Recognizing signs of oral pain in companion animals

Veterinarian and president of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry (FVD) offers advice on how to effectively educate pet owners about the hallmark signs of dental emergencies.

In a recent interview with dvm360®, veterinary dentistry expert Jan Bellows, DVM, DAVDC, DABVP, FAVD, offered up invaluable guidance on how to alert and educate clients on identifying potential dental emergencies.

“There are very specific signs that [occur] if there is a very painful emergency,” Bellows tells dvm360 staff. “The animal will sometimes chatter—especially cats—and the [animal’s] head will tilt and they will also paw at their mouths.”

Bellows recommends safely looking

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Philly animal shelters looking for 500 new foster homes to combat overcrowding

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Philadelphia’s animal shelters are in a tough spot.

After seeing a spike in applications to foster dogs and cats in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, shelter representatives say applicants have decreased significantly in 2021. 

Sarah Barnett, of ACCT Philly, compared the bleak outlook to Christmas shopping immediately after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which is why the shelter is partnering with PAWS and PSPCA to identify 500 new foster homes by the end of the summer.

“Everybody who wanted to adopt and foster did so at one time … so now all those people have pets,” said Barnett,

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Lexington woman publishes book, raising funds for new animal sanctuary

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Cows are curious, sheep have a good memory, and pigs are smarter than dogs are just some of the fun facts kids can learn about in a Lexington woman’s book.

Lexington resident Kalie Schumacher-Smith holds a copy of her self-published children's book “Hogs are Smarter than Dogs: & Other Fun Farm Facts” which is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at Trendz's in downtown Lexington.

Kalie Schumacher-Smith self-published “Hogs are Smarter than Dogs: & Other Fun Farm Facts” this past spring, a book that teaches kindness and empathy toward farm animals, and all book proceeds go toward creating the Organization for the Protection of Animal Life (OPAL) Farm Sanctuary.

“We underestimate the minds and emotions of animals, and farm animals are definitely intelligent sentient beings that deserve a place to live out their lives in

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2 charged in Clermont County animal abuse case

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Two people face charges in a Clermont County animal abuse case, in which more than dozens of animals were removed from neglectful conditions, authorities say.At least 10 dogs were seized from a Bethel home — dogs animal control officials described as “shockingly emaciated,” with every rib visible and both hip bones jutting out.On Aug. 5, officials with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and animal control executed a search warrant at a home in the 2600 block of Spring Street in Bethel. There, officials say they discovered “multiple animals in distress.”Animal control officers say they seized one German Shepherd mix, ten … Read the rest

Oregon Proposal Would Redefine Breeding As A ‘Sexual Assault’ On Animals

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Bavarian farmers escort cows during the traditional Almabtrieb near Bad Hindelang, Germany, September 11, 2019. At the end of the summer season, farmers move their herds down from the Alps to the valley into winter pastures. (Michael Dalder/Reuters)

People wrongly think of the animal-rights movement as a more energetic form of animal-welfare advocacy. It is not. Rather, animal-rights activists intend to eventually outlaw all ownership of animals, a project they recognize as multi-generational.

Often, activists mask their actual intentions. But a proposed Oregon constitutional amendment, currently in the petition-signing stage, illustrates the extent of animal-rights radicalism.

The proposed amendment would

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