents

A nearly 50-year-old salmon-crested cockatoo named Zeppy contributed again this year to the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Art Gone Wild annual benefit, which includes artwork by reptiles, wild cats, sea lions, great apes, Asian elephants, a rhinoceros, two juvenile flamingos and juvenile Galapagos tortoises. The animals voluntarily create the artwork using nontoxic paint as part of an enrichment program.

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (9/4)

TEXAS A&M veterinary team continues emergency operation in Gulf region

September 5, 2017

TEXAS A&M veterinary team continues emergency operation in Gulf region

Members of the Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team have been in the Texas Gulf region rescuing, decontaminating and providing veterinary care for animals affected by storm Harvey. “We’ve probably seen, to my knowledge, close to 60 animals,” including cats, dogs, goats and horses, said team member Angela Clendenin.

KBTX-TV (Bryan-College Station, Texas) (9/2)

Feral-cat advocates push to halt Miami-area dune restoration project

August 28, 2017

Feral-cat advocates push to halt Miami-area dune restoration project

Feral-cat supporters are up in arms over a project underway in Miami Beach, Fla., to build a path for pedestrians and bicyclists and replace invasive plants with native species that better prevent erosion and storm damage. Feral cats shelter in the vegetation, and some advocates want the city to halt the project, but city officials say the cats will not be harmed, they are working with animal services officials to oversee spaying and neutering, and that the new plants will provide shelter.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.)/The Associated Press (8/26)

 

Veterinary rescue team caring for service dogs, other animals on Texas coast

August 28, 2017

Veterinary rescue team caring for service dogs, other animals on Texas coast

Two dozen members of Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team were dispatched to the Texas coast to care for service dogs as well as lost or injured animals in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The team’s cargo trucks and trailers carry fresh water, medications, food and other items that may be needed.

KBTX-TV (Bryan-College Station, Texas) (8/27)