The Latest News in Veterinary Medicine
Cancer Foundation Opens Nonprofit Natural Pet Store
Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation based in Aurora,Colorado, announced plans to open a nonprofit natural pet retail store in Colorado. The revenue generated from the My Buddy & Me Natural Pet Store will fund canine cancer comparative research and cancer treatments. “Canine cancer is the number one killer of our pet dogs, and many pet owners with afflicted animals cannot afford treatment. This is where Stymie CCF steps in,” said Aimee Thompson, founder of the Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation. “We raise funds for those who cannot afford the high cost of canine cancer treatments, and we contribute financing to fund ongoing canine cancer comparative research.” My Buddy & Me Natural Pet Store will carry a wide variety of natural pet foods as well as treats and toys. The foundation also plans to expand to an online storefront to serve families nationwide. The foundation has helped over 20 families financially this year as well as aided in transportation to a canine brain tumor clinical trial. For additional information, call 303-617-3955, email [email protected], or visit StymieCCF.org and MyBuddyandMe.org.
Sogeval Laboratories, Inc, recently introduced Clenz-a-dent Esteri-Caps, a new veterinary dental product targeting gum inflammation in cats and dogs, a factor in the progression of periodontal disease. Esteri-Caps contain esterified fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory and immune-regulating properties that aid in oral health. Other benefits include quick absorption into the gums, ease of use, and palatability. The capsule’s contents can be applied directly to the gums; onto the nose or paw to lick off; or onto food. For more information call 1-800-877-0177 or visit sogevalus.com.
Chemical-free Sanitizing Cleaning System
Alpha Tech Pet is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the Lotus PRO Aqueous Ozone Generator chemical-free cleaning system to animal care facilities. The Lotus PRO turns tap water into aqueous ozone—a powerful natural cleaner, stain remover, deodorizer, and sanitizer. Ozone is 50% more powerful than chlorine and up to 3000 times faster at destroying microorganisms. Aqueous Ozone is approved by the EPA and FDA as a 100% natural, safe, and effective cleaner and sanitizer. The system is easy to install, economical, and safe for use around animals. For more information, visit alphatechpet.com/lotuspro.aspx or call 800-222-5537.
Merial Introduces Formulation Designed to Kill Fleas Fast
A new formulation in the Frontline family of products— Frontline Tritak For Dogs—was recently introduced by Merial. The triple action formula adds cyphenothrin to fipronil and (S)-methoprene, the active ingredients in Frontline Plus, resulting in an effective and comprehensive flea and tick control product that offers sustained, waterproof flea- and tick-killing efficacy for a full month. Frontline Tritak For Dogs is being distributed exclusively through veterinary practices, and is currently available in nine southern states. and will be introduced in additional states in early 2013. Visit frontlinetritak.com for additional information.
Merial announced the “Vaccinate Your Pet” campaign, a new consumer awareness effort designed to support veterinarians’ vaccination recommendations for cats and dogs. A consumer-facing website,VaccinateYourPet.net, provides a forum for pet owners to share their vaccination stories, and reinforces the importance of regular veterinary visits and vaccinations. Merial, which offers an extensive line of vaccines for dogs and cats including Recombitek, Purevax, and IMRAB brand vaccines, will provide veterinarians with a full suite of tools to help educate their clients and drive them to the campaign website. For more information, visit VaccinateYourPet.net or contact your Merial sales representative.
Bayer HealthCare to Aquire TEVA Animal Health Business
Bayer HealthCare recently announced that they will acquire the animal health business of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, a leading global pharmaceutical company. The acquisition will broaden Bayer HealthCare Animal Health’s (bayer-ah.com) growing companion animal business by expanding its current offerings to also include dermatologic, pet wellness, and nutraceutical products. Teva Animal Health’s (tevaanimalhealth.com) portfolio of companion animal products features a full line of dermatology products sold under the DVM Pharmaceuticals brand, including such products as Malaseb, HyLyt, Relief, and others. The companion animal business also has a broad line of nutraceuticals encompassing joint and gastrointestinal products, including the Synovi brands. For additional information, visit animalhealth.bayerhealthcare.com.
Anita Migday, DVM, Theriogenology Foundation President, recently presented Ralph L. Brinster, VMD, PhD, with the 2012 Career Excellence in Theriogenology Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of reproductive veterinary medicine. His lifetime of research and discovery advanced reproductive biology and genetics. His work with embryonic culture systems, stem cells, and transgenesis—the insertion of new genes into the germ line of a developing organism—has provided valuable insight into the origin and treatment of both animal and human diseases. In 2010, he became the first veterinarian to receive the National Medal of Science from the President of the United States.
Alkaline Hydrolysis System
Bio-Response Solutions, Inc, announced availability of the PET400 Alkaline Hydrolysis System tailored for pet crematory operators and veterinary service providers. Alkaline Hydrolysis is an alternative to fire cremation. It uses water, alkali, and heat to slowly dissolve the animal, leaving only the mineral ash of the bones and teeth. These remains are dried and processed into a fine powder for return to the family in an urn, just as is done from fire cremation. The process uses 1/20 of the energy of fire cremation, and has multiple compartments allowing processing of up to 14 pets simultaneously while keeping each pets bones completely separate from the others. The family receives only their pets remains. Founded in 2006, Bio-Response Solutions is a worldwide leader in alkaline hydrolysis technology for the funeral, pet, and research industries. For more information, visit bioresponsesolutions.com.
Insect Growth Regulators Key to Preventing Flea Infestations
To control flea infestations, it is important for pet owners to use a product containing an insect growth regulator (IGR), such as (S)-methoprene, year round. IGRs break the life cycle and prevent immature flea stages from developing into adults. “On an untreated pet, an adult female flea can lay as many as 2,000 eggs during her lifetime,” said Dr. Michael Murray, technical marketing director of U.S. Parasiticides at Merial. One of the most effective ways to help control flea populations is to use a monthly topical product that includes an IGR, such as Frontline Plus, which has the additional benefit of killing other parasites, including ticks and chewing lice. For further information, visit merial.com.
New Strategic Partner for ACVIM Foundation
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Foundation (acvimfoundation.org) announced their new partnership with Bimini, LLC, (biminihealth.com) a scientific leader and innovator for cat and dog products. Bimini develops differentiated products that are supported by published science and are available through veterinarians only. “Bimini is very proud to partner with the ACVIM Foundation and support their important education work and initiatives” said Julie Bryant of Bimini, LLC. “The ACVIM Foundation appreciates the support of our partners to help fund initiatives that help our community,” said Roberta Herman, ACVIM CEO.
Animal-assisted Therapy and Pediatric Cancer Patients
Pfizer Animal Health and the American Humane Association completed the first round of the research study “Canines and Childhood Cancer: Examining the Effects of Therapy Dogs with Childhood Cancer Patients and their Families,” a multi-year effort taking place in hospital settings across the U.S. The study examines the specific medical, behavioral, and mental health benefits animal-assisted therapy (AAT) may have for children with cancer and their families. “Now we begin the important work of validating and quantifying something that we have observed and felt for years through our own experiences—that interaction with animals can provide beneficial effects for people in need of comfort, encouragement, and healing,” said Robin R. Ganzert, PhD, President and CEO of the American Humane Association. For more information, visit caninesandchildhoodcancer.org.