Today’s Veterinary News
Dechra Veterinary Products has been awarded the National Animal Supplement Council’s (NASC’s) Seal of Quality for its Phycox joint health supplements for canine and equine patients. The NASC seal is only awarded after an independent audit to ensure conformance with quality system requirements has been performed and deemed consistent with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and quality standards established by NASC. Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC recently announced the acquisition of Putney, Inc, a leading developer of generic companion animal pharmaceuticals in the U.S., which will provide Dechra access to Putney’s existing product portfolio and development pipeline. For more information, please visit dechra-us.com or call (866) 933-2472.
NEW METRIC-ONLY DOSAGE CUPS MEET ISMP RECOMMENDATIONS
Medi-Dose EPS has released new metric-only dosage cups, meeting the latest Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recommendations for metric graduations. Available in 3 sizes—20, 30, and 60 mL—these new dosage cups complement EPS’ growing line of other metric-only and dual graduation dispensing products for both hospitals and the community. All EPS Metric-Only Dosage Cups are manufactured from FDA-acceptable polypropylene and printed with compliant food grade inks. All graduations are on the exterior of the cup so there’s no contact between the ink and the cup’s contents. For more information on EPS Metric-Only Dosage Cups and complementary products, contact Robert Braverman at (800) 523-8966 or visit medidose.com.
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New Online Modules: Two online training modules designed to provide veterinarians with a solid grounding in contemporary animal welfare issues have been launched by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s (WSAVA’s) Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee. Both modules are now available for free download at tinyurl.com/hfs6s3s.
Call for Veterinary Volunteers: WSAVA is seeking volunteers for its latest Global Outreach project in Colombia for the week prior to WSAVA World Congress in Cartagena (September 27–30, 2016), with volunteers providing clinical care to pets whose owners cannot afford to pay for treatment. Further details can be found at wsava2016.com.
Campaign to Support Ketamine: Despite a recent decision by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs to reject the international scheduling of ketamine, WSAVA remains concerned that access to this essential medicine is threatened. It is calling on veterinarians globally to support its campaign to ensure continued access to the drug for veterinary and human medicine. More information about WSAVA’s ketamine campaign is available at wsava.org/educational/global-pain-council.
NEW INSULIN SYRINGES NOW AVAILABLE
BD (Becton, Dickinson, and Company) announced it has launched BD Pet Syringes. To address the insulin requirements of pets with diabetes, BD’s Pet Syringe is designed with U-40, a smaller concentration insulin, compared with the standard U-100 insulin available for human medicine. BD Pet Syringes are available in both 0.5 mL and 0.3 mL sizes to accommodate various levels of insulin dosing. For more information, visit bd.com/us/petdiabetes.
LAUNCH OF NEW DIGESTIVE HEALTH SUPPLEMENT
Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc, has introduced Proviable-Forte Digestive Health Supplement. Proviable-Forte capsules contain 2 times as many bacterial colony-forming units (CFUs) as Proviable (10 billion CFUs versus 5 billion CFUs for Proviable). Proviable-Forte is available in four 45-count blister cartons in a convenient dispenser (180-count total) for long-term use. Veterinarians can dispense capsules as needed to meet each pet’s needs. Learn more at proviable-forte.com.
COMPANION ANIMAL PARASITE COUNCIL RELEASES 2016 FORCAST MAPS
Each year, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) creates parasite prevalence maps that “forecast” the future of tick-borne, heartworm, and intestinal parasite diseases in U.S. pets. These maps are based on a broad collection of data, including tick-borne and heartworm disease test results, climate statistics, vector censuses, economic figures, and population densities. Here’s what can be expected in 2016:
- Lyme disease is expected to have a higher than normal national prevalence, even in recently invaded states, such as Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Kentucky. Eastern states, including New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and the west, including northern California, will see increased Lyme-positive animals, while New England is expected to have below normal activity, most likely due to increased testing, treatment, and prevention.
- While this year is expected to be “average” for anaplasmosis, it will be prevalent in New York, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and northern California, but the upper Midwest, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, is expected to see a lower than average number of animals testing positive.
- Ehrlichiosis will also present as “average” this year. However, above normal activity is forecast for western Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri, where Ehrlichia remains prevalent, as well as for southeastern states and southern California. Arkansas, where Ehrlichia is traditionally rampant, will see fewer cases.
