Researchers discover new tick-borne infection (via News-Medical.Net)

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy have discovered a brand new tick-borne infection. Since the discovery, eight cases have been described around the world, three of them in the Gothenburg area, Sweden.  The infection comes from the bacterium Neoehrlichia mikurensis. This bacterium was identified for the first time in Japan in 2004 in […]

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Rabid cat bites resident, second incident in 3 weeks involving cat, person (via Gainesville TImes)

“Another Hall County resident has been bit by a rabid cat, making it the second such occurrence in about three weeks. A man on County Line Road near Gillsville was bit by a feral cat, said Mike Ledford, Hall County’s Animal Services director.” According the report, the man had been feeding the cat. Read more […]

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Delaware’s state veterinarian urges poultry farmers to protect flocks this winter from disease (via FAZD Center)

“Delaware state veterinarian Heather Hirst issued a reminder to poultry producers to enact proper biosecurity measures in an effort to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza. Dr. Hirst recommends procedures including limiting the number of visitors to the farm and ensuring any visitors don special clothes and shoes that remain on […]

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FDA Was Right to Deny Petition to Restrict Animal Antibiotics (via OpenMarket.org)

Greg Conko of the Competitive Enterprise Institute writes, “I would still argue that FDA made the right call, but for an incomplete reason. In response to both the 1999 and 2005 petitions, the agency essentially said that going through the formal legal process to revoke the approvals for a drug is intensive, time consuming, and […]

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‘Veterinarians on call’: Show focuses on care of large animals (via Watertown Daily Times)

“Local large-animal veterinarian Dr. Peter Ostrum has been featured recently in a new reality series called “Veterinarians On Call.” The webisodes are the brainchild of producer John Courtmanche, who paired with Dan Carey of Essex Television Group to bring the series to YouTube. The program is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. Dr. Ostrum said the videos […]

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‘Pigeon fever’ cases reported in horses in Louisiana (via KATC.com)

“More than 30 cases of pigeon fever in horses have been reported to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said. The Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine treated 10 cases of pigeon fever in horses and the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory […]

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New studies help extend the lives of dogs with cancer (via The Minnesota Daily)

“The University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine will begin a new trial aimed at the latest treatment for dogs with osteosarcoma, a cancerous bone tumor. Osteosarcoma often occurs in dogs’ front or hind legs, causing pain and bone destruction. It has high potential to spread to other parts of the body, said Antonella Borgatti, […]

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White paper covers antibiotic use in food animals (via Feedstuffs)

Antibiotic use in food animal production is the focus of a white paper released recently by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA). The white paper is a summary of information delivered by 13 human and animal health speakers and symposium participants at “Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for Common Purpose,” which was […]

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Rabies vaccine to be required for dogs, cats, ferrets (via The Columbian)

Beginning Jan. 1, Washington state law will require that all pet dogs, cats and ferrets be current on their rabies vaccinations. The rule aims to reduce the number of rabies exposures in the state. Many cities and counties require rabies vaccinations but the state has never mandated the vaccines. Read more at The Columbian.

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Distemper outbreak could pose a threat to pets (via WISTV)

Several cases of diseased wildlife are showing up in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. Officials there say they are dealing with a distemper virus outbreak and it could pose a threat to your pets. So far, officials have caught seven raccoons and six foxes all with the distemper virus. Authorities have caught the animals within city […]

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