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IDEXX Launches Canine Influenza Test Targeting H3N2 Virus
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc has announced it has developed, validated, and made available a new test for the detection of H3N2 canine influenza virus. An avian-origin H3N2 strain identified in Asia around 2006 is the cause of a recent widespread canine influenza outbreak in the Chicago area. The new H3N2 Influenza Virus RealPCR test allows rapid, reliable, and specific testing for the strain responsible for the outbreak and has been added to the existing IDEXX Comprehensive Canine Respiratory Disease (CRD) RealPCR panels at no additional cost to customers. The H3N2 test is also available as a stand-alone test. For more information on the H3N2 test for canine influenza, visit idexx.com/canineh3n2.
New Merial Tech Champions Program
Merial has announced the launch of Merial Tech Champions (MTC), a coalition of selected veterinary technicians devoted to heartworm disease prevention. Members of the MTC will appear at events across the country throughout 2015 and beyond, encouraging veterinary technicians to share best practices with peers and empower them to educate pet owners about year-round heartworm disease prevention. The MTC program is affiliated with Merial’s ongoing partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. For more information, visit merial.com.
Human Medications Top the List of ASPCA Animal Poison Concerns
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has announced that, for the 7th year in a row, human medications top the list of toxins most commonly ingested by pets. The APCC handled more than 167,000 cases in 2014 involving pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances; nearly 16% of those cases (26,407) were pets that consumed medicines intended for human use. The top 10 calls into the APCC in 2014 were 1) human prescription medications, 2) over-the-counter medications, 3) insecticides, 4) household items, 5) human foods, 6) veterinary medications, 7) chocolate, 8) plants, 9) rodenticides, and 10) lawn and garden products. The APCC provides a mobile app—APCC by ASPCA—that features a searchable database of more than 275 toxins. For more information, visit aspca.org/apcc.
ASPCA Releases New Shelter Behavior Book for Animal Welfare Professionals
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced the release of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff, a shelter behavior book for animal welfare professionals (Wiley Blackwell Publishing). The book presents and evaluates the available research and programs that address both animal and human behaviors associated with the intake, management, and rehoming of dogs and cats. Written and edited by leading experts in shelter medicine, applied animal behavior, and shelter administration, it provides an understanding of how behavior influences the welfare of dogs and cats before, during, and after they enter animal shelters. For more information about the textbook, visit aspcapro.org/animalbehavior.
NexGard Receives FDA Approval for Protection Against Brown Dog Ticks
Merial has announced that NexGard (afoxolaner) has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add a label claim for the treatment and control of brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) infestations, which are found in 49 out of 50 U.S. states. NexGard, a prescription-only product sold exclusively through veterinarians, comes with full support for veterinarians and dog owners. Practice support includes Anti-Diversion Technology monitored by Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations, as well as a guarantee of customer satisfaction. Visit NexGardforDogs.com for more information.
Generic Microchips Preventing Pets From Getting Home
Generic microchips with a 900 manufacturing code are creating challenges for shelters and rescues across the U.S. This issue is receiving national attention because several companies continue to manufacture these chips.
Established microchip suppliers have dedicated prefix numbers, such as 981 (Datamars Companion Animal ID, datamars.com) and 985 (HomeAgain Pet Microchip, public.homeagain.com). When a pet is located but its microchip does not have the owner information registered with it, the company that sold the chip can be contacted for the “trackback” information, which identifies the facility—generally a veterinary practice or shelter—that purchased and implanted the microchip. In turn, that facility can usually provide the needed information, reuniting the pet and owner.
However, more than 6 companies sell microchips that start with the 900 code, making it very difficult to track down the specific company that sold the chip. Therefore, if the owner information is not registered along with the chip number, shelters and rescues hit an immediate dead end—the generic number does not provide any way to locate the company associated with the chip. This has led to situations in which pets have not been reunited with their owners, such as lost pets with microchips being adopted by new owners.
“Veterinarians need to be warned about the use of these microchips and their registration services. Pet owners need to know that these chips may not get their pets home if ever lost and what they need to do so their pets have a better chance of getting home,” said Steve Wilcox, Datamars, Inc. He added that Datamars is educating veterinarians, shelters, and pet owners about the risks of using these generic chips.
