ANIMAL HEALTH

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 1994:

“Often dogs show signs of lead intoxication
before children, and the signs in humans are more subtle
than in dogs,” University of Missouri veterinary toxicologist
Stan Casteel advises. Canine symptoms include prolonged
diarhea, vomiting, and stomach upset.
Fort Dodge Laboratories, a division of
American Home Products, has introduced the first vac-
cine for treating and preventing ringworm in cats. T h e
vaccine replaces traditional oral and topical treatments.
Michigan State University professor of veteri-
nary medicine Sally Walshaw, 49, on May 1 became the
ninth annual winner of the Leo K. Bustad Companion
Animal Veterinarian Award––and the first female recipient.
Walshaw teaches laboratory techniques. Said Richard
Walshaw, her husband and a fellow member of the MSU
veterinary teaching staff, “Before Sally, few people really
ever bothered understanding laboratory animals’ feelings,
and they indeed have a lot of feelings.”

Edward D. Plotka, a senior scientist at the
Marshfield Medical Research Foundation in Marshfield,
Minnesota, reports that a Norplant-like contraceptive he
developed for use with captive wildlife as a spare-time pro-
ject is now used on more than 6,000 animals of 114 species
at 140 institutions, worldwide. Plotka is now trying to per-
fect a version for elephants.
The California Phamacists Association is inves-
tigating possible legal action against Thomas
Laboratories, of Tolleson, Arizona, for distributing a cat-
alog of “Gamecock products,” including such drugs as
“Cockbooster,” “Cockfighter,” and “Gamecock Fighting
Supplement.” Cockfighting is legal in Arizona and four
other states, but is barred in the rest; many bar the sale of
cockfighting paraphernalia, as well. The California
Veterinary Medical Association is reportedly also reviewing
the case. The firm bills itself as “Distributors of veterinary
vaccines and animal health products.”
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