BOOKS: All My Patients Kick & Bite

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  January/February 2013:

 

All My Patients Kick & Bite: Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice by Jeff Wells,  DVM St. Martin’s Griffin (175 5th Ave.,  New York,  NY 10010),  2012.  246 pages,  paperback.  $14.99.

 

Rural Colorado veterinarian Jeff Wells in All My Patients Kick & Bite follows up his 2009 hit All My Patients Have Tales, which was also subtitled “Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice.”  Chiefly treating livestock,  especially sheep and horses,  Wells is among many vets aspiring to reprise the success of British veterinarian James Alfred Wright (1916-1995),  who began his practice in 1940,  and published the first of his 14 books written as “James Herriot” in 1970.   Read more

Spillover: Animal Infections & The Next Human Pandemic

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.) __________________________________________

BOOKS Spillover:  Animal Infections & The Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen W.W. Norton and Company (500 5th Ave.,  New York, NY  10110),  2012.  592 pages,  hardcover.  $28.95 __________________________________________

Among the very first postings to ProMED-mail,  the listserve for the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases now reaching more than 60,000 animal and human health experts per day,  was an October 1994 letter to The New York Times by Barbara Hatch Rosenberg,  then director of the Federation of American Scientists Biological Program. Read more

More about trials of calcium chloride as chemosterilant for male dogs

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

 

Thank you for your September 2012 article “Trial of calcium chloride to fix dogs succeeds in Nepal,”  bringing attention to calcium chloride dihydrate nonsurgical sterilization,  which I believe has the potential to help dog welfare organizations make their funding go further,  and to spare dogs the trauma of transport and surgery.

InterNICHE introduces alternatives to animal use in education to Iran

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

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I visited Iran in April and June 2012 as an invited speaker at the 17th Iranian Veterinary Congress and to conduct outreach to universities.  A previous InterNICHE visit to Iran in 2011 had been the first alternatives outreach to the country.  The 2012 outreach was part of a wider project that included extended stays in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
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Australian sheep export to Bahrain comes to "bloody & miserable end" in Pakistan

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

KARACHI,  Pakistan–The Livestock Department of the state government of Sindh, Pakistan on October 20,  2012 killed the last of 22,000 sheep who were shipped from Fremantle, Australia to Bahrain on August 4,  2012 aboard the Wellard Rural Exports transporter Ocean Drover,  Malir district deputy commissionr Kazi Jan Muhammad told Ghulam Abbas of the Karachi Business Recorder.  Intended to be sold for Ramadan ritual slaughter,  the sheep were rejected by Bahrain on August 21, purportedly due to scabby mouth disease,  a stress-related affliction similar to a human cold sore,  which often develops among sheep on shipboard.  The disease is also called “orf.” Read more

BOOKS: How to Treat Your Dogs & Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

How to Treat Your Dogs & Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs and companion edition
by Robert L. Ridgway, DVM IUniverse:  http://bookstore.iuniverse.com
168 and 104 pages,  paperback.  $15.95 and $13.95.

Along with not judging books by the cover. one must sometimes be careful not to judge them by the title.  Orlando Animal Services’ veterinarian Robert L. Ridgway’s handbook How to Treat Your Dogs & Cats with Over-the-Counter Drugs and companion edition of additional advice are useful and practical.  But the mention of over-the-counter drugs in the titles may be misleading.  Ridgway’s books are not pharmacological guides written to help pet keepers avoid the use of prescription medication. Read more

Trial of calcium chloride to fix dogs succeeds in Nepal

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

YORK,  U.K.–The First International Conference on Dog Population Management concluded in York, United Kingdom on September 8, 2012 with optimism that calcium chloride–which can be made for less than the cost of bottling it–may already be suitable for widespread chemosterilant for use in male dogs.

Recent advances came as a surprise to Parsemus Foundation medical research programs director Elaine Lissner, who has funded calcium chloride trials for several years.  “At the November 2011 Animal Grant-makers meeting,” Lissner told ANIMAL PEOPLE, “we informed other funders about research on calcium chloride dihydrate nonsurgical male dog and cat sterilization, and showed how simple the sterilant is to make, mixing it right at the lunch table.  The Greenbaum Foundation told grantees about it.  But we heard no more about it until August 2012,” when the Greenbaum Foundation reported successful use of calcium chloride by an organization called DREAMS in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Read more

70,000 Australian sheep stranded at sea by disease outbreak

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

KARACHI–Twenty-two thousand Australian sheep on September 22, 2012 won at least a temporary reprieve from being culled in Pakistan, and were still alive two days later while the Sindh High Court reviewed evidence submitted by Rafiq Khanani of the Dow Univesity of Health Sciences that the sheep had not contracted serious diseases during prolonged transport aboard the Ocean Drover. Read more

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