• Animal News

    Animal advocacy group: Mayo Clinic should be ‘severely punished’ over research puppy’s death

    An animal rights advocacy organization filed an official complaint against Mayo Clinic with federal regulators, saying the institution should face a stiff penalty over a puppy’s death at a research facility. Stop Animal Exploitation Now’s executive director, Michael Budkie, sent the letter to the USDA’s Animal Welfare Operation director Monday. In it, he argues Mayo Clinic was in “clear violation of the Animal Welfare Act” over the incident with the 9-month-old puppy. Budkie references a Sept. 24, 2021 USDA routine investigation of Mayo Clinic’s S.C. Johnson Research Facility. The department found that on June 23, 2020, the puppy died from  

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  • Pet Supplement

    Probing Pooch Severely Poisoned by Eating 600 Sleep Supplements

    “Once we found the empty supplement bottle, we knew what happened because our Lab will eat anything.” Tweet this The dietary supplement market has surpassed $140 billion annually and is expected to grow. While these supplements benefit many people, their increased popularity in homes has caused an increased danger for pets of accidental poisoning. “Like medications, supplements can pose a severe threat to pets if accidentally ingested,” said Dr. Renee Schmid, a senior veterinary toxicologist at Pet Poison Helpline. “Pet owners should safeguard their supplements like they would prescriptions, because they can quickly cause serious health problems and potential  

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  • Dog

    Rescuers seek leads on N.J. dog fighting ring after discovery of severely injured ‘bait dogs’

    Animal rescuers in southern New Jersey say they’re concerned there’s a dogfighting ring operating in the Cumberland County area after two pit bulls were found with similar severe injuries, including infected bite wounds and broken bones. One of the rescued dogs was so badly hurt, he lost much of his face and ultimately died of his injuries on Friday despite efforts by doctors at an animal hospital. The week before Thanksgiving, a good Samaritan found an injured pit bull, later named Peaches, in the Vineland area. She was found along with a dead dog and another that wasn’t injured as  

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  • Cat

    Wildcat Sanctuary Helps Severely Injured ‘Whistling Cat’

    SANDSTONE, Minn. – On Wednesday the Wildcat Sanctuary, typically known for rescuing lions and tigers, said it was stepping in to help Rocket, a 4-pound tabby cat suffering from breathing issues. The nonprofit says the “whistling cat” was injured by a dog when she was three months old causing damage to her eye and skull. Founder Tammy Thies said, “The damage is making it very difficult for her to breathe and eat. She breathes through her mouth, so breathing while eating or drinking is very difficult for her. She is a very sweet cat who purrs all the time. Unfortunately,  

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  • Animal Nutrition

    Are we severely underfeeding methyl donors?

    By Dr. Zack Lowman, Monogastric Technical Services Manager, Balchem Animal Nutrition & Health Choline and water-soluble vitamins are essential nutrients for all monogastric species. Choline specifically acts as a biochemical building block involved in cell structure and function, making it an influential nutrient for optimum performance and growth. Choline also plays a larger and more crucial metabolic role, impacting at least five major functions within the body: Precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine; acetylcholine controls virtually all major systems and muscle movements within the body ranging from cardiac function to the central nervous system Major player in fat metabolism and  

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