training dogs to smell Covid-19



From Katy Nelson, DVM on  PetMD

Dogs have been humans’ best friends for thousands of years, but during this global pandemic, they could earn an even bigger title: lifesaver. For years, dogs have been trained to sniff out drugs and people trapped in rubble, and more recently, they’ve been able to predict seizures, hypoglycemia, and even cancer. Read more

CDC Warns of Spike in Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer, Elk and Moose

By Kendall Curley | Article Featured on PetMD

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been monitoring a spike in the number of documented cases of a rare disease found in deer, moose and elk.

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A UK-based study found that dogs may be become anxious or depressed when their owners use their smartphones excessively. Unsurprisingly, the study also found Read more

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Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights — oh, and who could forget the Christmas tree (if do you decide to put one up this year)? Let’s take a look at some simple steps that will allow your pets to join in the holiday fun this year, while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room.
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New Hope for Antibiotic Resistance in Humans and Pets

New Hope for Antibiotic Resistance in Humans and Pets

By Dr. Ken Tudor
In August of last year I posted about the growing threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria to worldwide health. This topic is so important that it is increasingly seen as the biggest problem for human and veterinary doctors in the not too distant future.
One of the contributors to bacterial resistance has been that there has not been a new class of antibiotics introduced in over 30 years. Research, government regulations, and economic forces have all played a role in this lack of scientific investigation. That may all have changed now that a new class of bacteria was discovered in the back yard of a microbiologist.
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Dr. Robert Franlkin Honored With the CVM Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award is given to honor distinguished DVM graduates for veterinary excellence in practice or teaching and research.
Dr. Robert Franklin’s priorities are to provide the best care for his animal patients and clients and to be sensitive to the strong feelings of the human-animal bond. He served for nine years on the board of the Delta Society and under his leadership a capital campaign raised 7.6 million dollars to build the Delta Society headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. The Delta Society now has over 11,000 volunteer pet Partners in 50 states and in 16 countries. Dr Franklin has lectured widely about the compelling research results on how animals impact human health. He has presented lectures on animal welfare and human-animal bond at the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association meetings and helped bridge efforts between the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the Oregon humane shelter. He has also provided leadership for the development of Hospice guidelines for the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr Franklin received the Veterinary Service Award from Region 6 of the American Animal Association in 1995 and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association Animal welfare award in 2000. He is board certified in internal medicine and currently owns an internal medicine referral practice in Oregon.


The Oregon Veterinary Medical Association honored Dr. Franklin for his service to the veterinary profession at its annual conference in Corvallis last weekend.

Dr. Robert Franklin received the Meritorious Service Award, the Association’s highest honor.
Franklin is board-certified in internal medicine and owns Oregon Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Beaverton.
He has served five years on the OVMA’s executive board and one term as president, in 1998.
While Franklin has made numerous contributions to the association, his most significant contributions are in the area of animal welfare. Under his leadership, the organization helped change Oregon law regarding dogs chasing and killing livestock. Such dogs are no longer sentenced to death.
Franklin also brought more OVMA attention and focus on legislation addressing animal abuse and neglect, such as working toward legislation that made it a Class C felony for harming or killing an animal.
He also initiated an independent examination of Keiko, the Orca housed at the Oregon Coast Aquarium who wound up in the heart of a dispute between the whale’s primary veterinarian and aquarium officials.
Franklin has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Delta Society and will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine later this year.