Dogs and cats have been known to eat strange things, as evidenced by a series of X-rays featured in this CBS News story. Pictures of pets' insides provided by veterinarian Amy Zalcman, an expert in detecting foreign objects ingested by dogs and cats, show everything from a stack of coins to a kitchen knife.
A recent study indicated that people reduced their stress-hormone levels and felt more relaxed after interacting with their dogs. The study also found that people showed the same response when interacting with unfamiliar dogs. The finding may provide insight into animal-assisted treatments.
Animal chiropractors are seeing an increasing number of horses, dogs and cats as owners request the treatment as part of an overall health plan, according to this report. However, the AVMA recommends caution because claims that these treatments are safe and effective have not been validated. "We're getting more calls about this from animal owners, and from veterinarians as well, but there's not much hard data available," said veterinarian and AVMA staff consultant Craig Smith.
At the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., veterinarian Lance Adams heads a team of 50 professionals trained in caring for the 11,000 animals housed there. A $5.5 million expansion will give the staff a new hospital and allow visitors to watch as workers observe, diagnose and treat creatures ranging in size from a tiny baby seahorse to a quarter-ton California sea lion.
The Monongalia County Health Department in West Virginia is reminding area pet owners about changes made to a state law that governs rabies vaccinations. The amended law requires in-state pet owners to have their cats and dogs vaccinated for rabies every three years, instead of the previous two-year interval.