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NYS-VC Spring — Register today!
NYSVMS
The inaugural NYS-VC Spring is the not-to-be-missed event of the year: a stellar lineup of speakers and topics for your entire veterinary practice; the opportunity to earn 19 continuing education credits over a three-day period; a sold out, expanded trade show featuring the latest innovations in veterinary medicine; and exciting chances to network with your tri-state peers at the Purple Party and Exhibitor Reception! The deadlines for early-bird registration and the NYS-VC room block at the Hilton Westchester are coming up quick. Save money now! Register by April 15 to receive the reduced rates, and be sure to attend this exciting inaugural conference in Rye Brook, May 16-18.
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Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit comes to Oneida County
WSTM-TV
VideoBriefEarlier this week, Oneida County and the Central New York SPCA partnered to form the Oneida County Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit. The agreement allows a team of animal abuse law enforcement officers to handle local cases, relieving some of the responsibility from local law enforcement agencies. Residents in Oneida County can now report suspected cases of animal abuse to the Central New York SPCA's Animal Cruelty Hotline. The number is 315-454-3469.
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Researchers: Gold-based drug shows promise for fighting bone cancer in people and pets
Medical News Today
A gold-based drug currently used in human and veterinary medicine to manage certain immune diseases may prove useful in combating osteosarcoma, a devastating bone cancer that affects both dogs and people, University of Florida veterinary researchers report. By examining an aggressive bone cell line in both species, the researchers found that the drug, aurothiomalate, commonly known as gold salts, kept cancer cells from forming in the laboratory.
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FDA: Drug companies to stop using antibiotics for animal growth
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
The Food and Drug Administration has asked pharmaceutical companies to stop labeling drugs for use in growth promotion for livestock. Twenty-five out of the 26 companies they have asked to change labeling have agreed.
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April is Heartworm Awareness Month
NYSVMS
Educate your clients with the NYSVMS brochure: Protect Your Dog From Heartworm. NYSVMS members can order the heartworm brochures in stacks of 50 (as well as brochures on Lyme disease and rabies) at no charge, except for shipping and handling to cover the cost of mailing the brochures to you. Email your order to staff@nysvms.org.
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Veterinary toxicology alert: Oils used in 'scent training' can harm dogs
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Canine "scent training," or "nose work," in which dogs are coached to locate target-scented objects, may lead to accidental poisoning, researchers say. Faculty at the toxicology laboratory of the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Heath at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine say that targets scented with essential oils — specifically birch — create serious concern.
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Blood-contaminated joint fluid samples might still be useful
The Horse
To determine whether a horse's joint is infected — which can be a serious side effect of joint injections or lower limb wounds — veterinarians analyze synovial (joint) fluid samples for signs of trouble. Collecting synovial fluid can be a tricky procedure, however, and can result in a blood-contaminated sample.
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First cases of documented TB caught from cats
The New York Times
The first documented cases of people catching tuberculosis from their cats were revealed in England recently, but TB experts there and in the U.S. reassured pet owners that they had virtually nothing to fear. The four human cases were all related to a rare cluster of sick cats in southern England, and all were instances of bovine tuberculosis, which is carried by cows.
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Never underestimate a goat
Smithsonian Magazine
Goats are members of a diverse group of mammals called ungulates. Ungulates include barnyard favorites like cows, sheep and donkeys — all great additions at petting zoos but not known for winning any intelligence prizes in the animal kingdom.
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Report: Pain of deadly pig virus PEDv will continue, spread in US, Mexico, Canada
The Oregonian via oregonlive.com
A global financial services group predicts harder times ahead for the pig industry, which has been hard hit by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, otherwise known as PEDv. A new report by Rabobank, which lends money to the food, beverage and agricultural businesses, predicts the virus will reduce the number of hogs slaughtered in the U.S. by 7 percent this year or nearly 19 million animals.
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FDA asks for public's help identifying jerky pet treats that are sickening animals
ABC News
The Food and Drug Administration is asking for the help of pet owners after it was unable to pinpoint why thousands of animals were getting sick from eating jerky treats, mainly manufactured in China. The agency has spent years trying to find out why 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. were sickened by different brands of the treats since the agency first started getting complaints in 2007.
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Ancient Egyptian kitten skeletons hint at cat domestication
LiveScience via Fox News
The skeletons of six cats, including four kittens, found in an Egyptian cemetery may push back the date of cat domestication in Egypt by nearly 2,000 years. The bones come from a cemetery for the wealthy in Hierakonpolis, which served as the capital of upper Egypt in the era before the pharaohs.
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