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January 6, 1999 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it has approved the first "antidepressant" drug designed exclusively for Fido. The canine "uppers" help treat separation anxiety, which apparently can be a serious problem for some neurotic dogs whose humans tend to live at the office--or who just spend too many hours away from home. This is sure to be welcome news for the millions of Americans who dote on their pooches in myriad ways.
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January 6, 1999 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No, they haven't run out of people with cancer to treat. And no, they aren't starting a UC Davis-style veterinary training program. So why was UCLA Medical Center letting that golden retriever sniff around its room-sized cobalt radiation machine on Tuesday? Turns out that UCLA radiation oncology experts were opening a $1.5-million cancer treatment center. For dogs and cats. University technicians will run the clinic for a private Westside veterinary hospital.
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December 13, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the realm of human medicine, there are several schools that can lay legitimate claim to being the best in the nation. In veterinary medicine, there is one: UC Davis. Based on quality of faculty, research, students and instructional program, the veterinary school founded 50 years ago at the former University Farm is perennially listed by ranking agencies as tops in the nation, if not the world.
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December 4, 1998 | From Associated Press
The School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis has lost its full accreditation. Instead, it has been assigned "limited" accreditation status for two years by the American Veterinary Medical Assn. The school was ranked No. 1 in the country last year by U.S. News & World Report, but its antiquated buildings doomed its accreditation status.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Irvine veterinarian has filed a $10-million lawsuit against the city and several of its animal-control officers after being cleared by an Orange County Superior Court judge of allegations that he abused several cats. Thomas H. Elston, founder of T.H.E. Cat Hospital in Irvine, had his license suspended earlier this year after the state Veterinary Medical Board charged him with abusing four cats.
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September 13, 1998 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For months, Nikki had been coughing, at times coughing so hard and for so long that it seemed she would never catch her breath. At 12--even in dog years, not a terribly advanced age--the fluffy, sweet-faced spaniel looked robust enough to give her owner every reason to believe that whatever was wrong with Nikki, it probably wasn't going to kill her. And so, week after week, they returned to the Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital in Altadena in search of a diagnosis and, they hoped, a cure.
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July 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
A group of World War II dogs--including 25 killed in action--have been recognized for their heroic service on Guam. A statue of Kurt, a Doberman pinscher who saved the lives of 250 Marines when he alerted them to Japanese soldiers, was dedicated at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1998 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cats squirmed and growled in pain as they were neutered because they were not properly anesthetized. The abdominal organs of the Lopez family dog were reportedly pulled out during one unorthodox spaying, and the pet died. The Chavez's German shepherd, Spike, appeared to have been strangled by an inept attendant before surgery even began.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
To help fish survive in Lake Lindero this summer, the Lake Lindero Homeowners Assn. will install a new aeration system to keep oxygen flowing in the water as the weather heats up. Hundreds of fish died in the lake in the last two summers because a large bloom of algae combined with the shallowness of the lake depleted the water of oxygen. At the urging of some homeowners, the association installed a temporary aeration system last year, but it was too late to re-oxygenate the 14-acre lake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1998 | YUNG KIM
An administrative panel has temporarily suspended the license of an Irvine veterinarian accused of physically abusing cats at a local pet hospital. The suspension will prevent Thomas H. Elston, founder of the T.H.E. Cat Hospital of Irvine, from practicing until an April 29 hearing before the Veterinary Medical Board. The board will decide if his license should be permanently revoked. Elston pleaded guilty in Municipal Court in Newport Beach last December to one count of cruelty to animals.
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