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February 27, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Veterinarians work to save seriously ill tiger cub
    A 6-month-old, 74-pound male tiger cub at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Washington state is in poor but stable condition after suffering respiratory distress after surgery. Veterinarians performed surgery and evaluated the cub's gastrointestinal tract after keepers noticed he wasn't eating and had a fever. "There was no blockage, but his gastrointestinal tract appears to be very, very irritated," said zoo veterinarian Karen Wolf. The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)/Word on the Street blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarian surgically removes 79 stones from dog's GI tract
    A dog ingested more than 100 stones while walking along a U.K. beach with his owners, according to this story. The dog, a Labrador retriever, passed some stones the next day and wasn't acting well, so the owners took him to a veterinarian. X-rays revealed a stomach so full of stones that the owners could hear them rattling around as they stroked the dog's stomach. Surgery to remove the stones was successful. The Daily Mail (London) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Consumer pet spending projected to increase
    Pet owners are projected to spend 4% more on supplies for their pets this year than they did last year, according to the market research firm Packaged Facts. "We are certainly seeing more health-related and preventive health products on the market that help pets maintain healthy lifestyles," said Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association. Hot items include products geared toward aging pets, pet dental care items and natural and organic pet food. Drug Store News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinary technicians: Essential, expert clinicians
    Veterinarian Alan Green says veterinary technicians provide reliable, personal and excellent care for patients and are an indispensable resource for veterinarians. Although not all states have standards in place for veterinary technician training and certification, most clinics employ trained and certified technicians, according to Dr. Green. "Most veterinary technicians are incredibly dedicated and hard working professionals. These individuals are often the closest to the patients and feel the emotional ups and downs that occur on a daily basis," Dr. Green writes. The Island Connection (Sullivan's Island, S.C.) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AVMA NOW: Video resources, online events calendar, D.C. update
    In the latest episode of AVMA's video series AVMA NOW, host Dr. Kim May shares information on video resources for veterinarians and the public, how to submit a meeting or event to AVMA's online calendar, and calls for entries to be a featured speaker at a one-day symposium at the 2013 AVMA Convention. This video also includes an excerpt from Dr. May's interview with Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, director of the AVMA's Governmental Relations Division, on the issues facing veterinarians with the new Congress. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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