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Four people were hospitalized after a bull escaped an arena at an Oregon rodeo and charged into patrons outside, authorities said Sunday.

Video verified by NBC News showed a rodeo-goer charged and flipped by the mammal named Party Bus. Sisters Rodeo Association said the bull jumped an arena barrier, charged onto the rodeo grounds, and ran to holding pens, where livestock professionals contained it.

The arena announcer immediately called for an emergency response, it said.

“A rodeo bucking bull jumped a fence and ran through the rodeo grounds before being secured by our rodeo pickup men and arena staff by the back livestock pens,” Sisters Rodeo said in a statement.

Video from the scene shows that last Saturday's incident at the 84th Sisters Rodeo in the city of Sisters, about 22 miles north of Bend, took place right before the last ride of the night was scheduled.

A sold-out crowd was singing along to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” Two of the injured were released from medical care, Sisters Rodeo said. "We are grateful to hear that all injured persons are now home," it said in a separate statement Sunday.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jayson Janes said three of the injured were taken to hospitals via ambulance and one was taken in a sheriff's cruiser.

The lieutenant and organizers indicated one of those four may have been injured as patrons tried to get away from the bull. Some of the injuries were minor, Janes said.

Sheriff's deputies assigned to the event and private security responded to the breach, the lieutenant said. "It was contained pretty quickly," Janes said.

Organizers said it was the first time anyone could recall such a breach happening since the first event in Sisters in 1940.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association credited the arena's pickup men for quickly containing the animal.

Party Bus, the bull in question, competed in the Sisters Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding event Wednesday and tied for third in that first round, according to PRCA information.

The stock contractor for the bull, Corey & Lange Rodeo of Moses Lake, Washington, could not be reached for comment. Organizers of the event said the bull was checked out by veterinarians and is believed to be unharmed.


The waters off Walton County, Florida, closed after back-to-back shark bite incidents last week. Both incidents occurred in Walton County — which is in the Florida Panhandle — and not near a boat, but officials are unclear how far the attacks happened from land, said Mackenzie McClintock, a spokesperson for the South Walton Fire District.  The two incidents took place about 4 miles apart within about 90 minutes, South Walton Fire District Chief Ryan Crawford said. There were three victims in total. It’s “extremely unusual” for two bite incidents to occur in one afternoon, Crawford said during an evening news briefing.

A 45-year-old woman was injured in the first “reported shark incident.” It took place in the water around 1:20 p.m. in Watersound, in the area of Founders Way in Watersound Beach, Crawford and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office said. Crawford said the woman was swimming with her husband past the first sandbar when the bite occurred. “She received significant trauma to the midsection, the pelvic area, as well as amputation of her left lower arm,” Crawford said. The woman was transported to a medical center in critical condition, Crawford said.

Following the first attack, the beaches in the surrounding areas flew double red flags to indicate the risk, the sheriff’s office said. The Gulf in the Walton County area was also closed to the public at that time. Soon after, at 2:56 p.m., the sheriff’s office and fire department responded to a second shark incident at the Sandy Shores Court area off of Seacrest Beach in Walton County.

There were two victims in that attack, Crawford said: two girls between the ages of 15 and 17.   They were with a group of friends “just inside the first sandbar,” Crawford said, which makes the location “very similar” to the first attack.

The first victim had “significant injuries” to one upper and one lower extremity, Crawford said. She was transported to a trauma center in critical condition. The second victim had “flesh wounds” to her right foot and is in stable condition, Crawford said. Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson said both women who were critically injured have a “fighting chance,” thanks to quick responses from nearby citizens as well as first responders. Officials have reached out to experts at Mote Marine, out of Sarasota, Florida, Adkinson said, to see if there is anything “anomalous” about the dual attacks, although he said he doesn’t think there is. McClintock said officials do not know what kind of shark bit both victims, but there are often sharks in this water.

After the second attack, officials closed the water to the public in all of Walton County. The water reopened last Saturday with a red flag, indicating high surf and strong current, and a purple flag for stinging marine life. David Vaughan, beach safety director for the South Walton Fire District, described the attacks as “an anomaly that caused a lot of chaos and concern.” He encouraged beach-goers to be situationally aware, know what the beach flags indicate and behave appropriately. “Respect the Gulf,” he said.

