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October 10, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Morning meal improves cognitive performance in domestic dogs
    Domestic dogs that eat breakfast have better cognitive abilities 30 minutes after the meal as compared to those that haven't eaten for 12 hours, according to research from the University of Kentucky. "The key finding here is rather simple: breakfast can aid performance by dogs," said researcher Holly Miller. The situation may be different for wild canids, whose diet is higher in fat and lower in carbohydrates, Miller noted. BBC (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHD spreads among Neb. deer; 10 cases documented in cattle
    More than 4,768 deer have died in Nebraska due to epizootic hemorrhagic disease, a viral illness transmitted by biting insects that causes loss of appetite, increased salivation, fever and sores near the mouth and can also cause bleeding around the eyes, nose and mouth. Ten confirmed cases of the virus have been identified in Nebraska cattle, but the virus isn't contagious to humans or pets. Clinical signs in cattle may mirror those of other conditions, so testing is necessary for diagnosis. Sheridan County Journal Star (Gordon, Neb.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Idaho dairy workers charged in animal cruelty case
    Three workers at Bettencourt Dairies' Dry Creek Dairy in Idaho were charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and could face time in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. An undercover video appears to show abusive treatment of cattle at the facility. After the video surfaced, the dairy fired the workers seen in the footage, installed surveillance cameras and showed the video to its 500 employees, asking them to sign an agreement stating the company's stance against animal abuse. "That's a big issue for us. ... Animal care is a number one issue in our facilities," the dairy's owner said. ABC News/The Associated Press (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Invasive toad species threatens pets in Fla.
    The Bufo marinus toad, a species introduced to the U.S. to control insect populations in sugar cane fields, is a threat to pets in the Temple Terrace, Fla., area, and officials are urging people to be on the lookout. Upon exposure, the toxin "can get into [an animal's] system very rapidly and cause seizures, coma or death," said veterinarian Paul Langston. Death can occur within minutes in smaller animals, but larger pets are at risk, too. WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (10/9), KSDK-TV (St. Louis)/WFLA-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boy scratched while feeding raccoon may face rabies risk
    Pinellas County, Fla., Health Department officials are trying to find a young boy who may have been exposed to rabies when a raccoon clawed the child at a park. A park employee who observed the incident, which occurred when the child was feeding the animal, urged the accompanying adult to seek medical attention for the child, but the man left and did not provide contact information. "It's precautionary," said Maggie Hall, a spokeswoman for the Health Department. "You have to assume the worst." Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Create a positive company culture
    Transparency and communication are key for creating a strong workplace culture, Curt Richardson of OtterBox writes. "If [employees] know more about the decisions being made and why they are being made, it's easier for them to understand how their role is relevant and brings worth." At Richardson's company, transparency is fostered through a bonus program that is based on company performance. Inc. online/Agent of Change blog (free registration) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Lawyer challenges Fla.'s pets-are-property law
    After his 12-year-old golden retriever died following a gunshot wound from a police officer, St. Petersburg, Fla., attorney Roy Glass brought a lawsuit against the city. Glass is attempting to change current Florida law so that dogs, currently considered property, will be elevated to family-member status. If that change occurs, families could collect monetary damages for grief, not just property costs. WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
    Today is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Veterinarians, please help the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention quantify the problem of pet obesity by participating in this survey today. Pet owners, please have an honest talk with your veterinarian about your pet's weight, and perform a quick pet weight check. Listen to AVMA's podcast on the results of last year's survey, released this spring. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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