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February 2017

Ground-Breaking Legislation in Alaska

 PetMD passed on this wonderful information in their newsletter this morning. Up until now, pets have been considered "property" in divorce proceedings and basically treated like other property, ie furniture, art work etc. But Alaska has broken that precedent and now has legislation where judges consider what is in the best interest of the animal regarding custody.

  "As reported by the Animal Defense League, as of January 17, 2017, "Alaska has become the first state to empower judges to take into account the 'well-being of the animal' in custody disputes involving non-human family members.

Alternative to Castration

Dr. Nancy Kay of"Spot Speaks"has enlightened us with another one of her informative blogs. Here it is below.

Canine Vasectomies 
                              by Nancy Kay, DVM

"Do you know that vasectomy surgery can be performed on dogs? Indeed this is true, and, as we learn more and more about the impacts of traditional canine neutering (castration), vasectomy surgery is becoming increasingly popular.

An update regarding Support for responsible breeding

Great news!The Board of Delegates approved the policy on "Inherited Disorders in responsible Breeding of Companion Animals".


" At its 2017 Winter Session today, the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) amended and approved a new policy on responsible breeding of companion animals. The policy reads as follows:Inherited Disorders in Responsible Breeding of Companion AnimalsTo maximize the health and welfare of companion animals, the AVMA supports research in genetic and inherited disorders to better educate the profession and breeders on identifying and minimizing inherited disorders in companion animal breeding programs.
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