The FDA has released a draft guidance in a move to limit the use of antibiotics in animals, citing an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which pose a threat to humans. The agency has given the public 60 days to submit comments. Some members of the farming industry said the FDA needs to demonstrate more scientific data before it can demand changes to the practice.
The University of Victoria in Canada has unveiled plans to rid the campus of 1,400 stray rabbits by sterilization, relocation and euthanasia, and to allow only about 200 rabbits on university grounds. Rabbits not accommodated by the community will be put down using euthanasia methods deemed appropriate by AVMA, according to this article.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study in 2006 found that about 23% to 41% of U.S. dogs were obese, a problem that dog fitness programs across the U.S. seek to address. The programs, which include boot camps and dog races, allow owners and pets to work out together and maintain a healthy weight, while giving them time to bond.
Health officials in Florida are advising residents to be on alert for mosquito-borne illnesses, after reports of 16 horses across the state that tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis this year. Officials also are urging in-state horse owners to have their animals vaccinated to prevent further disease spread.
The summer season could put pets at risk for various hazards such as dehydration, fleas and ticks, as well as diseases including heartworm and rabies. An animal expert suggests ways to protect pets from such risks, including consulting a veterinarian for flea-and-tick prevention, heartworm treatment and rabies vaccines.