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March 22, 2019
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Colo. county sees first case of rabies in a pet dog since 1974
A dog in El Paso County, Colo., whose owner might have administered the dog's rabies vaccinations, tested positive for rabies, marking the first confirmed case of rabies in a pet dog in the county since 1974. The county requires all pets to be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
KKTV-TV (Colorado Springs) (3/21) 
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Survey finds pet owners interested in plant-based pet diets
Survey finds pet owners interested in plant-based pet diets
Worldwide, 35% of pet owners surveyed said they either do or would consider feeding their pets a vegan diet, and 27% of pet owners who follow a vegan diet themselves do not feed their pets animal-derived foods, researchers reported in PLOS ONE. As the human health and environmental implications of plant-based diets gain attention, more people are likely to want to reduce the amount of meat they feed their pets, but more research is needed on the nutritional aspects of plant-based pet diets, says veterinarian Sarah Dodd, the study's lead author.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Utah state veterinarian urges caution amid EHM outbreak
Utah State Veterinarian Barry Pittman urged caution, vigilance and reporting as veterinarians trace the source of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy in horses that traveled in junior and professional circuits in Nevada. Dr. Pittman urged horse owners to limit travel; ask rodeo or event staff about known cases or exposures; avoid sharing tack, buckets, grooming equipment, stalls or trailers; and disinfect all equipment regularly.
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/21) 
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Young elephant undergoes treatment for endotheliotropic herpesvirus
A 2-year-old elephant at England's Chester Zoo is receiving blood plasma transfusions and anti-viral medications for endotheliotropic herpesvirus, which killed two calves at the zoo last year. Most Asian elephants carry the virus, but few fall ill.
BBC (3/21) 
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Policy Watch
USDA: Pig producers should work with veterinarians to prevent ASF
USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Jack Shere says pig producers and veterinarians should become familiar with African swine fever, and producers should review biosecurity plans with their veterinarian and report sick pigs immediately. Signs of ASF include high fever, poor appetite, weakness, red or blotchy skin lesions, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing and labored breathing.
AgWeb/USDA (3/21) 
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Around the Office
4 tips for pointing out errors constructively
People are less likely to get defensive about mistakes if you approach them in private and commiserate before explaining what they did wrong, writes Art Markman, professor of psychology and marketing. Make sure you're addressing actual errors instead of pet peeves, and reciprocate with grace when it's your turn for correction.
Fast Company online (3/18) 
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