Equine West Nile virus cases almost triple in past month (via DVM360)

DVM News Magazine reports U.S. Geological Survey disease maps show the number of equine West Nile virus cases in the U.S. increased to over 500 in the past month. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) released a similar report in early October showing that the mosquito-borne virus is a […]

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FDA Announces Minor Use/Minor Species (MUMS) Grant Program Request for Applications (via CVM Updates)

The Food and Drug Administration today announced the publication of a Request for Applications for grants to support the development of new animal drugs intended for minor species or minor uses in major species. (Major species are horses, dogs, cats, cattle, pigs, turkeys and chickens.) The grant program was established by the Minor Use and […]

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Is Your Dog or Cat Too Fat? Advice on Pet Obesity Awareness Day (via Patch.com)

October 10, 2012 is  National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54 percent of cats and dogs nationwide are considered overweight or obese. Along with decreased life-expectancy, overweight pets are at risk of cranial cruciate ligament injury, heart and respiratory disease, insulin resistance and Type-2 diabetes and […]

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People and dogs share dental germs (via Wall Street Journal)

According to a study in Japan, people and their pets may share harmful mouth bacteria.  The researchers found 10 bacteria common to human oral plaques were present in dogs, while a bacteria species generally found in the canine mouths was present in some dog owners. The sharing of bacteria was greater in cases where contact […]

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The Other Side of Antimicrobial Resistance (via Food Safety News)

Dr. Scott Hurd responded to “Letter from the Editor: Antibiotic Resistance”, an editorial recently published by Food Safety News. In his response, Dr. Hurd emphasized the importance of animal medicines and the many regulations and efforts underway in the agricultural community to protect animal and public health.   Read more, including the response, at Food […]

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$32 million animal care facility coming to JFK (via WSJ.com)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a $32 million renovation of a vacant building at John F. Kennedy International Airport for an animal care facility. The project will feature a veterinary hospital, rehabilitation area, boarding kennels and quarantine facilities. It will encompass 14.4 acres of the airport grounds and will […]

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