Animals' health care a post-wildfire priority
SAN DIEGO — While the Valley fire that destroyed dozens of homes and took the lives of many animals in Alpine and Jamul this month may be but a memory for many, damage from that and other wildfires has lasting impact.Smoke from wildfires not only affects people but also pets, horses, livestock and wildlife, experts agree. If you can see or feel the effects of smoke, the American Veterinary Medical Association says, you should also take precautions to keep your animals safe.The AVMA recently shared some important recommendations for pet and livestock owners about post-fire care. Several local v...
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After losing father and sister to ALS, Illinois man swims nearly 20,000 strokes to raise funds
CHICAGO — When Doug McConnell reaches 100 swim strokes, he thinks about his father. At 400, he thinks about his sister.He thought about both of them this week when he swam 19,220 strokes in Lake Michigan from Evanston, Ill., to downtown Chicago to raise funds toward finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal disease with no cure. He lost his father in 2006 to the disease, and in 2018, his sister.“That’s always a lift, when you’re cold or you’re tired or your shoulders are aching or your legs are cramping,” he said.The swim was part of the group A Long Swim, which he and...
Pets get extra medical care amid coronavirus lockdown, increasing the need for vets
ORLANDO, Fla. — With more people staying home during the coronavirus pandemic and playing closer attention to their dogs and cats, the need for veterinary care is booming right now.That and other factors which arose before the virus emerged are fueling the need for thousands of new workers at animal clinics across the U.S.According to an April 2020 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary jobs are expected to grow by 18% from 2018 to 2028, with 15,600 new jobs added. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics did not specify what kind of veterinary jobs will be added.As veterinary ...
Northwest's small pig farmers face promise and perils amid the coronavirus pandemic
KINGSTON, Wash. — On a visit to Tania Issa’s farm, you won’t find any pink-skinned pigs reared to produce the lean “other white meat” once touted in pork industry advertising campaigns.She raises Mangalitsas, an eastern European breed that sport startling coats of red, black and blonde wool. They yield richly colored meat marbled with a creamy white fat. They are free to ramble around much of her family’s 23-acre property and supplement their daily rations of barley, wheat and field peas by munching on blackberry brambles, Scotch broom and bugs dug out of the earth.Issa and other small Washing...
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