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New York veterinarian driven to suicide after cat custody battle
New York Daily News
NYSVMS member and New York veterinarian Shirley Koshi, DVM, was found dead last month in an apparent suicide. NYSVMS staff and officers were deeply saddened to have learned of Dr. Koshi's passing, and our sincerest condolences go out to her family and staff. According to the New York Daily News, Koshi's death, which is still under investigation by the NYPD and the city medical examiner, was the climax of a downward spiral that clinic technician Will Page said began with the filing of a lawsuit against her last fall in a Bronx civil court.
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Dog lovers protest bill that would prohibit puppies from sale before 14 weeks in Long Island
Riverhead LOCAL
The first public hearing on proposed legislation that would regulate pet dealers in Suffolk County was met with resistance. Opponents of the proposed measure spoke out against one aspect of the bill they found particularly egregious, a provision that would prohibit an animal from being sold before the age of 14 weeks.
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ASPCA/NYPD pilot project aims to help dogs left outside in the cold
New York Daily News
Even New York City's pooches are waiting for the dog days of summer to return. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will be handing out free doghouses in southeastern Queens after the New York Police Department received a growing number of calls about dogs being left outside without proper shelter. "If it's too cold for you to be outside, it's probably too cold for your dog to be outside," said Allison Cardona, director of the ASPCA's Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program.
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Manufacturers confident in revamped chicken jerky products
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Two brands of chicken jerky pet treats will soon re-enter the market after years of reports of pet illness — even death — associated with consumption of jerky treats made with chicken sourced from China. Milo's Kitchen and Nestlé Purina (the maker of Waggin' Train treats) say that since the voluntary recall of their jerky treats last year due to antibiotic residue, they have reevaluated, revamped, reformulated and even discontinued certain products mired in suspicion and a nearly decade-old Food and Drug Administration investigation. Now manufacturers are staking their name on the belief that they finally have it right.
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How cows could shed light on the mechanisms behind antibodies
Medical News Today
The research team from the Scripps Research Institute in California says the immune systems of cows can help them to better understand the diversity of antibodies, which can lead to the development of improved treatment for illnesses in both humans and livestock.
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Alopecia, easily epilated hair and inappetence in a cat
Today's Veterinary Practice
This article describes clinical signs, laboratory diagnostics, imaging and cytologic analysis for a cat with progressive nonpruritic dermatologic changes, inappetence, decreased water consumption and recent anorexia. Can you determine the diagnosis?
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Help exists for those struggling to pay veterinary bills
Veterinary Information Network
Denying medical care to a sick or injured animal can ruin days and induce lasting guilt. Even so, the scenario is familiar among veterinarians with clients who can't afford medical treatments for their pets. Financially strapped owners often turn to euthanasia to alleviate an animal's suffering — sometimes prematurely.
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Hedgehogs become more popular as pets in U.S.
United Press International
Hedgehogs have become a popular pet in U.S. households, a recent review indicated. The prickly animals, which are illegal in some regions, including the New York City metropolitan area, have seen a spike in popularity in recent years thanks to the advent of websites that promote the animal's "cute" status, such as Cute Emergency and various Instagram accounts.
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Ark Sciences releases canine sterilization drug
Veterinary Practice News
The only Food and Drug Administration-approved nonsurgical sterilization drug for male dogs began shipping to U.S. veterinarians nearly a decade after an earlier version exited the market. The new drug, Zeuterin Injectable Solution, is a blend of zinc gluconate and the amino acid arginine. The manufacturer, Ark Sciences Inc. of Irvington, N.Y., has trained and certified more than 400 veterinarians in the use of Zeuterin.
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