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March 17, 2015
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Protein with potent antibiotic properties grows in horse manure
Horse excrement may help provide the next potent antibiotic, according to researchers who found that copsin, a protein with antibacterial properties, grows in mushrooms that grow in horse manure. "Horse dung is a very rich substrate that harbors a diversity of micro-organisms, including fungi and bacteria," said researcher Andreas Essig. "... It's therefore very likely to find potent antibiotics in such an environment, which are used by the different organisms to inhibit the growth of the competitors." Reuters (3/16)
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Ark., feds revamping quarantine protocol amid massive H5N2 response
Arkansas is among the top poultry-producing states and has other big production states nearby, so officials there are approaching avian influenza with great caution and working with the federal government to revise protocols. Officials imposed a large quarantine zone around a poultry facility struck by H5N2 and are monitoring all access to the area of concern, and staff are going door to door nearby to check backyard flocks. "In all likelihood, it will be our largest response effort to date," said assistant state veterinarian Brandon Doss. Reuters (3/16)
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Vesicular stomatitis quarantine ends for properties in Ariz.
The quarantine on three Santa Cruz County, Ariz., properties has ended, according to state veterinarian Perry Durham, who said the last horse with symptoms of vesicular stomatitis has recovered. The properties were quarantined in January after horses developed symptoms of the virus, which can also affect swine and cattle. The State (Columbia, S.C.)/The Associated Press (3/16)
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S.C. hires contract hunters to help control feral swine
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service have hired three contract hunters to help keep feral hog numbers down in the state, saying efforts to entice the public to help didn't work. Officials say the feral swine population can't be eradicated, but they hope to keep the animals out of fragile habitats. The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.) (free registration) (3/15)
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March is canine Heart Health Month
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Dog owner drowns trying to rescue pet
Garvin Brown drowned after falling through ice on a pond while he was trying to rescue his dog, which had fallen into the water, according to the Ontario County, N.Y., Sheriff's Office. Brown couldn't get out of the icy water, according to police. The dog survived. ABC News/The Associated Press (3/16)
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Albino wallaroos provide case study at Australia's human-animal interface
Wallaroos are related to kangaroos and are similar in appearance but generally smaller. They usually have gray fur -- except for three albino wallaroos being closely watched by Australian biologist Daniel Ramp. The trio live in the Mount Panorama Woodlands of Australia, close to the site of a racetrack that experts think is disturbing local wildlife. Ramp leads the Bathurst Kangaroo Project in an effort to understand and mitigate the effects of interaction between humans and the animals, including possible inbreeding -- and expression of albinism -- resulting from restricted population movement. (3/16)
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From homeless to hero: Dog directs rescuers to 10 puppies
Hero, an aptly named stray dog who led rescuers to 10 sick puppies and their mother, is now with a foster family. Maria Tarashevsce, who heard Hero's barking, said the dog barked incessantly as if he was in distress until she and a companion followed him to the dogs in need of help. The Huffington Post (3/16)
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Happiness comes to those who work at it
Studies suggest that less than 20% of people are actually happy, but sociologist Christine Carter has some suggestions for joining their ranks. Her advice, as explained by Eric Barker, includes learning to play hard, focusing on the relationships that matter to you and prioritizing what you work on. "One of the things research has consistently shown makes us happy is striving. Making progress in things we find meaningful is incredibly motivating," he writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/15)
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New AVMA brochure highlights importance of microchipping pets
Microchipping pets greatly improves their chances of being reunited with their owners if they become lost or stolen. To help educate pet owners about the importance of microchips, the AVMA has developed a new brochure that veterinarians can distribute to their clients. The brochure is available for purchase in packages of 50 or can be downloaded for free as a PDF. Visit the AVMA Online Store to order or download the brochure.
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