Study finds vets not complying with Epilepsy Task Force recommendations – VetNurse News – Vet Nurse

new study, published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice (JSAP)has revealed that veterinary surgeons only prescribe anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) after a seizure cluster in 44% of cases, despite International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force recommendations to the contrary1. The study “Approach to initial management of canine generalized epileptic seizures in primary-care veterinary practices in the … Read more

Task force call as survey finds canine fertility clinic concerns

An animal charity has demanded tougher regulation of canine fertility clinics (CFCs) to better protect dogs that can’t mate naturally from what it sees as unethical and irresponsible practices. The plea by the Naturewatch Foundation coincides with the release of its own survey of veterinary professionals, which indicated overwhelming concern about CFCs activities. But the … Read more

Animals bred in captivity develop physical changes that may hinder survival in the wild, research finds Australia news

Animals bred in captivity experience significant physical and behavioral changes that may disadvantage their survival chances once released into the wild, a wide-ranging research review has found. Analysis from the Australian National University shows “captive environments drastically alter selection pressures on animals”, with documented differences in many species. The ANU’s Dr Dejan Stojanovic, a study … Read more

UK vulnerable to major animal disease outbreaks, report finds | Science

The UK’s main animal disease facility has been left to deteriorate to an “alarming extent” leaving the country vulnerable to major outbreaks on the scale of the devastating 2001 foot-and-mouth crisis, MPs have warned. An inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee found that the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in Weybridge was “continually vulnerable … Read more

Study Finds People With High Emotional Reactivity Are Typically Drawn To Cats

If you own a cat, you know felines can calm stress and bring tranquility to the people who love them. One recent study concentrates on this power, revealing people with high emotional drives tend to be drawn to cats, and these strong feelings would better benefit from their inclusion in animal therapy programs. In the … Read more

Family That Loses Dog Goes To Shelter To Adopt New Pet, Finds A Familiar Face

After three long months of searching, and not a single clue to help them find their lost dog, a family finally decided to head to their local shelter to adopt another furry family member. But then, despite seeing dozens of dogs, there wasn’t any kind of connection. That was until they noticed a picture on … Read more

Most US pet food contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’, study finds | PFAS

Much of America’s pet food packaging could be contaminated with PFAS “forever chemicals”, creating a potentially dangerous exposure to the toxic compounds for cats and dogs. In a recent study public health advocate the Environmental Working Group (EWG) checked 11 bags of pet food and found that all of them contained the substance, including several … Read more

Rhino horns have become shorter in the past century, study finds Evolution

Rhinoceros horns have become shorter over the last century, researchers have found, adding the development could be a result of hunters and poachers targeting larger prizes. Rhino horns were much sought after among hunters over the centuries, while modern poachers sell them for use in traditional medicines in China and Vietnam. “In the case of … Read more

Eurasian jays shun reward for keyboard delayed treat, study finds | Birds

The old saying states a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush but it appears Eurasian jays may beg to differ: researchers have found the corvids shun an immediate reward for a keyboard, but delayed, treat. What’s more, the team found the birds that showed the most self-control scored higher on a … Read more

Bumblebees get a buzz out of playing with balls, study finds | Animal behavior

Bumblebees are associated with lives of work rather than play, but researchers have for the first time observed the insects playing with balls for enjoyment, just like humans and dogs. A team of UK scientists watched bees interacting with inanimate objects as a form of play and said the findings added to growing evidence that … Read more