- Positive heartworm diagnoses will increase nationwide, with increased activity seen particularly in the lower Mississippi River region, eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, New Mexico (due to the wet winter that has left more standing water than normal), northern California, and southern Florida (where incidence has been down for many years).
In addition to the forecast maps, CAPC also offers prevalence data that localizes reported parasitic disease down to the county level. Visit capcvet.org to download the maps and prevalence data for free; a free CAPC app for iPads is available for download through iTunes.
For over 45 years Royal Canin has partnered with veterinarians to bring out the best in cats and dogs. Having discovered that 1 in 3 pets suffer from multiple health conditions, Royal Canin has developed an innovative multifunction formula that’s highly palatable and digestible and addresses different combinations of nutritional needs. By pairing specific formulas, two conditions can be treated in a single diet. From urinary and anxiety issues to improvements in weight management, a pet can improve its overall wellness. To learn more, visit multifunction.royalcanin.com.
WELLNESS MONITORING PROGRAM FOR MANAGEMENT OF CANINE CONDITIONS
i4C Innovations, Inc—creator of the Voyce Health and Wellness Management System—is pleased to announce that the implementation of the Voyce Pro Wellness Monitoring Program by veterinarians has helped save or improve the lives of dogs in several case studies. Voyce Pro enables remote observation of canine patients’ biometric data, including resting heart and respiratory rates, intensity of activity, quality of rest, and calories burned. This data is collected from a dog’s home environment and is used to drive better patient outcomes and practice health. Product information and support for Voyce Pro is available at voycepro.com.
PET-FRIENDLY WORKPLACE WINS IN NEW SURVEY
Banfield Pet Hospitals released its first Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer (pets at work barometer) survey, revealing the positive impact pet-friendly workplaces have on employees and human resources decision makers. The vast majority of responses indicate that pet-friendly workplaces have a positive impact, boost morale, and contribute to talent retention and loyalty. More information and a full executive summary on the Banfield Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer is available at banfield.com/about-us/news-room/press-releases-announcements/banfield-shares-data-on-the-positive-impact-of-pet.
Registration is now open for Henry Schein Animal Health’s 2016 Veterinary Technology Summit, an event that will focus on helping veterinary practices increase their practice management software usage and improve practice efficiency and profitability. The summit will take place October 19-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Attending veterinarians and their staff will receive hands-on software training classes for the company’s AVImark, ImproMed Infinity, and ImproMed Triple Crown software programs. To register or receive more information, visit vetsummit.com.
NEW URINARY DIET FORMULA FOR DOGS
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets is introducing dry UR Urinary Ox/St Canine Formula as an additional dietary option for managing struvite or calcium oxalate bladder stones in dogs. The new UR Canine diet was formulated with controlled mineral levels to promote a urinary environment that is unfavorable to the development of both sterile struvite and calcium oxalate crystals. Information about Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets can be found at purinaproplanvets.com.
Dr. Ernest Rogers of Maplewood, New Jersey, has achieved the prestigious designation of Certified Criminal Investigator (CCI) by the American College of Forensics Examiners Institute, the world’s largest association for professionals in the field of forensic science. A CCI is a professional investigator who uses forensic skills to investigate all types of cases. The designation CCI identifies a professional’s high level of excellence, achievement, and competence, and it confirms that the professional has made a commitment to providing reliable service and maintaining the highest of ethical standards. Learn more at acfei.com.
DIABETES SCREENING PROGRAM DIAGNOSES HUNDREDS OF PETS
Thousands of pets were screened in 2015 at participating veterinary clinics, and 353 were diagnosed with diabetes, thanks to the collaboration of Merck Animal Health, Nestlé Purina PetCare, and Zoetis through the Diabetes Pet Care Alliance. As part of the program, owners whose pets were diagnosed with the disease received a Diabetes Pet Care Alliance disease management kit that contained a free glucose monitoring system, free therapeutic food, and free insulin. Merck, Nestlé Purina PetCare, and Zoetis have plans to collaborate once again during National Diabetes Month in November 2016. For more information, please visit usa.petdiabetesmonth.com.