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February 18, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Plastic pieces prompt Nature's Variety pet food recall
    Nature's Variety has issued a recall of a single batch of Instinct Raw Organic Chicken Formula for cats and dogs after clear plastic fragments were found in some bags. A consumer notified the company of the issue, and there have been no reports of pet problems associated with the recalled food. Food Poisoning Bulletin (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study assesses neutering and health conditions in dogs
    Neutering dogs may impact the occurrence of disorders including hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament tears, lymphosarcoma, mast cell tumors and hemangiosarcomas, according to a study led by veterinarian Benjamin Hart at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Researchers evaluated the medical records of 759 golden retrievers, male and female, finding that early and late sterilization were associated with an increased occurrence of certain disorders. However, Dr. Hart noted that disease vulnerability may vary among breeds, and any connection between neutering and health conditions is likely multifaceted. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Leptospirosis: The deadly zoonotic disease next door
    Veterinarian Mary Ann Crawford explains that leptospirosis is contracted via contact with infected urine that may be present in water or moist soil, and it can affect dogs and humans. Because leptospirosis causes nonspecific symptoms and can progress to deadly liver or kidney infections in dogs, ill dogs should be evaluated by a veterinarian as soon as possible, Dr. Crawford advises. A vaccine is available for dogs and is the best way to prevent leptospirosis infection, she writes. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pets on a plane: Decrease their risk
    While most pets who fly the friendly skies arrive at their destination unscathed, there have been cases of injury and death in some, and this article provides some tips for owners to help ensure the safety of their animals during flight. Veterinarian Jay King suggests getting pets used to the crate they will fly in beforehand, and he says pets' disposition and the weather should be taken into consideration before putting animals on a flight. The ASPCA recommends ensuring your animal is up to date on vaccinations and that the collar and crate are labeled appropriately. Freezing a dish of water ensures pets have water to drink when they're ready for it. St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Along for the Ride blog (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • 3 tips for getting better at delegation
    You can get better at delegation by hiring a talented group of employees and understanding that they won't achieve perfection on their first try. "It is important to be happy if the delegate does things 80 percent as well as you could," said Paul Foster, CEO of The Business Therapist. However, you should avoid delegating sensitive tasks, such as disciplinary actions, other experts say. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Pet foods, beyond the hype
    Premium pet foods may be hip, but that doesn't make them better, according to AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros. "There is no evidence to suggest that raw or natural diets will prolong pets' lives," Dr. Aspros said. USA Today/The Associated Press (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • The March 1 issue of JAVMA News is available online
    News and feature articles about the veterinary profession and animal health are available online for free from the twice-monthly Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Read the March 1 JAVMA News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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