The San Diego Zoo piped 15 tons of shaved ice into its panda exhibit this week so the residents could enjoy the feel of snow they would encounter in their natural habitat. Bai Yun and her baby panda, Xiao Liwu, romped through the powdery snow, wrestled and generally seemed to enjoy their winter wonderland, senior keeper Jennifer Becerra 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.
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.
The CDC named this week "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" in an effort to increase awareness about the threat of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, and food animal veterinarians are involved in the effort. Several organizations provide stringent guidelines for appropriate use of antibiotic therapy, including the AVMA, which features guidelines for dairy cattle, beef cattle and swine on the AVMA website.
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.