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UC Davis finds fault with majority of homemade dog food recipes studied

Dog owners who cook food for their pets at home may be putting a lot of love into the recipes, but they are likely not adding enough nutritional value, according to researchers from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.The researchers analyzed 200 recipes for homemade dog food to determine how many of them meet established nutritional standards. According to the results published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical...

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Dog regains use of leg after unique muscle transplant surgery

Unusual injuries require unusual solutions, something Michael Pavletic, DVM, DACVS, has specialized in for more than three decades with his work in veterinary plastic and reconstructive surgery.When a 6-year-old dog with a severely injured leg was brought in to the AAHA-accredited Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Mass., where Pavletic is the director of surgery, he could tell he was dealing with something beyond the scope of standard surgeries.According to the owner, the dog...

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Researchers target antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics that don’t kill bacteria. Vaccines that don’t produce antibodies. Agents that prove their efficacy by producing no proven effects.In the alarming new world of antibiotic resistance, researchers around the world are turning received wisdom on its head. In the race to save humans and animals – quite literally – scientists are abandoning traditional approaches to defeat infection with deadly force, acknowledging that approach has been exhausted.Researchers met this week in Kansas...

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VCA marketing executive explains how to protect your online reputation

Since the creation of social media sites such as Yelp and Facebook, veterinary hospitals and other businesses have been entered into a popularity contest whether they like it or not. Hospitals that fare well in the contest benefit with increased revenue and additional clients thanks to glowing testimonials and high ratings. Their less popular competition miss out on the business-growing benefits that accompany a solid online presence."Every hospital gets an online reputation: good...

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Dogs with prostate cancer responding well to gold nanoparticle treatment

A promising new form of treatment for prostate cancer treatment in dogs could turn out to be pure gold for humans as well.Researchers at the University of Missouri are busy proving the safety and efficacy of gold nanoparticles as a weapon to seek out and destroy prostate cancer tumors in dogs, according to wired.co.uk. So far, the scientists have observed no harmful side effects during their treatment of the dogs with prostate cancer.The process involves coating radioactive gold...

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Anti-infective research aims to disable pathogens’ T3SA 'injection nanomachine'

In the face of antibiotic resistance, a new wave of researchers has abandoned the quest for a bigger, badder antibiotic agent to kill or slow the growth of pathogenic bacteria. Instead, these pioneers are exploring ways to develop anti-infective agents that will disarm bacteria or disrupt their workings.Basic research targeting virulence factors shows promise on two fronts. Disabling a pathogen’s ability to attach to or invade cells, for example, could lead to development of both...

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Study shows 'do-as-I-do' training approach sometimes trumps clicker method

It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it also might be a more effective way of training dogs than traditional techniques such as the clicker method.A recently published study conducted by researchers at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, found that dogs appear to learn complex tasks faster by watching their owners perform the task and then doing their best imitation.The study pitted the classic operant conditioning approach using the...

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Researchers examine present, future usage of electronic veterinary medical records

A study published in the Aug. 1 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) looked at a small sampling of veterinary hospitals' use of electronic veterinary medical record (EVMR) systems. Despite the small sample size, the researchers came away with some big ideas about how the veterinary profession can better use EVMRs to improve animal health care.In the study, researchers surveyed 84 independent small animal veterinary practices in...

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Study shows that smaller portions, more frequent meals could help cats slim down

Researchers from the University of Illinois are recommending that owners consider reducing their animals' meal portions and feeding them more frequently to increase energy and avoid unhealthy weight gain.Their recommendations are based on a study published in the February issue of the Journal of American Science, which tested multiple feeding methods to gauge their effects on the physical activity of cats.Kelly Swanson, animal sciences researcher at the University of Illinois, said the...

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Study shows playing video games could improve laparoscopic surgery performance

Veterinary students who play video games might actually be setting themselves up for better performances during laparoscopic surgery, says a new study published in the Feb. 1 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).Twenty-nine third-year veterinary students from Purdue University participated in the study, which sought to determine whether there is a correlation between the students' video gaming skills and laparoscopic surgical skills, 3-D...

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