A shark attack in the waters off the island of Oahu in Hawaii left a woman with serious injuries, authorities said.  Paramedics responded at about 2 p.m. in the Haleiwa area on Oahu’s North Shore, according to Sunny Johnson, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services paramedic supervisor. Johnson said paramedics treated a 25-year-old woman with multiple injuries and took her to a trauma hospital in serious condition.


As Brandon Garrett lay stranded in a ravine in Oregon last week, his dog Blue was running through the densely wooded area, toward help. Blue, a whippet, ran for nearly 4 miles with glass in his snout and made it to a campsite where they had been before and where Garrett was supposed to be meeting his friend. The friend, who had been expecting Garrett hours earlier, knew something was wrong, said Garrett’s brother, Tyree Garrett.

Blue’s appearance prompted Brandon Garrett’s family and friends to search for him during the night of June 2 and the next morning, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. He was found by his brother, who spotted Garrett’s truck in the ravine and called the sheriff’s office, which rescued Garrett with the assistance of other authorities.

Garrett, 62, had been driving in eastern Oregon, near the state’s border with Idaho, when he reached a curve in the road and went over an embankment, the sheriff’s office said.

After the crash, he crawled 100 yards from his truck and spent the night near a creek in the ravine. Tyree Garrett said he found the truck in the morning after looking at spots near the creek that could not be seen from the road. He saw injured dogs lying near the truck and yelled his brother’s name, but he did not get a response. “It stopped my heart,” Tyree Garrett said. “I just, God darn, thought for sure my brother was gone.”

It had been pouring rain and cold at night, so he wasn’t sure how his brother could have survived. The ravine was straight up and down and inaccessible without rappelling gear, he said, so he drove to get reception on his phone and called the sheriff’s office.

The rescuers arrived and heard Garrett calling for help.

Pine Valley Rural Fire Protection District volunteers and U.S. Forest Service workers used chain saws to clear a path for the search and rescue team, which put Garrett in a rescue basket. Baker County Search and Rescue connected the basket to ropes, then lifted it off the ground and pulled it across the ravine. Garrett was put in an ambulance, then airlifted to a nearby hospital.

“He’s got a cracked ankle and his body itself is just really bruised and battered,” Tyree Garrett told The New York Times. “So it’s going to take him a while at his age to get back on his feet.”

Brandon Garrett had been traveling with three other dogs that were found alive nearby, his brother said. One of the dogs had surgery for a broken hip and injured its femur and another had broken its leg in two spots.


Elephants call out to each other using individual names that they invent for their fellow pachyderms, according to a new study. While dolphins and parrots have been observed addressing each other by mimicking the sound of others from their species, elephants are the first non-human animals known to use names that do not involve imitation, the researchers suggested.

For the new study published on Monday, a team of international researchers used an artificial intelligence algorithm to analyse the calls of two wild parades of African savanna elephants in Kenya. The research “not only shows that elephants use specific vocalisations for each individual, but that they recognise and react to a call addressed to them while ignoring those addressed to others”, the lead study author, Michael Pardo, said.

“This indicates that elephants can determine whether a call was intended for them just by hearing the call, even when out of its original context,” the behavioural ecologist at Colorado State University said in a statement.

The researchers sifted through elephant “rumbles” recorded at Kenya’s Samburu national reserve and Amboseli national park between 1986 and 2022. Using a machine-learning algorithm, they identified 469 distinct calls, which included 101 elephants issuing a call and 117 receiving one.

Elephants make a wide range of sounds, from loud trumpeting to rumbles so low they cannot be heard by the human ear. Names were not always used in the elephant calls. But when names were called out, it was often over a long distance, and when adults were addressing young elephants. Adults were also more likely to use names than calves, suggesting it could take years to learn this particular talent.

The most common call was “a harmonically rich, low-frequency sound”, according to the study in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. When the researchers played a recording to an elephant of their friend or family member calling out their name, the animal responded positively and “energetically”, the researchers said. But the same elephant was far less enthusiastic when played the names of others.

