October 11, 2017
COLORADO Rabid bats found
The Mesa County, Colo., Public Health Department is reminding pet owners to ensure their animals have up-to-date rabies vaccinations after another bat tested positive for rabies, bringing the total this year to three. Officials recommend keeping pets leashed, away from wild animals and indoors at night; contacting a veterinarian if a pet has come in contact with a wild animal; keeping trash cans securely closed; covering small openings in screens and houses; and avoiding contact with wild animals.
The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, Colo.) (tiered subscription model) (10/9)
October 9, 2017
Feline panleukopenia outbreak closes Maine shelter
About 20 cats and kittens at a shelter in Waterville, Maine, have died of feline panleukopenia, and the shelter is expected to stay closed until Oct. 16. A veterinarian who specializes in infectious diseases is assisting, the shelter will be disinfected, and cats and kittens will get a second round of vaccinations.
Kennebec Journal (Maine) (10/6)
October 3, 2017
Initiative aims to fix misinformation about sInpaying cats
The AVMA is among the organizations endorsing the Feline Fix by Five campaign — an initiative to educate the public about the importance of spaying cats before they reach reproductive age. “The fact that cats are able to become pregnant at 5 or even 4 months of age, combined with the fact that many people who would not allow their dog to roam loose allow their cat to do so, makes accidental litters a tragic but completely avoidable problem,” writes Ruth Steinberger, executive director of Spay FIRST!
September 28, 2017
Well-meaning pet transport networks might put pets, people at risk
Volunteer pet transport groups sprang to life in 2005 after shelters in Louisiana were overwhelmed by an influx of pets orphaned by Hurricane Katrina, and the networks ostensibly free up needed space in shelters and reduce euthanasia of adoptable pets. But the groups are unregulated, and pets with significant behavior or health problems have been taken in by unsuspecting volunteers.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (9/28)
September 28, 2017
Veterinarian donates oxygen masks to first responders
Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center President Dr. Nichole Danova donated oxygen masks for dogs and cats to first responders in Lackawanna County, Pa. Providing oxygen to dogs and cats at the scene of a fire is “one of the most important things that they need to do at the scene, and having the right equipment makes it that much more efficient,” Dr. Danova said.
WNEP-TV (Moosic, Pa.) (9/27)