Veterinary care allowed police dog Harlow to continue his career, and all over the country, veterinarians are providing care and treatment to keep K-9 officers and other working dogs healthy.

Health care is for the police dogs of Wisconsin, too

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Deer mice are common in North America, and they are known to carry hantaviruses. Hantavirus infection can cause severe respiratory disease, which makes it important to take preventive measures when coming into contact with mice or their leavings, including situations like hunting, camping, or cleaning up after a mouse infestation. To learn a bit more about hantavirus, visit [ Bit.ly Link ].

Deer mice: Cute, but potentially deadly carriers of hantavirus

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“The U.S. pork industry’s top priority for the next farm bill is establishing a foot-and-mouth disease vaccine bank,” said David Herring, vice president of the National Pork Producers Council. “If this country ever had an FMD outbreak not only could it devastate my farm and the whole livestock industry but the entire U.S. economy.”

Cattle and pork producers say US ill-prepared against foot-and-mouth disease

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So, your horse is colicking, you've called your veterinarian, and you're waiting for them to arrive. What should you do in the meantime? Here are some tips.

Colic: What Should I Do Until the Vet Gets Here?

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CT scans are used for both preventive and acute care. Thank you to all the veterinary radiologists using CT scanning technology to help diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions in animals! To learn more about veterinary radiology at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago, check out this short article.

Veterinary radiology: The subspecialty no one told you about

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Husbandry training for specific behaviors allows zookeepers and veterinarians to take care of their animals. Without this training, it would be far more difficult to milk Fiona's mother, for example. That milk provides baby Fiona with nutrients she needs, and some of it is sent to a national milk bank for research purposes.

Feeding Fiona: The science behind milking a hippo

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It's National Poison Prevention Week. Especially with the warm weather returning, it's important to take stock of the items in your garage and the plants in your yard. It's out with the antifreeze and in the with weedkillers, fertilizers, and other lawn care chemicals that can hard your pet, both in your yard and around your neighborhood. There are also certain plants that can be harmful if...
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Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Diagnostic Center has developed a Tick Evaluation Program to test different types of ticks for a large number of disease agents (and hopefully identify emerging pathogens).

Remember to keep up with tick prevention year-round to protect your pets from the diseases they carry, and ask your veterinarian about the best way to protect your...
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Veterinary College's new tests detect tick-borne diseases | Cornell Chronicle

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March 23 is National Puppy Day! Take a look at these cute and fluffy faces, or share a photo of your own puppy with us.

You can also celebrate by learning more about caring for puppies and seeing the socialization tips at [ Bit.ly Link ].
No matter how much they beg, remember that people food can be dangerous to pets. Not only can it contribute to unhealthy weight gain, but feeding your pets scraps or allowing pets to get to people food could poison them. It's National Poison Prevention Week, which means it's the perfect time to brush up on the kinds of foods that can harm your pet, including chocolate, avocado, grapes or...
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AVMA Convention 2017 is proud to offer a variety of exciting improvements, and one of those is available now for your convenience. Start planning your CE schedule with an easy-to-navigate website that allows you to sort by day, topic, and more! Explore for yourself at [ Eventkaddy.net Link ].
The AVMA has compiled resources on dog walking preparation, injury prevention, disease risks, and more, which can be helpful for professional dog walkers as well as pet owners who want to give their dogs some exercise.

Disease Precautions for Dog Walkers

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RECALL ALERT: EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling 1 lot of pig ears sold in shrink-wrapped packages under the brand names Barnsdale Farms, Barnsdale Farms-Select, Houndstooth, and Mac's Choice, due to potential for contamination with Salmonella. The pig ears were distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada, packaged in individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags....
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EuroCan Manufacturing Voluntarily Recalling Barnsdale Farms® Pig Ears Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

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Congratulations to the SAVMA Symposium organizers for putting on an excellent event last week!
Keeping medications out of reach of both pets and children is an easy way to prevent poisoning. During National Poison Prevention Week, take the time to ensure that any medications in your home are out of reach and secure. (And, it's not a bad time to go through bottles and dispose of any that have expired.)

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Read about a few of the cases undertaken at the animal hospital at the Dallas Zoo, which has to be equipped to care for species of all sizes and needs. At a medical facility like this, a "one size fits all" approach just won't work out, and that can present challenges for the staff.

Patients come in all shapes, sizes – and species at Dallas Zoo hospital | Dallas Zoo | Dallas News

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Humans aren't the only species at risk of obesity in the United States. More than half of pet cats and dogs in this country are overweight, and that puts them at risk for a lot of the same complications that people can suffer, too. Diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart and respiratory disease, and other issues occur in overweight pets, and are exacerbated by obesity.

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America's Porky Pets Face Health Woes, Too, FDA Says

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Talk with your veterinarian about whether plague is a risk near you, and follow a few common sense measures to protect yourself and your animals, like staying away from dead animal carcasses, preventing flea bites, and contacting health professionals when necessary. For more information about plague, check out this FAQ: [ Bit.ly Link ].

8 Tips to reduce exposure to plague as first incident is recorded this season

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