Unlike those mischievous parrots and dolphins, the elephants did not merely imitate the call of the intended recipient. This suggests that elephants and humans are the only two animals known to invent “arbitrary” names for each other, rather than merely copying the sound of the recipient. “The evidence provided here that elephants use non-imitative sounds to label others indicates they have the ability for abstract thought,” the senior study author George Wittemyer said.

The researchers called for more research into the evolutionary origin of this talent for name-calling, given that the ancestors of elephants diverged from primates and cetaceans about 90m years ago. Despite our differences, humans and elephants share many similarities such as “extended family units with rich social lives, underpinned by highly developed brains”, the CEO of Save the Elephants, Frank Pope, said. “That elephants use names for one another is likely only the start of the revelations to come.”


The Westminster Kennel Club is excited to announce that the 149th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will return to Manhattan in February 2025. Daytime events will kick off on February 8 and will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on all three days. The evening events on February 10 & 11, including group judging and the Best in Show ceremony, will take place at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden (MSG). The 2025 return is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between The Garden and The Westminster Kennel Club – marking the first time since 2020 that the Dog Show will be held at MSG, where it was one of the storied venue’s original events. 

“The Westminster Kennel Club is thrilled to bring America’s most prestigious dog show back to The World’s Most Famous Arena in February,” said Dr. Donald Sturz, President of The Westminster Kennel Club. “As Westminster approaches its 150th anniversary in 2026, we could not be more excited to welcome our celebration of the world’s top canines, as well as our incredible fan base, back to this global stage and to two prominent New York City event venues, including the place where it all began, Madison Square Garden.”

Featuring nearly 3,000 top-winning dogs, the 149th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will feature its 12th Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 8 at the Javits Center. The events on February 10 & 11 across both venues will include breed competitions, group judging, and the Junior Showmanship competition, culminating with the coveted Best in Show ceremony at Madison Square Garden on the evening of February 11. 

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held its first event in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden, which was officially renamed Madison Square Garden in 1879. Between 1877 and 2024, the Dog Show was held at The Garden in all but 11 years, creating a lasting connection between The Westminster Kennel Club and MSG.

Additional event information including ticket sales, partner hotel listings, FOX Sports broadcast and streaming schedules, and more will be available at Be sure to follow The Westminster Kennel Club on social media to keep up on event news and special announcements.


Tacoma, WA – A western Washington zoo has announced the passing of a nearly 13-year-old Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv. The announcement from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium came on June 3 via social media.

The zoo said that Sanjiv was euthanized over the weekend because of “a sharp decline in health.” Explaining, “Sanjiv had been experiencing pronounced discomfort secondary to spinal disease. Despite receiving a variety of pain medications, including an epidural, which provided temporary relief, and supportive care, including laser therapy and acupuncture, he continued to show signs of discomfort. In addition, he had developed a number of other health concerns, including renal disease, hypertension, and diabetes.”

Rest in peace Sanjiv. Condolences to those who knew and cared for this magnificent creature.

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Sioux County, IA – More than four million egg-laying chickens are going to be culled after a case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was detected. Since 2022, nearly 23 million chickens have been killed to thwart the spread of bird flu in the nation’s top producer of eggs.

It is unclear from the Iowa Department of Agriculture release if birds from the affected flock showed symptoms, or merely tested positive for the viral disease.

According to the government agency, the following symptoms may be present in birds who have contracted HPAI:

Sudden increase in bird deaths without any clinical signs
Lethargy and/or lack of energy and appetite
Decrease in egg production
Soft, thin-shelled and/or misshapen eggs
Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
Purple/blue discoloration of the wattles, comb, and legs
Difficulty breathing
Coughing, sneezing, and/or nasal discharge (runny nose)
Stumbling and/or falling down

Possible cases must be reported to Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at (515) 281-5305.


North Carolina – A devastated owner is using social media to let others know what happened to her beloved dog, Izzy, who recently died from salmonella poisoning. Dauntless Animal Rescue shared the heartbreaking story on its Facebook page, explaining how the senior Maltese died after eating food believed to be contaminated.

The animal welfare agency writes:

Sweet Izzy got salmonella poisoning, which quickly turned into HGE, causing vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Even with vet intervention, she passed away within 24 hours of showing symptoms. Please research, and know the symptoms, as this happened just a few months ago to another one of our adopters, feeding a similar food. The emergency vet is the place to go if your pet starts experiencing any symptoms of HGE.

