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October 29, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Honeybee bite may be better than its sting, study finds
    While researchers have long known that honeybees release a substance known as 2-heptanone, they believed the secretion was used as a type of scent marker for bees. However, new research suggests the secretion is actually an anesthetic. The researchers were studying moths whose larvae can decimate beehives when they serendipitously discovered the anesthetic nature of the bees' secretion. The findings may lead to a new local anesthetic for use in human and veterinary medicine. (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 12 Pa. deer farms under quarantine due to CWD threat
    Earlier this month, Pennsylvania became the 23rd state with documented chronic wasting disease after a dead deer tested positive for the disease. Twelve farms with direct or indirect contact with the infected deer have been placed under quarantine. It's possible that many more farms will be affected, according to assistant state veterinarian David Griswold, who notes that animals are frequently moved between deer farms in the state. CWD is not believed to infect humans. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Just like in people, allergies are a common occurrence in pets
    Allergic dogs are common visitors to veterinarian Brian Jenkins' office, making up an estimated 20% of his clientele, and he can relate to their plight because he also suffers from allergies. The three categories of allergies in pets are flea allergy, food allergy and atopic dermatitis. While there is no definitive cure for allergic conditions, Dr. Jenkins says that with time and consistent treatment, many animals can experience relief from their symptoms. The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.) (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarian dispels myths about pet food
    Veterinarian Trish Kirby corrects wrong ideas about pet food ingredients and production to help consumers make good choices for their pets. Byproducts aren't inherently bad ingredients, Dr. Kirby writes, noting that they can contain high-quality protein. Additionally, Dr. Kirby points out that organic, natural and raw foods may not be all they're advertised to be and in the case of raw foods can pose a health risk for pets and people. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Disaster planning 101 for pet owners
    If a situation isn't safe for you, it's not safe for your pet, according to the AVMA. An AVMA disaster-preparedness brochure reminds pet owners to make a plan for their animals, including finding pet-friendly lodging or making arrangements with friends or family who can help out. Disaster essentials for animals include medications, medical records and pet insurance information for those that have coverage, according to the AVMA. Understanding caregivers are important, too, as animal behavior may change when a pet's life is disrupted. Philadelphia News (10/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Podcast: Halloween pet safety tips
    Lights and decorations, costumes and masks, a constant parade of strangers at the door ... Halloween can be a downright spooky experience for our pets. So what can pet owners do to ensure their furry friends have a happy and healthy holiday? In this podcast, Dr. Kim May, assistant director of professional and public affairs at the AVMA, discusses ways to ensure your pet's health and safety this Halloween. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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