COLORADO, VMA voices concern about proposed Denver declawing ban

October 27, 2017

COLORADO,  VMA voices concern about proposed Denver declawing ban

A Denver City Council panel advanced a proposal to ban cat declawing, except when medically necessary, over the objections of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association. “We support the principle that complex medical decisions belong in the domain of the owner and the veterinarian,” said CVMA President Dr. Will French.

The Denver Post (10/25)

Va.-Md. veterinary school seeks fat cats for study

October 24, 2017

Va.-Md. veterinary school seeks fat cats for study

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine needs 20 more obese cats to fill out a study on individualized feline weight loss plans. “In order to lose weight you need to cut calories and increase activity, so we’re looking at whether we can tweak different parts of those weight loss plans and maintain the quality of life for those cats that are on the weight loss plan,” said clinical trials coordinator Mindy Quigley.

WSET-TV (Lynchburg, Va.) (10/23)

Animals go on rat patrol in US cities

October 24, 2017

Animals go on rat patrol in US cities

Washington, D.C., neighborhoods are hoping feral cats will get burgeoning rat populations under control, while terriers and dachshunds patrol the streets of New York City in search of rats, and Chicago officials have struck an uneasy alliance with coyotes. The cats in D.C. are “hired” through Blue Collar Cats, which traps, neuters and vaccinates feral cats and releases them to neighborhoods and businesses that agree to provide food and shelter.

National Geographic online (9/29)

Why a veterinarian’s advice is needed before putting a fat cat on a diet

October 24, 2017

Why a veterinarian’s advice is needed before putting a fat cat on a diet

Obese cats that lose weight too quickly or without adequate dietary protein can develop hepatic lipidosis, says veterinarian Ken Lambrecht, who recommends asking a veterinarian for guidance. A veterinarian can develop a weight loss plan that includes healthy food options and quantities to take weight off an obese cat at a safe rate, Dr. Lambrecht says.

Catster (10/9)

Feline medical clinic expands treatment options for hyperthyroidism

October 19, 2017

Feline medical clinic expands treatment options for hyperthyroidism

The Cat Doctor, a feline medical center in Shreveport, La., is offering radioactive iodine therapy for cats with hyperthyroidism, says veterinarian Pamala Coker. Drugs are not always effective, and radioiodine therapy has roughly a 95% cure rate for the disease, Dr. Coker said.

KTBS-TV (Shreveport, La.) (9/27)

What feline hyperthyroidism means for human health

October 19, 2017

What feline hyperthyroidism means for human health

Hyperthyroidism, now common in domestic cats, was unheard of in felines until the late 1970s, when veterinarian Mark Peterson noticed similarities between a patient’s symptoms and the signs of hyperthyroidism in humans. Veterinarians around the world began to diagnose the condition in cats while research was beginning to link the condition to fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Because humans and cats live side by side, scientists are increasingly concerned that the feline disorder is a harbinger of a threat to human health, too.

The New York Times  (5/16)

Feline genetic mapping could yield new treatment insights

October 19, 2017

Feline genetic mapping could yield new treatment insights

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine researchers mapped the genomes of 50 cats, and they plan to continue until they’ve reached 99 felines, all in an effort to identify and prevent genetic diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy and Niemann-Pick disorder. “Continued collaboration with geneticists and veterinarians could lead to the rapid discovery of undiagnosed genetic conditions in cats,” said study lead Leslie Lyons, noting that testing can uncover conditions early, when they may be more readily treated.

The Kansas City Star (Mo.)  (5/10)

Researchers ID genes linked to OCD in people, dogs and mice

October 19, 2017

Researchers ID genes linked to OCD in people, dogs and mice

A comparison of DNA from mice, dogs and people led to the identification of four genes linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder, researchers reported in Nature Communications. The findings may give researchers a better understanding of how OCD develops, says Dr. Marco Grados, a Johns Hopkins University OCD researcher who was not involved in the study.

National Public Radio (10/17)

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AVMA: Blanket ban on declawing would hurt cats

October 17, 2017

AVMA: Blanket ban on declawing would hurt cats

Advocates are pushing state legislatures to ban cat declawing with few exceptions, but opponents of such laws, including many veterinarians, say bans would lead to more cats being abandoned or surrendered to shelters. “The AVMA policy opposes declawing except where it serves to keep a cat in its home,” said AVMA spokesman Michael San Filippo. “An estimated 70 percent of cats relinquished to animal shelters are euthanized, so the likelihood of a homeless cat finding a new home is poor.”

WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (10/16)

COLORADO revokes license of service dog training company

October 16, 2017

COLORADO  revokes license of service dog training company

Noelle’s Dogs Four Hope, a service animal training company in Colorado Springs, Colo., surrendered its license after a state investigation found recordkeeping and sanitation violations as well as several cases of dogs with undisclosed illnesses or behavioral problems being placed in homes.

KKTV-TV (Colorado Springs) (10/13)