An analysis of pet foods revealed the presence of mercury, especially in fish-based cat foods but also in both wet and dry dog and cat foods. Genetic testing also revealed sheep in a food labeled duck and potato, though sheep was not listed as an ingredient, researcher Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham said.
Veterinarians in South Carolina say recent heavy rain and flooding raise the risk of heartworm disease in animals as standing water allows mosquitoes to proliferate. Heartworm disease is difficult and expensive to treat and can be fatal, but it is easily prevented with monthly medication or an injection that lasts six months, veterinarian Isabelle Ying said.
Scientists say they successfully used gene editing technology to breed a litter of pigs resistant to transmissible gastroenteritis virus -- a highly contagious virus that is nearly always fatal in young pigs -- and the research could improve animal health and livestock production worldwide. The pigs do not produce the ANPEP enzyme, which is believed to be a receptor for TGEV, and did not get sick when exposed to the virus.
Toxoplasma gondii was found in 44% of 34 beluga whale carcasses tested in Canada between 2009 and 2012, though researcher and professor of veterinary medicine Stephane Lair cautioned that the presence of the parasite does not necessarily mean the endangered whales died of toxoplasmosis. The parasite might have a sub-lethal effect that weakens but doesn't kill the animal, Dr. Lair said.
Choctaw horses were thought to have left the Southeast when their Native American owners were forced to leave, but the discovery of one of the horses at a Poplarville, Miss., farm has led to a recovery plan for the horses, originally brought to the US by the Spanish in the 1500s and bred by the Choctaw tribe.
The USDA has reorganized its Veterinary Services division, consolidating six service centers into four. An Area Veterinarian in Charge will be the main point of contact for each state, district offices also are being consolidated from six to four, and the three primary units are being renamed.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is considering changes to regulations regarding the importation, sale and breeding of non-native species. The rules are intended to prevent the introduction of potentially harmful species as well as any pathogens they might carry, and to prevent the exploitation of wildlife elsewhere, state wildlife veterinarian Jenn Ballard said.
Leaders will arrive at better solutions if they look at problems through a variety of perspectives, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Your credentials in your field are already established; now it's your turn to draw ideas out of others and build effective leadership qualities in those below you," he writes.
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