USDA sampling of wild white-tailed deer in 32 counties in four states revealed 7% to 60% had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, and scientists do not yet know whether the virus was transmitted by people or an intermediate species. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is testing wildlife "to identify species that may serve as reservoirs or hosts for the virus, as well as understand the origin of the virus, and predict its impacts on wildlife and the risks of cross-species transmission."
Sunshine Mills recalled six brands of dog food due to the potential for higher than allowed aflatoxin levels. The recall involves certain varieties of Triumph Wild Spirit, Evolve Classic Super, Wild Harvest Premium, Nurture Farms Natural, Heart to Tail Pure Being and Elm Pet Foods Naturals.
As high summer temperatures grip large swaths of the US, veterinarians are warning people not to leave their pets in parked vehicles or let them walk on hot pavement. "A good benchmark is that if it's hot for you, it's even hotter for your pet," says AVMA President-elect Dr. José Arce, who says pets should be moved to a cool, shady spot at the first sign of distress and cooled gradually.
Veterinary practices have stayed busy as more people have adopted pets or spent more time with existing pets and noticed potential medical issues. In addition, some practices say veterinary technicians are in short supply, compounding scheduling and workload issues.
Ingestion or inhalation of concentrated essential oils can damage pets' liver, lungs and other organs, says veterinarian Lori Teller, a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Veterinarian Tina Wismer, senior director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, says essential oils should not be used in households with pet birds, passive diffusers are better than active diffusers in households with other pets, and certain oils should be avoided altogether.
A 16-year-old Holsteiner gelding in Switzerland has recovered from neurological problems caused by tick-borne encephalitis, and the authors of a case study in Viruses describe molecular testing for the disease in horses with clinical signs. The horse was given metamizole and dexamethasone before being referred to an equine hospital, where it was treated with the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug flunixin-meglumine, the steroid prednisolone and vitamin E.
Pet food ingredient prices have risen by as much as 20% since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Pet Food Institute, with shortages in edible oils and workers at food makers -- all of which has left some humans unable to find preferred foods and treats for their pets. The South Shore Pet Food Pantry near Boston has been making more frequent updates to its food wish list so donors have alternatives for sold-out products, says the animal charity's co-founder Kristen Clancy.
A direct portal for Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness will open Aug. 4 for businesses that borrowed less than $150,000. Lenders must opt in to allow direct forgiveness from the Small Business Administration.
The adage "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly holds true when it comes to pet health. The cost of prevention is often a fraction of the cost of treating a disease or problem once it has become more advanced, and early diagnosis and treatment of developing problems or diseases can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. Want to learn more? Visit AVMA's Preventive Pet Healthcare page for resources for pet owners and veterinarians.
It is a time in which we will redefine what it means to be human, for this is not just the start of a revolution, it is the start of an evolution.
David A. Sinclair, biologist, professor of genetics
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