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October 23, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • High-protein diet alters bacterial flora in kittens, study finds
    Kittens fed a high-protein diet have lower levels of two beneficial intestinal bacteria, bifidobacterium and lactobacillus, than kittens fed a diet containing balanced amounts of protein and carbohydrates, according to a recent study. A lack of bifidobacterium has been associated with irritable bowel syndrome in people, and lactobacillus may be involved in cholesterol and appetite levels. The findings may help humans because intestinal bacterial populations are similar in humans and cats. (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoo staff resuscitate newborn tapir
    Denver Zoo veterinarian Gwen Jankowski and zoo staff member Rebecca McCloskey break open the amniotic sack of a newborn baby tapir that wasn't breathing within moments of its birth and give it respiratory resuscitation in this video of the birth last month. "The baby's doing wonderfully. In fact, I haven't seen him very much, which means he's doing most excellent, and we're all excited," said Dr. Jankowski. KCNC-TV (Denver) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study to determine role of chaperone proteins in prion diseases
    Justin Hines, a chemistry professor at Lafayette College, is examining the role chaperone proteins play in prion diseases. Chaperone proteins, when functioning normally, prevent improper protein folding that leads to prion formation, according to Hines. The study will examine protein misfolding and chaperone proteins in yeast, but the results may shed light on prion diseases in people and animals, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in people and chronic wasting disease in deer. The Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.) (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • It's in pets' best interest to have a veterinary dental cleaning
    A dental cleaning by a veterinarian, or by a trained technician under the supervision of a veterinarian, is the best way to care for a pet's teeth and protect its overall health, writes veterinarian Michael Watts. An appropriate dental cleaning includes giving general anesthesia, doing a thorough exam of the mouth and throat structures, cleaning above and below the gumline, and polishing the teeth to smooth imperfections that lead to future problems if not addressed. This thorough approach is only legal in Virginia if performed by a veterinarian or a veterinary-supervised technician, Dr. Watts adds. The Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3-legged dog inspires boy with debilitating genetic condition
    Owen Howkins, a boy born with a rare genetic condition that renders his muscles stiff, almost never ventured outside, but that's all changed thanks to his friendship with Haatchi, an Anatolian shepherd who lost his tail and one back leg after being left tied to a rail line. Haatchi, who recently completed pet therapy training, will begin visiting veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq who lost limbs as well as ill children and is set to receive an Animal Action Award. The Sun (London) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Specialty and emergency clinic expands to meet growing needs
    VETMED in Phoenix has grown since its inception in 1995 from a veterinary ultrasound practice to an 8,000-square-foot, 24-hour emergency and critical care center that offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment and veterinary specialists in several areas. The price tag for advanced services can be hefty, with a recent CT scan for a beagle costing around $1,000, and the medical care for a dog with an immune-mediated condition ringing in at about $20,000. Americans are projected to spend some $53 billion on pet care, including health care, this year. KTVK-TV (Phoenix) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Video: Ferrets 101
    Ferrets can make excellent house pets. They're clean, social, affectionate, naturally curious and able to establish strong bonds with people. But ferrets require knowledgeable owners because they have special needs. In AVMA's latest video, Dr. Valarie Tynes explains the benefits and special needs of pet ferrets. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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