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February 21, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Far from home, wild penguin lands at New Zealand zoo for treatment
    A young royal penguin found starving, dehydrated and emaciated on a New Zealand beach, more than 1,000 miles from home, is being treated by Wellington Zoo veterinarian Lisa Argilla. Royal penguins live on Macquarie Island in the southwest corner of the Pacific, and only four members of the species have been found on New Zealand's shores since 1880. The penguin is improving slowly, but Dr. Argilla gives a guarded prognosis. "We're fighting against time. His organs could fail before we win," she said. The New Zealand Herald/APNZ (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. BSE status expected to be changed to reflect low risk
    The World Organization for Animal Health is likely to change the U.S. bovine spongiform encephalopathy status to the least risky category, negligible risk, which is expected to help improve beef exports. "This is a significant achievement for the United States, American beef producers and businesses, and federal and state partners who work in coordination to maintain a system of three interlocking safeguards against BSE that protect our public and animal health," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (tiered subscription model) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sea otter perfects slam dunk to help manage arthritis
    Oregon Zoo sea otter Eddie shoots hoops on a regular basis to help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. Veterinarians determined the 16-year-old sea otter had arthritic elbows and recommended trainers exercise his arms to help decrease pain. So Eddie learned how to play basketball, and keepers say he rarely misses -- but when he does, he keeps trying until he scores. Mashable (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Help save your cat from the tubby tabby trend
    More than half of cats are overweight, says the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and the number of portly felines is up 90% from 2007, according to a report from Banfield Pet Hospital. Obesity can lead to health problems for cats, such as diabetes and arthritis, but the condition is preventable. This article lists some ways to help keep cats fit and trim, including regular veterinary exams, exercise and appropriate diet. Dale's Pet World blog (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to reduce physical strain while using your laptop
    Stay comfortable while using your laptop at work by getting a separate keyboard and mouse, setting up an external monitor or using a laptop stand or other device to position it properly, writes Paul Mah. "Often overlooked, bad ergonomics with the keyboard can result in pain or other long-term injury," he notes. Small Business Computing (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Podcast: Canine dry eye
    We tend to think of tears as a sign of emotion, but they provide a valuable functional purpose, for us and our dogs. Canine dry eye — otherwise known as "Keratoconjuncitivitis Sicca," or KCS — can have serious health consequences for our dogs, but there are a number of effective treatments that can provide relief and comfort for our canine companions. In the latest AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Cynthia Cook, diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a clinician at Veterinary Vision in the San Francisco Bay area, discusses canine dry eye. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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