Pigs have long been an important animal model for the study of human conditions, shedding light on such ailments as retinitis pigmentosa and cystic fibrosis. This week's publication of a full reference genome, along with pigs' physiological similarities to humans, will continue to fuel research into human diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and muscular dystrophy, as well as swine illnesses such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. The findings may also prove a useful resource for breeding research.
University of Glasgow researchers measured nicotine levels in the fur of dogs with owners who smoked, finding 1 mg to 11.3 mg in the animals' coats. The upper end of the range is equivalent to smoking as many as 15 cigarettes daily, something experts say has serious consequences for pet health. The researchers plan another study that will use a device in a backpack placed on pets to measure toxin levels, including nicotine, in the environment.
If your company is in trouble, it's important to figure out what's going wrong; often the first order of business is to find a way to create revenue, according to Grant Cardone, host and producer of the TV show "Turnaround King." "Without revenue, you can't expand, you can't advertise and you can't conquer the market," he said. Companies that are going through a rough patch should also focus on creating more sales opportunities and increasing the value their products provide.
Home treatments administered by pet owners may be contraindicated and damaging to animal health, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus, who outlines three such mistakes. According to Dr. Hohenhaus, hydrogen peroxide is sometimes directed by a veterinarian to be used as an emetic, but it should not be used to clean wounds. Rubbing alcohol is an irritating, drying agent that should not be used on infected ears. Finally, rubber bands are not for use on pets under any circumstances because they can have terrible, painful consequences, Dr. Hohenhaus notes.
According to the AVMA, more than $1 billion is spent annually on capturing, sheltering and euthanizing some 3 million dogs and cats in the U.S. Having a pet spayed or neutered is the most effective way to prevent pet overpopulation.