Veterinarians intervene to save rare baby lemur | Lungworm affects domestic, wild animals | Calgary Zoo begins breeding program for endangered frog
September 22, 2017
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Veterinarians intervene to save rare baby lemur
Agatha, a rare aye-aye born in June at Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina, was named for author Agatha Christie and weighed just 74 grams at birth but is now thriving. "She required intervention by the veterinary staff to provide supplemental warmth and formula until she gained enough strength that she could return to her mom full time," said Lemur Center veterinarian Cathy Williams.
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (9/21),  The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.) (free registration) (9/21) 
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Lungworm affects domestic, wild animals
Lungworms affect dogs, cats, cattle, llamas, alpacas and wild animals, but the effects depend on the host's immune system and number of parasites ingested, veterinarian Jamie Rothenburger writes. Clinical symptoms can be nonspecific, larvae in the feces confirms a diagnosis of lungworm, and treatment options include ivermectin, Dr. Rothenburger writes.
The Western Producer online (Canada) (9/21) 
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Calgary Zoo begins breeding program for endangered frog
Only one native population of northern leopard frog remains in British Columbia, but the Calgary Zoo hopes to begin releasing captive-bred frogs by 2019 in an effort to preserve the species, which it has studied for 15 years. The frog's populations fell sharply in the 1970s and 1980s as wetlands were drained and pesticides entered waterways, zoo population ecologist Lea Randall said.
CBC News (Canada) (9/19) 
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What have we learned from improved animal tracking?
What have we learned from improved animal tracking?
(Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images)
Advancements in GPS technology have allowed scientists to track the journey of elephants and other animals like never before. This interview discusses the technologies involved and what researchers have learned from the influx of new data on animal movements.
The Atlantic online (9/20) 
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Breeding facilities in China criticized for letting people get close to pandas
Panda cams at zoos entertain thousands of people each day and raise support as well as funds for the bears' care and protection. But some breeding facilities in China are coming under fire for allowing camera operators as well as paying customers to interact with pandas, which can harm the endangered bears' health.
Global Times (China) (9/21) 
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Animal News
How to keep dogs safe on the hunt
Veterinarian Chelsea Wolf says people who take dogs hunting should make note of the closest emergency veterinary clinic, bring a first aid kit and plenty of water, and put a seasonally appropriate orange vest on the dog. Porcupines, foxtail burrs and other sharp objects, and icy water are common hazards for hunting dogs, as is overexertion, Dr. Wolf says.
WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (9/21) 
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There's no such thing as a free puppy
There's no such thing as a free puppy
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A puppy at the Montgomery County, Ind., Animal Welfare League shelter had been given as a gift to the owner, who brought the puppy to the shelter when she developed symptoms of parvovirus in what director Misha Anderson said is an unfortunately common occurrence. "There is no such thing as a free dog," Anderson said, noting all puppies need their owners to invest in vaccines to protect them from disease.
Journal Review (Crawfordsville, Ind.) (9/21) 
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Around the Office
Exercise can reduce stress, improve your focus
Exercise can help professionals fight off stress and improve their focus, according to New York University professor Wendy Suzuki. In addition, exercise can boost confidence, which in turn can help you succeed as you continue your career.
Ladders (9/18) 
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AVMA Today
Money-saving tips for caring pet owners
Everyone is trying to save money these days, including pet owners. But in an effort to cut back on costs, you may receive advice that could end up compromising your pet's health and cost you more money in the long run. The AVMA has developed recommendations on how you can manage the cost of your pets' care with less risk. View AVMA's "Money-saving tips for caring pet owners."
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New Veterinary Pain Management Research Grant Available
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has announced a request for proposals focused on the management of pain originating from osteoarthritis or other diseases in older dogs. Proposals accepted through November 15. Visit the AVMF Website for details.
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