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USDA no longer experimenting on cats and kittens

USDA no longer experimenting on cats and kittens

The announcement comes weeks after U.S. congressmen Brian Mast and Jimmy Panetta introduced the Kittens in Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act of 2019. The USDA was breeding kittens for the sole purpose of feeding them parasite-infested raw meat. The kittens were then euthanized.

CVMA and California veterinarians clash over blood banks

CVMA and California veterinarians clash over blood banks

A showdown is brewing between the California Veterinary Medical Association and a group of veterinarians over whether closed-colony blood banks should continue to operate. A new bill is aimed at changing existing laws that require animal blood banks collect blood exclusively from these sources.

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AVMA publishes guidelines for the depopulation of animals

AVMA publishes guidelines for the depopulation of animals

Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals offers procedures to help veterinarians make humane decisions in critical situations. Depopulation balances the need to respond swiftly and avoid further devastation with the most humane method of death possible in response to pressing or emergency circumstances.

FDA approves drug for canine urinary incontinence

FDA approves drug for canine urinary incontinence

PROIN ER, a tablet for the control of urinary incontinence in dogs, has been approved by the FDA. The drug treats urethral sphincter hypotonus, which occurs due to a dog’s age and weakening muscles in the urethra.

AHS releases new heartworm recommendations

AHS releases new heartworm recommendations

The guidelines recommend yearly screenings for dogs more than seven months of age, the use of heartworm preventive medications, and reduced exposure to mosquitoes. It also suggests veterinarians recommend the use of EPA-approved mosquito repellents for heat-treating a pet patient’s serum.

Former president of AVMA and WVA dies at 64

Former president of AVMA and WVA dies at 64

René Carlson, DVM, the former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the World Veterinary Association, has died. Dr. Carlson is the recipient of AVMA’s Global Veterinary Service Award. She was also given a lifetime honorary membership in the WVA for her dedication to animal health.