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New Veterinary Research Helps Distinguish Accidents From Abuse

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Using data from criminal cases of animal abuse, researchers from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) have demonstrated that motor vehicle accidents and non-accidental blunt force trauma cases in dogs and cats present with different types of injuries. The research, which appears online in advance of the September 2016 print edition of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, can help in the effort to uncover and address animal abuse.

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Top Stories 5-17-2016

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Protecting Sea Turtles, Juvenile Sea Stars, Wildfires to Increase in Alaska, and more in the Environment News Source

Protecting Sea Turtles, Juvenile Sea Stars, Wildfires to Increase in Alaska, and more in the Environment News Source

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Animal Training Techniques Teach Robots New Tricks

Researchers at Washington State University are using ideas from animal training to help non-expert users teach robots how to do desired tasks.

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Top Stories 5-16-2016

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Rare Human Disease Found in Dogs

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A rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension, which up until now, has only been classified as a human lung disease, has also been discovered in dogs according to a Michigan State University study.

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Fossil Dog Represents a New Species, Penn Paleontology Grad Student Finds

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A doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new species of fossil dog. The specimen, found in Maryland, would have roamed the coast of eastern North America approximately 12 million years ago, at a time when massive sharks like megalodon swam in the oceans.

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Top Stories 5-11-2016

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Penn Veterinarians Develop New Tool to Unlock the Mysteries of Cat Behavior

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A new tool developed by Penn Vet researchers is designed to allow scientists to better understand the behavior of cats by tapping into the expertise of those who know them best: their owners.

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How Families with Seriously-Ill Children Manage Social Interactions, How Migraines Affect the Family, Families with Kids Increasingly Live Near Families Just Like Them, and More in the Family and Parenting channel

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Enzo: A Guide Dog's Story

In honor of International Guide Dog Day April 27, Wake Forest University wants to share a video highlighting the extraordinary Kathryn Webster ('17) and her guide dog Enzo.

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Senior Adults Can See Health Benefits from Dog Ownership

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Among adults 60 years of age or more, walking is the most common form of leisure-time physical activity because it is self-paced, low impact and does not require equipment. Researchers at the University of Missouri have determined that older adults who also are pet owners benefit from the bonds they form with their canine companions.

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Helping Dogs with Bone Cancer Aim of Clinical Trial with U.S. Cancer Institute

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The University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College is doing a clinical trial with the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium. Researchers will evaluate the effectiveness of the therapeutic agent rapamycin for treating osteosarcoma in dogs by delaying or preventing metastases.

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Surface Mutation Lets Canine Parvovirus Jump to Other Species

A key mutation in the protein shell of canine parvovirus – a single amino acid substitution – plays a major role in the virus’ ability to infect hosts of different species.

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Mosquito May Play Key Role in Transmitting Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Southeast

Culex erraticus is more abundant than Culiseta melanura, the study shows. So it may be more important than scientists originally thought in transmitting EEE virus, at least in the Southeast. EEE virus, transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, can be passed to a wide range of animals including birds, reptiles and mammals. But once infected, horses and humans appear to suffer the most adverse effects.

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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Unleashes Fun with Inaugural Dog Therapy Appreciation Day

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What could be warmer and fuzzier than a cute dog? How about 20 of them gathered together at a ‘pawty’ to celebrate a milestone occasion? That’s what happened when Children’s Hospital Los Angeles declared Monday to be Dog Therapy Appreciation Day. The hospital’s Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program marked a first by providing 365 consecutive days of dog therapy to CHLA patients, families and staff. The last day without a therapy dog on the CHLA campus was April 10, 2015.

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UW Shelter Medicine, WVDL Find Canine Influenza Transmitted to Cats in Midwestern Shelter

It may be called canine influenza, but Sandra Newbury, clinical assistant professor and director of the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, has confirmed that the virus that sickened a large number of dogs in the Midwest last year has now infected a group of cats in the region.

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Homeless Youth with Pets Have Benefits, Challenges: Study

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Led by researchers from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), the team found that homeless youth with pets are less likely to engage in potentially harmful behaviour, more likely to open up to veterinarians about their personal challenges and generally less depressed.