Animal Health

Canine influenza H3N2 update

  |   Animal Health

The WSVMA has not received any recent reports of dogs testing positive for H3N2canine influenza. However, there has been an increasing number of cases in California, and a dog in Grants Pass, Oregon has tested positive. In light of west coast activity, veterinarians should be vigilant and talk with pet owners about canine influenza. Vaccination for H3N2 is available and should be considered depending on risk of exposure and level of concern expressed by the owner and veterinarian. Testing for respiratory...

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Don’t forget! Heartworm is a reportable disease

  |   Animal Health

Veterinarians are well aware that infectious diseases can hitch a ride with rescue animals and traveling pets. Heartworm is among the diseases our veterinarians are concerned about as we’ve encountered several rescue dogs with heartworm recently as they come to Washington. There are several reasons for the rise of heartworm seen in Washington: Animals relocating or traveling from places where the disease is endemic. Man-made mosquito habitats. New mosquito vectors. Wild reservoirs such as coyotes. The possibility of heartworm gaining a strong...

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Tips for horse owners – protecting your horse from Equine Herpesvirus

  |   Animal Health

Last week, the Department of Agriculture was notified of one laboratory-verified case of Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy or EHV – 1, neuropathogenic strain, in King County, WA.  Quarantine was immediately instituted by the Department of Agriculture and the Department is working closely with the facility and their veterinarian to contain this outbreak.  Subsequent testing identified an additional five infected horses at the facility. As of 20171226, 7 horses with neurological signs have been euthanized out of population of 60 horses. EHV...

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Pain Relief Without Opioids? It’s Possible!

  |   Animal Health

Short on opioids? We feel your pain – but we don’t want our patients to feel the pain! Fortunately, there are still some opioid options. For potent opioids, morphine and methadone have some availability, depending on where you are purchasing from and, for morphine, what concentration you are looking for. Methadone is expensive, but might be an option for the short term and seems to be the least impacted by the shortage. Sufentanil or alfentanil are alternatives for fentanyl. Both appear...

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Shortage of pain relief drugs due to manufacturing issue

  |   Animal Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reporting a shortage of three pain relief drugs: fentanyl, morphine and hydromorphone. The shortage is due to upgrades being made at a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Kansas, and is unrelated to any federal policies on opioids or manufacturing quotas, according to FDA officials. You can find full details about the shortage on the FDA’s official drug shortage webpage. The AVMA has received several inquiries about the shortage and has expressed concern to...

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Take the Feline Fix by Five veterinary survey

  |   Animal Health

Did you know that the AVMA has recently endorsed spaying and neutering cats prior to five months of age?  In attempting to determine the level of understanding of, and agreement with, the Feline Fix by Five Campaign is asking that you complete a very brief survey.  This should take less than five minutes of your time. The purpose of this survey is to gauge practitioner awareness of the Feline Fix by Five campaign and of the AVMA endorsement and to determine...

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Why the change in recommended age of sterilization of cats?

  |   Animal Health

In June of this year, the AVMA formally endorsed the Feline Fix by Five (FFF) campaign promoted by the Marian’s Dream Foundation.  FFF was born out of awareness that cats can be reproductively active by 4 to 5 months of age, yet most veterinarians recommend spay/neuter of cats at 6 months of age or older.  The result of this mismatch between age at which cats can become pregnant and the recommended age of sterilization is demonstrated any time one walks...

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WSVMA Advisory – Hurricane animals being relocated near you?

  |   Animal Health

We are all aware of the great misfortunes experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and how huge numbers of Texans are starting to return to their homes to begin rebuilding their lives. And now Florida and parts of the Southeast are facing new hurricane threats. Disaster relief efforts are in full swing, and one of many efforts currently is the re-location of large numbers of shelter animals from or near the hurricane zone out of Texas, Florida and neighboring states’...

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You’re invited to attend the Dean’s reception for Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

  |   Animal Health

Our friends at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine invite you to come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. The reception will be held just two days prior to the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference on Wednesday, September 27 at the Fairwood Golf & Country Club in Renton. Dr. Guy Palmer will discuss updates on current research, education and outreach efforts. For more information or to RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/2wroRFa....

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Possible exposure to avian chlamydiosis at Bothell bird store – owners are encouraged to watch for pet and human symptoms

  |   Animal Health

A pet bird that died has tested positive for a serious bacterial disease called avian chlamydiosis. The bird had been boarded recently at the Wings of the World pet store located in Bothell, with potential exposure to other birds being boarded or available for sale since July 2. The Washington State Department of Health, in collaboration with the Snohomish Health District and Public Health – Seattle & King County, are in the process of contacting bird owners to share information...

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