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March 4, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Malayan tiger cub recovers quickly from serious illness
    The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's juvenile Malayan tiger cub, Berani, was returned to his exhibit Friday morning, less than a week after getting sick and undergoing surgery. "This is an animal who has made an astounding recovery," said zoo veterinarian Karen Wolf. Berani likely suffered from enterotoxemia, according to Dr. Wolf, and he is still receiving medication and a bland diet. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Team targets bacteria delivered by shark bites
    Physician Robert Borrego and his team at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., are collecting bacterial samples from sharks' mouths to identify the bacteria that can cause life-threatening infections in shark attack survivors. About two dozen people are attacked by sharks each year in Florida, and Dr. Borrego hopes to determine the best antibiotic regimen for shark-bite victims. CBS News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strange blackbird foot disorder perplexes researchers
    A mystery illness may be slowly and quietly causing a decline in the common Brewer's blackbird, and red-winged and tricolored blackbirds also appear to be affected. Bird enthusiasts and scientists have observed the strange malady that results in the loss of toes in specimens dating as far back as the 1960s. Potential culprits include viral infections combined with secondary bacterial infections, mites, chronic irritation, caustic chemicals or blood parasites, but none perfectly matches the condition. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Protecting pets from household toxins
    Pets are exposed to the same potentially harmful substances as the humans they live with, possibly to a greater extent because they are smaller and closer to the ground, according to this article. Simple changes can reduce pet -- and human -- exposure, including vacuuming frequently and keeping potentially harmful substances such as medications in a safe place. Emergency veterinarian MeiMei Welker discusses the harms of slug bait, rodenticide and marijuana poisoning, while veterinarian Marli Lintner explains the uniquely sensitive nature of birds to home toxins, such as fumes from nonstick pans, due to their respiratory systems. The Oregonian (Portland) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understanding antibiotic-resistant bacteria in pets
    Methicillin-resistant bacteria occur in humans and animals and don't respond to the usual spectrum of antibiotics, writes veterinarian Mary Ann Crawford. The human culprit, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, only occurs in pets as the result of reverse zoonosis, so pets with this bacteria will trigger an investigation into the health of their human companions, Dr. Crawford points out. The methicillin-resistant bacteria of concern in animals is Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, and although it's unusual, transmission to humans can occur, so gloves, hand-washing and hand sanitizer should be used to prevent transmission, Dr. Crawford notes. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SeaWorld staff works to save starving sea lion pups
    As California veterinarians and marine animal workers continue to deal with fallout from high levels of sea lion pup strandings, they are trying to learn from the situation. Employees at SeaWorld San Diego are working around the clock to save the animals, and veterinarian Todd Schmitt explains the treatments most of the pups undergo upon arrival as well as the implications. "These animals are great sentinels for ocean health," Dr. Schmitt said. "We get a great sense of what's going on from the animals we take in, and it gives us a good idea how we can help and where those problems are." San Diego Union-Tribune (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Around the Office 
  • How cyberinsurance can help your business
    A cyber liability policy could help your small business cope with the risk of a security breach, insurance attorney Ethan Miller writes. Small businesses often lack the resources that large companies have for fending off cyberattacks and dealing with related losses. Policies start around $3,000 annually, Miller writes. USA Today (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Is your veterinarian America's Favorite Veterinarian?
    If you think your veterinarian should be recognized by the AVMA at this year's AVMA Annual Convention, nominate him or her for the American Veterinary Medical Foundation's America's Favorite Veterinarian contest by writing about him or her on the organization's Facebook page. The winning veterinarian and the client each receive $250 cash, as well as travel and lodging for the award event in Chicago. The winning veterinarian also receives free registration to AVMA's conference. Dale's Pet World blog (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Podcast: Ringworm
    We play with them. We cuddle with them. We even allow them to sleep in our beds with us. The closeness that exists between us and our pets is a true testament to the human-animal bond. However, having such regular contact with our pets also requires knowledge about potential illnesses that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Of these illnesses, known as zoonotic diseases, ringworm is one of the most common. As a pet owner, what do you need to know about this skin infection? In the latest AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Sandy Merchant, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology and professor of veterinary dermatology at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, discusses ringworm. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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