On June 3, Izzy’s owner shared information about her dog’s sickness, writing:

It’s been a terribly sad day.

My newest baby, Izabella died of a bacterial infection, HGE ,that we’ve tracked back to Fresh Pet dog food that I’ve been feeding her.

The symptoms are a white/yellow foamy Vomit and bloody diarrhea, a drop in body temperature and then in Izzy’s case, seizures before I got her to the vet as they opened today. Sweet Izzy just was too tiny to fight and she stopped breathing and I wasn’t even there to hold her.
In her case, because of her tiny size, she was gone in less than 24 hours.

According to Izzy’s owner, the exact same thing happened to her neighbor’s dog Bella during the same timeframe – Bella was able to overcome the terrible sickness and survived.

Izzy’s owner thinks the contaminated food has been discovered. She writes, “We’ve tracked the source of the bacteria to 2 different bags of FRESH PET dog food I purchased at Wilmington Costco at the same time /same day ( 5/24/24) that seem to be containing salmonella. One bag we used, one bag my neighbors opened for Bella.
We are in the process of getting all this reported to the makers of Fresh Pet and the FDA, etc.”

Adding her request to let other pet owners know of the danger, “Please share this info to anyone and everyone you know that owns dogs. We’ve used this food for a long time with no problems but it’s not worth losing a pet over and having them suffer so terribly.” she states.


US Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV) introduced the Humane Transport of Farmed Animals Act to improve conditions for livestock transported across the United States. The bill would require federal officials to develop a process to enforce the Twenty-Eight Hour Law, which stipulates that animals traveling at least 28 hours be offloaded for food, water, and rest. Importantly, this legislation also would prohibit interstate transport of livestock considered unfit for travel.

  “Inadequate enforcement of the Twenty-Eight Hour Law, coupled with the continued interstate transport of animals unfit to travel, is contributing to needless animal suffering and endangering the health and safety of millions of animals — and humans,” said Susan Millward, executive director and chief executive officer at the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). “Passing the Humane Transport of Farmed Animals Act is the bare minimum Congress can do to help ensure that animals healthy enough to travel are not deprived of basic protections, and that ill or otherwise impaired animals are not forced to endure grueling journeys that further compromise their health and welfare.” Currently, the Twenty-Eight Hour Law is the only source of protection — albeit minimal — for animals transported long distances. However, the statute is not actively enforced. In fact, from 2006 to 2021, the USDA made only 12 inquiries into possible violations of the law, only one of which was referred to the Department of Justice, according to an AWI analysis of public records. This blatant lack of oversight is alarming, given that millions of animals are transported around the country each year. Under current US live animal export regulations, animals intended for export to other countries must pass an inspection demonstrating that they are sound, healthy, and fit to travel. These regulations were adopted in 2016, after AWI petitioned the USDA to stop allowing exports of animals who were too young, weak, or sick to travel. Unfortunately, no such requirements exist for farmed animals transported long distances across the United States. The Humane Transport of Farmed Animals Act would amend the federal Animal Health Protection Act to mirror fitness criteria governing US live animal exports, and those of the World Organisation for Animal Health — the leading international authority on the health and welfare of animals. Under these criteria, animals unfit for travel include livestock who are sick, injured, disabled, or unable to stand; newborns with unhealed navels; and mature females close to giving birth or who recently gave birth. Transport is extremely stressful for livestock. In addition to the vibrations, noise, fumes, and unfamiliar environment, transported animals often experience prolonged food and water deprivation, intense crowding, exposure to extreme heat and cold, and physical strain and injuries from rough handling and having to balance in a moving truck. These stressors also lower an animal’s resistance to infection; consequently, transport stress also contributes to the spread of disease (including zoonotic diseases that can jump to humans), and meat contamination. Very young animals and cull animals (those removed from a herd and sent to slaughter due to age, illness, or other infirmity affecting productivity) are at particularly high risk of infection, injury, and death from long-distance transport. Yet the dairy industry regularly sends hundreds of thousands of calves under 3 weeks of age on journeys of 1,000 miles or more. “Not only do lax federal regulations on farm animal transportation create inhumane and cruel conditions, but these inefficiencies in the law are also causing many animals to succumb to disease and injury during these long journeys which can be passed on to humans,” Titus said. “By raising fit-for-travel standards in addition to creating mechanisms to actively enforce the Twenty-Eight Hour Law, we can tackle this persistent issue in our food chain while protecting the lives of these animals.” Last month, AWI petitioned the USDA to prohibit the interstate shipment of newborn calves and other animals who are sick, injured, or disabled; to require veterinary inspection certificates for interstate travel of these vulnerable animals; and to establish penalties for violating the rules. In the petition, AWI cited its analysis of transport records from seven of the country’s top 10 dairy producing states, and results from an investigation last year that tracked a shipment of 200 newborn calves on a 1,113-mile transport from a mega-dairy in Minnesota to a calf ranch in New Mexico.

