Veterinarians at Okla. zoo use robotic surgery to fix gorilla's hernia | Mastitis rate declining in dairy cows | Obstetricians deliver baby orangutan via C-section at Kan. zoo
September 25, 2018
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Veterinarians at Okla. zoo use robotic surgery to fix gorilla's hernia
A Western lowland gorilla at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is the first of her kind to have robot-assisted surgery. Zoo veterinarians had been monitoring the gorilla's hernia since 2010 and upon determining it needed repair, chose the minimally invasive robotic option to minimize the risk of complications and accelerate recovery, said veterinarian Jennifer D'Agostino, the zoo's director of veterinary services.
KFOR-TV (Oklahoma City) (9/24) 
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Mastitis rate declining in dairy cows
Mastitis rate declining in dairy cows
(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
The rate of clinical mastitis in dairy cows has declined significantly over the past decade, and selective dry-cow therapy is the best way to prevent the infection, according to a report from the International Dairy Federation. "By modifying the known risk factors and by optimizing herd management, risk levels can be equally low as when prophylactic antimicrobials are used," IDF veterinarian Maria Sanchez Mainar says.
Feedstuffs (Minnetonka, Minn.) (9/24) 
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Obstetricians deliver baby orangutan via C-section at Kan. zoo
Obstetricians Laura Whisler and Janna Chibry have been on call at Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas for five years but had never been asked to assist with a birth until this month, when they delivered the baby of a 36-year-old Sumatran orangutan via cesarean section. The procedure was a "bucket-list thing I didn't know was on my bucket list until now," Chibry said.
The Wichita Eagle (Kan.) (9/24) 
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Feline hyperthyroidism characterized by weight loss, hunger
Senior cats are prone to hyperthyroidism, with symptoms including rapid weight loss, rapid heart rate, excessive hunger and sometimes vocalizations and behavior changes, says veterinarian Gary Brummet. Treatment options include medication, surgery, radiotherapy and a low-iodine prescription diet.
The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.)/University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (9/24) 
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Survey shows beef producers want more veterinarian input
Beef producers responding to a Merck Animal Health survey indicated a need for written protocols, procedures, and employee animal-care guidelines, as well as training on animal handling and stockmanship, identifying and treating sick animals, animal identification and verification, and vaccination protocols. The survey responses highlight opportunities for veterinarians to improve animal health and welfare in the beef industry.
Beef magazine online (9/24) 
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Dog rescued from fighting ring to serve as police K-9 in Va.
A 3-year-old pit-bull-type dog seized along with 30 other dogs from a dog-fighting operation in Ontario will now serve as a narcotics police K-9 in Honaker, Va. The dog was socialized through a Pit Sisters program that matches dogs with prison inmates and retrained through the Throw Away Dogs Project with funding from Canada-based rescue group Dog Tales.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Policy Watch
Veterinarian in N.Y. town faces possible crackdown on barking noise
The town of Niskayuna, N.Y., is considering a strict dog-barking ordinance that would affect a veterinary practice that has served the town since 1957, before the area was zoned residential. Veterinarian Matthew Pike, who has owned the practice since 2010, says he has implemented measures that reduced barking, but the city would require him to obtain a zoning waiver to implement other solutions, such as building an addition to house cats separately.
Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (9/24) 
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Microsoft Office 365 to add LinkedIn integrations
LinkedIn soon will be more deeply integrated into Microsoft Office 365 to allow for document sharing and co-authoring, as well as calendar integration with contacts. LinkedIn connections will be easily accessible from within the Outlook platform.
The Verge (9/24),  GeekWire (9/24) 
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