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October 1, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Dog for Dog recalls peanut butter product
    As part of a widespread recall of human food products containing peanut butter, Dog for Dog CEO Rocky Keever said the company is joining the recall out of caution and asking owners to return the company's Dogsbutter, a canine peanut butter. "While no Dogsbutter products have tested positive for salmonella, our No. 1 focus is ensuring the health, safety and well-being of dogs," Keever said. Twenty-nine people across 18 states contracted salmonella in an outbreak linked to a number of Sunland products. (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoo Miami tiger gets root canal
    Hati, Zoo Miami's male Malayan tiger, underwent a two-and-a-half-hour root canal on Wednesday after breaking a mandibular canine tooth a few months ago. Dentist K. Randall Groh performed the procedure with the assistance of zoo veterinarians Chriss Miller and Meredith Persky. Hati is doing well and may even feel ready to mate, according to zoo staff, who say the sore tooth was likely preventing Hati from mating because biting is common behavior for mating tigers. WSVN-TV (Miami) (9/29), The Miami Herald (free registration) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lungworm isn't the usual species found in Maine moose, study finds
    Biologists monitoring Maine's moose, which are sometimes found dead infested with ticks and lungworms, had assumed the worm was a common parasite, but according to new research, the worms more closely resemble a species found in red deer and fallow deer in Sweden and red deer in New Zealand. Veterinarian Anne Lichtenwalner, director of the University of Maine Animal Health Laboratory, and UM graduate Darryl Ann Girardin used DNA analysis to make the discovery. Finding a new parasite in an unexpected host animal is concerning: "They're hitchhikers, and now they're suddenly adapting what they do to a new food source — us [in cases of swine or avian influenza], or the moose in this case — they cause more pathogenicity," said Dr. Lichtenwalner. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Cute baby animal pictures: Good for you and your work, study finds
    People who spent time online looking at pictures of cute baby animals demonstrated better focus than those who did not or those who looked at photos of adult animals, according to a Japanese study. "This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus," the researchers wrote. The Atlantic online (9/29), Forbes (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Puppies born with 2 legs beat the odds
    Two puppies born without forelegs are getting a head start in life, thanks to veterinarian Erin Shults. At 6 months old, the puppies have developed their own unique style of getting around, and they are thriving. Dr. Shults takes the puppies to visit homeless children and "teach the kids it's OK to be different," she said. WABC-TV (N.Y.) (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Be smart about using credit to build your business
    Business owners who don't use credit cards wisely might be setting themselves up for failure, writes Odysseas Papadimitriou, founder of Evolution Finance. It's important to maintain the health of your personal credit and to avoid going too far into debt. "If you rack up a huge balance from the get-go, you will likely waste money on interest payments and won't be able to reinvest in your company as freely as you might otherwise," Papadimitriou writes. Entrepreneur online (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Why does my dog eat poop?
    While we typically think of our dogs as cute, cuddly, and adorable friends, some of their behaviors can leave us confused, if not downright disgusted. Take, for example, coprophagia -- which is a fancy term for describing the behavior of dogs eating poop ... their own or another animal's. So why do dogs engage in this behavior? In the latest AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Belle Marie Nibblett, assistant professor of small animal medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, discusses coprophagia. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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