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Mystery ailment killing bees

By GENARO C. ARMAS

The Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands
of honeybee colonies across the country, threatening honey production, the
livelihood of beekeepers and possibly crops that need bees for
pollination.

Researchers are scrambling to find the cause of Colony Collapse
Disorder.

Reports of unusual colony deaths have come from at least 22 states.
Some affected commercial beekeepers -- who often keep thousands of colonies

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Rat poison found in tainted pet food

March 23, 2007

ALBANY, N.Y. — Rat poison has been found in pet food blamed for the deaths of at least 16 cats and dogs, a spokeswoman for the State Department of Agriculture and Markets said Friday.

Spokeswoman Jessica Chittenden would not identify the chemical or its source beyond saying it was a rodent poison.

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Putting a Price on Puppy Love

By BILL MCGUIRE March 20, 2007 — Millions of Americans treat their pets as family. Now a growing number of pet owners are taking that love to an entirely different, more litigious level.

Reports of pets killed or injured by toxic pet food are on the rise and so are the stakes for animal owners and pet-food makers.

The pet-food recall initiated during the weekend by Menu Foods of Canada — covering more than 100 brands — comes on the heels of food poisonings last year that killed 75 dogs.

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Pet food woes causing grief

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

By Martin Luttrell TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

Gregory Kontoes thought his yellow tiger cat, George, had been in a fight when he came inside the house in Webster nearly a month ago. Bleeding from the mouth and unsteady on his feet, the cat was weak and listless.

A few days later, the 12-year-old pet was euthanized after having been diagnosed with acute kidney failure and not responding to treatment.

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Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior

By NICHOLAS WADE

March 20, 2007

Some animals are surprisingly sensitive to the plight of others.
Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to
save others. Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that
would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, rhesus monkeys
will starve themselves for several days.

Biologists argue that these and other social behaviors are the
precursors of human morality. They further believe that if morality
grew out of behavioral rules shaped by evolution, it is for

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Americans increasingly medicating pets

March 10, 2007

WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. — With aging, it's become a routine faithfully endured by the Guffords. Each day starts with a blood sugar check and a shot of insulin. Then a couple of pills, maybe mashed into a bowl of tuna and canned carrots. Mixed with dry chow.

All for their 12-year-old dog.

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New drug keeps Fido from vomiting

March 1, 2007

BY JIM RITTER Health Reporter

Good news, dog owners: There's a new drug to keep Fido from vomiting all over your living room or car.

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, Cerenia, to treat or prevent vomiting resulting from motion sickness and other causes.

Cerenia will be available this summer and will require a prescription from a veterinarian.

"This potentially could be a wonderful drug," said Palos Park veterinarian Jay Whittle.

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Dogs may not be responding to epileptic seizures: study

Monday, January 22, 2007

There are anecdotal reports of dogs helping to predict their owners' epileptic seizures, but the animals may actually be responding to psychological conditions, researchers say.

Seizures can be caused by epilepsy or emotional problems, and each condition is treated differently.

"People with psychogenic seizures need psychiatric evaluation and appropriate treatment, not a specially trained dog for epileptic seizures," said study author Dr. Gregory Krauss of John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

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Here, Fido – it’s time for your slimming drug

1/07/07

Robert Winnett

THE first slimming drug for dogs has been approved by the American medical regulator amid fears about growing levels of pet obesity.

Pfizer, one of the world’s biggest drugs companies, has developed a “weight management” drug that reduces dogs’ appetites and their absorption of fat. In clinical trials dogs’ weight was reduced by an average of between 18% and 22%.

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