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Articles tagged: Farm Animals

Reduce Mosquito Exposure on the Farm

Friday, August 30th, 2019

A viral illness primarily transmitted by mosquitoes, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is fatal in more than 90% of infected horses. There’s no specific antiviral treatment available, so appropriate vaccination and other protective measures are urgently needed… Read More

Grey Percheron mare showing her pretty eye with mosquito on eyebrow.

A World Without Rinderpest

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Cummings School’s Jeffrey Mariner, who played a key role in eradicating the devastating cattle plague from the wild, weighs in on an effort to destroy laboratory samples of the virus

Backyard Chickens and the Risk of Lead Exposure

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Urban dwellers need to take precautions to prevent their egg layers from bringing the heavy metal into the food chain
When Teresa McGowan and her husband first bought their Somerville, Massachusetts, home in 2004, one of the first things they did was test the soil in their yard for lead. It was a recommendation from local gardeners, who knew that produce grown in contaminated soil can be dangerous.

Research has shown that lead is a potent neurotoxin, associated with reduced IQ, attention-related behavior problems, and poor academic achievement in children exposed to it through food or environmental factors.

Looking Through the Eyes of Animals

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Temple Grandin on the importance of first impressions, why “draconian leash laws” are a problem for dogs, and more.

Get the Lead Out

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Best practices for keeping your backyard chickens and family lead-safe.

backyard chicken

A Chicken and Egg Problem

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Urban dwellers looking to raise backyard chickens must take precautions to prevent lead exposure.

Fire in Paradise: My Story

Monday, December 17th, 2018

A veterinarian tells of the long, smoke-filled hours caring for animals after the harrowing fires in California
It was the night of November 17 when I said goodbye to my husband and cat in Berkeley, California, and drove three hours up to the area of Paradise. In the previous nine days, the infamous Camp Fire smoke had already traveled over 170 miles to the San Francisco Bay area. More than a million people were breathing the thickened air, and I was headed near its source.