Halloween candy, toys pose danger to pets | Live prey can injure pet snakes | Studies test effects of cannabis extract in dogs
October 16, 2017
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Halloween candy, toys pose danger to pets
Xylitol, caffeine, theobromine and other ingredients in candy can be lethal if ingested by dogs and cats, making Halloween a particularly perilous time for pets, say veterinarians and other animal care experts. Candy should be kept securely out of pets' reach, as should glow sticks, which cats like to chew, says Brian Ogle, an assistant professor of anthrozoology at Beacon College.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (10/10) 
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Live prey can injure pet snakes
Wild snakes kill and eat rodents, lizards, fish and insects, but most captive snakes eat live or killed rodents, says veterinarian Krista Keller. Live prey fight back and can injure snakes, Dr. Keller says, so she advises snake owners to stick with prekilled prey for the sake of the snake and the animals it eats.
The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (10/9) 
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Studies test effects of cannabis extract in dogs
Veterinarian Stephanie McGrath is leading two clinical trials at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the effects of cannabidiol in dogs with epilepsy or osteoarthritis. Dog treats and oils are sold in Colorado and online, but little evidence exists regarding efficacy or dosing, and Dr. McGrath hopes the studies will yield factual information for veterinarians and dog owners on dosages, application and side effects.
Westword (Denver) (10/9) 
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Wash. State U. veterinarians study how antibiotics affect canine gut flora
Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital is conducting a study of how antibiotics affect dogs' gut bacteria, and researchers are seeking 60 healthy dogs to participate. Dogs will receive a complete physical examination before being assigned to one of three oral antibacterial groups, and owners will be asked to submit a sample of their dog's feces at the beginning and end of the study.
Daily Evergreen (Washington State University) (10/9) 
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Top Trends and Product News
IKEA's new inventory goes to the dogs -- and cats
IKEA has launched a line of products for pets called Lurvig (meaning "hairy" or "shaggy" in Swedish). Items range from food bowls and grooming brushes to $50 cat houses that include a bed.
Realtor (10/10),  USA Today (10/11) 
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Dog life is high life at Seattle's booming day cares
Doggy day cares continue to expand in animal-loving Seattle, and so do the luxury features competing for abundant dollars. Full-time stays run between $700 and $750 a month before extras such as personalized cubbies, webcams for owner viewing and facials.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13) 
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New app links busy pet owners with walkers, sitters
A new app called Rover connects pet owners to a variety of services, from dog walking to overnight boarding. Providers can use the network for extra income, and owners are able to keep track of their pet's location through GPS.
WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (10/13) 
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Pet crematorium planned by Ill. funeral home
A mortuary in Galesburg, Ill., will add a crematory unit for pets alongside its traditional services. Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory will offer a variety of urns and memorial keepsakes at its Thomas Legacy Center.
Peoria Journal Star (Ill.) (10/9) 
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Hotel lifts pet ban for Calif. wildfire refugees
Pet owners fleeing California's wildfires are finding their furry and feathered companions welcome at in least one hotel, where no-pet rules have been suspended. The dispensation is among many services hotels are providing for distressed guests, including free meals and clothing donations.
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (10/15) 
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Why Warmth Is Critical to Your Career
If people think you have low interpersonal warmth, "you have something like a 1-in-2000 chance to make the top quartile of effectiveness as a leader," according to Kellogg School of Management Professor Loran Nordgren. Read more.
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Regulatory & Government Issues
Beware of online pet med sites, FDA says
Some websites have been caught peddling unapproved, counterfeit or expired drugs for pets, making fraudulent claims and improperly dispensing prescription drugs, according to the FDA. The agency recommends consulting with a veterinarian, noting there is no substitute for a proper physical exam.
Connecticut Post (Fairfield County-Bridgeport) (10/11) 
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