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December 12, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • 425-million-year-old fossil gem has species' organs intact
    Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of ostracod, a finding of particular importance because the fossil has the shell as well as soft tissue including the eyes, gills and alimentary organs. The specimen has been named Pauline avibella. "The preservation of soft parts of animals is a very rare occurrence in the fossil record and allows unparalleled insight into the ancient biology, community structure and evolution of animals -- key facts that that would otherwise be lost to science," said University of Leicester researcher David Siveter. PhysOrg.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Animal News 
  • Dog born with 3 paws inspires children
    Pirelli, a golden retriever born without a back left paw, will receive a prosthetic paw thanks to donations from admirers. Pirelli visits schools in Georgia to spread the message that "it doesn't matter what your body looks like or how it functions. What makes you important as a person is what you are on the inside," said Jennifer Arnold, founder of the nonprofit Canine Assistants. Pirelli will receive a carbon-fiber foot from the Hanger Clinic, a human prosthetics company. TODAY/Animal Tracks blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High-tech pet gifts gaining popularity
    From dog biscuit makers to treadmills and doghouse air conditioners, high-tech pet toys are gaining popularity. Owners can even purchase at-home diagnostics testing for some illnesses, says Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association. The technologically savvy pet gift that no animal should be without is the microchip, notes Vetere, because it can be used in many species and reunites lost pets with their owners. ABC News/The Associated Press (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Orphaned flying squirrels get second chance at wildlife center
    Two 4-week-old flying squirrels are being nursed back to health at the South Florida Wildlife Center. The pair were found orphaned and are being hand-fed and kept warm until they can be placed in the center's outdoor habitat and eventually released. "They'll be introduced to more natural foods, and that will help them to acclimate to the wild," said veterinarian Antonia Gardner. WFOR-TV (Miami-Fort Lauderdale) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How your business can support charitable causes
    Your business can contribute to a charity in several ways, such as making a cash donation or offering discounts for people who support the cause, writes Tim Parker. Your charitable work may generate positive publicity, but that shouldn't be your main reason for giving. "[A]ny time, money, and effort you invest in a nonprofit organization should be its own reward -- and reason enough to continue giving," he writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ohio exotic-animal owners challenge new law in court
    A group of exotic-animal owners is challenging Ohio's tough new ownership law in federal court, saying it violates property ownership rights and threatens the health of some of the animals. Much of the discussion Tuesday centered on the law's microchipping requirement. Owners argued the provision puts animal health in danger, but veterinarians who testified argued the devices are safe and standard in zoo species except fish. Ohio instituted stringent exotic-animal ownership laws after a Zanesville man released dozens of dangerous exotics last year and then killed himself. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (12/12), The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
 
  • AVMA releases latest pet ownership and demographic data
    Get the latest data on pet population, veterinary expenditures and pet owner profiles in the 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographic Sourcebook. Published every five years, this year's sourcebook includes the latest trends on pet ownership and pet population; expanded pet ownership and expenditures sections; full color figures and tables; and much more. Get a glimpse of select statistics online or order a complete PDF or print copy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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