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dvm360.com p. Fun raising She didn’t shrink from this challenge and stood naked for her cause. Newsmagazine The Voice of Veterinary News February 2010 Breeders targeted Changes in state laws shut down dog kennels N R W Outlook on feline care New health guidelines from AAHA and AAFP hope to open a window to improved veterinary care. Guidelines aim to improve consistency of care S H N — After the revelation that cats are brought to veterinarians half as often as dogs, the veterinary community scrambled to discover the reasons for the species split and overcome barriers to more frequent feline veterinary visits. Now the American Association p. of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) have jointly developed and released the Feline Life Stage Guidelines, a 12-page document designed to help practitioners help their client compliance with feline healthcare recommendations. Past AAFP president Ilona Rodan, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (feline), was co- chair of the committee that produced the new guidelines. Rodan says she and the other committee doctors set out to ground the guidelines in evidence-based research. She hopes the document helps create more consistency from practice to practice. “If a hospital down the street recommends more vaccines than I do, » L , P . — Often called the “Puppy Mill Capital of the East,” Pennsylvania has struggled to improve its image by passing laws that crack down on irresponsible breeding and kennel operations. But now that the laws are in effect and an enforcement plan has reached maturity, 125 of the state’s 300 licensed commercial kennels are being shut down, leaving humane groups bracing for what officials believe will result in an onslaught of dumped dogs. “We keep hearing rumors of kennels closing down or being closed down,” says Megan Gallagher, vice president of development and outreach for the Humane League of Lancaster County — the heart of kennel operations. “We’re anticipating we’ll see a larger number of dogs, but we haven’t seen it yet.” But the closures aren’t rumors. Changes to commercial dog-kennel laws in Pennsylvania went into effect Oct. 9, and a 55-day enforcement period during which all 300 of the state’s class-C kennels were inspected ended Dec. 31. Based on those inspections, 125 kennels have been ordered to close, says Justin Fleming, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. New laws require class-C kennels — which breed or sell more than 60 dogs per year to dealers or pet stores — to double the minimum floor space for dogs, provide access to an outdoor ex- » 18 Educational reform: The dialogue begins p. p. 20 Cancelled anthrax study sparks new criticismp. p. Veterinarian comic Meet Amanda Brown, DVM, in an animated comic strip. b6 umb and dumber Is an over-reliance on technology challenging our intellect? New to market Check out our comprehensive New Products and Services section.
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Outlook on Feline Care
Dumb and Dumber
New to Market
dvm - February 2010