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Rat poisoning’s secondary effects can harm Minnesota owls

Winter can invite household nuisances like mice and rats inside along with unwelcome gnawing habits, putrid droppings and disease. But as you look to eradicate vermin from your house this winter, The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota invites you to take a moment and pause.

Your choice between rat poison and an old-school snap trap could impact human, pet and wildlife health.

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What happens to a rehabilitated eagle after release?

Each year in September, The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota releases a small number of rehabilitated birds back to the wild at Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings, Minnesota. While a few thousand spectators come out to observe the release and see education birds including bald eagles, great horned owls and kestrels up-close, it’s not often that the audience gets to learn what happens in the days, weeks and months following.

Did the bird make it? Did it fall prey to another urban landscape challenge such as a chimney, window or methane burner? Or is the bird we saw fly free in good health, hunting and soaring over the plains?

For one bird released in July, there was a rare opportunity to find out.

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D.C. Snowy Owl Returned to Wild by The Raptor Center


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A global research network yields big results for dogs with kidney disease

A diagnosis of a rare kidney disease known as glomerular disease in canines used to spell uncertain and often heartbreaking news for pet owners.

Now, thanks in part to the work of one University of Minnesota researcher, that’s no longer the case. The life-threatening kidney disease, which affects a dog’s ability to filter blood, is now better understood than ever before.

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Penguin receives MRI at U of M Veterinary Medical Center

Fluffy was having trouble balancing, standing and waddling around when he arrived to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in late July.

The male penguin’s radiograph and blood work from his visit to The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota hadn’t turned up the cause for his illness, so his U of M veterinarian Micky Trent, D.V.M., M.V.S.c., Diplomate A.C.V.S., C.V.S.M.T., was ordering the next step in diagnostic testing:

Fluffy the penguin was about to receive a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI).

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Healthy pets: preventing obesity and the complications that come with it

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 55 percent of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.

In light of that number and today’s observance of National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, Health Talk spoke with Julie Churchill, D.V.M., Ph.D., an associate clinical professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, to discuss strategies pet owners can use to keep their animals healthy.

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