Cornell Veterinarians Help Horse, Rider Return to Ring
Wrangler, an 11-year-old quarter horse gelding, began to exhibit signs of pain and unusual behavior. His owner took him to the veterinarian and found out he was suffering from “kissing spine.” Read how Cornell veterinarians fixed his spine and led him and owner to ride and compete again.
Dogs With Lung Cancer Might Benefit From Treatment With Human Breast Cancer Drug
Like many women who develop a particular type of breast cancer, the same gene — HER2 — also appears to be the cause of lung cancer in many dogs. Researchers found that neratinib — a drug that has successfully been used to battle human breast cancer — might also work for many of the nearly 40,000 dogs in the US that annually develop the most common type of canine lung cancer, known as CPAC.
Poll: Cannabinoid Treatments for Pets?
We asked our Facebook fans: Have you been asked by pet owners about cannabinoid treatments for their pets? We received nearly 200 responses.
What Do Veterinarians Need to Know About Pets and Pot?
Veterinarians should be prepared to treat pets that have ingested marijuana as more states move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use. They should also be prepared for questions about the therapeutic benefits of CBD and cannabis.
Pot Meds for Pets?
Under California’s Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, veterinarians can have their license either revoked or suspended for discussing medicinal cannabis with a client. SB 627 would change that. “Veterinarians should be the ones giving people guidance on how to do this, not people with zero medical training like the guy working behind the counter at the recreational cannabis dispensary,” contends Dr. Gary Richter.
Are We Doing Enough to Support Colleagues at Risk for Suicide?
Being able to recognize and respond to indications that someone is thinking of suicide can help avert a death by suicide. Are we doing enough in the veterinary profession to help those most in need — our colleagues?
Poll: Are Cat Owners Less Conscientious About Bringing Their Cats In for Preventive Care?
According to our Facebook poll for National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, 83% of veterinarians thought cat owners were less likely to bring their cats into the vet for preventive care.
New Leadership at the AVMA
Read about the AVMA’s new president and president-elect and their respective goals for the organization.
Study: Sterilization Is Best for Controlling Feral Cats
“Sadly, many communities still opt to do nothing to control populations of community cats or use outdated, ineffective methods — such as sporadic trapping and removal,” says one of the study’s coauthors. “This research confirms high-intensity TNR is the most effective, humane way to stabilize a population of community cats and, over time, reduce them.”