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Laundry detergent pods, a concern for kids, can harm pets too
DVM 360 Magazine via dvm360.com
Most soaps and detergents contain chemicals called ionic and anionic surfactants. When pets ingest a small amount of such products, it's possible for them to respond to the unpleasant taste or to have mild, self-limiting gastrointestinal upset.
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First canine Ebola quarantine met with good luck
Veterinary Information Network
During the 16 days that they tended the world's first dog to be quarantined for possible Ebola, Drs. Deb Zoran and Wesley Bissett felt the highest stress while awaiting results of the pet's initial test for the fearsome virus. It wasn't their own safety they worried about, but that of the Cavalier King Charles spaniel named Bentley.
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Why you should put software to maximum use
Veterinary Practice News
Most professionals say underutilization is the top problem for users of veterinary practice management software. Practices just aren't using their software to its full potential.
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New Yorkers go broke trying to cure their pets' allergies
New York Post
When Julianne Soviero's nine-year-old mixed breed pooch, Maynard, began developing painful rashes on his stomach, she knew she'd go to any lengths to find a cure for her pet. The 34-year-old athletic consultant had Maynard's blood tested for antibodies, which ran $300. She then gave him allergy shots twice a week, totaling $180 over a period of five months, 12 sessions of acupuncture at $120 a session and even a visit to an herbalist, which cost $100 — ringing up at $2,020 total.
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U.S. nonprofits file suit against Food and Drug Administration over ractopamine in our meat
Boulder Weekly
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is no stranger to allegations of under-regulation, but among recent criticisms is the agency's repeated approval of a series of veterinary drugs based on ractopamine, a growth-producing supplement that has U.S. nonprofits filing lawsuits against the agency. Ractopamine isn't new to livestock farming in the U.S. The FDA first approved the drug for commercially raised pigs in 1999, and later permitted its use for cattle and turkeys. The drug mimics stress hormones, causing animals to gain lean muscle weight rather than fat in the final weeks before slaughter.
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APHIS proposal could devastate American cattle herd
Focus Daily News
On Aug. 29, the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen beef from northern Argentina. APHIS would accomplish this by adding the Patagonia areas of Argentina to the list of regions considered free of foot-and-mouth disease. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is deeply concerned with this proposal. Foot-and-mouth disease is a severe and highly contagious viral disease of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, deer and other animals with divided hooves. It is considered to be one of the most economically devastating livestock diseases in the world and poses a significant risk to not only our country's cattle herd, but also our national food security. Foot-and-mouth disease could also cost our industry hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Are probiotics effective in treating gut ailments in horses?
Horsetalk.co.nz
Evidence that probiotics can be used to control gastrointestinal diseases in horses is currently weak, according to researchers. Scientists from Switzerland, Denmark and Canada have carried out a review of evidence relating to their effectiveness, the findings of which have been published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
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Cats with cancer needed for clinical trial
The Journal News
Cats with an aggressive form of cancer are being recruited for a clinical trial at a veterinary practice in Bedford Hills. The trial is aimed at evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a new therapy for feline oral squamous cell carcinoma.
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Cat lovers demanding de Blasio stop shelters from killing strays
New York Post
Cat lovers across the globe have their claws out for Mayor Bill de Blasio, demanding that he stop the city's Animal Care & Control shelters from killing stray felines. "He is doing nothing," former Italian Sen. Carla Rocchi, who heads an animal-rights group in her country, fumed to New York Post. "He has the power to immediately stop the massacre because AC&C is under his government." Rocchi, Italian TV star Gabriella Pession and another 12,000 people are backing a petition calling on tourists to boycott the Big Apple over the issue. They're demanding that Hizzoner ban the euthanization of animals at all city shelters and instead adopt a sterilization program.
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Nine ways pets improve our lives
The Huffington Post
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and adopting a pet isn't just good for your pet; it's good for you, too. Check out these nine scientifically researched ways that pets improve the lives of their human companions.
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AVMA helps cat owners with declaw decision
Veterinary Practice News
A free client handout designed to help practitioners talk to cat owners about declaw surgery is available through the American Veterinary Medical Association. The new document acknowledges that declawing cats is controversial and points out that scratching is normal feline behavior and that nail caps, frequent trims and positive reinforcement training are among the alternatives to an onychectomy.
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Are we on the verge of a new Ebola like virus outbreak?
Medical News Today
A study published in the journal Nature Communications provides the first scientific evidence that another family of deadly viruses may have "jumped" from fruit bats to humans in Africa, prompting experts to caution that earlier surveillance is needed to prevent another epidemic. The family of viruses in question is known as henipaviruses, which cause rare infections — sometimes harmless, sometimes deadly.
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Signs of arthritis in pets
petMD via PawNation
Arthritis is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged to older pets. Even younger dogs and cats, under the right circumstances, can suffer from arthritic changes. Arthritis causes changes within the affected joints that are painful for the affected pet. In this article are seven of those common signs.
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Joint supplements for young horses
The Practical Horseman
Can dietary supplements such as glucosamine help prevent arthritis in horses? There's very little research to show which ingredients are helpful for horses in what quantities. But work being done at Texas A&M University suggests that glucosamine and similar supplements may be most helpful for a group of horses that seldom get them — yearlings who are still growing.
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Precious blood, deadly clots
Morris Animal Foundation
Although most of us don't think about it, blood does more than just circulate oxygen and nutrients around the body. It also contains particles that instantly form lifesaving clots that stop us from bleeding when we are injured or cut. However, if these clots migrate to critical locations in the body, such as the brain or lungs, these lifesavers can become deadly.
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Abbott, Merck, Purina team up on diabetes campaign
Veterinary Practice News
Cats and dogs diagnosed with diabetes during a visit to a participating veterinary clinic in March 2015 will receive a gift bag designed to help their owners manage the disease. The giveaway is part of the new Diabetes Pet Care Alliance, a campaign created by Abbott Animal Health, Merck Animal Health and Nestlé Purina PetCare to raise awareness about diabetes in pets and encourage more screenings.
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