While the hotbeds of heartworm disease haven’t changed dramatically in the past three years, the incidence numbers reported by participants in the 2016 American Heartworm Society (AHS) Incidence Survey indicate that the average number of positive cases per veterinary clinic has been inching upwards.
The American Animal Hospital Association revealed plans for a fresh, intimate veterinary conference during the AAHA Nashville 2017 Opening Session. In 2017, AAHA announced plans to transition to an accredited-only membership model. Connexity will be a more intimate, interactive learning experience with limited attendance to only 700 attendees from AAHA-accredited hospitals.
Veterinarians who are involved with the Vetsulin Critical Need Program will need to find another source of treatment for their diabetic patients. The company that manufactures the drug, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, issued notices to veterinarians and consumers this week, alerting them that the Critical Need Program (CNP), designed to provide the product to critical patients, will be ending as of Feb. 7, 2011. "Quality tests showed that the sterility of the most recent batch of Vetsulin manufactured for the CNP may be compromised by bacterial contamination," the letter says. "This batch of Vetsulin has not been released and additional batches are not being manufactured at this time. We, therefore, cannot supply the program and it must be discontinued."
The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is preparing to launch a new, $25 million initiative to try to prevent cancer in dogs. The Canine Lifetime Health Project, as it is called, was announced at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando earlier this month. "The goal of this study is to identify genetic, nutritional and environmental risk factors for the cause of cancer and other diseases," said Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MAFs chief science officer. "It’s a one of a kind study." The foundation decided to study canine cancer since it is the No. 1 cause of death in dogs over two years old, according to the MAF, and MAF donors have identified cancer as their top disease of concern.
A popular product used to treat diabetes in dogs and cats will be made available to critical patients, despite ongoing concerns about the drug’s stability. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said May 5 that Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health’s Vetsulin (porcine insulin zinc suspension) will be offered to certain dogs and cats in limited supply through the company’s new Vetsulin Critical-Need Program. “The supply is only to be used for a critical-need dog or cat that, in the medical judgment of the pet’s veterinarian, cannot be effectively managed on another insulin product,” the FDA said. Intervet has been working with the FDA since last fall to address concerns with Vetsulin’s stability. In November, the FDA issued a product alert on Vetsulin when amounts of crystalline insulin in the formulation were found to be out of specification in some batches of the product. Intervet sent a letter to veterinarians shortly after that urging them to begin transitioning diabetic patients off Vetsulin due to predicted shortages in product availability.
The makers of the veterinary insulin product Vetsulin are stressing the need to transition diabetic animals off of the drug “as soon as possible.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a product alert on Vetsulin when amounts of crystalline insulin in the formulation were found to be out of specification in some batches of the product. Vetsulin manufacturer Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health sent a letter to veterinarians in November urging them to begin transitioning diabetic patients off Vetsulin due to predicted shortages in product availability. Last week, Intervet issued a follow-up letter to veterinarians, which had a more urgent tone than the first communication from the company. In the letter, Intervet Director of Technical Services Christopher Pappas Jr., DVM, emphasized that veterinarians should transition dogs and cats from Vetsulin to other products as soon as possible, and to start new patients on other drugs.
For J. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, social distancing equals social responsibility. Inside the hospital and out.
The age at which large-breed dogs are spayed or neutered has become a hot topic with regard to obesity and nontraumatic orthopedic injuries, and a new study published July 17 in the journal PLOS ONE and based on data from the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study provides more information for veterinarians.
Nearly everyone has faced COVID-related hardships in the past year. But there are several challenges unique to veterinary professionals.
Veterinarians play a key role in providing for animal welfare and setting the standard for responsible use of antimicrobials, according to joint statements released by AVMA and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).