Oregon Zoo research suggests the longstanding strategy of selecting mates for zoo residents based on genetic diversity may not be the best approach to ensure success. Female pygmy rabbits that mated with animals of their own choosing or animals they were familiar with were more likely to give birth than those placed with unfamiliar males, and litters tended to be larger and have better survival. "In the wild, every one of these animals has mate choice," said researcher Meghan Martin.
A pill made by LifeVantage Canine Health claims to prolong dogs' lives, but some veterinarians have expressed skepticism. The pill does contain some beneficial compounds such as milk thistle and omega-3 fatty acids, veterinarian Michael Woolley says, but he reminds owners there's already a safe and proven way to promote a long, quality life for pets. "Probably the biggest thing to extend a dog's life is staying lean, and staying lean throughout your life, not just doing it at the end of your life," says Dr. Woolley.
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.
Social media sites continue to add advertising options. In recent months, for example, Facebook added options for ads that appear below search queries and that run as "Pages You May Like" on its mobile application. LinkedIn added video advertising to its self-serve platform.
Two horses in Cache County, Utah, tested positive for EHV-1, and three others are believed to be infected. The two horses with confirmed cases were euthanized while the other three are under quarantine. Most of the horses had been at the Cache County Fairgrounds, so that facility's riding arena has been closed. Utah State Veterinarian Bruce King is urging horse owners to watch for symptoms of the illness in their horses, report any health problems to their veterinarian and quarantine horses returning from shows or other events.