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October 3, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Nice baboons enjoy longer, lower-stress lives, study finds
    Nicer baboons lived longer, less stressful lives than less friendly animals, according to a seven-year study of 45 female baboons at Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve that included behavior observation and hormone measurements. "These results have allowed us to, for the first time in a wild primate, link personality characteristics, social skill and reproductive success," said University of Pennsylvania researcher Robert Seyfarth. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Application of new genetic techniques may benefit humans
    Using advancements in genetic engineering, New Zealand scientists created two genetically modified animals that may help with human ailments -- a cow that produces beta-globulin-free milk and a pig that lacks low-density lipoprotein receptors. Beta-lactoglobulin induces an allergic reaction in some people, causing vomiting and diarrhea. In the pigs without LDL receptors, the cholesterol builds up, potentially providing a model of human cardiovascular disease. Nature (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manatees: Sentinels of ecosystem changes
    A decade-long study of manatees off the coast of Belize monitored the animals' response to increased tourism in the area, documenting population numbers, fat measurements, hematology, biochemistry, and fecal and urine analyses. Such studies can help uncover why diseases have emerged or re-emerged in marine animals such as dolphins and turtles, according to researcher and veterinarian Alonso Aguirre. "Manatees are the proverbial 'canaries in the mineshaft,' as they serve as indicators of their environment and may reflect the overall health of marine ecosystems," Dr. Aguirre said. (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Legalization of medical marijuana spurs uptick in dog poisonings
    The number of dogs being poisoned by marijuana has quadrupled since medical marijuana became legal in Colorado, according to a study by veterinarian Stacy Meola. Most dogs are exposed by ingesting products containing marijuana. Symptoms in dogs include staggering, lethargy and sensitivity to light. While most dogs recover with treatment, some cases are fatal, Dr. Meola said. "We need people to realize it is potentially toxic and potentially fatal to their pets," said veterinarian Debbie Van Pelt. KCNC-TV (Denver) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miniature donkey thrives with prosthetic limb
    A miniature donkey is roaming her pasture with ease and inspiring people along the way, thanks to her custom-made, pink prosthetic limb. Born with a deformed and unusable hind limb, Emma underwent a partial limb amputation within days of birth, leaving her with only three full legs and no easy way to move about. But that's all changed thanks to a prosthetic device made by the Hangar Clinic, the same organization that made Winter the dolphin's prosthetic tail. Proper distribution of weight is crucial to fitting an equine prosthetic device, said veterinarian Barrie Grant. Veterinarian Fred Caldwell said Emma was a good fit for a prosthesis because her small stature means she is less likely to face complications. TODAY/Animal Tracks blog (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Be prepared and shop around to get a business loan
    Have financial statements in order and know how much you need before approaching a bank for a business loan, this article advises. Also, shop around and make banks compete for your business. But the best advice is to pay down your loan to prove your business is creditworthy. Forbes (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Care of wild ponies is as good as it gets; pet care should be, too
    The wild ponies that populate Assateague Island, a National Wildlife Refuge off the coast of Maryland and Virginia, receive regular veterinary care, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus. Although they are wild, the ponies are the property of the Chincoteague Fire Department. Veterinarian Charles Cameron provides twice yearly examinations, dewormings, vaccinations, microchipping and any emergency treatment the animals need. Dogs and cats should receive similar care, writes Dr. Hohenhaus, who points out that the AVMA and American Animal Hospital Association provide guidelines for routine care for dogs and cats. WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • VIDEO: Puppy socialization
    We all appreciate the joy and companionship that a well behaved dog brings to our lives. What we don't always appreciate is that there are many different factors that can determine whether a puppy grows into that wonderful lifelong companion. In AVMA's latest video, Dr. Christopher Pachel explains the ins and outs of puppy socialization. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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