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Animal owners should be aware of wildfire smoke hazards

wildfire smoke in skylineBy Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine recommends that animal owners be aware that wildfire smoke advisories, issued by county and municipal health districts for people, apply to animals, too. » More …

WSU launches online course on human-animal interaction


By Richard H. Miller, Academic Outreach & Innovation

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has launched an online course about human-animal interaction. » More …

Owners reminded to protect animals from wildfire smoke

By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dog-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine advises animal owners that wildfire smoke warnings apply to animals, too. » More …

Video: Veterinary college nursing orphaned baby raccoons

By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine

raccoonPULLMAN, Wash. – Six orphaned newborn raccoons, called kits, are being bottle-fed at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Feedings are every three hours. The kits are about four inches long. » More …

Rock Doc: How much does it hurt? Assessing animal pain

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When I take my elderly mother to the emergency room, the nurse asks how much pain she is in, on a scale of 1 to 10. There is a chart with pictures of little smiley faces, neutral faces and grimacing faces to help a person – perhaps a child – determine a number. Pain management is an important part of human medicine. » More …

Vet college pilots software to help owners track treatment

By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine

MedaVet-230PULLMAN, Wash. – Owners can easily keep track of their animals’ veterinary appointments, medicine schedules and post-surgical care on their PCs, tablets or smartphones with a new service provided by Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. » More …

Friends bid goodbye to well-traveled amputee tortoise

Photos by Henry Moore, Biomedical Communications Unit

tortoise-180PULLMAN, Wash. – A tortoise that has lived at Washington State University since its leg was amputated will be leaving for a new home. A group of friends said goodbye to Gamera Tuesday with pumpkin cake and lots of photo ops. » More …