Most Clicked Animal Health SmartBrief Stories

1. Woman makes the most of beloved dog's final days

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

When a veterinarian diagnosed English mastiff Gizelle's terminal bone cancer, owner Lauren Fern Watt was devastated, but she decided to ensure she and Gizelle could enjoy the time they had left. Watt created a "bucket list" of adventures, and the pair completed it the day before Gizelle died with a wintertime visit to the ocean in Maine. "Even in the emptiness of that beach that day, I could see Gizelle running free [along] the shore," Watt writes. Yahoo (01/21)

2. Tiny goat fearless in adorable horse challenge

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Mashable (01/26)

3. Fishermen in Australia snare rare "living fossil" shark

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

CNN (01/22)

4. Woman mauled by bear at Fla. sanctuary

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

A 50-year-old woman visiting an exotic animal sanctuary in Florida sustained serious injuries to her right arm when she reportedly reached into a bear's cage. WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (01/26)

5. Czech woman dies of rare, fish-borne parasite

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

A 76-year-old Czech woman died after surgeons removed two large parasitic worms -- one from her kidney and the other from her bladder. The parasite, Dioctophyme renale, is rare in humans but does occur in dogs and is thought to be contracted by eating poorly cooked fish. (01/21)

6. Rabid dog bites Texas shelter worker

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

A stray dog captured near Tomball, Texas, was confirmed to have rabies after it bit a shelter worker in Houston. This is the first known case of rabies in a Harris County dog since 1979. Anyone who may have had contact with the dog is urged to seek medical advice. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (01/24)

7. Insights on a stomach-turning canine habit

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

It's difficult for owners to understand why some dogs eat the feces of other dogs, but veterinarian Lee Pickett explains that if a veterinary visit rules out medical causes of coprophagia, the dog is likely hungry, bored or anxious. The behavior puts dogs at risk of contracting parasites including roundworms and giardia, which are zoonotic, Dr. Pickett warns. (Reading, Pa.) (01/23)

8. NYPD officers save dog with broken leg found amid traffic

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

New York Police Department officers came to the rescue of a pit bull stranded in the middle lane of a busy road with a broken leg. The dog was taken to the ASPCA Animal Hospital in Manhattan for treatment, and the officers have since returned to visit the dog. Huffington Post, The (01/22)

9. Scientists dig for meaning behind captivating cross-species "friendships"

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/27)

10. Debate swarms around genetically modified mosquitoes that could fight zoonotic disease

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Savannah Morning News (Ga.) (free registration) (01/26)

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