The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine stands to lose $30 million in state funding if Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget is enacted. Faculty and students say such a drastic cut would put the state's food safety and agriculture industries as well as infectious disease at risk and compromise the education of future veterinarians.
Despite popular belief that they are anti-social, cats chose human interaction over food after a period of time without either, according to research from Oregon State University. The study, reported in Behavioural Processes, involved 50 cats from homes and shelters, and after several hours without food, human contact, scent and toys, most cats chose human interaction when exposed to the four stimuli.
Research published in Nature Microbiology suggests Trypanosoma brucei, a fly-borne pathogen that causes sleeping sickness in humans, is most susceptible to treatment administered in the afternoon. The findings suggest researchers could consider parasite metabolic cycles when determining treatment timing for other parasitic infections, too.
Mice started their long association with humans about 15,000 years ago in the Eastern Mediterranean, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. When hunter-gatherers decided to settle in the area, the mice came to steal their seeds and grains, according to fossil evidence.
Veterinarian Natalia Stiff of Colorado's Steamboat Veterinary Hospital says up to half of her patients are overweight, and veterinarian Cindy Hillemeyer of Pet Kare Clinic says the reason is people overfeed to demonstrate affection for animals. Both veterinarians urge owners to take control of their pet's weight by exercising them more, providing appropriate quantities of a good-quality food and consulting with a veterinarian to create a weight-management program suited to the pet.
When the owner of a Labradoodle puppy writes veterinarian John de Jong asking whether she should have her puppy's inverted eyelid corrected, as her veterinarian suggests, Dr. de Jong concurs. Dr. de Jong points out that entropion can lead to pain, corneal ulcers, infection and other problems, but ideally the surgery should occur once the puppy is older because facial growth may affect the severity of the condition.
Building a retirement plan as a small-business owner should involve setting goals, selecting investments and getting relevant insurance coverage. "Ideally, the best time to develop your exit strategy for retirement is the day you open the business," says Joe Fahey of Wells Fargo.
William Dodson of South Carolina was convicted of animal cruelty for taping a 15-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier mix's muzzle shut, cutting off circulation to the dog's tongue. Judge Markley Dennis sentenced Dodson to five years -- to be served concurrently with a sentence imposed for other crimes -- in prison for the animal cruelty charge.
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