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October 9, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Study: Oral bacteria passed between dogs and their owners
    In a Japanese study, researchers evaluated oral bacteria in people and dogs, finding that the species share microbes. According to the study, 10 bacteria common to human oral plaques were present in dogs, while a bacteria species generally relegated to the canine mouths was found in some dog owners. Bacterial sharing was greater in cases where contact between humans and dogs was high, but even low-contact relationships resulted in transmission of bacteria between species. The Wall Street Journal (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Refrigerated and frozen colostrum just as good as fresh, study finds
    Treating colostrum with potassium sorbate preservative and freezing or refrigerating it did not negatively impact the health of calves who received the colostrum, according to a study of 489 Holstein calves by veterinarians at Texas A&M and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. "This is good news. Proper colostrum storage is a very convenient tool in the dairy farms and the absence of unfavorable effects on frozen or refrigerated colostrum would be a very good result," said lead researcher and veterinarian Pablo Pinedo. PhysOrg.com (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dental X-rays uncover hidden problems
    Because evidence of periodontitis can be hidden beneath the gum line, regular dental cleanings should be accompanied by dental X-rays, recommends veterinarian Ed Mapes. Periodontal disease occurs when food particles, debris and bacteria build up on teeth, causing an infection that erodes the gums, which can lead to abscesses and tooth decay as well as systemic infections involving the kidneys, heart and lungs, writes Dr. Mapes. Tooth decay can also cause pain leading to lethargy, changes in personality, inadequate nutrition and weight loss as pets may avoid eating. TownSquareBuzz (McKinney, Texas) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Woman gives dogs on reservations a second chance
    Sheri Lee has been rescuing dogs from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne reservations in Montana for eight years. The dogs are often severely malnourished and infested with intestinal parasites as well as fleas and ticks. Lee takes the dogs to a veterinarian for treatment and to be spayed or neutered and then works to get the animals adopted. There are always more dogs to be tended to, says Lee, but "the good days far outweigh the bad days, and the dogs pay you back tenfold." Billings Gazette (Mont.) (10/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to integrate your business Twitter account, website
    It's a good idea to integrate your presence on Twitter with your website and, assuming you use WordPress, there are plenty of ways to do just that, Brian Casel of Restaurant Engine writes. In addition to other tactics, you can embed tweets, add a Twitter follow button or add a widget that includes your recent Twitter activity. Mashable (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Frequently asked questions about veterinary prescriptions and pharmacies
    The AVMA receives many questions from pet owners and veterinarians about veterinary prescriptions and pharmacies. To help answer these questions, the AVMA has developed an FAQ on the subject, addressing such issues as why prescriptions are needed, and where pet owners can get their prescriptions filled. View AVMA's veterinary prescription and pharmacy FAQ. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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