‘Tis the flu season (via porkNetwork)

“As we enter influenza season in humans and swine, it is important to remember [that] vaccination and other control measures (such as frequent hand washing) minimize the risk of viral spread. It is also important to remind consumers that flu viruses are not found in pork. Consumption of pork is safe. Continued participation in the […]

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Study shows animal population is “unlikely to be the major source” of antibiotic resistance in human populations (via Nature)

“Recent research providing one of the most comprehensive epidemiological studies of antimicrobial resistance in animal and human populations only adds to the [antibiotic resistance] debate. The study, led by Stuart Reid, a veterinary scientist at the University of Glasgow, UK, found key differences between bacterial communities of the resistant Salmonella Typhimurium strain DT104 collected from […]

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American dogs and cats also face growing obesity problems (via Chicago Tribune)

“If your dog or cat looks more like a footstool than an animal, it’s time to do something about that excess weight. There is an epidemic of fat pets in the United States, one that’s often unrecognized. A survey earlier this year, conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, which works within the veterinary […]

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FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Cushing’s Disease in Horses (via Food and Drug Administration)

The Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Prascend (pergolide mesylate) for the control of clinical signs associated with Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID or Equine Cushing’s disease) in horses. Prascend is the first drug approved for use in horses to treat Cushing’s disease, a common disease of older horses that results in significant […]

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Rats in Downtown Los Angeles Carry Human Pathogen (via Science Daily)

Most fleas collected from rats trapped in downtown Los Angeles, California carried microbes from the genus Bartonella, many of which are human pathogens, according to a paper in the November Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The research team limited their investigation to fleas of the species Xenopsylla cheopis, because they are known both to infest Rattus norvegicus, […]

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2010 Annual Sales

SPENDING ON ANIMAL HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS ON THE RISE IN 2010 Washington, D.C., November 16, 2011 – Spending on products used to treat and prevent disease in companion and farm animals increased slightly in 2010.  Not adjusted for inflation, spending grew 8 percent, totaling nearly $6.9 billion, according to the Animal Health Institute’s Market Sales Report. […]

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2010 Annual Research and Development

ANIMAL HEALTH COMPANIES CONTINUE STEADY INVESTMENTS IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C., November 16, 2011 –Animal Health Institute member companies invested $689 million in 2010 on the discovery and development of new medicines for animals and the maintenance of existing products.  That figure is a 5 percent increase over the previous year, according […]

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USDA APHIS plans to streamline processes (via Drovers CattleNetwork)

According to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), new technologies for improving farm and ranch productivity soon could become available more quickly. The agency announced plans to streamline the approval process for veterinary biologics such as vaccines and bacterins. According to APHIS figures, the new system will cut about 100 days, or 20 […]

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Canine flu faces surge during holidays (via lohud.com)

An outbreak of canine influenza has been reported in New York, and local veterinarians are cautioning dog owners that they might want to protect their pets against the disease if they have plans to board them in a kennel during the holiday season. The nonfatal illness has been around for several years, but from time […]

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FDA denies citizen petitions on animal antibiotics (via Feedstuffs FoodLink)

“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied a pair of long-pending petitions from consumer and other groups to limit the use of several antibiotics in farm animals, saying a voluntary approach the agency proposed last year will lead to more “judicious use” of the drugs in agriculture. The petitions were filed in 1999 […]

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