Eleven hours into the trip, investigators observed calves — many with their shriveled umbilical cords still attached — bellowing and stepping on one another in the crowded trailer as the outside temperature climbed to 100 degrees. By the end of the 19-hour journey, the calves still had not received any milk or water.    The Animal Welfare Institute ( is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere: in agriculture, in commerce, in our communities, in research, and in the wild. Follow us on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram for updates and other important animal protection news.


In the tranquil yet treacherous waters of Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California, a fierce battle rages beneath the surface. Here, in this small, seemingly serene region, the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise, faces imminent extinction. With fewer than 20 individuals left, the situation is dire—a bloody testament to the devastating impact of human negligence and greed. This is the battleground of Sea Shepherd’s Operation Milagro, a mission not just to protect, but to fight for the very survival of the elusive vaquita.

Since 2015, Sea Shepherd, have spearheaded the daring Operation Milagro in collaboration with Mexican authorities and leading researchers. The goal is simple yet daunting: to eradicate illegal gillnet fishing that entraps and kills these tiny cetaceans. Gillnets, set illegally for the totoaba fish—a species whose bladder commands exorbitant prices on the black market—prove deadly for the vaquita porpoise, entangling and drowning them in a silent, unseen massacre. “Our mission out here is far from just a patrol; it’s a rescue operation,” explains Captain Maria, a veteran Sea Shepherd commander. “Every net we pull from the water is a potential lifeline saved. But the reality is harsh; often, we’re retrieving the grim evidence of those we’re too late to save.”

Their technological arsenal is robust, yet the core of success lies in the grit and determination of the crew. Operation Milagro’s effectiveness has skyrocketed with the introduction of the M/V Seahorse, which brought about a 90% reduction in illegal fishing activities within the designated Zero Tolerance Area (ZTA) of the Vaquita Refuge. This area, a UNESCO-recognized and federally protected zone, is supposed to be a safe haven for the vaquita, yet it has been the stage of relentless poaching—until now.

“The seas can be unforgiving, and the threats are omnipresent, not just from the nets, but sometimes from those who set them,” shares a crew member, reflecting on the dangers they face daily. “There are days when the burden of what we witness is overwhelming—the lifeless bodies of vaquitas, the sheer scale of destruction. It’s a bloody, gut-wrenching sight, a stark reminder of what’s at stake.” Despite our significant strides, the road ahead remains fraught with obstacles. The black market for totoaba bladders remains lucrative and ruthless, driving poachers to continue their illegal activities. Their presence in the Gulf has deterred many, but the fight is far from over.

The vaquita porpoise’s plight is not just a regional issue; it is a global crisis, emblematic of the broader environmental challenges facing our oceans. It’s a stark illustration of how illegal and unsustainable human practices devastate marine biodiversity. The vaquita serves as a keystone species, an indicator of the health of the marine ecosystem here in the Upper Gulf of California. Their extinction would not only be a tragic loss of life but a clear signal of our failure to protect and preserve our planet’s delicate marine habitats.

Support Sea Shepherd’s Operation Milagro through donations, spread the word about the vaquita’s critical situation, and help us amplify the pressure on governments and authorities to enforce stricter regulations and protections. Every action counts. This is not just a fight for the vaquita; it’s a battle for our future, for the integrity of our oceans, and for the soul of our planet.