For more information on the chips used in your practice, contact your supplier to ask whether they have a designated 3-digit code. Learn more about pet microchipping by reading The Importance of Microchipping, a The Back Page interview with AVMA’s Dr. Kimberly May in the May/June 2015 issue, available at tvpjournal.com.
AAVMC Provides News Aggregator for Latest Updates in Academic Veterinary Medicine
On their News & Media Resources page, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is providing a compilation of news stories and press releases that member institutions promote via RSS feeds to help inform the media and public about the latest news in academic veterinary medicine, including comparative medicine. The AAVMC has designed this resource to help spread the word about the important work occurring in academic veterinary medicine around the world. If you are a member institution with an RSS feed and would like to be included in this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit aavmc.org/NewsAggregator.aspx.
NexGard Receives 2015 Best New Product Award From Better Homes And Gardens Magazine
Merial has announced that NexGard (afoxolaner) has been awarded the Best New Flea & Tick Control Product for Dogs by Better Homes and Gardens. More than 70,000 consumers participated in helping select the annual award winners. The Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Awards recognize the most appealing and innovative beauty, food and beverage, health and personal care, household, and kid products. For more information, visit bhg.com/better-homes-and-garden-magazine/best-new-product-awards/best-new-product-award-household.
First Pledge Made as AFSCAN Calls for Support for Scientific Projects Program
The African Small Companion Animal Network (AFSCAN) has received its first donation from David Simpson, Chair of Trustees at the Petplan Charitable Trust, who pledged £5000 toward a research project, as well as £1000 toward a scholarship for an African veterinary student to undertake a placement in a research laboratory. The new AFSCAN clinical research program aims to provide veterinarians working in African universities with funding to undertake locally relevant investigations related to small animal disease or welfare. AFSCAN works to increase the availability of high quality continuing education resources in Africa, and veterinarians from participating countries will benefit from the availability of point-of-care, clinical reference resources from Vetstream, and educational resources available on the NAVC’s online VetFolio platform. Visit wsava.org/article/wsava-foundation-launches-african-small-companion-animal-network for more information.
DBI Tabletop Portable Dental Unit Now Available
The TT-6 is a self-contained, compact, and portable dental unit. Because it is easily transported in its own carrying case and weighs less than 9 lb (compressor not included), this unit is ideal for field dental procedures as well as inside the practice or as a backup unit. DBI offers 3 compressor options depending on the usage. A hand-piece extension (for equine dental treatment) and piezo ultrasonic scaler are optional. For more information, please contact your Patterson representative at (800) 225-7911 or DBI at (800) 884-3507.
IVAPM Announces Animal Pain Awareness Month
The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), along with veterinary professionals around the world, is promoting September 2015 as Animal Pain Awareness Month. In keeping with the IVAPM’s commitment to promote, enhance, and advance pain management, this campaign is intended to raise owner awareness and recognition of both acute and chronic pain in animals, and it coincides with human medicine’s Pain Awareness Month. In the annual campaign, IVAPM will encourage the profession (including veterinary professionals, clinics, the industry, organizations, publications, and educators) to raise public awareness about pain and its management as it pertains to veterinary patients. For more information on IVAPM or Animal Pain Awareness Month, please call (615) 301-3040, email email@example.com, or visit ivapm.org.
Tips for Taking the Stress and Fear Out of Veterinary Visits
The website Good News for Pets has featured Valarie Tynes, DVM, Diplomate ACVB, a veterinary services specialist at Ceva Animal Health, in an article featuring the new “Fear Free” initiative, focusing on making clinic visits more positive for pets. Tips include bringing treats from home and making frequent veterinary visits, among others. See more at goodnewsforpets.com/tips-for-taking-the-stress-and-fear-out-of-visits-to-the-veterinary-clinic.
Vetrimax Products Announces Launch of Command Shampoo
Vetrimax Products is pleased to announce the launch of Command, a deep cleansing, non-drying, antimicrobial shampoo to help relieve clinical signs associated with atopic dermatitis in animals, including inflammation, pruritus, odor, and infection. A recent study found that Command, formulated with sodium hypochlorite and salicylic acid, decreases bacterial load, reduces clinical lesion severity, and results in improved owner assessment scores. Command shampoo, in 4- and 12-ounce sizes, is now available for orders and shipping. For more information, visit vetrimaxproducts.com.