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March 5, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Scientists searching for clues to the next pandemic
    Anne Rimoin, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, is studying the zoonotic disease monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has found that the disease, which resembles smallpox, is rapidly spreading, and she notes there are many other unknown diseases in the world that pose a serious risk to people. "These diseases are no longer way out in the remote jungles," Rimoin says. "The reason that you want to do disease surveillance is because you want to be able to prevent the next pandemic before it starts." ScientificAmerican.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers experiment with methods for tracking rare bandicoots
    Researchers in Australia are trying a veterinary glue to secure tiny transmitters to the backs of bandicoots to learn more about the nocturnal marsupials' behavior. Tail tags and collars haven't worked, so researchers hope the glue will do the trick. They will also try affixing transmitters to tiny harnesses to determine which apparatus the animals like better. Bandicoots are considered extinct in the wild, but the species is maintained in large, fenced-in areas in Australia. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Parvovirus: A serious disease that needs intensive treatment
    Parvovirus is a potentially deadly viral infection that afflicts dogs, and treatment requires intensive care, writes veterinarian Karen Dye. The animal must be isolated because the virus is highly contagious, and care involves delivering intravenous fluids, monitoring and adjusting electrolyte levels, and treating secondary infections, writes Dr. Dye. An appropriate vaccination protocol is the best way to prevent parvovirus, she notes. Cats cannot contract parvovirus from dogs, but they do acquire a similar virus, panleukopenia, that can be deadly and must be treated by a veterinarian. The Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Feline parasites lurk inside the home, too
    Cats housed indoors are exposed to parasites, contrary to common belief, writes veterinarian Lorie Huston. Fleas, which carry internal parasites, can infect indoor cats without their owners realizing there is an issue, Dr. Huston writes. Indoor cats are at risk of infection from tapeworms, heartworms and roundworms through exposure to fleas, mosquitoes and rodents, but having regular veterinary care and using veterinarian-approved products labeled for cats can help prevent infection. PetMD.com/The Daily Vet blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dental Health Month is over, but focus on oral health must continue
    National Pet Dental Health Month has passed, but it's essential to maintain a year-round focus on oral care, writes Petplan co-founder and executive Natasha Ashton. Cleaning pets' teeth regularly at home is the best way to prevent serious dental and systemic health problems as well as avoid potentially expensive procedures later, Ashton writes. The American Animal Hospital Association says two-thirds of owners don't provide recommended dental care to pets and only 1% regularly brush their pets' teeth. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Taxidermy helps owners deal with death of pets
    Some people who cannot bear parting with their dogs, cats, turtles and guinea pigs are turning to taxidermists to preserve their pets' bodies. Few taxidermists are willing to preserve pets because owners are quick to spot small imperfections, according to the National Taxidermists Association. Those that do often have long waiting lists and charge upwards of $1,000 for the task. Psychology professor Allen McConnell sees the trend as an extension of humans' close ties to their animals. Duluth News Tribune (Minn.)/The Associated Press (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What not to do when looking for a business loan
    Don't expect to land a loan for your small business if you approach lenders without a strategy, use credit cards unwisely or can't show revenue growth, writes Tom Gazaway, president of Hawkeye Management. "It's true that your financing options will increase and get better as your business gets older," he writes. "However, this is mainly true if you're growing your company revenue." Small Business Trends (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • The March 15 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 15 JAVMA News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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