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Consumer research demonstrates need for pet food label reform

DVM360 Magazine Most veterinary clients have no idea what labeling mean for their pets’ health. Attention, veterinarians: Do your clients read the labels on the food they feed their pets—the list of ingredients, the feeding guide or the “guaranteed analysis”? Do these labels influence how and what they feed? Do they make sense and are…

Policy future looks bright with new generation of veterinary students

DVM360 Magazine Boots on the ground makes a big difference in Congress. More than 65 U.S. veterinary students took two days off from classes this week for a good cause. These representatives of accredited U.S. schools met in Washington, D.C., with AVMA’s leadership and its Governmental Relations Division to learn how to be effective in…

Alabama’s at it again with bills regulating veterinary shelters

DVM360 Magazine Alabama’s at it again with bills regulating veterinary shelters and Massachusetts is looking to establish a veterinary technician board. State legislatures are political laboratories in a manner that Congress can never replicate. It’s the genius of our dual system of government, providing for legislative powers in 50 separate states along with the federal…

Congress starts fast out of the gate in 2014

DVM360 Magazine Success of Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in Senate could build momentum for more positive results. Veterinarians launched 2014 with a political win, but there’s more to do. The U.S. Senate passed S. 1171, the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, which allows veterinarians in mobile practices to transport and use controlled substances. This addresses a…

Hands off, California! You’ll only make things worse.

DVM360 Magazine FDA’s new antimicrobial guidelines don’t need legislative ‘help.’ A recent dvm360 article (“FDA’s final antimicrobial regulation proposal provides veterinarians more flexibility”) highlights a major success on the part of both the animal health industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with clear benefits for American food consumers. Years of hard work,…

Human-animal bond goes mainstream in the Wall Street Journal

DVM360 Magazine Collaborative investigation a model for future veterinary research. This morning’s Wall Street Journal contained a fascinating article on page 4: “How dogs might protect kids against asthma: gut bacteria.” According to the article, researchers have determined that children in households with dogs exposed to the outdoors may develop a gastrointestinal tract with a…

Why doesn’t a growing bond lead to better pet healthcare?

DVM360 Magazine Veterinarians aren’t seeing increased pet owner spending the way pet retail outlets are. At least not yet. Perhaps you’ve heard this ancient Chinese curse: “May you live an interesting life.” If this proverb has any merit, then veterinarians in the United States must feel especially “cursed” right now. So what’s so interesting about…

Texas, Minn., N. Carolina ‘get’ the human-animal bond

DVM360 Magazine Innovative programs pair people and animals for boosted health and well-being. There’s a wave sweeping across the country that spells good news for animals and people of all stripes, including pet owners and veterinarians. Legislatures, universities and small nonprofits are recognizing the power of the human-animal bond, and research is backing up their…

Survey of young pet owners calls shelter marketing into question

DVM360 Magazine ‘Problem pets’ stigma is driving down adoptions, experts fear. A recent survey, described here in The Columbian of Clark County, Wash., sheds an important and fascinating light on pet owner attitudes toward sources of pet dogs. The study was conducted by Best Friends Animal Society and focused on people 18 to 34 years…

Breed ban balloon is starting to deflate

DVM360 Magazine Legislation catching up with veterinarians’ professional judgment. On Aug. 1, 1989, the Denver City Council banned pit bulls. Many people predicted that a wave would sweep the country outlawing so-called “dangerous” breeds. It’s 24 years later, and while other municipalities have followed Denver’s course, the wave is now receding. Even President Obama went…