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Hands off, California! You’ll only make things worse.

DVM360 Magazine FDA’s new antimicrobial guidelines don’t need legislative ‘help.’ A recent dvm360 article (“FDA’s final antimicrobial regulation proposal provides veterinarians more flexibility”) highlights a major success on the part of both the animal health industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with clear benefits for American food consumers. Years of hard work,…

Human-animal bond goes mainstream in the Wall Street Journal

DVM360 Magazine Collaborative investigation a model for future veterinary research. This morning’s Wall Street Journal contained a fascinating article on page 4: “How dogs might protect kids against asthma: gut bacteria.” According to the article, researchers have determined that children in households with dogs exposed to the outdoors may develop a gastrointestinal tract with a…

Why doesn’t a growing bond lead to better pet healthcare?

DVM360 Magazine Veterinarians aren’t seeing increased pet owner spending the way pet retail outlets are. At least not yet. Perhaps you’ve heard this ancient Chinese curse: “May you live an interesting life.” If this proverb has any merit, then veterinarians in the United States must feel especially “cursed” right now. So what’s so interesting about…

Texas, Minn., N. Carolina ‘get’ the human-animal bond

DVM360 Magazine Innovative programs pair people and animals for boosted health and well-being. There’s a wave sweeping across the country that spells good news for animals and people of all stripes, including pet owners and veterinarians. Legislatures, universities and small nonprofits are recognizing the power of the human-animal bond, and research is backing up their…

Survey of young pet owners calls shelter marketing into question

DVM360 Magazine ‘Problem pets’ stigma is driving down adoptions, experts fear. A recent survey, described here in The Columbian of Clark County, Wash., sheds an important and fascinating light on pet owner attitudes toward sources of pet dogs. The study was conducted by Best Friends Animal Society and focused on people 18 to 34 years…

Breed ban balloon is starting to deflate

DVM360 Magazine Legislation catching up with veterinarians’ professional judgment. On Aug. 1, 1989, the Denver City Council banned pit bulls. Many people predicted that a wave would sweep the country outlawing so-called “dangerous” breeds. It’s 24 years later, and while other municipalities have followed Denver’s course, the wave is now receding. Even President Obama went…

In this poll, Ohio is definitely No. 1

DVM360 Magazine State gets it right balancing welfare, commercial interests—and recognizes veterinarians’ expertise. On Oct. 1, the Ohio Department of Agriculture rules took effect implementing the high-volume breeders bill passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. John Kasich last December. Senate Bill 130 represents a comprehensive and pragmatic regulatory approach to large-scale breeders (those…

U.S. Does Not Have A Veterinarian Glut: Guest Opinion

Oregon Live Monique Balas wrote a story in Pet Talk recently featuring data from a recent study of the veterinary work force. It’s always interesting to see how people view a particular profession, and it often comes down to whether the glass is half empty or half full. The impression from the Pet Talk piece…

Maryland passes pet food fee (some call it a tax)

DVM360 Magazine Proceeds will fund statewide spay-neuter program. An interesting development in 2013 state legislation was Maryland’s passage of SB 820, which imposes a fee on pet food to fund a statewide spay-neuter program aimed at low-income communities. Despite opposition from the pet food industry, the amended bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the…

Large-scale food animal production under microscope

DVM360 Magazine Welfare groups seek to move ‘corporate farming’ into political arena. It looks like 2014 is shaping up to be a hot year in the legislative kitchen. Animal welfare and rights organizations are involved in both companion and food animal issues. But it is food animals drawing splashy attention this month. On Sept. 24,…