September 12, 2014

12:31 AM | Is There a Blood Test for Cancer in Dogs & Cats?
I am often asked by clients if there is a blood test that can tell if their apparently healthy pet has cancer. Obviously, “cancer” is a scary word, and many of the various diseases given that label are difficult to … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | What to do when veterinary patient's owner needs care
Researchers offer advice for ticklish condition

September 11, 2014

11:05 PM | A brief guide to... the Animal Health Act 1981
A government notice on the 2001 UK foot and mouth disease outbreak in April 2001. The Animal Health Act was introduced in 1981 to control the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease and other specified infectious diseases. The Act granted government ministers to make orders that would prevent the spread of disease as well as:Granting local authorities power to enter premises for the purpose of veterinary enquiry, seize and control affected carcases and slaughter affected, suspected or […]
10:43 PM | Vet checks - has complacency bred contempt?
These timed photographs show what the photographer who took them alleges was the sum of the vet check of the Best of Breed Neapolitan Mastiff at Richmond Championship Show last Saturday.The photographer maintains that vet Erik D'Arcy-Donnelly never got up from his desk and that the vet check took less than two minutes, including writing the form which gave the dog a Pass.14:15:41: Sean Platts enters the vet's office with Best of Breed Ch Too Hot To Handle.Vet Erik D'Arcy-Donnelly is seated at […]
9:53 PM | Zoo Promotion
#Promotion MT @NationalZoo: new Zoo video a month, subscribe 2 "Wild Inside the National Zoo" 4 free in iTunes store!— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 11, 2014
9:47 PM | Poor Little Bat...All Those Scary Humans
Bat causes sheer pandemonium during local TV newscast— The Dodo (@dodo) September 11, 2014
9:17 PM | "...a strange obsession...'
Humans seem to need to feel unique.How 'unspecial' are you? What other animals have taught us about human uniqueness my first piece at @EarthTouch!— Jason G. Goldman (@jgold85) September 11, 2014
4:42 PM | State of the Birds report is out!
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative is out with their annual “State of the Birds” report, and I know it will be of interest to you, my dear readers. The report covers birds ranging across all sorts of habitats, not just the seabirds we know and love (and seek dead on the beaches of the […]
1:03 PM | A Teaching Opportunity
Sedgwick County Commissioners are told why zoos need breeding groups of elephants."Zoo director Mark Reed said that African elephants are dying at the rate of 96 a day because of poaching and loss of habitat."NC Zoo Director David M. Jones wants to teach about this loss through destruction of ivory and rhino horn valued at $1 million here. "We must all act now!", he said, a month ago, but that August educational event was postponed pending "clarification" from the State of North Carolina.As […]
12:15 PM | Breathlessness: not wagging but drowning
New report suggests that for Pugs, Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and other brachycpephalicbreeds, fighting for breath can be as unpleasant as drowningStruggling to breathe can cause animals significant suffering, says a new paper from researchers at Massey University in New Zealand.This might seem obvious, but breathlessness and its specific welfare impact on animals has not been well-articulated in the veterinary literature before. "Breathlessness, in its various manifestations, has been […]

September 10, 2014

5:43 PM | Sad @HuffPostScience
Greenhouse gas levels grew at the fastest rate ever, report finds— HuffPost Science (@HuffPostScience) September 10, 2014
5:05 PM | Who’s a Pretty Boy Then?
Working in the world of international animal welfare as I have been doing in the last couple of months, you are confronted by your own innate biases. These are little (or big!) ideas you have about animal welfare that influence … Continue reading →
3:49 PM | Are Deaf Dogs and Blind Dogs just like other Dogs?
Do dogs that are deaf and/or blind have specific behavioural traits? New research sets out to investigate – and finds they are very similar to dogs with normal hearing and vision.Photo: Amy Rene / ShutterstockNo one knows exactly how many dogs have hearing or vision problems. Congenital deafness and/or blindness occur in several breeds. In some cases this is related to coat colours – for example the double merle gene in Australian Shepherds is linked to deafness and […]

Farmer-Dougan, V., Quick, A., Harper, K., Schmidt, K. & Campbell, D. (2014). Behavior of Hearing or Vision Impaired and Normal Hearing and Vision Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris): Not the same but not that different , Journal of Veterinary Behavior,

12:30 PM | Sad @NBC News
Veterinarian who cared for retired circus elephants was crushed to death in accident— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 10, 2014
12:23 PM | University of Arizona eyes 2015 opening for veterinary program
Inaugural classes begin at Lincoln Memorial, Midwestern

