The Value of FDA-approved Drugs (via Veterinary Practice News)

“The FDA Extra-label Drug Use regulations define compounding as a ‘customized manipulation’ of an approved drug or drugs by a veterinarian or pharmacist to meet the needs of a particular patient. When you mix two injectable drugs, make a paste or suspension from crushed tablets, or add flavoring, you’re legally compounding. It is illegal, however, […]

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Fitness with Fido (via The Washingtonian)

“When it comes to reaching New Year’s goals to get healthier and fitter, pet owners may have an advantage…Others might be interested in research that points to the health benefits of interacting with pets, such as lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies have shown that people with heart disease have better survival rates if they […]

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Canine distemper kills kit foxes (via The Desert Sun)

The California Department of Fish and Game is investigating the deaths from canine distemper of seven desert kit foxes found at NextEra Energy’s Genesis solar project east of the Coachella Valley. The deaths, which occurred over the past two months, are the first documented cases of canine distemper in wild desert kit foxes, according to […]

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Double-Digit Growth Predicted for Pet Medications (via PetProductNews.com)

The combined U.S. market for pet medications, including those sold through veterinarians, retailers and websites, was nearly $5 billion in 2007, up 11 percent over 2006, according to New York-based Packaged Facts, a unit of MarketResearch.com. The market research group projects continued double-digit growth in the sector for the foreseeable future, with sales hitting $8.6 […]

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Skin disease in dogs may offer clues to human disease (via Science Now)

“In the past few years, [golden retrievers] have begun to suffer from one of a cluster of rare diseases that also afflicts humans, maladies that cause the skin to form scaly patches and that can sometimes be fatal. A new study of golden retriever DNA shows that the same gene is mutated in the dogs […]

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Confiscated bushmeat ‘poses virus threat’ (via BBC News)

“Scientists have documented potentially dangerous viruses entering the US through illegally imported wildlife products. Testing of meats confiscated at American airports has revealed the presence of several pathogens that could pose a risk to human health. Retroviruses and herpesviruses were identified, some of them isolated from remains of endangered monkey species.”   Read more at […]

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New vaccine protects pigs against E.coli (via Iowa Farmer Today)

“South Dakota State University is partnering with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. to develop a new vaccine to protect pigs against a deadly form of E. coli. The research and resulting technology was developed by associate professor Weiping Zhang and professor David Francis in SDSU’s Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, according to a news release. Their […]

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AHI Statement on Extralabel Drug Use (ELDU) Rule

The Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule on extralabel drug use (ELDU) will eliminate some current extralabel drug use practices while allowing others to continue with new restrictions placed on veterinarians.  We are generally concerned about FDA taking medical decisions to treat animals out of the hands of veterinarians. Extra-label drug use is strictly limited […]

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Texas prepares for rabies vaccine drop (via KOSA-TV.com)

The Texas Department of State Health Services will make its annual rabies vaccine airdrop this week. Planes will take off from the Alpine- Casparis Municipal Airport around dawn on Wednesday, January 4, to drop approximately 1.8 million doses of the rabies vaccine in West Texas, as part of the DSHS Oral Rabies Vaccination Program. Read […]

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Hong Kong on Alert Over Bird Flu (via WSJ.com)

“Health authorities in Hong Kong are urging residents to take steps to ensure personal hygiene, and the city remains on high alert following the bird-flu-related death of a man in mainland China. Renewed fears in Hong Kong came as Chinese authorities said preliminary tests showed the Shenzhen man, whose death Saturday was China’s first human […]

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