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  • Veterinarians: Keep your pets out of the smoke

    WSU Insider
  • WSU White Coat Ceremony goes virtual

    WSU Insider
  • Tortoise left for dead could have another 90 years to live, thanks to her neighbors

    The Spokesman-Review
  • Terri the tortoise makes a turnaround

    WSU Insider
  • Veterinarians Play Critical Role in Backyard Poultry and Livestock Welfare, as well as Human Health

    UCDavis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • WSU vets put this cat back on track

    VTH News HoneyBee

    A rare brain surgery performed by Washington State University veterinarians is giving one retired Japanese show cat a chance at a longer life, free of diabetes.

    That cat is HoneyBee, a 10-year-old purebred Maine Coon. Some say she looks more like a miniature bobcat.

    HoneyBee was admitted earlier this month at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital with a pituitary gland tumor at the base of her brain.

    “She was on death’s doorstep,” Mollie Mansfield, HoneyBee’s owner, said. “We weren’t sure if she was going to live to her tenth birthday.”

    HoneyBee’s health troubles started in November when she was losing hair as well as peeing and drinking excessively.

    She was later diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, a condition when blood sugar levels are high and not enough insulin is produced to regulate those blood sugar levels.

    However, she required a dose of insulin more than 20 times the regular dose.

    “Like many pituitary tumors, this tumor was secreting too much growth hormone, which was counteracting the insulin,” said Tina Owen, pituitary surgical specialist who leads WSU’s Pituitary Surgery Service. “With the tumor removed, we hope over time HoneyBee will require very little to no insulin and potentially be cured of her diabetes mellitus.”

    Owen was one of the first veterinarians in the U.S. to routinely perform pituitary surgery. To remove a pituitary tumor, veterinarians gain access through the roof of the mouth.

    Owen has now performed more than 75 of the surgeries. This is her first performed on a Maine Coon.

    Since the tumor was removed on June 3, HoneyBee only requires a regular insulin dose, about a half to one unit. Mansfield said some days she doesn’t require any insulin at all.

    It’s a massive decline from the nine units she originally required twice a day, she said.

    Mansfield thanks veterinarian Maggie Spath of Tumwater Veterinary Hospital for recommending the Pituitary Surgery team at WSU.

    “Dr. Maggie really did save her life,” Mansfield said. “If it wasn’t for her, I would have never known about this amazing pituitary team. She told us ‘WSU is where you want to go.’”

    WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital was the first university and now one of three hospitals in the nation that provides pituitary tumor surgery. The three-woman surgical team consists of Owen, neurologist Annie Chen-Allen and critical care specialist Linda Martin. Neurology resident Hilary Wright and fourth-year veterinary student Ryley Carman also assisted and cared for HoneyBee during her 10-night stay at the hospital.

    Back at home, HoneyBee is growing back to her healthy 15-pound self. Despite the surgery, the retired show cat from Tokyo featured in cat shows up and down the West Coast isn’t coming out of retirement.

    She’s staying right at home in Olympia, Wash.

    “They are magic, this pituitary team,” Mansfield said. “HoneyBee is eating well, her coat looks good, she looks alert and her legs are getting stronger and she is starting to do her jumping again. It’s a miracle.”

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  • New Washington study looking at whether our pets are vulnerable to COVID-19

  • 5 Things to Know About Coronavirus and Pets

    News 13
  • WSU leaders tap Palmer, Roll to lead academic and research response to COVID‑19

    WSU Insider
  • WSU Veterinary Hospital treats 2020’s first tick paralysis case

    WSU Insider
  • Research delayed, rodent populations reduced during pandemic

  • WADDL tests pets for COVID-19

    Daily Evergreen
  • Pet Facial Recognition Helps Find Lost Cats and Dogs

    Wall Street Journal
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital still in need of masks

    WSU veterinarians, vet technicians and interns still need your help! As of early Thursday morning, WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital had received 155 basic cloth masks to protect employees during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to all of those who were able to provide masks! We’re almost halfway to our goal of 400! Help us help pets in the safest way possible!

    Those who give masks are asked to please leave them in the bin at the entrance of the hospital and call (509) 335-0711 when you do. Masks can also be mailed to: Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital 205 Ott Road Pullman, WA 99164

    Here’s how to make a mask:

    Considered by Washington as an essential service, WSU’s veterinary hospital is the largest veterinary referral center in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Bronx tiger tests positive for COVID-19, prompts changes at local zoos

    KIRO 7
  • WSU vets aid pet pig back to health

    Pig getting MRI

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital is open to emergency and urgent cases. We do it for patients like Oliver, an 18-month-old Kunekune pig. Oliver came in from Spokane after he was vomiting and acting lethargic. Following a CT scan, Dr. Rachel Baumgardner and Dr. Marcie Logsdon located an unknown foreign object that was irritating his gastrointestinal tract. Surprisingly, Oliver responded well to medical management, anti-nausea medication and fluid therapy. In fact, he was feeling so good he went home Monday. As for that foreign object, nature will take its course. 😉 🐷 #GoCou

  • WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital need your help!

