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Veterinarian and oncologist in Philadelphia team up for breast cancer research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a veterinarian and an oncologist in Philadelphia are teaming up for research into the disease. With their findings, they hope to help both dogs and humans.

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Take precautions to avoid spread of disease at the dog park

The weather is warming up, so you might be thinking about taking your dog to the local dog park. Before you go, though, you should take some precautions to avoid the spread of disease. Make sure your dogs are vaccinated, says Dr. Susan Nelson, a clinical associate professor at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center, because illnesses can spread at dog parks. Make sure that you and your pet are protected against fleas and ticks, and that your dog is also protected against heartworm. Talk to your veterinarian to make sure your dog is up-to-date on his or her vaccines and about flea/tick and heartworm preventives.

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CSU research could help bone implants last longer

Professors at Colorado State University have developed a new coating that could help bone implants last longer. Dr. Matt Kipper, an Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, is working with Dr. Nicole Ehrhart in the Flint Animal Cancer Center, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, on the research.  They say their findings will benefit “both humans and animals at risk for losing a limb due to massive bone trauma or bone cancer.”

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Pathogens go both ways

Over at the Worms & Germs Blog (which is a great resource if you’re interested in One Health and zoonotic diseases), Dr. Scott Weese writes that pathogens go both ways. When we think about zoonotic diseases, most of the time we think about animals transmitting diseases to humans — not the other way around.

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Dogs provide support to cancer patients

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, their families provide support — and often, that family also includes a four-legged member. Cancer patients say that their pets provide love and companionship and decrease stress levels. Their dogs’ support helps them get out of bed every day, even when they feel like they physically can’t do so.

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