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May 20, 2019
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Genetic variant tied to respiratory problems in terriers
Norwich terriers with two copies of a certain variant of the ADAMTS3 gene had worse airway function than dogs without or with only one copy of the variant, researchers reported in PLOS Genetics. The variant was also found in French and English bulldogs, suggesting that brachycephaly might not be the only factor in respiratory dysfunction.
Science News (5/16) 
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CDC says contact with backyard poultry causing salmonellosis outbreak
CDC says contact with backyard poultry causing salmonellosis outbreak
The CDC reports 52 human cases of salmonellosis linked to backyard poultry in 21 states, with 28% of the cases in children younger than 5. The chickens and ducks were obtained from agricultural stores, online stores and hatcheries, the CDC says.
USA Today (5/19) 
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Travelers are likely bringing pork contaminated with ASFV into US
Pork products infected with African swine fever virus are probably being brought by travelers into the US, with the highest risks at international airports in Newark, N.J.; Houston; Los Angeles; New York City; and San Jose, Calif., according to a report commissioned by the Swine Health Information Center. Most pork products are intercepted by customs agents, and the ones that get through are unlikely to be brought close enough to pigs to cause disease, but bringing pork products into the US does raise the risk of an outbreak.
United Press International (5/17) 
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Pa. shelter tries to pinpoint cause of canine illnesses
A shelter run by the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia has suspended most dog intakes and adoptions as veterinarians try to pinpoint the cause of an upper respiratory disease outbreak that has killed some dogs and sickened others.
The Associated Press (5/18) 
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Why dogs do what they do when they gotta go
Before defecating, many dogs instinctively sniff the area to detect signs of danger, choose a spot that they want to claim or reclaim, and circle the area to flatten tall plants or snow that could make going less comfortable, say veterinarians Jennifer Coates and Gary Richter. Certified trainer Russell Hartstein says it is possible to teach a dog to go on command and suggests rewarding dogs with play or a walk instead of bringing them indoors immediately after they go.
USA Today (5/20) 
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Considerations for treating broken bones in pets
Many of the surgical techniques and implants that have been developed to reconstruct broken or abnormally developed bones in people have been adapted for veterinary patients, writes veterinarian Gary Thompson, who explains different approaches to treating bones in pets.
The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (5/18) 
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Policy Watch
Texas House committee agrees to spend $17M for veterinary school
A Texas House conference committee agreed to allocate $17.35 million for a school of veterinary medicine at Texas Tech University in Amarillo. The full House, state Senate and governor must approve the budget before the funds can be disbursed.
KCBD-TV (Lubbock, Texas) (5/18) 
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Simple strategies to attract new customers
When you're looking to grow your business, you need to implement strategies that can attract new customers, writes columnist Daniel Kline. For a small-business owner, this includes getting active in the local community, building relationships on social media and experimenting with different advertising channels until you discover what works for you.
The Motley Fool (5/19) 
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New certificate program supports veterinary wellbeing
AVMA is proud to offer a new certificate program that empowers veterinarians and team members with the knowledge and skills to create a culture of wellbeing in the workplace. The Workplace Wellbeing Certificate Program includes five modules that connect all veterinary team members with critical resources for group and individual problem solving focused on creating a culture of wellbeing. The modules can be taken individually or completed as a unit. Participants set their own pace and can earn up to 4 continuing education (CE) credit hours. Learn more about the AVMA Workplace Wellbeing Certificate Program.
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