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All About the Initiative to Make All Shelters No-Kill By 2025
Best Friends Animal Society, a rescue organization based in Kanab, Utah, is leading a coalition to make all animal shelters across the country “no-kill” by 2025. "We thought it was time to put a stake in the ground and say, ‘This is what we all need to do,’" said Gregory Castle, the organization’s co-founder and CEO. The organization announced the 2025 goal last year during its annual...
DNA Clears Service Dog of Guilt for Another Canine's Death
It's been a long and exhausting journey towards freedom for a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois named Jeb and the family that wouldn't stop fighting for him.  According to the Associated Press, over the summer, Jeb—who is a service dog for his owner Kenneth Job of Michigan—was found standing over the body of a neighbor's deceased Pomeranian. "Authorities said the Pomeranian's...
New Tests Will Be Underway For a Serious Disease That Impacts Shar-Peis
Shar-Pei Autoinflammatory Disease, or SPAID, is a serious, heritable syndrome that affects the canine breed. According to Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, SPAID is "characterized by recurrent symptoms of inflammation: fever; swollen, painful joints; a condition that causes bubbles containing a clear, jellylike substance on the skin; ear problems and kidney failure."...
Study Finds That Dogs Not Only Understand What We Say, But How We Say It
When you tell your dog "Good boy!" when he's gone potty in the right place or retrieved a ball you've thrown, he looks happy that he made you so very happy. While dog owners already know that the words we say and how we say them have a major impact on our pets, science is now proving it to be true.  The groundbreaking study, which was conducted by a Hungarian research group (led...
New Database Allows Veterinarians and Pet Parents Alike to Search Clinical Studies
Whether you're a veterinarian or a pet parent (or both), being up-to-date on clinical studies can be an invaluable resource in ensuring the health and general well-being of animals in your care.  The American Veterinary Medical Assocation (AVMA) recently launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database (AAHSD), which allows those in the veterinary field, as well as researches and/or pet...
Puppy Missing Two Front Legs Gets a Helpful 'Wheelie' Vest To Move Around
When a tiny stray puppy was brought to the Aurora Animal Shelter in Aurora, Colo., she was immediately evaluated by the veterinary staff. The little dog (who was just roughly a month old and a little over a pound) was born without her two front legs.  Dr. Cathlin Craver of the Aurora Animal Shelter tells petMD that, despite her rare birth defect, the Chihuahua-mix puppy "was not in any pain...
Why Your Vet Visit Costs So Much
It’s a never-ending refrain, “Why does veterinary care cost so much?” I get it. I’m not just a veterinarian but also an animal owner. Sure, I can take care of some of my own pets’ needs, but not all of them. Did I flinch at the $2,000 bill for treating my cat’s hyperthyroidism with radioactive iodine? You bet I did, but I didn’t complain because I recognize what a bargain veterinary...