Officials with the FDA recently issued a supplemental approval for fenbendazole (Safe-Guard; Intervet) for the treatment and control of gastrointestinal worms (Aulonocephalus spp) in wild quail. Although there are currently FDA-approved drugs for use in farmed quail, this is the first animal drug approval for use in wild quail and for this indication. Fenbendazole was previously approved for treatment of certain intestinal parasites in other animal species, including cattle, swine, and turkeys.

The FDA’s mission is to protect and promote the health of both humans and animals, including those animals that are considered minor species such as sheep, goats, and ferrets as well as zoo animals and wildlife including wild quail. The supplemental approval of fenbendazole provides a tool for wildlife managers to treat and control these parasites in wild quail populations, according to the FDA.

Some of the studies that supported the approval of fenbendazole in wild quail were conducted by the Minor Use Animal Drug Program (formerly National Research Support Project-7), in collaboration with researchers from Texas Tech Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory in Lubbock. As a partnership between the FDA, USDA, and university researchers, the Minor Use Animal Drug Program is a public research organization that generates scientific data to support FDA approval of new animal drugs for minor species of agricultural importance. The program works to complete 4 of the technical sections required for approval: effectiveness, target animal safety, human food safety, and environmental impact.

Pharmaceutical sponsors can then use this information along with their own manufacturing and labeling information to apply for a new animal drug approval. By providing an official liaison to the Minor Use Animal Drug Program, the FDA gives technical and regulatory support to the university researchers who conduct the studies, helping to facilitate the approval of safe and effective drugs for minor agricultural species.

In addition to determining that fenbendazole is safe and effective, the FDA determined that there is a reasonable certainty of no harm for residues of fenbendazole in the edible tissues of treated quail following human consumption when fenbendazole is used according to the labeling.

Fenbendazole is available over the counter and is supplied in 25-pound bags. Wild quail should be administered 90.7g of fenbendazole/ton of Type C medicated feed, to be fed for 21 consecutive days.


In the dynamic world of veterinary medicine, the quest for innovative treatments that enhance animal health and well-being is ongoing. One such breakthrough that has gained momentum is red light therapy. Often referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation (PBM), this non-invasive approach has shown promising results across various animal species. Red light therapy involves the application of low-level light wavelengths to stimulate cellular function and promote healing. These specific wavelengths penetrate deep into tissues, where they trigger a cascade of biological responses. At the cellular level, red light therapy enhances mitochondrial activity, increases ATP production (the energy currency of cells), and reduces inflammation. Moreover, it promotes tissue repair, accelerates wound healing, and alleviates pain—all without adverse side effects. Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Animals:

  1. Pain Management: Chronic pain is a significant concern in veterinary medicine, affecting animals due to various conditions such as arthritis, injuries, or post-operative discomfort. Red light therapy offers a non-pharmacological approach to pain management, providing relief by reducing inflammation and stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Whether it’s an aging pet struggling with mobility issues or a sporting dog recovering from an injury, red light therapy can be a valuable adjunct to conventional pain management strategies.
  2. Accelerated Healing: From soft tissue injuries to surgical incisions, wounds in animals can impede their quality of life and pose challenges for caregivers. Red light therapy accelerates the healing process by promoting collagen synthesis, enhancing circulation, and reducing scar formation. Whether it’s a horse with a tendon injury or a cat recovering from a surgical procedure, incorporating red light therapy into the treatment regimen can expedite recovery and improve outcomes.
  3. Enhanced Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation plays a crucial role in restoring mobility and function in animals recovering from orthopedic surgeries, neurological disorders, or musculoskeletal injuries. Red light therapy complements rehabilitation protocols by reducing pain, improving range of motion, and facilitating muscle recovery. Whether it’s a canine athlete returning to peak performance or a geriatric pet regaining mobility, incorporating red light therapy into the rehabilitation program can optimize outcomes and enhance overall well-being.
  4. Management of Chronic Conditions: Animals, like humans, can suffer from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, or inflammatory disorders. Red light therapy offers a holistic approach to managing these conditions by mitigating pain, reducing inflammation, and improving joint function. Whether it’s an arthritic dog experiencing stiffness or a feline companion grappling with inflammatory bowel disease, integrating red light therapy into the treatment plan can improve comfort and quality of life.

