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March 1, 2013
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  • Dairy farmers put on alert to prevent terrorism
    Terrorists' plans could take aim at the U.S. economy and trust in government by introducing pathogens into human food, likely at processing facilities, or infecting livestock with an illness that could cripple the industry, such as foot-and-mouth disease, according to FBI Special Agent Rich Baltzersen, who spoke at the 2013 Oregon Dairy Farmers Annual Convention. Farmers who notice strange activity should alert the FBI, Baltzersen said. "Be more vigilant," he said. "Part of their planning is to probe our defenses." Capital Press Agriculture (Salem, Ore.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vigilance urged after EHV-1 infections surface in Utah horses
    Two horses in Cache County, Utah, tested positive for EHV-1, and three others are believed to be infected. The two horses with confirmed cases were euthanized while the other three are under quarantine. Most of the horses had been at the Cache County Fairgrounds, so that facility's riding arena has been closed. Utah State Veterinarian Bruce King is urging horse owners to watch for symptoms of the illness in their horses, report any health problems to their veterinarian and quarantine horses returning from shows or other events. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoo animals that do their own matchmaking may see more success
    Oregon Zoo research suggests the longstanding strategy of selecting mates for zoo residents based on genetic diversity may not be the best approach to ensure success. Female pygmy rabbits that mated with animals of their own choosing or animals they were familiar with were more likely to give birth than those placed with unfamiliar males, and litters tended to be larger and have better survival. "In the wild, every one of these animals has mate choice," said researcher Meghan Martin. The Portland Tribune (Ore.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthy Weight Protocol: A new tool to help fight pet obesity
    The University of Tennessee and Hill's Pet Nutrition have created the Healthy Weight Protocol, a method veterinarians can use to quantify a pet's excess weight and develop a plan to address it, according to veterinarian Jennifer Coates. The combination of expanding pet waistlines and owner misunderstanding contributes to the challenge of addressing this important pet health concern, Dr. Coates writes. Even though the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that 53% of dogs and 55% of cats are deemed overweight or obese by a veterinarian, 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners think their rotund pet is at a healthy weight. Vetted blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Healthy lifestyle is the true anti-aging secret for pets
    A pill made by LifeVantage Canine Health claims to prolong dogs' lives, but some veterinarians have expressed skepticism. The pill does contain some beneficial compounds such as milk thistle and omega-3 fatty acids, veterinarian Michael Woolley says, but he reminds owners there's already a safe and proven way to promote a long, quality life for pets. "Probably the biggest thing to extend a dog's life is staying lean, and staying lean throughout your life, not just doing it at the end of your life," says Dr. Woolley. KENS-TV (San Antonio) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Exotic pets can harbor Salmonella
    According to data from the AVMA's 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, 12.6 million U.S. homes have exotic pets, and some species are known to carry Salmonella. Chickens, ducks, frogs, snakes and other species can transmit the bacteria, and turtles and hedgehogs were recently implicated in zoonotic outbreaks in the U.S., according to the CDC. Recommendations for safe handling of pets and their food are included in this article. USA Today (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Podcast: Army veterinarians and food safety
    When we talk about veterinarians, we tend to avoid the term "vets" to avoid confusion with veterans. But sometimes, they're one and the same. Veterinarians play an active role in the U.S. military, specifically in the Army Veterinary Corps, where one of their main duties is ensuring food safety not just for soldiers, but also for civilians around the world. In the latest AVMA Chew on This podcast, Major Stephanie Mont, veterinary science instructor at the Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas, discusses Army veterinarians and food safety. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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