According to data from the AVMA's 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook, 12.6 million U.S. homes have exotic pets, and some species are known to carry Salmonella. Chickens, ducks, frogs, snakes and other species can transmit the bacteria, and turtles and hedgehogs were recently implicated in zoonotic outbreaks in the U.S., according to the CDC. Recommendations for safe handling of pets and their food are included in this article.
Removing tartar from the teeth of an animal that is not anesthetized is literally only scratching the surface of the problem, writes veterinarian Christie Long. While a tooth may look healthy once the tartar is chipped off, advanced dental disease may be present beneath the gum line, and only a thorough exam under general anesthesia will reveal the extent of the problem and allow it to be addressed, notes Dr. Long.
In an effort to protect elephants being killed in record numbers solely for their ivory, conservationists in Kenya have resorted to the controversial tactic of tranquilizing the animals and removing part of their tusks to make them less appealing to poachers. Conservationist Ian Craig knows such efforts won't stop the poaching entirely, but he hopes it will help, along with revenue brought to local economies by elephant tourism.
Veterinarians have several goals during appointments, including performing a thorough physical exam, determining the blood testing needed, detecting and treating parasites and identifying and addressing pain, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus. Owners can and should ask questions about their veterinarian's recommendations to maximize good health for their pet, according to Dr. Hohenhaus.
Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu has developed Wandant, a sensor worn around a dog's neck that detects the animal's every move and information such as ambient temperature. The sensor links with a Web program that organizes the data and displays it for the owner. The company hopes the technology will become a tool veterinarians can use to monitor patients.