September 09, 2014

10:55 PM | FDA Might Regulate Stem-Cell Therapies for Dogs & Cats: But Probably Not
I’ve written extensively, though not lately, about veterinary stem-cell therapies (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). These are treatments in which stem cells are injected into an animal to treat some disease. The most common current use is to inject stem … Continue reading →
8:22 PM | When There Aren't Enough Fossils
Cool! RT @jgold85: Ancient Egyptian Art Contains The Records of Past Extinctions— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 9, 2014
5:50 PM | Government Bond Will Improve Zoo
The City of Knoxville will provide a $10 million bond to fund a 5-year strategic plan to improve the Knoxville Zoo.The bond will "pay for the creation of Tiger Forest, updates to the reptiles and ambassador animal holding, show arena, event venue and new restrooms."
2:09 PM | Dr. Peterson Interviewed in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Peterson was interviewed for the September issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.The interview provides some interesting insights into Dr. Peterson's career, his own cats, and his aspirations and goals as he continues his research.Click here to download and read the full interview.
2:06 PM | DBQ answers
Not only did I get FOUR responses on this latest quiz, but all four respondents were in full agreement and concord on what these specimens were. This might well be a first. While I love a good debate, I also love feeling like our database identifications are being backed up in quadruplicate. John, Wouter, James, […]
12:04 PM | Company Priuses
My company car, a 2010 Toyota Prius has just completed 125,000 miles at 51.1 miles per gallon.I drove the prior, 2004 Prius 201,000 miles at a similar mpg.Just in the gasoline savings, that would be about $20,000 over an average mid-sized car.The 2004 Prius is continuing to serve the NC Zoo Society well. running errands for various drivers and going more tens of thousands of miles.Both cars were virtually repair- and replacement-free during my time driving them.

September 08, 2014

11:05 PM | Refuting animal abolutionism part I: introduction
© Copyright of animal abolitionist pioneer Gary Francione, imposed over hogs in an intensive American pig farm. The following series of blog posts is going to examine and refute the main arguments used by animal abolitionists against new animal welfare reforms. Introduction: what is abolitionism and welfarism?Most advocates of animal welfare agree that animals have moral status and should be protected, but beyond that there […]
6:35 PM | White Snake Proceeding South
The famous white cobra of Thousand Oaks, California, was first relocated to the LA Zoo and now is destined for another southerly journey to San Diego Zoo, where they are better prepared to deal with it and its unique venom. (The story at the "journey to San Diego" link above includes updates and corrections; appears the "albino cobra" of earlier stories is not a true albino at all.) 
8:31 AM | The truth behind the Cambridge "very large cat"
The media loved the story recently of YoYo, the Basset Hound, who had circumvented rules banning dogs at Selwyn College, Cambridge by being classified as a "very large cat".Nothing like a bit of good-old fashioned British eccentricity.There's been a few sniffy comments , though - with several people suggesting the dog is a cross, not a purebred Basset.But I can exclusively reveal that YoYo is the real-deal. She is a retired working pack hound from the wonderful Albany Bassets  - a dog who […]
12:34 AM | What is “Integrative Veterinary Oncology” & can it be Evidence-Based?
An interesting article appeared recently in a widely-read veterinary journal that discusses so-called “integrative medicine” in veterinary cancer care in terms of evidence-based medicine (EBM). This article raises a number of interesting questions and concerns. Raditic, DM. Bartges, JW. Evidence-based … Continue reading →
12:00 AM | Comprehensive pet microchip registry data elusive
One search engine defunct; another incomplete

September 07, 2014

11:51 AM | Y'all Decide
...or gradual balloon air release? RT @literaryeric: This frog sounds like a kitten.— russwilliamsiii (@russwilliamsiii) September 7, 2014

September 06, 2014

12:28 PM | Zoo Takes Stand for African Elephants
Pittsburgh Zoo works for the future of African elephants through Project Frozen Dumbo."In the past decade in Africa, ivory poachers have eliminated some 70 percent of the wild elephant population. In zoos around the world, natural reproduction and artificial insemination are difficult." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

September 05, 2014

11:05 PM | A brief guide to... the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974
The purpose of the Rabies Order is to prevent the introduction of rabies into Great Britain by controlling the introduction of susceptible species, other than humans...
9:16 PM | It Is O.K. to Empathize with Your Subjects
Jane Goodall opens up about where science has gone wrong— HuffPost Science (@HuffPostScience) September 5, 2014"To have this coldness, this lack of empathy, has enabled some scientists to do unethical behavior."
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