Researcher sees cats as companions for autistic children

September 27, 2016

Researcher sees cats as companions for autistic children

University of Missouri Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction post-doc Gretchen Carlisle is seeking support to continue studying whether cats make good companions for children with autism. Carlisle says earlier research she conducted shows that children with autism who live with pets have improved social interaction scores, and she believes cats, not dogs, may explain the results.

Columbia Missourian (9/25)

OKLAHOMA zoo to test elephants in-house for herpes virus

September 27, 2016

Okla. zoo to test elephants in-house for herpes virus

After one of their elephants died before a herpes virus infection could be definitively diagnosed, Oklahoma City Zoo officials decided to purchase polymerase chain reaction technology to allow for more rapid testing than sending blood samples to Washington, D.C., for analysis. The $25,000 machine allows for more rapid, potentially lifesaving treatment.

The Wichita Eagle (Kan.)/The Associated Press (9/26)

OKLAHOMA, HSUS goes door to door

September 24, 2016

Update: ‘Suspicious’ solicitors are with the Humane Society of the U.S.

By Jordann Lucero, FOX 25 Oklahoma
September 22nd 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — Door-to-door donation collectors are with the Humane Society of the U.S.

So anyone who has donated money is giving to a national charity.

Over the past two weeks, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society said it was receiving non-stop phone calls from people questioning solicitors who had come to their door. Solicitors reportedly said they were collecting money for a dog behavior program for the “Oklahoma City Humane Society.” An organization by that name does not exist.

People wanted to check in to see if solicitors are legit. Central Oklahoma Humane said they were not affiliated with the solicitors and were encouraging people to call police if they were approached.

Abby Wolfe, with Central Oklahoma Humane, said she had check with the HSUS which said solicitors were not with them either. But Thursday, the HSUS said they were in fact taking donations via door-to-door collectors… (so did they mix a little politics in with asking for donations?) – as yet unknown.

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http://okcfox.com/news/local/update-suspicious-solicitors-are-with-the-humane-society-of-the-us

NEW MEXICO Are Albuquerque dogs getting sick in unusually high numbers?

September 23, 2016

NEW MEXICO Are Albuquerque dogs getting sick in unusually high numbers?

A number of dogs in the Albuquerque, N.M., area have experienced sudden onset of gastrointestinal symptoms and elevated liver enzymes, and some died despite veterinary care. Local residents have raised concerns that the cases could be linked, but veterinarians and public health officials say it’s not clear whether there is anything unusual going on. Veterinarian George Abernathy, who treated three of the affected dogs, said it’s possible the dogs are all being exposed to the same threat, and he suggested further testing for the next similar case.

Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (9/23)

DNA study examines spread of cats throughout ancient world

September 22, 2016

DNA study examines spread of cats throughout ancient world

A study of cat DNA charts the spread of felines throughout the ancient world, and the findings were presented at the 7th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology last week. Researchers sequenced DNA from more than 200 ancient cats that lived between 15,000 years ago to around 300 years ago and were found at various archaeological sites around the world.

ScientificAmerican.com (9/20)

Itching cat might need a new food or medication

September 22, 2016

Itching cat might need a new food or medication

A cat’s frantic itching isn’t the only indicator she may be suffering from a food allergy, writes veterinarian Jeff Nichol, who says a history of indolent ulcers is also a sign something is amiss, and a change in food or medication might be needed. Veterinary dermatologist Rebecca Mount notes the lesions are one of a group of changes referred to as eosinophilic granuloma complex, often caused by an allergy.

Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (free content) (9/2)

Feline footpad irritation explained

September 21, 2016

Feline footpad irritation explained

Half of cats with plasma cell pododermatitis are also infected with feline immunodeficiency virus, writes veterinarian Francine Rattner, discussing a cat with irritated footpads. Treatment with doxycycline and steroids may help the foot issue, but it takes time, Dr. Rattner notes, adding that FIV-infected cats should be kept indoors to prevent them from spreading the illness to other cats.

Capital Gazette (Annapolis, Md.) (9/20)

COLORADO cat diagnosed with plague

September 21, 2016

COLORADO  cat diagnosed with plague

A cat from Jefferson County, Colo., tested positive for plague, according to Jefferson County Public Health officials, and a veterinarian is treating the animal. Cats and people may contract plague through a bite from a flea carrying the bacteria or through contact with an infected animal.

KUSA-TV (Denver) (9/19)