This week: black cats take bad selfies, service dog scammers face the music, and new laws protect people that help pets
When bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them, we’re all in trouble. The mitigation of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) microorganisms is one of the most important global challenges facing both human and animal healthcare. Researchers at Colorado State University and the Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence have partnered in a study of small animal veterinary antibiotic prescription practices with the aim of finding ways that the veterinary profession can meet that challenge.They need your help.
Banfield released its 2017 State of Pet Health Report on June 27 and the numbers showed that pets’ waistlines are continuing to grow. The report analyzed the health records of the 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cats that visited Banfield facilities across the United States in 2016.
Catch up on the latest pet and veterinary news from the last week. In this update: a salmonella outbreak caused by backyard birds, researchers pinpoint a gene that causes skin disorder, manufacturers increase supply of dog flu vaccine, a survey shows the benefit of pet-friendly policies, and Colorado passes a bill for rural veterinarians.
The results of Partners for Healthy Pets’ (PHP) new inactive client reminder program is music to the veterinary profession’s ears —it has convincingly demonstrated the program’s ability to re-engage inactive clients with their veterinary practices.
After receiving adverse reports involving five animals, Australia-based Jurox Animal Health voluntarily recalled two lots of the widely used intravenous injectable anesthetic Alfaxan unpreserved last week, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The reason for the recall: The presence of aluminum phosphate precipitate, which, when injected, presents a possible risk of blood vessel inflammation and formation of potentially life-threatening blood clots.
Question: What does your competition charge for a digital dental radiograph? A. $65 B. $89 C. $123 Answer: It depends on where you practice.*
A new rabies study turned up some unexpected benefits.From the vaccine, not the disease.The rabies vaccine has a proven track record of preventing the disease in dogs, but a recent study, funded by Morris Animal Foundation and published in the journal Vaccine, indicates that the vaccine may have unintended positive effects on overall canine health. Specifically, an overall decrease in canine mortality rates from all causes.
Okay, maybe just one needle every three months. But one shot every 90 days sure beats daily insulin injections, if promising new research out of Purdue University bears fruit. Last week, the school released the preliminary findings of a new study: The first minimally invasive therapy to successfully reverse Type 1 diabetes within 24 hours and maintain insulin independence for at least 90 days in test subjects.
“Veterinarians who want to report suspected animal abuse often encounter a bureaucratic runaround,” says Phil Arkow. Arkow hopes that the recent launch of a free online National Directory of Abuse Investigation Agencies will help. Arkow is Coordinator of the National Link Coalition, a multidisciplinary, collaborative initiative formed in 2008 to raise awareness of the connection between animal abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence. It’s based on the idea that violence begets violence, and that when animal cruelty or neglect exists in a home, chances are that children, domestic partners, or elderly family members are being hurt, too.