Most Clicked Animal Health SmartBrief Stories


1. 40 days, heaps of snow can't stop this cat

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Bubba the cat apparently survived 40 days trapped by snow under her owner's deck by drinking melting snow and eating mice. Owners Howard Hogan and Lucina Costain of Canada thought Bubba might have had a run-in with wildlife after the 18-year-old cat didn't return one day, but more than a month later, Hogan dug through the snow and found her. CBC.ca (Canada) (03/20)


2. Rare Ili pika spotted for only second time in 20 years

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

ABC News (03/25)


3. Micro-pig's penchant for swiping beer gets her bounced from pub

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Drinks Business online (U.K.), The (03/25)


4. Exotic species of lice found on struggling Colo. deer

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

SeattlePI.com (03/25)


5. Crowdsourcing yields solution for keyboard-lounging cats

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

San Francisco Chronicle (free content) (03/20)


6. $13K in online donations flow in to help cat recover from "unimaginable" abuse

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Mashable (03/23)


7. Police officer rescues cat from Indianapolis highway

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Republic (Columbus, Ind.), The (03/25)


8. Opossums could be source of universal antivenin

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Following up on tests that began in the 1940s, researchers found that a previously identified peptide chain that renders opossums immune to snake venom affords the same protection when given to mice. They hope the findings will lead to a universal antivenin that will also be useful against other animal and plant-based toxins. CNET (03/22)


9. Penn's kidney dialysis center keeps pets moving

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

The University of Pennsylvania's Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital is one of 12 veterinary centers that offer dialysis for pets. The procedure was initially tested in dogs to refine the protocol for humans but wasn't introduced as a treatment for pets until veterinarian Larry Cowgill pursued it while a resident at Penn. He later started the world's first dialysis program for animals at the University of California at Davis, where veterinarian J.D. Foster trained in hemodialysis before launching the Penn program. Philadelphia Inquirer, The (03/22)


10. Cat Tracker project aims to demystify cats' outdoor lives

Animal Health SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

North Carolina researchers are working to collect five days' worth of information on the outdoor escapades of 1,000 cats in the hopes of finding out just exactly how feline pets who go outside spend their time away from home. The AVMA recommends keeping cats indoors to protect wildlife and to protect the cats themselves from threats such as cars and disease. The researchers have more than 500 cats enrolled in the study, and by looking at an early subset of data, they have found that the cats mostly stick within 12 acres of home, they sometimes meet up with other cats to gallivant, and they may even have another human family on the side. Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The (03/23)




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