Animal dentistry bill passes Assembly, Senate
On Tuesday June 17, the New York State Senate voted to approve S.B. 2742B (58 to 0). The Assembly bill, A.B. 8867, was approved late last week (133 to 1). Pending the governor's signature, the law will take effect immediately. The legislation amends education law to include the treatment of dental conditions, other than the floating of equine teeth, into the definition of the practice of veterinary medicine. Look for more detail in the July/August issue of Connections.
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New York State pet owners can now be buried with their deceased pets
New York Daily News
The state has formally adopted regulations allowing pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of people who wish to spend eternity with their pets. Under the regulation, which takes effect in August, pet cemeteries can accept the remains but cannot charge a fee for a human burial and cannot advertise their human burial services.
New York State lawmakers vote to outlaw animal tattooing, piercing
The Associated Press via The Post-Standard
New York State has made it illegal to tattoo or pierce dogs and cats. The bill is intended to protect pets from the whims of their owners. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign it into law. The bill does allow tattooing or piercing of companion animals if performed by a licensed veterinarian for identification or medical purposes.
NYSVMS member earns prestigious DeBakey Journalism Award
NYSVMS via PRNewswire
Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM, has won a prestigious 2014 DeBakey Journalism Award in the Online category for her article "Dogs Go to Bat Against Lou Gehrig's Disease." Hohenhaus is a member of the Vetstreet.com Veterinary Advisory Board and is a frequent contributor to the site. She is also on staff at the Animal Medical Center in New York City where she specializes in treating cancer patients. The award-winning article is a comparative medicine look at amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in humans and canine degenerative myelopathy in dogs.
Is animal-assisted therapy being undervalued as a treatment?
Medical News Today
There is no doubt that humans have a strong bond with animals, and it is this bond that led to the introduction of animal-assisted therapy, or pet therapy — the idea that animals can help humans cope with or recover from certain medical conditions. Today, animal-assisted therapy is more popular than ever.
Managing iron deficiency anemia
VETERINARY MEDICINE via dvm360.com
Is iron deficiency anemia on your differential diagnosis list for all patients with unexplained microcytic anemia? Find out why it should be, how to diagnose the cause of this anemia and how to treat these iron-deficient patients.
Veterinary surgeons use feline adult stem cells in kidney transplant
University of Georgia via Phys.org
Veterinary surgeons in the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital successfully performed a kidney transplant in a domestic cat and used stem cells harvested from the patient to optimize the cat's acceptance of the new kidney.
Livestock gut microbes contributing to greenhouse gas emissions
DOE/Joint Genome Institute via ScienceDaily
One-fifth of methane emissions has been attributed by researchers to livestock such as cattle, sheep and other ruminants, but the amount of methane produced varies substantially among animals in the same species. Researchers aimed to explore role the microbes living in the rumen play in this process.
Harrisvaccines' PEDv vaccine wins conditional license
Veterinary Practice News
A vaccine formulated to fight porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which has killed an estimated 7 million piglets across the U.S. in just over a year, has been awarded a conditional license, manufacturer Harrisvaccines recently reported.
Hormone spray appears to strengthen connections between dogs, owners
American Animal Hospital Association
A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that a new oxytocin-based spray appears capable of improving interactions between humans and dogs, according to Discovery News.
Better methods to detect E. coli developed
Kansas State University via ScienceDaily
Diagnosticians are helping the cattle industry save millions of dollars each year by developing earlier and accurate detection of E. coli. "Developing a method to detect E. coli before it can potentially contaminate the food supply benefits the beef industry by preventing costly recalls but also benefits the consumer by ensuring the safety of the beef supply," a researcher said.
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