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NCSU study: Dog paralysis study shows need for customized treatments
The Stanly News and Press
A clinical trial from North Carolina State University involving paraplegic dogs has demonstrated that a one-size fits all approach is not ideal for treating spinal cord injuries. Instead, the study highlights the fact that the population of canine paraplegics — even those with the same type of injury — is very diverse, and that courses of treatment should be equally so. These findings may lead the way to personalized treatments for spinal cord injuries, and hopefully better outcomes for canine and potentially human patients.
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New treatment offers hope for headshaking in horses
University of Bristol via Phys.org
At present, there are no consistently safe and effective methods for the treatment of headshaking in horses. The condition, a neuropathic facial pain syndrome, often leaves affected horses impossible to ride and dangerous to handle, and can result in euthanasia. A new study has found a treatment called percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS) could reduce signs of the condition in horses. The same PENS therapy is used in people to manage neuropathic pain.
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Dire report on New York State wildlife
The East Hampton Star
Box turtles, black ducks and bumblebees are a few of the animals expected to suffer catastrophic declines in New York within 10 years unless drastic measures are taken, according to a state report that was just released.
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Western New York city approves feral cat policy
Tonawanda News
The City of Tonawanda Common Council approved a motion to adopt a trap, neuter, vaccinate, return policy for dealing with stray and feral cats. The resolution states it will now be acceptable for cats to be caught and taken to a veterinarian to be vaccinated and sterilized and then released back into the habitat where they were found. This TNVR method is considered the most humane way to control the feral cat population. "Three months ago, TNVR was illegal in North Tonawanda, it's legal today," said Peter Reese, an attorney working with the SUNY Buffalo Law School Animal Law Pro Bono Project.
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ARCI regulators to tighten medication rules
Association of Racing Commissioners International via HorseRacingNation.com
In an effort to strengthen rules to combat the use of illegally compounded medications in racing, regulators are taking steps to ensure that commissions have adequate authority to sanction licensees who violate existing federal restrictions limiting the use of such substances. "Commission investigators are finding that some are seeking to circumvent existing doping rules by using new drugs created by combining multiple substances in a compound," Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) President Ed Martin said.
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2015 AVMA HOD resolutions and proposed bylaws amendments
AVMA
These are the resolutions and proposed bylaws amendments the AVMA House of Delegates will be considering during its winter session in Chicago within the next few days.
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Things we learned about dogs in 2014
Discovery News
A nice thing about dogs is their openness — there doesn't seem to be much mystery to their love of fun, food and us. But that doesn't mean we know everything about them. Here are a few tidbits about our four-legged friends we picked up over the last 12 months.
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Americans are spending more than ever on fancy dog food
The Washington Post
America's hyper-profitable obsession with its dogs and cats has reached a new peak. The year's biggest private-equity buyout, announced for more than $8 billion, wasn't for a big-idea Web startup or a profitable mega-firm, but for PetSmart, the strip-mall chain hawking kitty litter and puppy chow.
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For-profit spay-neuter clinics seek to fill niche
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
As pet owners have struggled to pay for their pets' health care, the veterinary market has seen a blossoming of low-cost spay and neuter clinics. Many are nonprofit programs that have drawn fire and even been challenged by law in some states. But for-profit spay and neuter clinics seek to find a middle ground — providing a reasonably priced service that provides enough revenue to support the business and its owner.
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Barkworthies® issues nationwide recall of Chicken Vittles dog chews
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Barkworthies® of Richmond, Va., is recalling select lots of Barkworthies® Chicken Vittles dog chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
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Jump Your Bones Inc. recalls Roo Bites (Cubes) pet treats because of possible salmonella Contamination
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Jump Your Bones Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla., is voluntarily recalling Jump Your Bones brand name Roo Bites (Cubes) because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date.
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Flatulence in dogs: Annoyance or sign of GI illness?
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Being the owner of both a boxer and a bulldog with flatulence, Claudia Kirk, DVM, DACVN, DACVIM, a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, can relate to the challenges excess flatus provides to pet owners. Episodes of flatus make living in close quarters with pets less than enjoyable, especially when the foul odor is enough to clear a room.
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Pets linked to stronger social skills in children with autism
Business 2 Community
Living with pets may increase the social skills of children with autism. A recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders finds that having pets such as cats, rabbits and other animals such as dogs in the home may help children with autism improve their social skills.
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Balancing financial realities with value of profession
Veterinary Practice News
The financial realities of being a veterinarian should also be weighed with the overall value of the profession, according to Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
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Parasite in cats tied to infections in deer
The Columbus Dispatch
The American Bird Conservancy says in a report that cats kill "hundreds of millions of birds and more than a billion small mammals, such as rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks each year." The group's latest broadside against free-range cats relates to a study, authored by Greg Ballish of Ohio State University's Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, that ties the high number of outdoors cats with an increased incidence of a parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, among deer tested in the Cleveland area.
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USDA proposes changes to livestock marketing facility approval process
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a proposed rule amending its regulations for how the agency approves livestock marketing facilities that receive animals in interstate commerce. The proposed rule also provides several clarifications on how livestock can move to these facilities without official identification or before an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection is issued.
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Caring for gentle, rare rhinoceros a privilege
U-T San Diego
VideoBriefCaring for any rhinoceros is a huge responsibility. When that rhinoceros is the only one of its kind in the United States, and 1 of only 5 in the world, the responsibility can be almost intimidating. "It gives your job a different kind of weight when you realize 20 percent of the living population is under your care," associate veterinarian Meredith Clancy said about caring for Nola, a 40-year-old northern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
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