Between 2010 and 2012, approximately 70% of teens suffering from serious emotional or behavioral problems received mental health services other than medication, such as counseling, a CDC report found. Boys were more likely than girls to receive counseling, the report said.
On Tuesday, San Diego Zoo veterinarians examined their 22-week-old panda, Xiao Liwu, noting that he is growing well, developing teeth and becoming quite rambunctious. Xiao Liwu, whose name means "Little Gift," is part of an important collaboration with China to breed giant pandas in captivity in the hopes of maintaining and studying the endangered species.
Diabetes occurs in pets when the pancreas doesn't produce sufficient insulin or cells can no longer respond appropriately to insulin, writes veterinarian Julianne Miller. Common signs in dogs and cats include greater drinking and urinating, increased hunger, lethargy and poor coat quality. Blood and urine tests confirm the diagnosis. Insulin injections given daily along with a specific diet are the standard treatments for diabetes, notes Dr. Miller, who adds that working closely with your veterinarian will help ensure good management of a pet's diabetes.
Pet insurance can help animal owners make the best medical decisions for their pets without fear of financial hardship, but it's essential to have the right policy. According to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association, there are three types of policies with varying degrees of coverage and costs. This series addresses considerations for owners, offers resources and includes input from veterinarian Jerald Gemar, who weighs in with the most and least important policy features, considerations regarding payout caps and more.
Ueno Zoo in Tokyo announced the death of its 6-day-old panda, the first born at the zoo in 24 years. After aspirating milk while nursing, the male panda developed pneumonia. The animal had been held in an incubator but appeared to be improving and was returned to his mother on Tuesday. A keeper found him lying lifeless on his mother's chest Wednesday. The survival rate for panda offspring is less than 50%, and it is even lower for those with first-time mothers, according to panda experts.