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July 20, 2018
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AVMA president: Clients who request opioids may be misusing meds
Veterinarians need to remain vigilant as the nation's opioid misuse crisis continues, says AVMA President Dr. John de Jong. Telltale signs that a client is seeking opioids for personal use include asking for specific drugs and dosages and seeking drugs for animals that have been prescribed opioids by another veterinarian, Dr. de Jong says.
WNCN-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (7/18) 
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Canine influenza remains a threat, veterinarian says
Veterinarian Kristen Fox says she wants to re-educate dog owners in the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., area about canine influenza. Dogs that become lethargic or exhibit unusual behavior after exposure to other dogs should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible and should be kept away from other dogs, Dr. Fox said.
WXYZ-TV (Detroit) (7/19) 
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Rabid bat clings to woman's arm
A woman in Hillsborough County, Fla., who found a bat clinging to her arm is undergoing treatment for rabies, but county health department spokesman Kevin Watler says the department thinks it is an isolated incident. The department says people should keep pets' rabies vaccinations up to date, avoid contact with wild animals, keep pets away from wild animals and seek immediate medical attention if scratched or bitten by an animal.
Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (7/19) 
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K-State offering regenerative therapies to equine patients
Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center is offering experimental regenerative medicine therapy to equine patients with osteoarthritis, tendon injuries and ligament tears, says equine surgeon Dylan Lutter. Dr. Lutter and veterinary pathologist Chanran Ganta are also launching a study on an autologous platelet-rich wound treatment.
Feedstuffs (Minnetonka, Minn.) (7/19) 
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Animal News
Dogs and cats aren't the only furry friends in American homes
A study conducted by a house-sitting service listed the most popular pets besides dogs and cats in each state, based on social media mentions. Hedgehogs, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and birds dominate the list.
Insider (7/19) 
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Policy Watch
Trump administration proposes relaxing protection of threatened species
The Interior and Commerce departments proposed changing rules that protect plants and animals under the Endangered Species Act in a way that administration officials say would strengthen the law but conservationists say would eviscerate it and accelerate extinctions. The proposal would end the practice of granting automatic protection to threatened species and would instead extend protection on a case-by-case basis, and it would delete rules requiring the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to ignore the economic effects of protective measures.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (7/19),  Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/19) 
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Mont. man seeks law discouraging bogus service animals
David Riggs, who runs a nonprofit that connects disabled veterans with service dogs, is seeking a sponsor in the Montana Legislature for a proposed law that would penalize people who try to pass off pets as service animals. Emotional support and therapy animals "provide a very genuine service," but "they're not service dogs," Riggs says.
KECI-TV/KCFW-TV/KTVM-TV (Montana) (7/19) 
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Around the Office
The 4-letter word that undermines credibility, authority
Overusing the word "just" undermines credibility and authority in the workplace, whether the word is used in expressing opinions, adding to a conversation, sharing or defending against criticism, or attempting to be humble, writes communications expert Judith Humphrey. The word "waters down your own statements and hints that you may even doubt your own convictions and ideas," Humphrey writes.
Fast Company online (7/18) 
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AVMA Today
AVMA gathers opioid resources for veterinarians
Veterinarians are concerned that the United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis and want to contribute actively to solving this problem. The AVMA has gathered resources that AVMA members can use to navigate the unique challenges posed by human opioid abuse, while still providing the best possible care for our animal patients. These resources will help AVMA members comply with reporting requirements, access continuing education and prevent drug diversion. The AVMA will continue to identify and develop additional resources to assist our members. View AVMA's opioid resources for veterinarians.
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