Your Pet’s Illnesses can be Predicted (via FoxBusiness.com)

“If insurance actuaries know your pet’s breed, age and place of residence, they can estimate the cost of medical treatment during the animal’s lifetime. They base predictions on medical data, but location also is important, since treatment is more expensive if you live in a large urban center. Pet insurance rates, just like rates for […]

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Conference focuses dialogue on antibiotics (via Dairy Herd Network)

This week at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose conference in Chicago, Ron Phillips, vice president, government and public affairs for the Animal Health Institute, said consumers are confused and concerned about antibiotics used on the farm. “They have been told they are not […]

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Robins Are ‘Super-Spreaders’ of West Nile Virus (via Health Day News)

Robins play a major role in the transmission of West Nile virus because the bird is a favorite meal for mosquitoes that carry the virus, new research finds. West Nile virus first appeared in North America in New York City in 1999 and is now well established throughout North and South America. Although the virus […]

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First Ebola-like virus native to Europe is discovered in Spanish bats (via Daily Mail UK)

A virus that is similar to the deadly Ebola strain has been discovered in Europe for the first time. Scientists found the Lloviu virus – a filovirus normally found in East Africa and the Philippines – in a group of bats living in caves in Asturias and Cantabria, in northern Spain. Researchers told the journal […]

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How to Make Halloween Safe for Pets (via ABC News)

“Halloween is full of spooky fun, but it’s a holiday that could also be full of dangers if people aren’t cautious. People take extra care to make sure their kids’ costumes, candy and trick-or-treat excursions are safe, but what about their pets? These same Halloween traditions can also be hazardous to animals.”   Read tips […]

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Warning for dog owners to vaccinate against distemper (via Star Tribune)

The city of Edina, Minnesota, is warning residents to make sure their dogs are vaccinated for canine distemper after a surge in reports of woozy and dead raccoons that were believed to be carrying the disease. The alert was issued by Tim Hunter, Edina’s animal control officer, after he received eight calls within a week […]

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Senate Considers FDA, USDA Budgets This Week (via Food Safety News)

“The Senate is considering its Fiscal Year 2012 agriculture appropriations bill — which includes spending levels for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration — this week. The bill includes $20 billion in spending, almost $3 billion more than the House version of the bill, which included a $285 million, or […]

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Sheep contracting rabies may be rare, but officials recommend vaccinating livestock (via masslive.com)

While it’s rare for sheep to contract rabies, Massachusetts officials do recommend that sheep, cattle and horses be vaccinated against rabies. One of three sheep living together in the Pioneer Valley area of Massachusetts  tested positive for rabies. The other two are in quarantine and have not shown signs of illness. The state  Division of […]

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Washington spearheads comprehensive prescription monitoring program (via DVM360)

Washington state lawmakers launched a new comprehensive prescription reporting program for most controlled substances recently. The state’s prescription monitoring program, which applies to veterinarians, is calling for the electronic reporting of dispensing information for schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances. The program began operating this month.   Read more at DVM 360

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Serious Latin American disease is more common in Texas than thought (via Statesman.com)

Chagas disease is a problem in Latin America and may be more serious in Texas than health officials thought; it could be the culprit in several canine and human deaths in the state, experts said this week. The illness is transmitted by triatomine insects, also called “assassin bugs” or “kissing bugs.” The insects become infected […]

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