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Identification of new cattle virus will help rule out mad cow disease

Identification of new cattle virus will help rule out mad cow disease

A new cow virus that causes neurologic symptoms reminiscent of mad cow disease has been identified and its genome sequenced by a team of researchers including scientists at the University of California, Davis.

While this particular new virus is unlikely to pose a threat to human health or the food supply, the new findings are critically important because they provide researchers with a relatively simple diagnostic tool that can reassure both ranchers and consumers by ruling out bovine spongiform encephalopathy — mad cow disease — as the cause of neurologic symptoms when they appear in cattle.

Results of the study appear online in the September issue of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

Woodland cats poisoned

Woodland cats poisoned

On the 28th of June 2013 at approximatley 5:30pm, a Woodland Police Department officer was dispatched to the Lincoln Manor Apartments at 154 Lincoln Ave for a possible animal cruelty incident.  Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a resident who had a cat that appeared to poisoned.  The resident, who cares for the cat, stated that at least 5 cats in the complex suffered similar symptoms in the last week.  Additionally, the resident said that no fewer than 5 other tenants in the complex have reported their cats missing in the last month.

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

Yolo County Fair, food & fun

It won't be long before West Sac families can head for the Yolo County Fair - the state’s oldest fair that has no admission charge.

Tickets are now on sale for the Fair's annual Opening Night Gala (6-8 p.m. Aug. 14, $15 in advance, $20 at the gate). The fundraiser helps support a fair that also boasts hundreds of  volunteers, partners and sponsors.

Located in the Fair's Agriculture Building at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in Woodland, the gala will feature entertainment by area musicians, Clarksburg wines, locally produced honey, jams, olive oils, produce and crafts, all set against the Americana backdrop of the fair, said event spokeswoman Monique Garcia in a press release.

Dog lovers defend pit bulls as breed

SACRAMENTO, CA - A pit bull attack that left a woman in Stockton dead Thursday has re-ignited a debate about the breed: Is their reputation for violence deserved?

STORY: Woman killed in apparent pit bull attack in Stockton ID'd

Owners of American Staffordshire Terriers competing at Cal Expo's Sacramento Kennel Club Dog Show will tell you their dogs are often mistaken by the public for pit bulls, so they're intimately aware of the public scorn for pit bulls.

That's especially true for Richard Chatigny. After years of raising Amstaffs and other dogs, he and his wife adopted a pit bull named Sadie.

"She's the calmest. She's the most obedient. She's the most accepting of anybody and everybody. She's a great ambassador," Chatigny said of Sadie.

New book guides pet lovers in selecting and welcoming "Your Ideal Cat"

New book guides pet lovers in selecting and welcoming "Your Ideal Cat"

 

Cats may have nine lives but humans have only one. Before you decide to share yours with a cat, you might want to check out which breed- and gender-related behaviors are most likely to accompany your feline housemate, suggest two University of California, Davis, animal behaviorists in their new book “Your Ideal Cat.”

“The kitten you choose today will grow into the cat that could be your companion for the next 15 to 20 years,” said veterinarian Benjamin Hart, the book’s co-author and distinguished professor emeritus in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He noted that, all too often, kittens or adult cats are chosen because of appearance or happenstance, rather than according to the most compatible behavior traits.

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

Blind pug robbed by diabetes struggles for surgery

SACRAMENTO, CA -- A Sacramento pug rescue group is reaching out to animal lovers in hopes of providing a much needed surgery for one of their precious pugs.  

Eight year-old Mija (Mee-ha) is a playful pug who loves to snuggle. She was rescued by PugSavers, a Northern California pug rescue group, after her owner, who loved her dearly couldn't afford special care for her diabetes. Mija's foster family has been taking great care of her until she finds her forever home, but recently her condition has worsened causing blindness in both of her eyes. 

It has been recommended by a specialist that both of Mija's eyes be removed to help with her diabetes and alleviate what has now become a painful condition.

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