    The veterinarians, vet technicians and interns at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital need your help! The hospital is in need of basic cloth masks to protect employees and clients during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    “It is very common that we need to have three or more people within one to two feet of each other as we work with small animals and perform life-saving procedures. These masks will block droplet transmission if someone on the team is an asymptomatic carrier and help conserve our supply of surgical masks,” said Hospital Director Deb Sellon.

    Here’s how to make a mask:
    Those who give masks are asked to leave them in the bin at the entrance of the hospital and call (509) 335-0711 when you do.

    Considered by Washington as an essential service, WSU’s veterinary hospital is the largest veterinary referral center in the Pacific Northwest. We remain open only for emergencies and critical care which brings numerous veterinary patients in each day.

  • WSU vets use tech to reach pets

    WSU Insider
  • Meet Duck



    Meet Duck, an Indian Runner duck down on her luck. Duck was brought to WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital after she was struggling to walk and appeared to be ill. After an x-ray, it was discovered Duck had a foreign body (a penny) in her stomach. Despite efforts by WSU’s Exotics Team to remove the foreign body via endoscopy, Duck would need surgery to have the item removed. Thanks to WSU’s Good Samaritan Fund, Duck had surgery and Mr. Abraham Lincoln was found to be the problem. Pennies made after 1982 contain large amounts of Zinc, which can be toxic and was causing Duck’s difficulty walking. After surgery and successfully treating for heavy metal toxicity Duck is now up and around and back to her normal self. Shout out to Dr. Marcie Logsdon and the team for removing the penny!🦆

    “Most people don’t think of poultry on the same level as the family dog or cat, so I assumed she may be turned down for the surgery,” owner Heathear Bloom said. “Thank you to the Good Samaritan Fund committee for their donation toward her cause. Thanks to WSU, she has the opportunity to live a long and happy life.”

  • Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital needs basic cloth masks

    WSU College of Veterinary Medicine
  • WSU Veterinary College modifies operations for COVID-19 pandemic

    WSU Insider
  • Chief, a crime-fighting K-9 shot in the face last week, receives honor escort home

    Less than a week after being shot in the face, Chief, a Moses Lake Police K-9, recovered enough to be escorted home by more than 20 police cars from 11 law enforcement agencies. The Spokesman-Review
  • Moses Lake police dog to have eye removed after being shot on duty

    MOSES LAKE — A Moses Lake police dog is scheduled to have his eye removed during surgery after being shot while chasing a suspect, authorities said.

    The Seattle Times
  • Shot K9 returns to Moses Lake with honor procession

    The Daily Evergreen
  • Moses Lake police K-9 released from hospital after losing eye in shooting

  • Police Dog to Have Eye Removed After Being Shot on Duty

    US News
  • Saving Chief: WSU vets care for K-9 unit dog shot on duty

    WSU Insider
  • Antibiotics fail against resistant germs

    The Daily Evergreen
  • Is xylitol and dogs a deadly combination?

    Moscow Pullman Daily News
  • Seattle clinic treats people and pets together

    VIN News Service
  • Dr. Dori Borjesson named dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

    WSU Insider
  • Ringtail rescues

    Lewsiton Tribune
  • Pioneering Pituitary Surgery

    American Veterinarian
  • WSU helps camel get over the hump

    Moscow Pullman Daily News
  • Miss Idaho USA is a student first

    Moscow Pullman Daily News
  • WSU veterinary medicine student named 'Miss Idaho USA 2020'

  • WSU nursing, veterinary medicine students to treat people and pets at Spokane clinic

    WSU Insider
  • Grizzlies show remarkable gene control before and during hibernation

    College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Extra doses of care for pets: Products can help keep animals safe and happy

    Spokesman Review

  • A feline anatomy expert weighs in on that Cats trailer

  • WSU shuts down pet loss hotline after people misused the service

  • Hotline for grieving pet owners shuts down

    The Daily Evergreen
  • Four baby raccoons being rehabilitated at WSU

  • Healing a hummingbird: WSU vets rise to the occasion

  • FFAR Awards Inaugural Vet Fellowship to Ten Students

  • Leave baby animals to Mother Nature

    WSU Insider
  • Bald eagle released at East Park, returns to the wild

    Quincy Valley Post-Register
  • WSU veterinarians prepare eagle to be released back into the wild

  • WSU receives accreditation for veterinary simulation program

    Veterinary Practice News
  • WSUs Simulated Vet Program Receives Accreditation

    Washington Ag Network
  • Simulation-based education builds confidence and skills in CVM students

    WSU Insider
  • Tails of comfort

    WSU Magazine
  • Medicine that lands on all fours

    WSU Magazine
  • Dean of WSU veterinary college to step down

    The dean of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bryan Slinker (WSU '80), will step down at the end of 2019. JAVMA News
  • WSU veterinarians team up with MD to save corgi puppy in what may have been a veterinary first
  • In Their Shoes: the relationship between the homeless and their pets
  • Veterinary cardiologists: Does grain-free dog food cause heart disease?

