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May 25, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Veterinary and human drugs recalled by Franck's Pharmacy
    After the FDA found microorganisms, including fungus, in Franck's Pharmacy's clean room, the company is recalling human and veterinary drugs dispersed between Nov. 21, 2011, and May 21, 2012. Officials urge clinicians to re-evaluate any negative patient reactions to the drugs and recommend that the involved medicines be discarded. View the FDA notice here. RTT News (5/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New device may allow humans to "talk" with dolphins
    Yuka Mishima and colleagues at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology developed a speaker capable of emitting the full range of dolphin sounds, the first device with such acoustical power, and dolphin scientists will soon have the opportunity to test it. The goal is to play and record dolphin sounds in an effort to interpret dolphin vocalizations and one day possibly communicate directly with the animals. (5/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Emergency C-section helps zoo veterinarian save cheetah cubs
    A female cheetah at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., ran into trouble after giving birth to the first of four cubs on a cold, snowy April day, laboring for hours without success. Zoo veterinarian Copper Aitken-Palmer performed an emergency cesarean section; two cubs survived and are now being fed and cared for by zoo staffers. The Washington Post (5/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • African Swine Fever threatens the EU
    African Swine Fever (ASF), a viral disease that causes bleeding, fever and up to 100% mortality in some strains, has been circulating in African nations, Russia and other countries, and officials warn that it may spread to the EU. In addition to animal morbidity and mortality, the virus also wreaks havoc on the swine industry, causing the loss of some 76,000 swine across Russia and several of its neighbors since 2007. Agri-View (Madison, Wis.) (5/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boykin spaniels help box turtle conservation effort
    Veterinarian Matt Allender, an instructor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and biologist Chris Phillips of the Illinois Natural History Survey enlisted the help of John Rucker and his eight Boykin spaniels to help locate Eastern box turtles, which are considered vulnerable to extinction. The dogs are excellent box turtle finders, and they have helped find turtles for research and relocation purposes in 10 states. The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (5/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Prolapsed eye is an emergency
    If short-faced breeds such as pugs, Pekingese, lhasa apsos and shih tzus suffer head trauma or neck pressure, they are at increased risk for a prolapsed eye, a condition in which the eyeball comes out of the eye socket completely, writes veterinarian Vallard Christopher Forsythe. Without getting immediate veterinary care and maneuvering the eye back into its socket within 20 to 30 minutes of the prolapse, vision in that eye can be permanently lost, Dr. Forsythe writes. Sonoma Valley Sun (Calif.) (5/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chronic lameness occurs in some cats after declaw
    Several studies involving 582 declawed cats found that roughly 1 in 116, or 0.86%, had lameness that didn't subside within a few weeks after the declawing procedure, which involves removing the entire third portion of each digit, writes veterinarian Lee Pickett. Alternatives to declawing include regular nail trims and scratching posts as well as soft plastic covers that take the edge off of sharp claws. Dr. Pickett also addresses chronic coughing in a Chihuahua in this article. Reading Eagle Press (Pa.) (5/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What to do with a puppy that isn't house-training well
    Most puppies will eventually become house-trained, but for those who can't seem to get it right, a veterinary exam can rule out physical or medical problems, writes veterinarian Arthur N. Wilder. If the medical exam is normal, there are some tips owners can follow to train puppies to relieve themselves outside, Dr. Wilder points out. The Garden City News (N.Y.) (5/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How mature is your social media marketing?
    There are three stages of social media marketing maturity, and only those in the third phase can expect to realize the full potential of social networking, Toby Murdock writes. These advanced marketers "have had to invest more time and resources into producing longer, more thoughtful content pieces in the form of blog posts, infographics, e-books, and videos," he writes. "Rather than entertain, this content addresses the real concerns and interests of prospects and provides them with valuable information." ClickZ (5/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Dog bite prevention resources
    This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, hosted by the AVMA to help stop the nearly 5 million dog bites that happen every year in the United States. There are a number of things that you can do to avoid dog bites, ranging from properly training and socializing your pet to educating your children on how, or if, they should approach a dog. Information is one of the best cures for this public health crisis, and the AVMA has gathered a number of resources to help prevent dog bites. View AVMA's dog bite prevention resources. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    In observance of Memorial Day in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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