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October 24, 2012
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  • Texas feral swine pose infectious disease risk for livestock, humans
    An estimated 2 million feral swine are roaming Texas, and they can transmit infectious diseases to other animals and, in some cases, to humans. Biologists are concerned about several diseases, including pseudorabies, foot-and-mouth disease and brucellosis. A webinar is being hosted at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in November to address the issue. Southwest Farm Press (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wolf undergoes extraction after twig caught in mouth
    Veterinarians at Cambridge University's veterinary school extracted three teeth from a 7-year-old maned wolf after a stick lodged in the animal's mouth caused extensive gum damage. The wolf, named Ruby, is recovering well after the procedure. BBC (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • College students considering pets should study their options
    Homesick college students should carefully consider several factors before adopting a pet such as a dog, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus. Dogs can need preventative medical care such as vaccinations and spay or neuter surgery as well as emergency care, not to mention everyday living supplies, Dr. Hohenhaus notes. There are several other factors to evaluate, Dr. Hohenhaus points out, but if students have done their homework and determine that they still want a pet, they will likely benefit from the friendship they'll forge. WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Petco's turtle collection tries to curb salmonella outbreak
    Petco is offering to take in turtles of all sizes from consumers as part of a program to help curb a salmonella outbreak that has affected 219 people in 34 states. Of those who contracted one of the three strains of salmonella involved in the outbreak, 73% of them had contact with turtles, most smaller than 4 inches, prior to becoming sick. The outbreak occurred despite the FDA's ban on the sale and distribution of turtles with carapaces less than 4 inches long, which was put in place in 1975. KHOU-TV (Houston)/Animal Attraction blog (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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