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Pets & vets: Alligator attack in Florida and other state veterinary news
A state-by-state look at the world of animal health.



Billie Deam, DVM, of Animal Clinic of Boardwalk Square in Kansas City, Mo., has successfully removed large nerve-sheath tumors from several dogs using laser surgery. The tumor's removal usually relieves the pet's pain. if the tumor is malignant, Deam refers the pet to a veterinary oncologist for further assistance.

New Jersey

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have joined forces to promote a pet buckle-up campaign. Drivers who do not secure their pet can face a ticket of $250 to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

New York

Amish farmers participated in a two-day state-funded free Eastern equine encephalitis vaccine clinic June 28-29 in Heuvelton and New Haven, N.Y. Amish beliefs prevent them from inoculating their children, but some believe it is within the church's teachings to protect horses since they are essential to farmers' livelihoods. The mosquito-borne disease that attacks the brain has killed a dozen horses and a 4-year-old girl in the Amish community.

North Carolina

A 38-year-old African bull elephant named C'sar at the North Carolina Zoo is to receive contacts to help his vision after successful cataract surgery. Richard McMullen, DrMedVet, assistant professor of ophthalmology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, removed the cataracts with the assistance of zoo veterinarians and keepers. Zoo staff saw a dramatic improvement in C'sar. He no longer bumped into things, was able to find snacks stashed around his pen and was able to return to the sprawling Watana Grasslands Reserve, his exhibit habitat. However, McMullen discovered that the 12,000-pound elephant was also farsighted, so the team decided to try contacts. A company is now making a pair and the veterinary team hopes that C'sar's eyes will be fully healed and ready to try the contacts in early fall.

South Carolina

Two young married employees at a veterinary clinic in Anderson, S.C., won $250,000 playing the Mega Millions lottery jackpot. The couple intend to pay off their house and plan for the future.


The Texas A&M University System won a federal contract likely worth up to $2 billion over the next 25 years to create a Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing in College Station, Texas. The Center for Innovation will become a national hub of vaccine production and bio-terror preparedness. Construction of the project should create around 1,000 jobs; after that many more science and biotechnology jobs are predicted to follow.


The only survivor of a triple-fatality accident where two cars were washed away in a 15-foot-deep washout on Highway M in Granton, Wis., is the dog Dukie, owned by 24-year-old victim Mary Malinowski. Dukie was found in the car with scratches and a shattered hind leg. Diana Kare, DVM, of Grassland Veterinary Services in Granton amputated the leg and said despite dehydration and shock, Dukie will recover.


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