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1. Calf born with heart in his neck

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

A calf in Pennsylvania was born with his heart in his neck, first spotted by owner Tom Leech, who saw the pulsing mass in the calf's neck. Veterinarian Todd Moores said it's likely that Cardio Brisket was born with a defect that prevented his sternum and some ribs from fully developing, allowing his heart to prolapse into the neck. Although researchers at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine offered to study Cardio Brisket, Leech didn't want to risk losing the animal, to which he has become attached. The calf's long-term prognosis is not clear. Observer-Reporter (Washington, Pa.) (04/15)

2. Chicago canine influenza strain is new to the U.S.

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

The canine influenza outbreak in the Chicago area involves H3N2, a new-to-the-U.S. strain previously seen in Chinese and South Korean dogs, and it has caused disease in cats, too, according to new data. The findings come from researchers at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin. It's not clear whether the existing canine influenza vaccine protects against infection, but Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control officials still urge owners to have dogs vaccinated. Chicago Sun-Times (free registration) (04/12)

3. Canine influenza infection tally grows

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

The number of dogs believed to be infected with canine influenza in the Chicago area has climbed to 1,100, and it's likely some cases haven't been reported. "A lot of vets are so busy now, they're having a difficult time even calling our office," said Cook County, Ill., spokesman Frank Shuftan. Veterinarians say the clinical presentation they are seeing -- involving a viral subtype previously only seen in Asia -- is more severe, and many are using protective clothing during examinations to avoid spreading the virus between patients. NBC News (04/14)

4. Fla. grappling with invasive lizard species that could threaten pets

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (04/10)

5. Octopus at New Zealand aquarium snaps photos of the tourists

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015 (Canada) (04/14)

6. Dog caught with head stuck in jug recovering

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Minnesota residents Don and Katherine Nelson captured Gulliver, the young mixed-breed dog previously known as Jughead for the object stuck on his head. Repeated attempts to catch him failed until the Nelsons' success. Veterinarian Julie Berndt of Minnesota Valley Pet Hospital treated Gulliver, who is adjusting well to life in his foster home without the jug on his head. Free Press (Mankato, Minn.) (tiered subscription model), The (04/13)

7. Cat is personal warming blanket for shelter animals recovering from anesthesia

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Radamenes the cat makes recovery a little sweeter for cats and dogs undergoing surgery at a Poland shelter. Surrendered to the facility with a respiratory infection, Radamenes was treated and adopted by veterinarian Lucyna Kuziel-Zawalich. Since then, Radamenes has made a cozy niche for himself at the facility, cuddling up to animals waking up from anesthesia. New Zealand Herald, The (04/16)

8. Owners turn to marijuana to control pets' pain, but effects are little understood

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

With the legalization of marijuana in some areas, pet owners are increasingly giving cannabis to pets to address chronic pain, but experts warn against attempting to treat an animal without the guidance of a veterinarian. Most companies producing such products for pets use hemp, which has a lower amount of the psychoactive component in marijuana, and regardless of which part of the plant they use, they cannot market the products as medicine. Experts say there is a lack of data to support or refute a role for marijuana in veterinary medicine, something Auburn University researchers hope to change -- they have applied for a grant to study the effect of cannabinoids in dogs. Quartz (04/13)

9. Dog-barking lawsuit leads to devocalization order

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Dale and Debra Krein of Rogue River, Ore., were awarded $238,900 after filing suit over the noise made by their neighbors' Tibetan mastiff dogs. The Kreins say that for at least a decade, the dogs barked all day long, and they argued that the owners didn't curb the barking despite being warned by local animal control officials. The jury's decision also included having all the dogs undergo devocalization if they remain on the property. Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (04/10)

10. Foster dog protects woman, takes 2 rattlesnake bites

Animal Health SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

A dog named Guinness jumped between a woman and a rattlesnake during a mountain hike in Jefferson County, Colo., taking venomous bites to the face and foot. He was rushed to the veterinarian's office, where fluids, pain medication and antivenin were given. His heroism persuaded his foster family to adopt him. KMGH-TV (Denver) (04/14)

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