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Pet Health News Briefs - July 2012

Posted: July 12, 2012, 4:20 p.m. EDT


CHINESE CHICKEN: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is soliciting third-party laboratories to aid in testing 30 chicken jerky treats from China to determine if the treats contain any contaminants or toxins. The FDA has received numerous adverse event reports regarding the treats in recent years, but the cause remains elusive.

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SNIP SOONER: Best Friends Animal Society launched a campaign called “Fix at Four” to encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their animals at four months of age. The campaign, produced pro-bono by TM Advertising of Dallas, features public service announcements by television actors Linda Hunt (NCIS LA) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), and a website, www.fixatfour.com, with promotional materials.

DOGGONE PLAQUE: Canadian biotechnology firm Kane Biotech Inc. of Winnipeg, Manitoba, completed a pilot dog efficacy study of its StrixNB microbial biofilm. The biofilm reduced plaque, calculus and gingivitis, according to the company.

S’MORE OFFERINGS: Oxbow Animal Health added an Intermediate Vet Camp for students in grades 6 through 8 to its annual Oxbow Veterinarian Camps. The camps aim to cultivate interest in animals and veterinary medicine. The Murdock, Neb.-based company will also offer a Junior Vet Camp for students in grades 2 through 4.

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