 In the realm of veterinary medicine, red light therapy emerges as a safe, effective, and versatile modality with profound implications for animal health and welfare. Its ability to alleviate pain, promote healing, and enhance rehabilitation underscores its value as a complementary therapeutic option for veterinarians and caregivers alike. As we continue to explore the frontiers of veterinary care, harnessing the healing power of red light therapy holds immense promise in fostering the well-being of our cherished animal companions.


Calviri is developing a preventive cancer vaccine for dogs, aiming to stop oncologic disease before it starts. The company has previously announced positive results from the ongoing Vaccine Against Canine Cancer Study (VACCS), which involves 804 dogs from owners. Calviri has now announced the completion of this clinical trial in a news release.1

After 15 years of preclinical work in mice, Calviri developed a vaccine for testing in dogs. Stephen Albert Johnston, PhD, CEO of Calviri and principal investigator of VACCS, discovered these unique protein fragments that arise from errors during tumor RNA processing, and that they are present across multiple cancer types. The VACCS vaccine consisted of 31 of these shared neoantigens, allowing for a broad-spectrum approach to cancer prevention.1 In a previous interview with dvm360, Johnston said, “The vaccine also seems to be substantially reducing the non-tumor deaths. So, deaths from heart disease, arthritis, metabolic diseases, dementia, all of the deaths from those things seem to be being reduced.”

The preliminary safety and efficacy results are very promising for this cancer vaccination, however, the primary efficacy data from the trial, particularly regarding its impact on cancer incidence, is still under analysis and will be published in a peer-reviewed journal.1 Johnston stated in the release, "The safety and efficacy results are encouraging enough that we have begun production of an improved version of the vaccine for approval and conditional sales.''1

The 5-year clinical trial had 3 clinical sites: Colorado State University (CSU), College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Fort Collins; University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine; and University of Wisconsin–Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine and was funded by a $6.4 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project and Calviri Inc.2

Douglas Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology), professor of oncology at CSU and was a principal clinical investigator for the CSU testing site and said, "The owner participation was amazing. This was one of the largest clinical trials for dogs and it required significant commitment on the part of the owners. The owners made the trial a success."1

"The motivation of many of the dog owners was that this trial would lead to developing a vaccine to prevent cancer in humans. We all hope they are right" stated Jenna Burton, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), associate professor at CSU and co-principal investigator for the CSU testing site.1

With positive outlooks for veterinary medicine and canine cancer prevention, Calviri is aiming to extend its research to human medicine.1,2 "The VACCs team has done an amazing job" said Heather Youngs, senior program officer at Open Philanthropy. "We are so pleased with the progress on this trial and the potential of this technology to save many animal (and potentially human) lives in the future."1


While veterinary professionals may be used to hearing a variety of barks and meows in the clinic, a recent survey reveals how noise can pose challenges both to staff and patients.

Conducted by animal housing solutions company, CASCO Pet, a survey of more than 650 veterinary professionals working in clinics that use stainless steel kennels provides insights into how housing material impacts the practice.

Seventy-five percent of the respondents find “excessive noise” to be a significant challenge with stainless steel kennels, and how it can be detrimental to patient health. Some key findings include:

  • Almost nine in 10 said they had witnessed patient anxiety (89.43 percent)
  • Nearly a quarter experienced instances of animal injury (24.18 percent)
  • Over one in five noted excessive noise extend recovery time for patients (22.35 percent)

Noise reduction in clinics was a top priority for more than 86 percent of surveyed veterinary professionals working in practices that use stainless steel kennels.

Additionally, the survey results show how noise also impacts practice staff, with more than half (52.84 percent) of those who reported excessive noise as a challenge saying it resulted in staff stress. More than a quarter (26.42 percent) also reported facing challenging working conditions. Further, almost one in five (19.30 percent) said they had suffered an injury as a result of noise challenges.

“These findings lay bare the true scale of stainless steel kenneling’s excessive noise problem for pet patients and practice staff,” says Matthew Bubear, CASCO Pet CEO. “Clanging, resonant and disruptive, stainless steel kennels can significantly exacerbate fear, stress and anxiety and impact recovery.”

