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October 11, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • National Zoo: 6-day-old panda cub died from liver, lung problems
    Liver damage from insufficient oxygen due to underdeveloped lungs caused the death of a 6-day-old panda cub last month at the National Zoo in Washington, officials said. Preliminary reports highlighted abdominal fluid in the cub as well as liver abnormalities. At the time, chief veterinarian Suzan Murray said the fluid was abnormal and a possible sign of liver problems. WRC-TV (Washington, D.C.) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vitamin C blocks bone loss in mice, study finds
    Large quantities of vitamin C taken orally promote bone formation in female mice after removal of their ovaries, a procedure known to cause a loss of bone density, according to researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "This study has profound public health implications and is well worth exploring for its therapeutic potential in people," said lead researcher and physician Mone Zaidi. Additional research may uncover ways of preventing osteoporosis in humans, Dr. Zadi said. ScienceDaily (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iowa State veterinary school reaps rewards of expansion
    The extensive expansion and remodeling project Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine kicked off six years ago is bearing fruit. Today, the school has more personnel and a higher caseload and is better positioned to recruit the most promising students, says veterinarian Lisa Nolan, who is dean of the school. The greatest growth seen at the school has been in the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, with around 50,000 cases annually, according to veterinarian Pat Halbur, who runs the lab. Iowa Farmer Today (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Compounding pharmacy concerns: How might pets be affected?
    Back pain in pets is not treated with the type of injection associated with an outbreak of fungal meningitis among humans, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus, but the outbreak has put compounding pharmacies in the spotlight. In this article, Dr. Hohenhaus explains how compounding pharmacies handle certain pet medications, and she recommends pet owners with questions speak with their veterinarian about the safety and efficacy of treatments. WebMD/Tales from the Pet Clinic blog (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarian shares advice on preventing pet obesity
    Too often, we show our love for family pets with too much food that can pack on unhealthy pounds, says veterinarian Lauren Cochran, who notes that much like humans, pets can suffer a variety of consequences related to obesity such as heart disease and metabolic conditions. Dr. Cochran shares tips on keeping pets trim and healthy with regular veterinary care, a healthy diet and exercise. WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Service dog groups small and large work to meet veterans' needs
    The mix of small organizations and more traditional groups working to provide veterans with service dogs has created "a Wild West-type atmosphere in the service dog world," according to this article. Complicating the situation is a Department of Veterans Affairs decision not to cover the cost of service animals for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries until research on the benefits can be finished. The VA requires service dogs be trained by group with accreditation, something small operations struggle with. Google/The Associated Press (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Around the Office 
  • Give your business an efficiency upgrade
    You might be able to make your business more efficient by looking for opportunities to cut overhead costs and ensuring your employees receive adequate training, according to consultant Andrew Jensen. Also, focus on organization by cleaning your work space and creating to-do lists to prioritize your activities. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Be an MVPO: Most Valuable Pet Owner
    You and your veterinarian make up the all-star team when it comes to keeping your pet healthy. But you're not just an MVP on the team; you've got an opportunity to be an MVPO — Most Valuable Pet Owner. Educate yourself on proper pet care and pet health problems by asking questions and finding answers from reliable, trusted sources of information — such as your veterinarian, their staff and the pages on AVMA's Pet Care site. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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