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October 15, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • EEE, West Nile keep Mass. public health officials on alert
    In Massachusetts this year, West Nile virus infected 22 people and killed one while Eastern equine encephalitis sickened seven people and killed three, making 2012 a historic year for the mosquito-borne diseases, according to state public health veterinarian Catherine Brown. Numerous agencies are working together to monitor mosquito populations and carry out targeted mosquito spraying, and in the future, even more collaboration will be needed, Dr. Brown said. MetroWest Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Canine influenza: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?
    Not all dogs need the influenza vaccine, writes veterinarian Lawrence Gerson, but he says those in contact with other dogs, such as those that spend time at kennels and shows, are more at risk and therefore may be good candidates for the vaccine. The vaccine is not associated with any significant side effects, Dr. Gerson notes, adding that owners should consult with their veterinarian when deciding whether to vaccinate for influenza. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarian: The best pain management involves tailored treatment
    Although there is a possibility of side effects, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can be effective for treating arthritis in dogs, says veterinarian Robin Downing. Dr. Downing notes that dogs may respond differently to therapies, and regular veterinary visits including blood work are an important part of monitoring a pet's response to treatment. "The best answer is multimodal therapies designed specifically for each individual," Dr. Downing says. "In the end, most dogs can live virtually pain free." This article also addresses arthritis in cats, skin conditions and the best time to spay or neuter. Dale's Pet World blog (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Horses provide respite for injured soldiers
    Wounded veterans are getting some much-needed physical therapy and emotional support at the Spirithorse Chisholm Trail Therapy Center in Oklahoma. About 45 soldiers from Fort Sill visit the ranch weekly to work with the horses. Some have been so inspired by their time with the horses that they volunteer to return to help with therapy sessions the center holds for children with special needs. The Duncan Banner (Okla.) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • 5 tips for cutting back on insurance costs
    Many small business owners trying to hang on to cash as they start out can save money on their insurance policy by following several simple steps, writes business blogger Carrie Johnson. They include not buying more coverage than is needed, comparing quotes, establishing a risk management policy and taking a higher deductible in exchange for lower premium costs in the beginning. Once a good policy is found, review it twice a year to see that you're still getting the best value. B2C Marketing Insider/Small Biz Diamonds blog (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • National Veterinary Technician Week 2012
    Our pets receive excellent medical care, not only from veterinarians but also from the entire veterinary medical team. A key component of this team is the veterinary technician. To celebrate and promote the role of veterinary technicians, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has proclaimed the third week of October as National Veterinary Technician Week. In this podcast, Cat Holly, president of NAVTA, talks about veterinary technicians and National Veterinary Technician Week. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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