Most racehorses in the U.S. currently get a shot of Lasix about four hours before they compete, which limits bleeding in a horse's lungs and air passages but is also a diuretic. The drug is not used on race day outside of North America and the industry is considering a ban on the drug, driven in part by a federal bill introduced last month that would ban race-day drugging and impose stiffer penalties for violations.
The pet industry has proved to be resilient while the overall economy has struggled, a fact highlighted at the recent Global Pet Expo where companies showcased high-end products for pets. "Pet owners aren't just looking to provide a home for their pets," said APPA President Bob Vetere. "They are investing in their pets' quality of life. Oftentimes they do this at their own expense, cutting personal expenses, but not those affecting their faithful companions."
The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would end the use of animal gas chambers at shelters in the state. Under the measure, in-state shelters would be required to submit by year's end proof that they have switched to lethal injection for animal euthanasia and provide proof by Jan. 31, 2012, that they have dismantled existing gas chamber facilities.
The Vernon, Conn.-based Bravo! pet food company has announced a voluntary recall of its 50-count bulk oven-roasted Pig Ears chews that were distributed on the East and West coasts from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, over a concern that the products might be contaminated with salmonella. The move comes after a random sample of the products were found to have the bacteria.
Veterinarians have confirmed that a horse that was put down for lameness issues at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has tested positive for equine herpesvirus -- the eight confirmed case of the virus among horses in the state. The discovery has prompted the college to close its doors to veterinary checks for three weeks.