The Water Bowl: More Vets Are Taking House Calls

08/23/2012 at 11:30 AM EDT

More Veterinarians Are Taking House Calls
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A growing number of veterinarians are taking their jobs to the road by making house calls when pets are sick. This trend is a nod to tradition among the country's 85,000 vets, explains Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a professor at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine, who adds, "We used to call them farm calls." –AP

One Kentucky cattle farmer is responding to the recent Midwest drought's devastating (and pricey) effect on the nation's corn supply with a sweet solution: candy. Nick Smith, co-owner of United Livestock Commodities, says 5 to 8 percent of the grub he's feeding his 1,400 cows is candy that was rejected from retail sale. –Los Angeles Times

Rescuers suspect that a mixed Labrador found in Dallas with a gouged paw and a jar on his head may have been used as "blood bait" in a fighting ring. Pappy's paw was partially amputated Wednesday afternoon, and Animal Allies of Texas is looking for someone to provide the dog with a forever home. –Dallas Morning News

Big cats at a zoo in Italy are beating the heat wave with an icy treat – made of meat. These oversized ice cubes that contain raw meat are among the precautions the Rome zoo is taking for the 1,200 animals living there, and extra drinking-water fountains were also set up in some of the enclosures. –BBC

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