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August 9, 2019
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Veterinarians urge compliance with FDA advisory on pig ears
Some pet-product retailers are resisting an FDA advisory to remove pig-ear chews from shelves due to an ongoing salmonellosis outbreak, but veterinarians say it's difficult for federal officials to trace the specific source of the contamination, and caution is warranted. "We've kind of always known that pig ears are a possible carrier of salmonella," said veterinarian Dr. Sara Sholts.
Daily Register (Portage, Wis.) (8/8) 
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Ultrasound could be useful diagnostic tool for rabbits
Ultrasound could be useful diagnostic tool for rabbits
Ultrasonography accurately shows motility in rabbits' small intestines and can be used to diagnose gastrointestinal problems, even if a sedative is needed, researchers reported in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. Rabbits are sensitive to stress, poor diet, dental disease and exposure to toxins, and GI symptoms are common among the animals, says veterinarian Jennifer Graham, head of the Zoological Companion Animal Medicine Service at Tufts University and an author on the study.
The Tufts Daily (Tufts University) (8/8) 
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Report: Poultry industry reduces use of medically important antibiotics
The US poultry industry substantially reduced the use of nearly all classes of medically important antibiotics from 2013 through 2017, according to a report from Mindwalk Consulting Group. The report's authors will be collecting more detailed data on antibiotic use and working with veterinarians on measuring stewardship, said veterinarian and study leader Dr. Randall Singer.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (8/8) 
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Minn. investing $1.8M in rapid CWD test
Minn. investing $1.8M in rapid CWD test
The Minnesota Legislature approved $1.8 million for the University of Minnesota to develop a faster test for the prion that causes chronic wasting disease in deer, elk and moose. The current immunohistochemistry test takes two weeks and "only tells us where CWD was, not where it is," says veterinarian Dr. Jeremy Schefers, who helped make the case to lawmakers for the funding.
MinnPost (8/7) 
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Veterinarian removes tumor from toe of wild loon chick
Veterinarian Caroline Neville removed a grape-size tumor from the toe of a wild loon chick and sent it to the pathology lab at the University of New Hampshire for analysis. Wilderness guide Gary Bennett alerted Avian Haven of Freedom, Maine, after noticing the tumor and returned it to Messalonskee Lake after the surgery, and he says the loon's parents immediately began feeding it.
Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (tiered subscription model) (8/7) 
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Editor's take - Health care & Life Sciences
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Animal News
Stealthy seagulls know when someone's watching
Stealthy seagulls know when someone's watching
(Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)
Because seagulls avoid approaching people who are looking directly at them, staring is an effective way to deter seagulls from swiping food, researchers reported in Biology Letters.
LiveScience (8/8) 
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Policy Watch
Transportation Dept. issuing guidance on air travel for animals
Airline employees may refuse to allow an animal on board if they consider the animal a threat, but airlines may not issue blanket bans on specific breeds, according to Department of Transportation guidance scheduled for release next week. Airlines may ask questions about whether animals have been vaccinated and trained, and they may require advance notice of plans to bring emotional support animals on board, but they may not require advance notice of guide dogs and other service animals.
The Associated Press (8/8) 
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Great teams have clear roles and work together
Successful teams possess a high social sensitivity, don't compete with each other and have clear roles within the group, writes David Robson. He cites research suggesting that high-performing teams rely on collective wisdom and have leaders who are willing to listen and understand.
BBC (8/7) 
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AVMA Today
Spanish-language resources from the AVMA
The AVMA has many client-education resources available to view, print and download for free in Spanish. Communicate with your Spanish-speaking clients about properly selecting a pet, protecting pets from common diseases, keeping pets healthy, careers in veterinary medicine and much more. View AVMA's Spanish-language products.
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