Free-range cattle in Arizona have trampled suburban yards and caused fatal car accidents, a fact that has one state lawmaker looking to end laws that allow the large animals to roam. The Arizona Cattlemen's Association opposes the move to cut back on rights granted to farmers and ranchers in the decades before the state grew full of residential developments.
About 1,000 of the 90,000 U.S. veterinarians are involved in laboratory-animal medicine, which was the third specialty acknowledged by AVMA. Laboratory-animal veterinarians are committed to responsible use of animals for the benefit of people and as pets, writes University of Michigan vet Howard G. Rush in this letter to the editor. They also work to ensure that lab animals are treated humanely in research, he writes.
Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine has developed an application designed to allow animal owners to use their iPhones or iPads to set alerts for scheduled veterinary visits and store their pets' health histories. The application, called CU-PetHealth, also offers a guide for owners on their pets' food requirements based on factors such as weight and age.
A nonprofit group in Lynchburg, Va., and the city's Department of Parks & Recreation are collaborating to establish an off-leash dog park in the city, which is home to about 15,000 dogs. Niro Rasanayagam, the treasurer of the group, writes in this article that dog parks allow canines to socialize and lessen the animals' propensity for aggression and benefits owners, especially the elderly and disabled, who may not find it easy to exercise their dogs.
Imperial Palace and two other hotels along the Las Vegas strip have introduced a program allowing pets to stay at the properties in designated areas. Under the program, pet owners and their animals will have access to dog-walking routes and outdoor relief areas, among other services.