Advocates urge pet owners to microchip their animals because traditional ID tags can slip off of dogs and cats. To learn more about microchipping during National Pet ID Week, read this JAVMA article and AVMA's backgrounder.
A microchip implanted in a terrier mix dog made it possible for the animal to be returned to its owner after wandering 1,170 miles from its home in Mississippi. "This is proof that every pet should be microchipped. Microchipping works," an animal control officer said. View AVMA's microchip backgrounder.
The insurance broker for AVMA's Professional Liability Insurance Trust intends to offer more clarity on advice issued in 2009, which stated that relief veterinarians needed workers' compensation insurance. This advice caused some confusion, given the independent contractor status of most such veterinarians. The clarification will made in an article to be published this month in the upcoming issue of AVMA Business Insurance Update.
Two horse farms in Colts Neck, N.J., are under quarantine by the state Department of Agriculture after a filly at one of the farms died as a result of the neurologic form of equine herpes and five others were diagnosed with the virus, which can't infect humans but spreads quickly from horse to horse. The quarantines will last 21 days, unless new cases are diagnosed.
Lawmakers in Hawaii are debating a bill that would require retailers to spay and neuter cats and dogs before they are sold, a move proponents say would help the state manage feral cat populations. The bill would not apply to sales between hobby breeders and other person-to-person pet sales.
Only 16% of dogs and 2% of cats that turn up in shelters are eventually reunited with their owners, according to national figures, but pet owners can improve their odds by microchipping pets and registering them with local agencies, and launching searches at area shelters immediately after animals go missing, experts say. Still, some waits are longer than others -- one microchipped cat that went missing nine years ago was reunited Friday with its owner in Otis Orchards, Wash. View AVMA's microchip backgrounder.