Four raccoons in the Burlington area have tested positive for rabies recently, and health officials say the disease has been detected in 11 animals this year, including in a bobcat in Clarendon.
“This is a good reminder to vaccinate your pets and not attract wild animals with food, compost, bird seed or exposed trash,” said Robert Johnson, DVM, state public health veterinarian in a press release.
For many Vermonters, the worry about running out of food is a monthly problem. Most families living on food stamps (now called the supplemental nutrition assistance program or SNAP) run out of food by the third or fourth week of every month. There are food shelves and other places they can turn to, but their anxiety about getting enough food takes a heavy toll.
I recently found myself where I never dreamed of being at age 43: in an orthodontist’s chair getting my retainers adjusted.
This almost didn’t come to pass. Sometime after graduating from college, I decided that I had also graduated from wearing the two retainers that I had popped into my mouth every night for a decade. I unceremoniously shoved them to the back of my dresser and declared that I was the boss of my teeth now.
As we plowed our way into April this year, it seemed like everyone I met at the grocery store – whether a millennial or an octogenarian - was saying essentially the same thing: “Wow. This winter was like the ones we had when I was a kid - with amazing snow and cold.” And I was perfectly happy to have it so, largely because I enjoy skiing, but also because I believe it will reduce the number of pests in the garden this summer.
Gone are the days of children, of just about any age, climbing in a car and just using a seat belt. Now, child car seats and booster seats are recommended for children even up to age 15. That makes the recent recalls of two different brands of car seats of particular concern.
Chris Bell is the Director of EMS and Injury Prevention for the Vermont Department of Health. He spoke with Vermont Edition about what parents need to do in the wake of the recalls and discusses other car safety issues for children.
Vermont’s medical marijuana dispensaries have been in operation for just under year. But lawmakers are already considering a bill to expand the number of dispensaries, remove the cap on the total number of patients and allow for home delivery of medical marijuana. We discuss the details with the bill's sponsor, Sen. Jeanette White, and with Shayne Lynn of Champlain Valley Dispensary.
When you mention head lice to most parents, many have an emotional reaction or horror story to share. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that schools end the practice of sending kids with lice home from school.
A deadly virus has been spreading through the nation’s pig populations. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PED, has killed about 4 or 5 million hogs since it was identified in the United States last May.
Earlier this week, the Agency of Agriculture announced that the first cases of PED have been identified in Vermont.
Shelley Mehlenbacher is the Assistant State Veterinarian for the Vermont Department of Agriculture. She spoke with Vermont Edition about the virus.