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April 20, 2012
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  • Man sues Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart over dog treats from China
    Pet owner Dennis Adkins has filed a lawsuit against Nestle Purina and Wal-Mart following the death of his 9-year-old Pomeranian, Cleo, who became ill and died after eating one Waggin’ Train "Yam Good" chicken-wrapped treat per day over a three-day period. Adkins has also requested that a class be initiated for other owners whose pets were affected. The FDA has performed extensive testing of the treats and hasn't found any causative agent, but the agency has issued consumer warnings about the products since 2007. Bloomberg (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Implants help veterinarians track great ape cardiac disease
    As part of the Great Ape project, an effort to identify normal great ape cardiac parameters and use that information to help captive apes live longer and healthier, veterinarians at the National Zoo in Washington placed Implantable Loop Recorders in apes' backs to record heart data in non-anesthetized, unrestrained animals. The findings are extremely valuable because the data aren't affected by anesthesia and there is less risk for the animals. WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kan.)/CNN Wire (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blind mice regain some night vision
    Researchers successfully restored partial night vision to night-blind mice by implanting them with donor mice rod cells, retinal cells that detect low levels of light. Other regenerative medicine projects involving animals have also shown promising results, including restoring some muscle use to monkeys with paralyzed hands. Bloomberg (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New, simpler technique produces cloned, transgenic sheep
    Chinese scientists successfully created an apparently healthy transgenic sheep using a more efficient and less technologically cumbersome handmade cloning technique. The researchers can "program" animals produced in this way to contain desired genes, such as one that encodes for an essential human fatty acid that protects against disease. ScienceDaily (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pet obesity is no laughing matter
    Owners may think their pudgy dog or cat is cute, but all that extra weight spells trouble the some 85 million U.S. pets who are considered overweight, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Overweight pets have secondary health problems and often decreased mobility. In 2011, pet insurance claims for pets with diabetes increased by 253%, cardiac disease claims went up 32%, and filings for arthritis-related issues were up by 348%, according to one insurer. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Outdoor and indoor cats should be microchipped
    It's not surprising to learn that outdoor cats should be microchipped, but veterinarian Lee Pickett points out that even indoor cats should be microchipped in case they inadvertently get outside. Also in the article, Pickett comments on geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy in a golden retriever. Reading Eagle Press (Pa.) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pet dog is euthanized due to rabies
    An Arkansas family's unvaccinated, outdoor dog contracted rabies after it fought with a rabid skunk that entered its pen. Arkansas state public health veterinarian Susan Weinstein reminds owners that rabies vaccination for dogs and cats is required by state law and provides a buffer between wild-animal rabies carriers and humans. Arkansas already has seen 63 animal rabies cases this year, compared with 60 cases in all of 2011. KTHV-TV (Little Rock, Ark.) (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chosen dog breed may reflect personality traits
    British scientists conducted a study of 1,000 dog owners and identified common personality traits associated with people who tend to pick certain breeds. The findings could end up in the form of a questionnaire people can use to determine the best dog for their personality and space limitations, hopefully thereby reducing the numbers of dogs surrendered to shelters, researchers said. LiveScience.com (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Thank you to ALL of our volunteers -- past, present and future!
    In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the AVMA has issued this message of thanks to all AVMA members who volunteered their time over the past year. The video includes remarks from Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA chief executive officer; Dr. Douglas Aspros, AVMA president-elect; and Dr. René Carlson, AVMA president. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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