Hospital pet therapy dog totally burnt out

WEST CALEDONIA, ND – For co-workers at University of Eastern North Dakota Medical Center (UENDMC),  the truth has become too obvious to ignore: after three years of grinding out pet therapy visits on the hospital wards, local springer spaniel “Molly” is utterly burned out. Staff members have noticed the bitter resentment in her gait and are appalled at…

Groundbreaking Study Shows Bear Attacks More Deadly Than Tobacco

BALTIMORE, MD – How bad is smoking really? When compared with other risky activities, it appears it may not be nearly as dangerous as public health officials would have you believe. The DME Continues its coverage of bear-related medical issues with this report on a new study from the Journal of Ursine Health Risks. The study,…

Astounding Study Finds Puppies As Good As Many Anti-Depressant Medications

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – A brilliant study published last month in the Journal of Unconventional Psychiatry finds that standard anti-depressant medications may not be the final answer in treating major depressive disorder.  Researchers at the University of Western San Francisco found that a program of regimented puppy exposure was as effective as first-line treatment with any one of the major first-line…

New Health Screening Tool Predicts Bear Attack Risk

The journal Annals of Primary Care and Wildlife Trauma has published a revolutionary new screening tool for busy primary care docs wondering whether their patient is at risk for bear-induced medical injury (BIMI).  Bear-induced medical injury and bear-related limb reduction (BRLR) have been a part of human existence for thousands of years, but this is a first…

A Shih Tzu in a Coma, a Family Torn Apart

ST. PAUL, MN – After watching and hoping for nearly 3 years as their 15 year old Shih Tzu “Schnitzel” languished in the veterinary ICU in a persistent vegitative state, the Krowaltsky family has decided to withdraw life support on their dear friend.  The decision has strained both their emotions and their fragile family relationships.…

Big Pharma Brings Jobs to Unemployed Island Children

OAREN, YUARU – Under fire for animal testing, ZestroPharmica‘s skin-care line Dermagizer has launched a new animal-friendly line of cosmetics, specifically formulated to keep North American animal lovers happy and wrinkle-free.  In the eyes of animal rights activists, ZestroPharmica’s animal research lab had become a leading offender in the mistreatment of fellow mammals – a place where innocent rats…

Health Hero: Squibbles the Cat Calms Deadly Arrhythmia

The Daily Medical Examiner continues its sporadic nomination of Health Heroes as well as its in-depth coverage of animals in medicine with this touching inside report about one cat’s astonishing heroism and medical prowess. Huntsville, AL – When Madge Tuthbridge fell to the floor with crushing heart palpitations last week in her Huntsville apartment, it…