OKLAHOMA residents death linked to tick-transmitted heartland virus

May 29, 2014

Okla. resident’s death linked to tick-transmitted Heartland virus Oklahoma heath officials confirmed that a Delaware County resident died from complications associated with Heartland virus, a newly identified virus thought to be carried and transmitted by the Lone Star tick. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea and bruising. It is the 10th known case. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (5/27)

TEXAS, Kinney County horses under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis

May 29, 2014

Texas horses under quarantine for vesicular stomatitisFive horses on a Kinney County, Texas, farm have vesicular stomatitis, according to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the USDA. The affected animals are under quarantine for at least 21 days. Symptoms resemble foot-and-mouth disease. Vesicular stomatitis is contagious between horses, may also be transmitted by biting insects and can cause flulike symptoms in people if saliva from an infected horse contaminates a person’s cut, eyes or mouth. Horse Talk (New Zealand) (5/29), The Horse

MISSISSIPPI Tupelo puppy mill discovered

May 23, 2014

They got an ‘anonymous tip’. Working under USDA/APHIS and HSUS ‘whistleblower’ program.

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Puppy mill discovered in Tupelo Reported by: Wayne Hereford Email: whereford@wtva.com  TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)–

Tupelo Police have turned over 50 dogs of various breeds to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society after uncovering a puppy mill on Terry Road

Officers recovered the animals along with five Guinea Pigs Tuesday.

Police say they found the animals at 917 Terry Road in Tupelo.

They have cited a woman by the name of Phyllis Wiginton, but have not placed her under arrest.

“We got a tip that there was a puppy mill going on on Terry Road,” said Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre. And then our animal control officer went to that location and was able to determine that there was numerous dogs being housed inside this home.”

Police say the animals were stacked on top of each other in crates in unsanitary conditions….. …

He says the animals do not appear to be in bad shape…

COLORADO Boulder County considers recognizing ‘rights of nature’ in comprehensive plans update

May 23, 2014

CO: Boulder County considers recognizing ‘rights of nature’ in comprehensive plan update http://www.dailycamera.com/news/ci_25814217/boulder-county-considers-recogni zing-rights-nature-comprehensive-plan

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Boulder County considers recognizing ‘rights of nature’ in comprehensive plan update Planning Commission gives initial OK to supporting ‘naturally occurring ecoystems’ By John Fryar,

Environmental activists and wildlife preservation advocates are a step closer to getting a “rights of nature” concept written into the Boulder County Comprehensive Plan

Boulder County Planning Commission members agreed Wednesday night on a thus-far-unofficial comprehensive plan addition declaring county government’s responsibility to support the continued existence of all of the county’s “naturally occurring ecosystems and their native species populations.”

That statement, based on a proposal submitted by the Audubon Society of Boulder County, might not go far enough to satisfy some of the people who have been pushing for more than a year to have Boulder County declare that plants and animals have certain legal rights.

It doesn’t actually include the phrase “rights of nature,” for example.

It may still go too far, though, for some foes of the “rights of nature” movement, including people who warn that writing such a policy into an official government document would give plants and wildlife the same legal standing as human beings….. —

Older cats need attention even if they have subtle symptoms

Older cats need attention even if they have subtle symptoms Veterinarian Gina Kang explains that even subtle symptoms including bad breath, weight loss and changes in litter box habits can be an indication of serious underlying disease in cats. Dr. Kang notes that research published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends any cat who vomits more than twice a month should be evaluated for possible gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease or cancer. The Tahoe Daily Tribune (Calif.) (5/19)

What’s in a cats meal

What’s in a cat’s meal? Cat owners have more choices than ever when shopping for feline food, with an array of specialty ingredients including human-grade, organic, byproduct-free and other items. These components can add to the cost of foods, but often not the nutritional value, veterinary experts say. Veterinarian Lisa Freeman of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine notes that items termed “byproducts” are in fact highly nutritious organ meats. USA Today (5/21)

FDA approves Merck’s Bravecto chewable flea and ticket tablet for dogs

FDA approves Merck’s Bravecto chewable flea and tick tablet for dogsMerck Animal Health announced that the FDA has approved the company’s new flea and tick preventive medication for dogs, Bravecto. The active ingredient in Bravecto is fluralaner, a new type of ectoparasiticide, and the drug is the only approved oral preventive that kills fleas and several tick species after only a single dose for up to 12 weeks. Transient and mild gastrointestinal symptoms are the most common side effects, according to Merck. RTT News (5/20)