The PetsitUSA blog reports on a lab now offering aminopterin testing (although the press release from which they quote makes it sound like the lab isn’t quite set up to run the test). They also mention that Iowa State’s lab has offered to test food and pets. Catmanager spoke with a veterinarian at this lab earlier this week. I found out that Iowa is still getting set up to test for aminopterin but does plan to offer that service. They hope to be set up soon. The veterinarian I spoke with thought the test would cost under $100, but he cautioned that pricing hadn’t been set and would depend on precisely which materials are needed to run the test.

Compassion Fatigue Intervention offers advice to veterinarians on helping clients cope with the recall-related deaths of their patients.

You may be seeing what is called “complicated grief.” This type of grief occurs when the circumstances of a pet’s death make grieving more difficult than usual (as is the case with accidental death)

The therapist behind this blog offers sensible advice. Her final point: don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Veterinary professionals aren’t immune to feelings of shock, sadness, and anger over the death and illness that tainted food has caused.

(Pet Connection has also created a page of pet-loss resources.)

One of the posters at the Vet Tech blog reports on some truly novel pet foods. Canned beaver, anyone?

This guy really, really doesn’t like alternative/holistic medicine. He tells the story of his veterinarian girlfriend’s firing after questioning her bosses about the necessity of treating pets with applied kinesiology and acupuncture.

She was told something to the effect of “I do it if the patient asks. At the very worst, it’s not like it’ll hurt.”