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Animal dentistry bill officially signed into law
AVMA
Gov. Cuomo signed S.B. 2742, the animal dentistry bill, into law on Aug. 11. Effective immediately, the act includes the treatment of dental conditions in the definition of veterinary medicine. Persons who float equine teeth are exempted from the licensing requirements.
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Photos with big cats banned in New York State
The Associated Press via Newsday
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed a law that makes it illegal to pose in photos with lions, tiger and other big cats. The dangerous practice has become common on many popular dating sites.
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Bacteria shrink tumors in humans, dogs
American Association for the Advancement of Science
A syringe full of noxious bacteria sounds like the last thing a cancer patient needs. But a new study of dogs with tumors, and even one human cancer patient, reveals that injecting certain bacteria directly into the growths can shrink or even eliminate them. The results strengthen the case that using bacteria to treat cancer, an approach that performed poorly in some clinical trials, will work.
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Aug. 15 is Check the Chip Day
AVMA
In 2013, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association joined together to launch Check the Chip Day as a reminder to pet owners to check their pet's microchip registration to make sure it's up-to-date. Microchips are very effective for identifying lost pets and reuniting them with their families, but that potentially happy ending won't occur if the microchip registration isn't correct — or worse, if it's never been registered in the first place.
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Veterinarians needed to staff the Hall of Veterinary Health
NYSVMS
This year's New York State Fair will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, through Monday, Sept. 1, in Syracuse. The Hall of Veterinary Health is one of the primary ways the NYSVMS promotes veterinary medicine to the public. It showcases modern veterinary medicine in a fun, educational way and includes several interactive displays, live demonstrations and is an excellent opportunity for fairgoers to talk with veterinarians. To make the Hall of Veterinary Health a success, we need your help! Volunteers are still needed to help staff the exhibit Sunday, Aug. 24; Monday, Aug. 25; Friday, Aug. 29; and Monday, Sept. 1. Please email staff@nysvms.org for more information or if you would like to volunteer!
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The importance of consistent vaccine protocols in your veterinary practice
VETERINARY ECONOMICS via dvm360.com
When Rob Graham first joined Animal Health Services as practice manager, he immediately noticed the lack of protocols for vaccines amongst the six doctors on staff. One doctor recommended a three-year vaccine, and another said every year. One doctor even recommended no vaccines at all. The practice charged Graham with helping to correct the major issue.
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The seven deadly veterinarian sins
Veterinarian Practice News
Do you tell clients they're killing their pets with all that food they insist on feeding? That their puppies hail from less-than-reputable sources? Their dog needs to wear a muzzle at all times before you'll deign to see her again? Or do you look the other way instead of calling clients out on their gratuitous requests, outright ignorance and otherwise questionable behavior? If we don't step out of our comfort zone to enlighten our clients, who will?
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Reminder: Tramadol will be a DEA scheduled drug Aug. 18
AVMA
The Drug Enforcement Administration published its decision to schedule tramadol as a Schedule IV controlled substance. The rule becomes effective Aug. 18 of this year. Tramadol has been classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance in New York State since Feb. 23, 2013. Click here for the alert NYSVMS sent to members at that time. We will be updating our Knowledge Center Document to encompass the national changes in the near future.
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Safe travels for feline patients
DVM360 MAGAZINE via dvm360.com
Instruct clients in the following steps to ensure that cats can go to the veterinary hospital safely and without distress.
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Searching for FIP treatments
Winn Feline Foundation
Feline infectious peritonitis, caused by feline coronavirus, is a lethal immune-mediated disease, and currently no therapy with proven efficacy is available. Many projects are searching for agents to treat or prevent this disease, including studies funded by Winn Feline Foundation. Numerous antiviral drugs have been tested for their ability to inhibit FCoV replication, including carbohydrate-binding agents, cathepsin inhibitors, protease inhibitors, nitric oxide, siRNA and interferons.
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Dog owners link 965 deaths to flea killer and heartworm preventive Trifexis
DogChannel.com
Trifexis, a flea killer and heartworm preventive introduced in 2011, is being blamed for nearly 1,000 dog deaths, but both the manufacturer and the Food and Drug Administration cautioned that no evidence has been found tying the drug to the claims. Atlanta television station WSB-TV learned after filing a Freedom of Information Act request that the FDA had received 965 complaints of Trifexis-related dog deaths.
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A day in the life of New York City's hospital for wild birds
Wired
Even in a city famed for its oddities, New York's Wild Bird Fund is an unusual place. One morning in April, while sitting in the Upper West Side waiting room, it dawned on Brandon Keim that he wasn't alone. Perched on a chair, motionless in front of a life-sized photograph of a turkey vulture, was a large black-and-white guinea fowl.
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Extinct penguin was tall enough to play in the NBA
New Scientist via Discovery News
A penguin that lived more than 35 million years ago was the largest ever, and would stand twice as tall as today's largest penguin, according to new fossil evidence.
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