Halloween Costumes: Not just for people (via Today.com)

About 23 million people will dress up their pets this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Americans will spend a large amount of money on Halloween costumes and accessories for their dogs and cats. Sales are expected to hit a record $350-million dollars, up $30-million from last year.   Read more about pet […]

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Vaccines for Deadly Diseases Need to Work on Animals and Humans (via Wired)

As more and more human Ebola patients have been diagnosed, attention has turned to their pets, in what three experts note is “a stark reminder of the crucial role animals can and do play in the spread of disease.” Noting that 60% of human pathogens originate in animals, the authors of this opinion piece call […]

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Dallas Ebola Patient’s Dog will be Saved, Monitored (via USATODAY)

A hospital worker who treated the Dallas Ebola patient who died last week has tested positive for the disease, marking the first known Ebola transmission in the U.S. The worker owns a dog who will not be euthanized, according to authorities, who are working with the local SPCA and animal control officials to secure care […]

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AHI Statement on FDA Sales Data Report

Media Contact:           Ron Phillips:    (202) 637-2440 WASHINGTON, DC, October 2, 2014 – Today’s antibiotic sales data report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a small part of the story about the public health impact of antibiotics used to keep food animals healthy. National sales information is limited in its use and does […]

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AHI Comment on PCAST Report on Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is a serious public health threat. Like the 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on antibiotic resistance, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report provides an important perspective and context on antibiotic resistance and the role of both human and animal medicine. The Animal Health Institute […]

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AHI Response to Reuters Story on Antibiotic Use in Chicken

Antibiotics are important tools used by producers and veterinarians to keep food animals healthy, which is essential to maintaining a healthy food supply. It is important to remember that they are only one of several tools and practices used. Animal health companies, producers and veterinarians work hard to minimize the need for antibiotics, use them […]

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Anthrax Confirmed in Texas Deer (via Outdoor Channel)

Texas wildlife officials confirmed a case of naturally occurring anthrax in an infected white-tailed deer. This is the second confirmed case of anthrax this summer, but it is the first case this year to be recorded in a wild animal. The first case was confirmed in a goat in June. According to a Texas Parks […]

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FDA updates Lists of Feed Mill Licenses & VFD Distrbutor Notifcations (via FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated its lists of Approved Medicated Feed Mill Licenses and Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Distributor Notifications. Licensed facilities are allowed to manufacture animal feeds from Category II, Type A medicated articles. A VFD drug is intended for use in animal feeds, and such use of the VFD […]

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West Nile Virus in horses and human in New Mexico (via Southwest Farm Press)

Officials in New Mexico are alerting people to the dangers of West Nile virus after the potentially deadly infection was confirmed in two horses and one human. The 45-year-old woman is likely to recover, but both horses were euthanized. The rainy season in the region may be responsible for the uptick in West Nile virus […]

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USDA Establishes New Health Requirements for Dogs Imported to the U.S. (via USDA)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has amended Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to require that dogs imported to the U.S. meet stronger health and safety standards to protect Americans and Americans’ pets. The new rule ensures that dogs imported for resale are vaccinated and in good health, […]

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