    WSU Insider
  • Pioneering Pituitary Surgery

    American Veterinarian
  • Eight lives left for Linus the tabby cat

    Daily News
  • Update on Murray: Second risky surgery tackled by WSU VetMed

    WSU Insider
  • Thyroid Disease in Pets: What Should You Know?

    Healthy Pet
  • President, provost host Veterinary Medicine town hall

    WSU Insider
  • Until Seattle smoke subsides, take steps to keep Fido safe, veterinarians say

    Seattle Times
  • A pet out of its element

    News flash: you can’t keep “potentially dangerous animals” in Washington without a permit from the director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. That law, adopted more than 10 years ago, led to a 3-foot long, 8-pound alligator being confiscated from an Asotin County man earlier this month.

    Lewiston Tribune
  • Prickly pokey PT, WSU veterinarians putting a recovering porcupine through his paces
  • Washington State University veterinarians caring for confiscated crocodilian
  • How do you handle the grief that comes with losing a pet?

  • Why some pet owners and veterinarians are turning to alternative and holistic pet care options

  • Legacy of Service Continues to Expand

    WSU Spokane
  • 2018 Woman of Distinction: Saving animal lives every day

    2018 Woman of Distinction: Saving animal lives every day

    Katrina Mealey is the Richard L. Ott Endowed Chair in Small Animal Medicine and Research at WSU, the founding director of PrIMe (Program in Individualized Medicine for animals), a National Academy of Inventors member, and global expert in veterinary pharmacogenetics.  WSU Insider
  • Idaho County Sheriff says wounded puppy was not shot

    Moscow Pullman Daily News
  • Tips for running with your dog in Spokane

    The Spokesman-Review
  • Dog food recall worries residents, but so far no harm to pets in Spokane

    The Spokesman-Review
  • Hundreds of people and pets served by new WSU clinic

    WSU Insider
  • WSU vet and nursing students team up for low-income healthcare clinic
  • How To Help Animals During The California Fires, Because They’re Just As Vulnerable As You
  • Dog Gone Day

    Mic, a Pembroke corgi then 12, had always embodied good “dog manners.” He’d never met a dog who didn’t like him. Suddenly, he was enraging his packmates. We sympathized; his nighttime barking was fraying our nerves, too. Washington State Magazine
  • Pup gets a new lease on life

    Researcher and veterinarian Jillian Haines and Wiss, program coordinator at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, worked with a blend of affection and efficiency with the wire-haired dachshund pup, the last subject in a year-long study into megaesophagus in canines and effective management techniques. Moscow-Pullman Daily News
  • Animal owners should be aware of wildfire smoke hazards

    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.

    Now through the early fall, wildfire season conditions are varying from unhealthy to hazardous levels for people, particularly with as winds shifts and air quality changes. Pets and other animals should be protected from potential dangers of smoke inhalation as well.

    WSU Insider
  • Entertain your pets: Pet tech aimed at helping furry friends

    SPOKANE, Wash. -

    Most of the time when you play with your pet, you reach for some sort of toy. But, what if you’re not home? There are actually TV shows and apps now that you can get to entertain your pets.

    Veterinarians say it actually does work. These apps usually have something running around on the screen and the dog or cat has to tap them to make them disappear.

    “It’s just giving them activity to do so instead of them just being bored and sleepy and doing nothing they can tap on something that is moving so there's some feedback,” says Dr. Leticia Fanucchia, a clinical instructor at WSU’s veterinary school.

    KHQ - TV 6
  • Washington State vet helps bird dog owners get over hump on neutering

    To neuter or not to neuter? Our family has pondered this decision six times and it still sinks my wife into a bog of anxiety, at least in the case of our dogs.

    When it came to me, her decision was swift.

    Meredith even insisted on cheerfully observing my vasectomy. She asked the urologist so many questions during the procedure I finally had to wave my hand and point out that I was getting less enthused about sacrificing my body for her medical curiosity as the local anesthetic began wearing off.

    The Spokesman-Review
  • Protect your pet’s feet from heat, burns

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Temperatures nearing or surpassing the century mark in the Inland Northwest this week prompts the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine to issue a hot pavement advisory for pets.

    “Rarely do dog owners in the Inland Northwest need to be concerned about walking their pets on hot asphalt,” explains Dr. Raelynn Farnsworth, head of the WSU veterinary teaching hospital’s Community Practice Service. “But even in relatively mild temperatures, burns to a pet’s pads can result if forced to walk on the hot surface.”

    86 degrees becomes 135 on asphalt

    In the absence of any wind and in direct sunlight, asphalt surfaces can reach 125 degrees, when the air temperature is only 77 degrees, according to Dr. James Berens work on thermal contact burns published in 1970 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. At 86 degrees, the asphalt temperature jumps to 135 degrees and at 87 degrees, only one degree more, the asphalt temperature rises to 143 degrees.

    WSU Insider
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