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1. Texas fat cat shrinks down from 41 pounds

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

A 41-pound cat found as a stray in 2012 has reached 19 pounds under the care of veterinarian Brittney Barton at HEAL Veterinary Hospital in Texas. Skinny the cat has been on a diet and exercise routine, and Dr. Barton says that although he's still a large cat, he's no longer obese. York Daily Record (Pa.) (07/27)


2. 7 S.D. residents diagnosed with tularemia

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Since June, seven people in South Dakota have contracted tularemia, and at least one of those people had contact with a cat that also had tularemia. In North Dakota, two zoo primates were diagnosed with the bacterial infection. SeattlePI.com (07/28)


3. Adorable Earl gives Grumpy Cat some canine competition

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

In the tradition of Grumpy Cat, Earl the puggle puppy looks permanently peeved, but owner Derek Bloomfield says Earl has a sweet disposition. Earl's appearance is attributed to his underbite, but his veterinarian says the dog is perfectly healthy. Earl already has millions of fans online. Yahoo (07/28)


4. AVMA's statement regarding the death of Cecil the lion

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 30, 2015

All over the world, people are expressing their shock and horror over the killing of Cecil, a famous lion that lived in a protected reserve in Zimbabwe. Here at the AVMA, we were profoundly saddened by Cecil's death under these circumstances as well. According to the reports we've read, it appears that Cecil suffered an inhumane death caused by actions that were illegal. In response, the AVMA has posted a statement on Cecil's death at the AVMA@Work blog. Blank (07/30)


5. Kitten bears signature of a special mouse

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 29, 2015

Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (07/28)


6. Man jumps barrier, pets Ohio zoo's cougars

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (07/27)


7. Mo. resident kills escaped python seen pursuing pets

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

KTVI-TV (St. Louis) (07/28)


8. House has staircase just for dogs

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 28, 2015

FastCoDesign (07/27)


9. African jackal actually a new species of wolf, DNA study finds

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

The golden jackal of East Africa is instead a new species of wolf, the first new canid species found in 150 years, according to a DNA study published in Current Biology. The African canine looks similar to the golden jackal of Eurasia, and for many years was believed to be that same species, but instead is only distantly related, researchers say. Study leaders are proposing that the animal be renamed the African golden wolf, Canis anthus. National Geographic News (free registration) (07/30)


10. Veterinarians treat seriously injured Manhattan Bridge cat

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 31, 2015

A cat rescued from the Manhattan Bridge had severe injuries including a ruptured cornea, but he's recuperating after veterinarians lent a healing hand, according to veterinarian Lisa Hara Levin of the Animal Care Centers of NYC. "He was really on a roller coaster for a while," said Dr. Levin. "He had such overwhelming severe injuries, he was septic." Daily News (New York) (07/30)




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