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6 tips for dogs and fireworks this Fourth of July

For most Americans, the Fourth of July is a time for fun, celebration and laughter. However, for our furry four-legged pets, the holiday can be a time of high stress and anxiety.

According to a recent article by the New York Times, at least 40 percent of dogs experience noise anxiety, which is most prevalent during the summer.

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Big cats, clean teeth thanks to veterinary anesthesiologists

Just like people, big cats need to maintain teeth health too. But keeping their teeth healthy is easier said than done. To ensure that dentists can safely clean and fix the animal’s teeth, an experienced anesthesiology team is essential.

Recently, the anesthesiologists at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center volunteered their services to help dentists care for the rescued large cats at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone Minnesota.

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Research Snapshot: easing the symptoms of chronic inflammatory lung disease

Researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine are looking to help people with chronic inflammatory lung diseases like COPD and asthma.

Mathur Kannan, Ph.D., and a research team will conduct a two-year NIH-funded study that aims to ease the harsh effects of these diseases by decreasing adenosine in the body. Adenosine acts as part of a signaling system and is naturally produced in the body at a higher rate in inflammatory environments.

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Research Snapshot: Cats help researchers find ways to ease kidney stone pains

What do people, dogs, cats, dolphins, lions, turtles and wolves all have in common? They all develop painful urinary stones, otherwise known as kidney stones.

Jody Lulich, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, is hoping to find out why urinary stones form, how they can be eliminated from the body without surgery and how to prevent their recurrence.

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Research snapshot: fighting ovarian cancer with natural killer cells

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy. While there are treatment options, the survival rate of women with epithelial ovarian cancer has changed little in the last 30 years.

Now, a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant awarded to University of Minnesota experts will aid a study for a new immunotherapy that could potentially treat the deadly cancer. The project will be led by Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., professor in the University of Minnesota Veterinary and Biomedical Services Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Jimmy Wu, Ph.D. associate professor in the University of Minnesota Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the cell therapy program at the University of California- San Diego.

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Research snapshot: MRSA appears not as problematic in US swine as originally thought

Since 2004, when methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was first discovered in European swine, there has been a focus on how livestock-associated MRSA effects the European population. Although first detected in US pigs in 2007, relatively little information has been available about MRSA in US pigs.

Peter Davies, associate professor in the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, in partnership with scientists from the USDA National Animal Disease Center and the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, conducted two studies on MRSA in relation to US pigs and the people who work with them.

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