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1. Study links feline hyperthyroidism to flame retardant exposure

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

Hyperthyroidism affects more than 1 in 10 older cats and might be due to exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers, which are commonly used flame retardants in plastics and furniture, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Researchers at Stockholm University found high levels of the chemicals in blood samples from cats with hyperthyroidism. PBDEs can get into dust that sticks to cats' fur and is then ingested when cats groom themselves. HealthDay News (05/01)


2. Cats tolerate domestication, when it suits them

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

House cats are not fully domesticated the way dogs are because they have not been bred to depend on humans, and there is little that separates them from wild cats, scientists say. Cats probably were domesticated less than 10,000 years ago, compared with dogs' domestication 18,000 to 30,000 years ago. It is unknown whether cats domesticated themselves or have been tamed through human intervention, says geneticist Wes Warren. SmithsonianMag.com (04/30)


3. State-by-state breakdown of Cornell's H3N2 canine influenza diagnoses

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

ChicagoNow.com (05/02)


4. S.D. police free 36 dogs, 6 cats from vehicle

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 04, 2015

KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (05/01)


5. Chicago-area shelters grapple with spreading canine influenza

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Chicago-area veterinarians are working with animal shelter staff to blunt the spread of canine influenza, but it's no easy task, and some facilities have closed. The PAWS shelter in suburban Tinley Park has shut its doors after 35 cases were diagnosed with additional illnesses expected to surface before the problem wanes. "At a shelter, you get things like kennel cough all the time. But never, in my 13 years here, have I ever seen anything like this," said PAWS Vice President Terri Buckley. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (04/29)


6. Auditory triggers tied to older cats' seizures

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 29, 2015

A study reported in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery found that cats between 10 and 19 years old may have a seizure in response to certain noises. Veterinarian Mark Lowrie and colleagues termed the condition feline audiogenic reflex seizures. Humans have a similar condition. The study was based on questionnaires filled out by cat owners. ABC (Australia) (04/28)


7. CDC documents possible person-to-person plague transmission that began with dog

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

Three people in Colorado contracted the pneumonic form of plague after contact with an infected dog and its owner, who also fell ill. The pit bull was euthanized last summer after developing extreme lethargy and a bloody cough. The owner also developed a severe respiratory infection that required breathing assistance. Two veterinary technicians involved with the dog's care and a friend of the owner also developed pneumonic plague, and all were treated and recovered. Officials don't know whether the people infected each other or if the dog was the source of all the infections, but in at least one case, they suspect the dog owner was the source. NBC News (05/01)


8. Body sock allows allergy-prone horse to enjoy the great outdoors

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 05, 2015

Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (05/04)


9. Senior tortoise using wheels in place of front limbs gnawed off by rat

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 30, 2015

Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (04/28)


10. Dangerous insecticide implicated in animal deaths

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 01, 2015

The Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory confirmed that the insecticide aldicarb, a highly toxic chemical marketed as Temik, was the poison that killed three dogs, a coyote, a raccoon and other animals west of Meeteetse, Wyo. The toxic nature of aldicarb means its use is governed by strict rules. Officials are investigating because it appears the poisonings were intentional. Cody Enterprise (Wyo.) (04/29)




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