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November 17, 2017
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Fla. kitten, dog test positive for rabies
The Florida Department of Health said an abandoned kitten in New Port Richey and an unvaccinated 2-year-old pit bull in Lake Worth had rabies. Officials say anyone who may have been exposed to either of the animals should seek treatment.
WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (11/14),  WPBF-TV (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) (11/14) 
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Ancient engravings: Dogs may have walked on leashes more than 8,000 years ago
Archeologists discovered images engraved in a sandstone cliff in northwestern Saudi Arabia that depict hunters accompanied by dogs, many of which appear to be leashed. The engravings are likely 8,000 to 9,000 years old and could suggest that dogs were important hunting companions at the time in the region, although it's also possible the tethers are symbolic. The findings are reported in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.
Science (free content) (11/16) 
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Genetic mutation linked to canine disc disease
Genetic mutation linked to canine disc disease
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Dogs with intervertebral disc disease were 50 times as likely as dogs without IVDD to have the FGF4 retrogene on CFA12, researchers reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Being able to identify the cause of this painful condition is the first step to alleviating pain and suffering for dogs at greatest risk," said veterinary geneticist Danika Bannasch, the paper's senior author.
JAVMA News (11/15) 
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USFWS proposes easing restrictions on elephant hunting
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has not finalized a policy to allow elephant parts to be brought into the US as trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. Conservationists condemned the proposal, which the USFWS says would encourage local communities to protect elephants.
Reuters (11/16),  SeattlePI/The Associated Press (11/16) 
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AVMA in the News
AVMA developing telemedicine toolkit, guidance
Telemedicine technology can expand access to veterinary care and improve recordkeeping and communications, but it is not foolproof, so the AVMA is developing tools and guidelines for members, said AVMA Associate Director of Media Relations Sharon Granskog. "The toolkit and guidelines will include information on policies, laws and regulations; potential applications; descriptions of various service models; and guidance on monetization," Granskog said.
The Horse (11/16) 
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AVMA welcomes new professional development, membership directors
Dr. Mia Cary joined the AVMA last month as the organization's first chief of professional development and strategic alliances, and Scott MacKenzie came on board as director of the Membership and Field Services Division. "I love that the AVMA embraces its professionally diverse membership and that they recognize that by listening to different perspectives they are strengthening the profession," Dr. Cary said.
JAVMA News (11/15) 
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Around the Office
Insomnia could be in your head
People who are worried about insomnia are more likely to show symptoms and identify with the condition. "The condition becomes a focus of attention and the sufferer may begin to arrange his/her life around this issue," says Michael Sateia, an emeritus professor of psychiatry.
New York magazine (11/16) 
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AVMA Today
Thanksgiving pet safety tips
Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. To help keep everyone happy and healthy this Thanksgiving, the AVMA has gathered pet safety tips to cover everything from poison risks to precautions for holiday parties to travel concerns. View AVMA's Thanksgiving pet safety resources.
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