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1. AKC: Criminals swiping dogs to resell online

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Dog theft is on the rise in the U.S. as criminals increasingly seek to make a quick dollar selling stolen pets online, according to the American Kennel Club. The crime, called dog flipping, has been on the rise in recent years. Some 637 dog thefts were reported to the AKC last year, up 4.5% from a year earlier, according to the organization. Daily News (New York) (07/21)


2. Texas firm seeks FDA approval of feline chronic gingivostomatitis drug

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 20, 2015

San Antonio-based Rapamycin Holdings hopes to obtain FDA approval of its eRapa-NP2g compound to treat feline chronic gingivostomatitis symptoms. The condition, which affects about 200,000 cats a year, causes pain when the animals swallow or open their mouths. The compound brought complete remission of symptoms for 44% of cats in early tests. San Antonio Express-News (07/16)


3. Cat in the middle of ownership fight

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Two women staking ownership claims to a black-and-white cat have taken the battle to court in California. The cat began life as a bottle-fed kitten named David, then slipped away during a move and was later given a home by another woman who renamed him Whiley. The situation was discovered after the second woman approached the microchip company to have the cat's information updated. CNN (07/21)


4. Officials can't find 2 Texas boys exposed to rabid bat

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

San Antonio Express-News (07/23)


5. Top 20 finalists for "America's Favorite Veterinarian" revealed; public can vote online

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation has announced the 20 finalists for this year's "America's Favorite Veterinarian" contest. You can learn more about these wonderful veterinarians and vote for your favorite at www.avmf.org/afv. Congrats and good luck to all nominees! Blank (07/14)


6. Armadillos implicated in Fla. leprosy reports

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Nine people have been diagnosed with leprosy so far this year in Florida, a state that typically averages 10 cases a year, and the cases reportedly involved animal exposure. The disease, also called Hansen's disease, is carried by armadillos and spreads among humans via droplets. The slow-growing bacteria is easily treated with antibiotics, but without treatment, it can cause permanent damage. Disease expert Richard Truman urged people not to worry. He said many people are immune to the disease, and cases are rare considering how many people are exposed to armadillos. The Daily Beast (07/22) WJAX-TV/WFOX-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) (07/20) National Public Radio (07/22)


7. Antibody offers protection against numerous types of influenza, study suggests

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Popular Science (07/21)


8. App uses photos to reunite people, lost pets

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2015

A smartphone application called Finding Rover uses facial recognition software to reconnect people with missing pets. Pet owners upload photos of missing animals, and shelters and other users do the same with pictures of found pets. When a dog is reported found, the app searches the pictures of lost dogs in search of a match, and the capability will soon be extended to cats. However, the tool is not useful unless people have both a smartphone and the app. National Public Radio (07/19)


9. Bear swipes 20 pounds of dog food, dozes off after feast

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 21, 2015

WFTV-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (07/20)


10. Experts share insights on canine behavior

Animal Health SmartBrief | Jul 20, 2015

Domestic dogs vary in size more than any other species, and that size variation is an important driver of behavior, keynote speaker and behavior expert Raymond Coppinger told veterinarians at the 2015 Veterinary Behavior Symposium in Boston earlier this month ahead of the AVMA conference. He argued that behavior is often rooted in innate motor patterns. Other speakers touched on issues including the prospect of canine autism, the benefits of various types of dog containment systems and the different ways dogs greet each other on- and off-leash. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (07/15)




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