Kennels made from specialist glass, help mitigate noise for a quieter, calmer and more comfortable environment for patients and practice staff. 

Noise reduction in clinics was a top priority for more than 86 percent of practice using stainless steel kennels, according to the survey. Ease of cleaning (80.62 percent) and reducing patient stress (77.64 percent) were also reported important, while over half (55.68 percent) of the respondents cited temperature issues as a challenge.


A "beloved" antelope choked to death on the plastic cap of a snack pouch over the weekend, a Tennessee zoo announced.

Lief, a 7-year-old sitatunga antelope, died, Brights Zoo said on Facebook. The animal choked on the cap of a squeezable fruit sauce pouch that the zoo said is not allowed on its grounds in Limestone, about 85 miles northeast of Knoxville.

A sitatunga antelope can live up to around 22 years in human care, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Lief “still had a lot of life to live,” Brights Zoo said.

“Some ask why we don’t allow squeezable pouches into the zoo. The reason is simple — the packaging is dangerous to our animals,” the zoo said on Facebook.

"If you look at these lids from an animal perspective it looks like food," it continued.

The zoo searches bags, but "some people find ways to sneak these [pouches] in," it said.

The zoo added that guests are more than welcome to enjoy their squeezable fruit sauce pouches and other snacks in their vehicles or at the designated picnic areas in the parking lots and later re-enter the zoo as many times as they want.

Commenters on the Facebook post expressed outrage that broken rules led to the death of an animal. Replying to one comment, the zoo said it doesn't believe anyone will take responsibility for Lief's death.

Another commenter wrote about having witnessed adults throwing human food and trash into animal enclosures, to which the zoo encouraged reporting such behavior.

"If we know when it happens we can get staff there immediately to remove the objects, and with a description of the guests we can help them quickly find the exit of the zoo," the zoo wrote.

According to its website, Brights Zoo is private and family-owned. It houses some rare and endangered species, as well as "more common but exotic creatures."


A puppy is lucky to be alive after being rescued from a vent inside a home. South Metro Fire Rescue in Denver, Colorado, shared on social media that it responded to a report of a puppy in need of help at a home in Unincorporated Douglas County.

Officials said a 12-week-old 5 lbs. Pekingese puppy named Archie Bean had fallen through an open floor vent on the third floor of a townhome.  “Archie unintentionally slipped through the uncovered vent after jumping from the bed, leaving him stranded for over three hours,” the fire department said.

A video they shared showed the owner near the opening of the vent speaking to the puppy, who whimpered from deep inside the three-story hole. She described the canine as “a very slippery, very slinky dog” in the video.

Officials noted that the fire rescue crew from SMFR Tower 45 worked with the Douglas County Sheriff's Department and Plumbline Services to pinpoint the location of the dog and find a way to safely rescue it.

Video of the rescue showed several rescuers sending down video cameras through the pipe to locate the puppy. One fire rescue member noted that they were going to cut an 8 inch. x 10 inch. hole to “access the vent pipe above” to see if they could get to the pup, as another person could be seen sawing open a part of a roof.

Once they created the hole, they were able to insert another camera into the vent. The fire rescue consulted their cameras, which broadcasted the footage to a device. “We think we saw his eyes,” one fire rescue member told the camera.

“The rescue operation was not without its challenges, as the crew had to navigate through the intricate ductwork of the townhome to locate Archie,” the fire department said on social media. 

“I texted my entire family in California and Texas and told them I need prayers— exactly what was happening and who was here trying to help,” Archie’s owner said in the video. “This whole community is on edge trying to figure out when this dog is going to be okay.”

Eventually they were able to locate him in the vents and crews used a saw to cut an even bigger opening so that someone could enter, unattach the vent and get to the puppy.

“Archie come here, buddy,” one of the rescuers called out to him. The pup could be seen finally poking his head out of the vent. One of the rescuers eventually pulled the canine free out of the pipe and carried the puppy over to its owner.

“That is a prayer answered,” the emotional dog owner said in the video. “... “Everybody who [were] digging into my house and cutting in the walls and the ceilings. Thank you so much for not giving up. I’m very happy."


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