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Product News


The first and only medication approved by the FDA for treatment of noise aversion in dogs is now available. SILEO from Zoetis, Inc is an oromucosal gel formulation of dexmedetomidine, a highly selective alpha-2 adrenoceptor agonist that blocks norepinephrine release, a chemical in the brain that is involved with the development of fear and anxiety. SILEO is administered by pet owners via oral transmucosal absorption, limiting the amount of dexmedetomidine available in the body at any given time after administration and providing a calming effect that does not cause sedation. SILEO has a rapid speed of onset that can be tailored to the timing and duration of noise events. For more information, visit sileodvmus.com.


Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc has announced that the first oral vaccine for protection from Bordetella bronchiseptica in dogs, Bronchi-Shield ORAL, surpassed 16 million doses in January. This milestone comes not long after its launch in April 2012. Bronchi-Shield ORAL is made with PureFil Technology, offering advancements, including purification technologies and tighter manufacturing profiles, for more serial-to-serial consistency. For more information, visit Bronchi-ShieldORAL.com.

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Animal Health Technologies has introduced the Calmz Anxiety Relief System, a noninvasive treatment option for dogs that suffer from various types of behavioral anxiety. The system is comprised of a comfortable, adjustable vest that cradles the device over specific acupressure points on a dog’s spine. The product’s NeuroSync Technology, which delivers calming frequencies that the dog can hear and feel, has been clinically tested by animal behaviorists and has demonstrated statistically significant reduction in negative behavior associated with common canine anxiety. This system is now available for purchase at calmz.com.


Blue Buffalo Company has launched a national consumer education campaign to reinforce the importance of regular veterinary care. The 12-month marketing program—Pet Care Starts with Vet Care—is designed to help raise awareness of the benefits of regular veterinary care and annual check-ups, while encouraging pet owners to talk with veterinarians about ways to achieve a long, healthy life for their dogs and cats. The campaign will deliver 525 million consumer impressions through national TV advertising on CBS, TNT, A&E, and other networks; magazine ads in Women’s Day, Eating Well, Shape, and other publications; social media and targeted email messages; more than 3000 one-on-one consumer interactions each week at pet specialty retail outlets across the U.S.; and outreach to over 100,000 pet owners at 200 scheduled events in local communities nationwide. For more information, visit BlueBuffalo.com.


Aratana Therapeutics has submitted an administrative New Animal Drug Application for Nocita (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) with the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. Nocita is a local anesthetic that provides analgesia for up to 72 hours after surgery by releasing bupivacaine over time from multi-vesicular liposomes deposited in the tissue. The therapeutic is administered as a single dose by tissue infiltration during closure of cranial cruciate ligament surgery in dogs. Aratana Therapeutics also presented efficacy and safety data at the 2016 ACVIM Forum on FDA-approved Entyce (capromorelin oral solution) therapeutic for appetite stimulation for dogs. The full presentation slides, as well as the information for Nocita, are available at aratana.investorroom.com.

Educational News


Merial and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) are adding new preventive health programs to their Merial Tech Champions program. The additional courses, covering intestinal parasites, dental health, and flea and tick protection, debuted at the 2016 AVMA Convention. Merial and NAVTA first teamed up 3 years ago to support technicians in their efforts to provide the best possible counsel and care in-clinic, with a focus on heartworm disease prevention. Based on the positive response, Merial has worked with NAVTA to add new courses covering other critical areas in preventive health. These courses are offered throughout the year at various veterinary technician meetings. T1609C04Fig01     T1609C04Fig02     T1609C04Fig03


The maker of NexGard (afoxolaner) has launched its Hero Tails “dog-umentary” video series that celebrates the stories of 5 Canine Companions for Independence graduate pairs, including an athlete, an imaginative young girl and her parents, an active young mother, a deaf woman navigating a world of sound, and a U.S. military veteran. Dog lovers are invited to watch the Hero Tails series, narrated by TV host, musician, and philanthropist Nick Cannon, and for every video view or in-clinic purchase of NexGard until October 31, the maker of NexGard will donate $1 to Canine Companions for Independence. For more information, visit HeroTails.com.

Legislative/Regulatory News

  • New Jersey politician sponsors statewide declaw ban—from nj.com New Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton wants to add onychectomy to the list of criminal animal cruelty offenses. Read more at http://bit.ly/29BWwwI.
  • The legal value of animal companions—from HuffingtonPost.com Georgia and Oregon courts have ruled in favor of animal owners receiving veterinary cost compensation in negligence cases. Read more at http://huff.to/29Ajcyz.

Publishing News


Being able to quickly and correctly diagnose and treat ophthalmic disease can be challenging for even the most experienced veterinary professionals due to the complexity of the eye and the conditions that affect it. It’s this quandary that led Douglas W. Esson, BVSc, MRCVS, DVM, Diplomate ACVO, and clinical director at Eye Care for Animals to develop what he describes as a simplified, yet comprehensive overview of small animal ophthalmology for general practitioners. Published by Wiley-Blackwell and available on Amazon, Clinical Atlas of Canine and Feline Ophthalmic Disease provides an image-rich resource for diagnosing and treating ophthalmic conditions in clinical practice. The layout is organized for easy reference, with conditions grouped anatomically. For more information, visit wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118840771.html.

Top Headlines

  • Court exonerates vet who saved dog—from MichiganCapitolConfidential.com The Michigan appeals court decided in favor of celebrity veterinarian Dr. Pol, overruling the licensing board that took issue with Pol’s procedures. Read more at http://bit.ly/29LnIxk.
  • New synthetic dog cadaver available for vet students—from sciencealert.com Biotech firm introduces synthetic dog that breathes, bleeds, and dies, requiring students to address various ailments. Read more at http://bit.ly/22HUaCn.
  • Suspended again after botched treatment—from Minnesota.CBSlocal.com Dr. Jon Woodman will work to get license back after performing work he was not comfortable doing. Read more at http://cbsloc.al/29lBlyN.
  • Dog found with teeth growing out of its ear—from newsok.com (Oklahoma City) A dog with 4 ears and teeth growing from one of them found by OKC Animal Welfare. Read more at http://bit.ly/29NGSCK.
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