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Any veterinarians out there with a soft spot for spiders and other unusual pets? Check this out!

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Today is National Heat Awareness Day. Especially as temperatures increase throughout the season, it's important to know the signs of heat stress and be aware of how quickly a vehicle can go from comfortable to dangerous.

Signs to look for include:
- Anxiousness
- Excessive panting
- Restlessness
- Excessive drooling
- Unsteadiness
- Abnormal gum and tongue color
- Collapse

For more warm weather safety tips, see: http://bit.ly/2r3YhwQ.

To see how quickly temperatures can climb inside a vehicle, see: http://bit.ly/2rXVKV7.
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Pets today have a better chance of being successfully treated for neoplasia and cancer than they did before, thanks to advances in early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment. Do you know the signs? Learn more about cancer in pets: http://bit.ly/2rCXg1C
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It requires no active muscular force for flamingos to stand on one leg. In fact, even flamingo cadavers could passively support their body weight on one leg. The study does not address exactly why they stand on one leg, but it is an interesting insight into how they do so.

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Even when you treat all patients like family, the loss of your own pet is a painful experience.

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"Animals are sentinels. Maybe we can learn more from them than we can learn from humans about things that are going on in the environment." - Dr. Todd O'Hara, University of Alaska Fairbanks professor of veterinary toxicology and pharmacology

#OneHealth

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The FDA is alerting dog owners and veterinarians about the risk of accidental overdose to dogs treated with the drug Sileo, a prescription gel used to treat anxiety or fear due to noise. If the ring-stop mechanism in the oral syringe is not locked into the proper dose, there is a possibility for accidental overdose.

It is important that whoever administers the drug understands how to operate the syringe correctly and that veterinary staff members educate dog owners on proper operation.

Dog owners who recognize signs of overdose (including lethargy, sedation, sleepiness, slow heart rate, loss of consciousness, shallow or slow breathing, trouble breathing, impaired balance or incoordination, low blood pressure, and muscle tremors) should contact their veterinarian.

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June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month. With this observance right around the corner, take a peek into the job of an aquarium veterinarian.

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Turtles are a popular pet choice when it comes to reptiles, and they can be a wonderful pet option. As with any pet selection decision, considerations need to be made for habitat, diet, and lifespan. Additionally, turtles can present a risk of Salmonella, which means turtle owners should wash their hands thoroughly after touching a turtle or cleaning its habitat and practice other prevention methods. With proper care and appropriate expectations, turtles can be great pets.

When choosing whether or not to bring home a pet reptile, we have a few considerations to get you started: http://bit.ly/2q7iXqx.
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Join the AVMA Veterinary Career Center on Tuesday, July 11 for a free, one-hour webinar to explore the world of veterinary forensics.
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