California Seeks to Replace “Colony” Canine Blood Banks with Community Blood Banks

Did you know that when your dog needs a blood transfusion, the source of that blood may be a large-scale colony blood bank where many dogs are housed, and their blood is repeatedly drawn? California is taking steps to phase out colony canine blood banks. They would be replaced by small community blood banks where … Continue reading California Seeks to Replace “Colony” Canine Blood Banks with Community Blood Banks

UC Davis to Deploy Mobile Veterinary Teams to Help Pets in Wildfires

The Sacramento Bee reports that the UC Davis California Veterinary Emergency Team Program will receive new state funding to deploy veterinary school professors and students to disasters like wildfires, and also train volunteer response teams around the state. UC Davis says that a major goal of the program is to increase emergency response capacity and … Continue reading UC Davis to Deploy Mobile Veterinary Teams to Help Pets in Wildfires

Two New Animal Welfare Laws Protect California Pets

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed two animal welfare bills into law this month.  Both are designed to protect the welfare of the state’s dogs, cats, and other companion animals.  The laws were signed on September 19th, in recognition of Puppy Mill Awareness Day. AB 2152, sponsored by Assembly member Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), closes a … Continue reading Two New Animal Welfare Laws Protect California Pets

Long-Term Health Effects of Wildfires on Cats

  Veterinarians at the University of California, Davis have been studying the health of cats affected by the recent California wildfires.  They have found that cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation developed a high incidence of cardiovascular problems. Researchers examined 51 cats referred for veterinary treatment after wildfires in 2017 and 2018.  More than … Continue reading Long-Term Health Effects of Wildfires on Cats

California Bans “Easter Bunny” Sales in New Animal Welfare Law

This Easter marks the first year a new California animal welfare law designed to protect rabbits goes into effect.  California is the first state in the US to ban live rabbit sales at pet stores—an effort to cut back on the number of rabbits that are either abandoned, surrendered to shelters, or euthanized after Easter. … Continue reading California Bans “Easter Bunny” Sales in New Animal Welfare Law