Taming pet skin problems | Fire safety for pets | Telemedicine is no substitute for a physical exam, veterinarian argues
May 22, 2017
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Taming pet skin problems
Veterinarian Jae Chang says grasses, pollen and dust mites can cause allergies in pets that manifest as skin and ear problems or other issues. Pets can undergo allergy testing to determine exactly what they're reacting to and then take an oral solution that eventually allows them to tolerate the trigger.
KOAA-TV (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (5/21) 
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Fire safety for pets
Veterinarian Christian Broadhurst said 40,000 pets die in fires every year. Dr. Broadhurst emphasizes the importance of having pets properly microchipped for identification, creating an evacuation plan and knowing pets' hiding places so they can quickly be located when evacuating.
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) (5/15) 
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Telemedicine is no substitute for a physical exam, veterinarian argues
Veterinarian Daniel Randall reinforces the AVMA Practice Advisory Panel's recommendation that telemedicine can augment veterinary medicine but should be applied only within the context of a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship. Dr. Randall explains that although telemedicine is gaining ground in human medicine, dealing with animals is different in important ways, and the information gained from a hands-on physical exam cannot be replicated through a digital interface or by listening to the owner's observations.
Veterinary Practice News (5/16) 
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Looming hurricane season means it's pet disaster planning time
Hurricane season brings threats to pet safety, so veterinarian Sonja Olson recommends owners have a plan for pets, including ensuring pet supplies such as medications, food and water are ready to go if needed. Many shelters don't accept pets during emergencies, so owners should enlist a family member or friend to keep pets temporarily if necessary and pack medical records in case they do find a shelter that allows pets.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (5/16) 
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Study sparks flurry of research in canine, human obesity
Study sparks flurry of research in canine, human obesity.
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Canine and human waistlines are expanding, and researchers are working to understand the drivers and consequences of obesity in both species by focusing on similarities such as genetic underpinnings, as well as key differences, like the fact that portly dogs are less prone to diabetes than their human counterparts. Findings that a section of a gene dubbed POMC is missing in certain dogs and associated with appetite and obesity have sparked a flurry of interest among scientists who hope to apply the findings to treatment of humans.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/16) 
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The Ark at JFK pampers pets before and after flights
The Ark is a facility at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport where pets are held in comfort before and after flights. Used by pet owners, shippers and airlines, the Ark has served a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots and horses.
WCBS-TV (New York City) (5/17) 
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Petco, Thrive team up for in-store clinics
Full-service clinics are planned for later this year in some Petco stores under an agreement between Petco Animal Supplies Inc. and Thrive Affordable Vet Care. The joint venture will add to Petco veterinary offerings such as Vetco clinics and PetCoach online advice.
San Diego Business Journal (5/15) 
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Parking includes barking at Texas airport pet hotel
A pool, indoor and outdoor play areas and covered parking are among features of the new Bark&Zoom pet hotel at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. Locally owned Taurus Academy operates the facility created by Scott Airport Parking.
Airport Business (5/2017) 
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Pet food subscription venture Farmer's Dog raises $8.1M
A New York City startup raised $8.1 million on its way to expanding its subscription-based custom pet food service. Owners say The Farmer's Dog has sold more than a million meals since its founding in 2015.
TechCrunch (5/18) 
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Regulatory & Government Issues
Texas bill would toughen animal cruelty penalties
If a proposed bill passes the Texas House and is signed into law, certain acts of violent animal cruelty would warrant a third-degree felony charge carrying a penalty of two to 10 years in prison. The bill also addresses a loophole that permitted some suspects to avoid prosecution in animal abuse cases.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (5/18) 
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