Nine people exposed to rabies in New Mexico (via KASA.com)

Nine people who had contact with a pet dog are getting rabies shots after the animal tested positive for the disease. The dog began showing signs of rabies last week after being attacked by a skunk early in July, the New Mexico Department of Health reported Wednesday. The dog died at a veterinary hospital, and […]

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FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Urinary Incontinence in Female Dogs (via CVM Updates)

The Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of Incurin (estriol), the first drug approved for urinary incontinence in dogs. Incurin is indicated for the control of estrogen-responsive urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs. Urinary incontinence (involuntary urine leakage) can be caused by different medical conditions. Hormone-based urinary incontinence is a common problem in […]

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South Korea seeks to produce FMD vaccines in 2012 (via Xinhuanet)

South Korea will produce vaccines for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) as early as next year after being plagued by the worst outbreak of the disease in its history earlier this year, a government agency said Tuesday. The Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency under the Farm Ministry announced that it has selected five local […]

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Hendra virus found in a dog (via ABC rural )

The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong has confirmed that a dog has tested positive for hendra virus. Queensland chief veterinary officer, Dr Rick Symons, says it’s an unprecedented situation. “This is the first time outside of a laboratory that an animal other than a flying fox or a horse, or a human, has […]

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Animal health firm sets up China venture (via IrishTimes.com)

Irish animal health company Bimeda has established a joint venture firm in Shijiazhuang in China to develop and manufacture veterinary and animal health products for the local and regional market. The 50-50 joint venture between Bimeda and Shijiazhuang Rainbow Laboratories will initially provide product stability and raw materials testing for the pharmaceutical industry.   Read […]

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Washington Dairy Farm Permanently Enjoined for Engaging in Unlawful Use of New Animal Drugs (via CVM Updates)

On July 14, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted the government’s motion for summary judgment and entered an order of permanent injunction against Rhody Dairy, LLC, and its owner Jay L. De Jong of Sumas, Washington. The ruling states that Rhody Dairy administered drugs to their animals contrary to labeled […]

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Deadly dog disease poses concern for Indiana vets and shelters (via South Bend Tribune)

Veterinarians and animal shelters in Indiana are seeing an increase in the number of parvovirus cases, a highly contagious canine disease that can be prevented with a simple vaccine. “It leads me to believe right now that we have an economic problem, and people are not staying up with vaccinating their dogs like they should,” […]

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Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare Established (via VPN)

A new Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare was announced at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The partnership was created to address an increase in the prevalence of preventable pet health conditions. The goal of the partnership is to provide guidance and ensure that veterinary visits lead to early detection […]

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USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) posts new issue of Healthy Animals (via USDA)

This quarterly online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish. This issue provides details about a new vaccine that reduces mortality and severity of Newcastle disease symptoms in poultry and progress being made to develop vaccines that protect cattle against anaplasmosis. Read the current […]

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VCA Antech to acquire animal hospitals, data firm (via Forbes)

Los Angeles-based VCA Antech said it will acquire BrightHeart Veterinary Centers, a chain of nine veterinary hospitals including eight that focus on specialty and emergency medicine, and MediMedia Animal Health, an online communications firm that provides education and marketing services to veterinarians, for $196 million in cash. The BrightHeart deal will give VCA Antech a […]

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