Rescued sea turtles from the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are recuperating at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. The turtles will get X-rays and other veterinary services before they are released back into the wild. "When the animal ingests it or inhales the vapors of the oil, there are substantial disease processes that can happen after that," a SeaWorld veterinarian said.
The City Council in Bartlesville, Okla., approved an ordinance that prohibits residents from owning more than two cats and two dogs age 6 months or older outside a primary dwelling unit. The restriction will not apply to owners of pets acquired before Aug. 1, provided their animals have rabies certificates.
A researcher with the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is helping treat diabetes in dogs and other animals with the aid of a continuous glucose monitoring device commonly used in diabetic human patients. "This system may provide greater monitoring capabilities in animals with diabetes and promote the diagnostic and research potential of glucose monitoring in veterinary patients," the researcher said.
A recent analysis indicated that samples taken from four ferrets and two cats tested positive for H1N1 and that the animals may have contracted the virus from symptomatic humans. "Medical professionals need to be aware of the [reverse] zoonotic potential of this virus and recommend safety precautions to minimize spread to and from companion animals," one veterinarian said. The AVMA also offers recommendations to help curb H1N1.
New rules -- and the higher costs associated with complying with them -- may bring added pressure to smaller oil firms operating in the Gulf of Mexico that are already trying to deal with the revenue loss from the deepwater-drilling moratorium. While larger companies may be able to withstand the costs associated with a spill, such as BP and the $2 billion it estimates it has already spent, smaller firms generally operate on tighter budgets and margins.