The U.S. Department of Agriculture will devise a new tracing program for livestock as it drops the National Animal Identification System. The new rules are expected to take more than two years to create.
A bill that would create a group to set animal-treatment standards for farms was approved by a Kentucky Senate committee on Thursday. A veterinarian said that some people are not familiar with agricultural practices, and there are standards for commercial livestock industries in Kentucky.
As pets live longer, due in part to advances in veterinary care and nutrition, they also become more prone to developing dementia in their later years, according to a veterinarian in South Yarmouth, Mass. While a few prescription drugs have been reported to help slow the progression of the disease, "there is some anecdotal evidence that diet can help early to moderate cognitive dysfunction," the veterinarian said.
A 12-year-old dog suffering from cataracts regained its eyesight after undergoing eye surgery that employs similar procedures used for humans. "Cataracts are quite common in older canines, and there is a high success rate for sight recovery in certain candidates," said the ophthalmologist who performed the surgery.
The Mississippi State Senate approved a bill that would make animal cruelty toward dogs and cats a felony in the state. Under the bill, violators could be fined as much as $10,000 and imprisoned for up to five years.
Backed by scientific data mostly from veterinarians in academia, AVMA supports the use of antibiotics "for therapy" as a way to ensure food safety and animal health, according to Christine Hoang, assistant director of the group's scientific activities division. "The overarching guideline is that we would expect that antimicrobials would be used judiciously to protect both animal and human health," Hoang said.