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February 6, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Study estimates 3.7B toxocara eggs shed daily in U.K. city
    The city of Bristol, England, is crawling with intestinal parasites from pets, according to new research that estimated a staggering 3.7 billion toxocara eggs are likely shed each day in the city. Toxocara can cause rare but potentially serious zoonotic infections. The toxocara parasite is harbored in foxes, cats and dogs, and parasite eggs shed in their feces can be transmitted to humans. The research reinforces the importance of routinely deworming pets as well as cleaning up pet excrement. PhysOrg.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Puppy's birth provides hope for threatened canids
    Cryopreservation and artificial insemination resulted in the birth of a dog named Klondike, marking an important milestone and the development of what may become a useful tool for canid conservation. "Reproduction in dogs is remarkably different than in other mammals," said researcher and veterinarian Alex Travis. "We're working to understand these differences so we can tackle issues ranging from developing contraceptives to preserving the genetic diversity of endangered animals through assisted reproduction." ScienceDaily (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cat's bite wound should be treated by a veterinarian
    Feline bites pose problems for cats and humans, writes veterinarian Marty Becker, because bacteria from a cat's mouth can cause a serious infection. Cats bitten by another feline may need surgical and antibiotic treatment as well as drain placement by a veterinarian to completely clear the infection, Dr. Becker writes. Humans who are bitten by cats should thoroughly wash the area and be evaluated by a physician, he adds. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wanted: Sweet, calm, patient dogs to comfort humans
    Ninety-five percent of therapy animals with one group that oversees 11,000 teams in 14 countries are dogs, but not all dogs are right for the job. Animals that comfort people in times of illness or trauma must be calm amid sometimes chaotic situations. Desensitization, training and certification are important steps for the owner and animal in the process of becoming a therapy team. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How your business can eliminate waste
    The first step to cutting down waste at your office is to figure out what sorts of things your business is throwing away. Nonprofits and government agencies may be able to help with this step, according to Jay Coalson, executive director of the Zero Waste Alliance. Afterward, make a plan to reduce waste and set goals for your company. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Poor oral health has serious repercussions, AVMA reminds owners
    The AVMA designated February as National Pet Dental Health Month to highlight the importance of oral care for overall animal health. The majority of adult cats and dogs have dental disease, and if left untreated, the condition can have serious consequences. "Dental problems are extremely common, and many are very painful and can lead to serious systemic conditions," said AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros. "An untreated dental infection can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs and suddenly become life-threatening." PetSide.com (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices: What Goes Where?
    Waste disposal is an important and necessary aspect of veterinarians' daily lives, on both personal and professional levels, but it may seem to be a complicated process and industry if you attempt to understand it all at once. The AVMA's microsite on waste disposal offers a collection of information and key resources pertaining to waste disposal and related regulatory compliance issues relevant to the veterinary community, including topics such as hazardous waste, regulated medical waste, and much more. View AVMA's waste disposal microsite. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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