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February 20, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Study: Raw meat falls short on feline nutrition
    New research has found that raw meat diets do not meet the full spectrum of feline nutritional needs for captive and domestic cats. The study evaluated horse, bison, cattle and elk meat. All the diets were short on linoleic acid, and the horse meat did not contain sufficient arachidonic acid for kittens or for gestating or lactating females. A raw diet fed to domestic cats often omits necessary fat and important fatty acids and exposes cats to pathogens that may be in raw food, and it can also promote a change to the gut flora. PhysOrg.com (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flock of blackbirds exposes Ky. town to zoonotic disease
    Millions of blackbirds have come to roost in a Kentucky town, and their droppings potentially contain histoplasmosis, a zoonotic fungal pathogen that can cause serious illness in humans, according to veterinarian Wade Northington, who directs the Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center. Wildlife experts think warmer temperatures led to the birds roosting near the town rather than in their usual spot farther south. Yahoo/Reuters (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New coronavirus claims sixth victim
    A patient under treatment after contracting a recently discovered SARS-related coronavirus has died at a U.K. hospital, bringing the total human fatalities from the virus to six out of 12 infections. Officials are unsure of the virus' origin and transmission, but they believe it may be harbored by animals such as camels, goats and bats and may also pass from person to person. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Pets in pain deserve the best care
    While there are lifestyle changes that can help alleviate arthritic pain in pets, such as soft beds, glucosamine supplements, proper exercise and weight management, veterinarian Marty Becker suggests owners get educated about the medications available to help treat chronic pain in pets. Veterinarians can provide medications that are safe and effective and tailored for each pet's needs. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boaters encounter mega-pod of thousands of dolphins
    On his daily tour, Capt. Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises in California encountered what he called a "super mega-pod" of thousands of swimming dolphins that he estimated to be five miles wide and seven miles long. Dolphins' social groups usually number no more than 200 individuals, but abundant resources could bring multiple pods together, said scientist Sarah Wilkin. "They were coming from all directions -- you could see them from as far as the eye can see," Dutra said. "I've seen a lot of stuff out here ... but this is the biggest I've ever seen, ever." KNSD-TV (San Diego) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to build a buzz on social media
    Companies can make the most of social media by being memorable, engaging with their fans and referencing cultural events, Lindsay LaVine writes. For example, the frozen yogurt brand Red Mango was able to generate social buzz by creating a flavor called Honey Badger, named after a viral YouTube video. Entrepreneur online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Ariz. may give miniature horses service-animal designation
    Miniature horses could be considered service animals if a pending measure is passed by the Arizona Legislature. Arizona state Rep. Heather Carter introduced the bill. Advocates say the animals' behavior, vision, stamina and lifespan make them well-suited to the job. The Horse (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Action alert: Help put a stop to animal fighting
    Animal fighting is a violent crime that causes pain and suffering to the animals involved. The Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366) would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit any person from knowingly attending, or causing a minor to attend, an animal fighting venture and would impose civil and criminal penalties on people who violated it, should the bill become law. Visit AVMA's online Legislative Action Center to learn more and contact your representatives. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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