Monthly Archives: February 2017

Veterinarians to remove coins filling turtle’s stomach

Veterinarian Nantarika Chansue and her team at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University will surgically remove coins filling the stomach of a turtle, a case that serves as a reminder not to toss coins into waterways. The turtle’s shell is cracked, and the animal has developed severe lung inflammation and other issues that Dr. Chansue said likely would have killed the turtle if her team had not (U.K.) (2/24)

Brachycephalic cat breeding trend harmful to animal’s health

Veterinarians and animal charities in Europe warn that the breeding of extremely brachycephalic cats — with short noses and turned-down mouths — because the physical traits are associated with breathing problems, tear drainage malfunction and skin infections. Swiss officials prosecuted two people on charges related to breeding of brachycephalic cats.The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (2/19)

Washington State Univ. College of Vet Med may take over management of elk hoof disease

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine veterinarians will take over the management of elk hoof disease in Southwest Washington if proposed legislation is adopted. Reports of deformed and damaged hooves, often in association with treponeme bacteria, have increased in recent years, and if the college takes over management, it will be responsible for surveillance and identifying solutions.The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (2/16)

Ant from Africa may aid fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Tetraponera penzigi ants that live on the Kenyan whistling thorn tree harbor bacteria that have the potential to combat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The ants have a symbiotic relationship with the plant, and they harbor a new Streptomyces species, which generates an antibiotic compound that inhibited MRSA and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium in laboratory tests.United Press International (2/15)

Another dog food recalled for potential pentobarbital contamination

Against the Grain Pet Food issued a voluntary recall of its Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs due to potential contamination with pentobarbital. If dogs ingest pentobarbital, they may experience drowsiness, incoordination and possibly coma, although no problems have been reported, according to the company.Food Poisoning Bulletin (2/15)

Brazilian peppertree extract shown to fight MRSA in mice

The Brazilian peppertree, a weed common in the southern US, contains a compound that appears to fight the drug-resistant superbug Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to findings published in Scientific Reports. Researchers successfully treated mice infected with MRSA using extracts from the weed.The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/10)