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1. Water hemlock kills Colo. dog

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

A 3-year-old border collie mix in Colorado died within an hour of eating water hemlock. Researcher Dawn Duval of Colorado State University said the plant is one of the most poisonous in North America. "This dog just got unlucky and kind of started playfully chewing on a plant that it shouldn't be chewing," Duval said. The plant grows in wet areas such as ditches or near lakes. KDVR-TV (Denver) (07/01)


2. Xylitol creeping into more products, posing new dangers to pets

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Dog owners should read food labels and keep their dogs away from anything containing xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, candy and even some nut butters, according to University of Tennessee veterinarian Angela Witzel. In dogs, xylitol ingestion stimulates an insulin surge in the bloodstream, driving blood glucose to dangerously low levels, which causes lethargy, seizures and even death, Dr. Witzel says. If a dog has eaten something with xylitol, Dr. Witzel says owners should rub syrup on the animal's gums to get sugar into the animal's bloodstream quickly and then seek immediate veterinary care. WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (06/30)


3. Emotional support animals stoke debate

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The Americans With Disabilities Act does not recognize emotional support animals, but increasingly Americans are showing up at businesses with animals they say they rely on for comfort. Websites offer emotional support animals registrations, evaluations and letters, but there's no sweeping standard in place validating any of them. Some observers worry that the proliferation of emotional support animals casts skepticism on those who have a true need for the support. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (06/28)


4. Japan mourns feline railway VP that saved a business

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

ABC News (06/28)


5. 400-pound pig freed from excrement-filled basement

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Detroit police coordinated a 12-hour rescue to remove a 400-pound pig from the basement of an abandoned home. Officers involved said the area was full of feces from the pig. The owner recently died. WDIV-TV (Detroit) (06/26) CNN (06/28)


6. Sweet dog demonstrates "excellence in ugliness" in contest

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

CNN (06/29)


7. R.I. veterinary clinic's cat turns up in Mass.

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

The Washington Times (06/29)


8. Pet safety for the 4th of July

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Many pets are afraid of the loud noises and festivities that come with the 4th of July, and more pets tend to go missing as a result. To help pets stay safe, owners should ensure they are properly identified with a microchip and an identification collar. Pets should be kept indoors during fireworks or parties, and owners should be sure to exercise them during the day. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (06/28)


9. Colo. officials detect tularemia in dog, rabbit

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Twelve Coloradoans have been sickened by tularemia this year, and those in El Paso County in particular should be careful after officials reported a canine infection and a rash of dead rabbits, including one that tested positive for tularemia. The dog is undergoing treatment. The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (07/01)


10. NCSU veterinarians give wild foal second chance

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

North Carolina State University veterinarians are treating a wild foal found near death. The team treated him for low blood pressure and a ruptured urachus. Neonatal maladjustment syndrome may be the cause of the foal's problems. Veterinarian Jennifer Davis said the foal has bonded with humans, so he may not be returned to the wild herd. The Horse (06/29)




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