Canine News For A Sunday

Most know that I am a canine person….my best friend is MoMo and I am always looking for news that might effect her life…..

The first bit of news is there could be a shortage of vets to treat our friends…..

While the delta and lambda variants of SARS-CoV-2 continue to challenge us, we also see hints of post-pandemic normalcy with the return of some in-person meetings, reopened retail establishments, and get-togethers with extended family and friends. Despite these positive signs of recovery, many of us in the veterinary profession are still reeling, professionally and personally, from the pandemic’s effects on our practices, patients, and clients. Stress continues to run high, and our teams are feeling overworked and overwhelmed.

Our practices aren’t running in quite the same way as before the pandemic. New workflows, operating procedures, and safety protocols have been implemented. Many hospitals are operating with fewer team members and dealing with higher turnover. Emergency clinics appear to be having an especially difficult time remaining fully staffed as they are inundated with a continuous stream of patients—both urgent and nonurgent cases. Pet owners, too, are feeling the crunch. They’re having to wait longer to get appointments and to be seen for emergencies.

To determine where we go from here, it’s crucial to let the data inform us. Where is this busyness coming from? Is it an aftereffect of the pet adoption boom suggested to have occurred during the pandemic? Are our teams truly seeing more patients than ever before? Or are other things happening that make it feel this way?

We all know that dogs, most dogs, enjoy riding in the car with the heads out the window, right?

Florida could curtail that little bit of canine enjoyment…..

When dogs go for car rides, many of them use the time to “drive and chill,” sticking their heads out the window to catch the cool breeze as their human cruises along the thoroughfare. In Florida, however, that kind of carefree canine behavior may soon be coming to an end, as a new bill has been filed in the state Senate to prohibit that and other activity in the name of animal welfare, reports WESH. SB 932 not only puts the kibosh on dogs extending their head “or any other body part” out the window when the car is in motion—it also prohibits dogs from sitting on the driver’s lap while they’re driving or take a joyride in a car that’s being towed.

The legislation would also bar transporting dogs “on the running board, fender, hood, or roof of a motor vehicle,” or in the trunk or other enclosed space meant for cargo. Plus, no more sitting free of restraints: The bill calls for dogs to be kept in a crate, held by someone other than the driver, or secured with a harness or seatbelt. “Although most dogs love to stick their heads out open windows, the wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or other debris into their eyes,” the Humane Society notes, per Fox News. “Pets could also be seriously injured by objects as you drive down the road.”

Those who breach the bill could see moving violation tickets. Other animals are also mentioned in the bill, but not in terms of car rides. The legislation makes it illegal to declaw cats, unless the procedure is cleared for medical reasons, as well as against the law to sell rabbits in the months of March and April (Easter season). If the bill passes both chambers of the state Legislature, it moves on to the governor’s desk and could take effect on Oct. 1.

Looks like canine residents must suffer at the hands of this mini dictator as well as the two leg residents.

I would think there are more important issues to work on instead of curtailing Fido’s car ride….maybe not….after all it is Florida.

Have a Great Sunday….be well….be safe….

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