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October 8, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Penn veterinary school's farrier envisions equine orthotics
    University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine farrier Patrick Reilly measures equine hoof pressure using technology borrowed from human medicine in an effort to treat laminitis. Two sheets of plastic with a special ink placed on the foot record 1,000 points of pressure on the horse's hooves. Although Reilly points out he is still defining what a normal reading looks like, he is already designing a shoe for horses that will alter pressure-bearing surfaces, allowing time to heal. Laminitis is a painful condition responsible for many cases of euthanasia. "The foot has evolved so that it allows [horses] to be the amazing athletes that they are, but it's also what brings them down," said Penn veterinarian Hannah Galantino-Homer. The Philadelphia Inquirer (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alzheimer's-linked proteins found in brains of wild cats
    Researchers in Japan identified Alzheimer's-related neurofibrillary tangles and evidence of peptide AB42 in the brains of wild cats. "If we closely compare changes in the brain among many different animals, we may be able to contribute to a study into the mechanism of [Alzheimer's]," said veterinary pathologist James Chambers. Previous research found cognitive impairment in one-third of dogs ages 11 to 12 and more than two-thirds of dogs 15 to 16. In cats, evidence of dementia was seen in 28% of animals 11 to 14 years old. ABC News/World blog (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Asian countries conclude rabies conference
    Representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia wrapped up a five-day meeting last week aimed at reducing the prevalence of rabies, a disease that kills tens of thousands of people worldwide every year. Coordinating efforts among paramedics and veterinarians was one focus of the meeting, according to an Indonesian health official. In 2010, vaccination of 200,000 dogs for rabies in Bali led to a decrease in cases. USA TODAY/The Associated Press (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Work with horses helps rehabilitate inmates, too
    The Second Chances Farm program offers a second chance to retired racing horses as well as the inmates who work with them. "At first when I tried to lead the horse, I would pull and pull, but it never went anywhere," said recovering addict Edward Rybolt, who turned to crime to support his habit. "But you can't move a 1,000-pound animal. I had to change my tactics, be gentle." In caring for the animals, inmates learn patience and other crucial skills to prepare them for their return to society. The Baltimore Sun (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Picking pet foods? Use the label as a guide
    Veterinarian Jennifer McCartney acknowledges the plethora of pet foods available can be overwhelming, so she offers some tips for making the best choice for a pet. The label is the best place to start, Dr. McCartney notes, and she says owners should limit their search to those foods with the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) seal, which ensures the food meets certain nutrition guidelines. Choosing a food that's appropriate for the dog's age, slowly introducing a new food and watching for signs of digestion problems are important when transitioning to a different food, Dr. McCartney adds. York News-Times (York, Neb.) (10/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • 4 reasons to measure your company's progress
    Setting goals for your company is great, but you also need to track your progress throughout the year, Susan Payton of Egg Marketing & Communications writes. In addition to letting you know whether you are accomplishing your objectives, this also allows you to learn from past mistakes, she explains. "Having historical data for your company can help you shape future decisions." Small Business Trends (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Some companies include pet insurance in benefits packages
    According to the AVMA, pet owners increasingly see their animals as part of the family. That trend, as well as the appeal of elective benefits, has led some larger companies to offer pet insurance as a benefit to employees. The coverage is sometimes cheaper for the employee through work than if they pursue it independently. Superior Telegram (Wis.) (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Caring for arthritic pets at home
    Approximately 20 percent of adult dogs have osteoarthritis, and 45 percent of cats experience arthritic pain. Veterinarians can offer medications and treatments to help ease the pain associated with arthritis, but what can pet owners do at home to make their arthritic pets' lives more comfortable? In this podcast, Dr. Darryl Millis, professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, offers advice on caring for arthritic pets at home. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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