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Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

New Campaign Highlights Tobacco Effect on Pets

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Oregon Health Authority has a new campaign to inform smokers about the dangers to pets from second-hand smoke. According to Sara Hartstein, Chronic Disease Policy Specialist for the Benton County Health Department, most pet owners are not aware that animals living with a smoker are more likely to die of cancer, nicotine poisoning, and […]

Cat Droppings Can Cause Human Health Problems

Monday, July 8th, 2013

According to the Center for Disease Control, cats play an important role in the spread of Toxoplasmosis, a protozoan parasite. Infected cats shed an embryonic stage of the parasite called oocysts in their feces. In the United States it is estimated that 22.5% of the population 12 years and older have been infected with Toxoplasma. […]

Pet Owners & Vets: ‘Safe’ Slug Bait Not Really

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

In the past few years, the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at Oregon State University, has seen a steady increase in reports of illness in dogs who encountered slug bait containing iron phosphate. A relatively new type of slug bait, iron phosphate is less toxic than bait containing metaldehyde, but it still requires caution. “Slug […]

Research Shows Additional Benefits from Selenium Fertilizer

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

When cows, sheep or horses don’t get enough selenium in their diet, it can contribute to a wide array of health problems including muscular dystrophy, abnormal pregnancies, and hoof issues. But selenium is a tricky nutrient for farmers to administer because it can be toxic even in small doses. Research by CVM professor Dr. Jean […]

Improved Genome Sequencing Speeds Disease Testing

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Genome sequencing is a relatively new technology that maps the order of DNA nucleotides in a genome—the order of As, Cs, Gs, and Ts that make up an organism’s DNA. The human genome is made up of over 3 billion of these genetic letters and decoding them has implications for improved medical treatement. One practical […]

Sea Lion Learns to Boogie

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

A Sea Lion named Ronan, a resident of the University of California at Santa Cruz, is the first non-human mammal who can keep the beat to music. Read more.