Animal Health

Potential for Neurologic Adverse Events Associated with Certain Flea and Tick Products

  |   Animal Health, Medicine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class. Since these products have obtained their respective FDA approvals, data received by the agency as part of its routine post-marketing activities indicates that some animals receiving Bravecto, Nexgard or Simparica have experienced adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures. Another product in this...

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Telehealth case studies let you learn from your peers

  |   Animal Health

Do you have clients who need to bring their animals in more often to follow up on medical issues or for post-surgical follow-up exams, but struggle to fit veterinary visits into their busy schedules? How about clients with pets in hospice care where more frequent monitoring is needed, but travel from home to the clinic can create extra stress for both pet and client? When Dr. Brian Evans’ healthcare team at Coastal Animal Hospital in Encinitas, Calif., recognized they had clients who...

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Wildtype EHV-1 detected in one Snohomish County horse, quarantine order issued

  |   Animal Health

  The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has quarantined a Snohomish County facility near Arlington after a single laboratory-verified case of equine herpes virus EHV-1, non-neuropathogenic strain, was detected there. This “wildtype” strain of EHV-1 tends to be less contagious than the neuropathogenic type. On August 3, 2018 one horse at the facility tested positive for the virus.  This horse is isolated on the premises and WSDA has quarantined the facility.  Test results for a second, suspect horse are pending.  The quarantine...

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Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) outbreak requires vigilance and biosecurity measures

  |   Animal Health

The Washington State Department of Agriculture asks local poultry growers to be on the lookout for signs of Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) and to report any unusually large numbers of poultry deaths or the appearance of symptoms of the disease to the WSDA Sick Bird Hotline at 1-800-606-3056. The warning comes on the heels of an outbreak that began this May in Southern California, where the virus appeared and spread through backyard poultry flocks in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino...

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Number of bats with rabies on the rise

  |   Animal Health

Virologists at the Washington State Public Health Laboratory routinely test bats for rabies virus if known or suspected contact with people has occurred. Typically, 200 - 300 bats are tested each year. Last month, four bats tested positive for rabies, the highest number identified in the month of May since 1998. In June, one bat has tested positive for rabies so far. During the summer months, when bat encounters typically occur, veterinarians may receive calls from people who have had contact...

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Food allergies in pets are rarely a thing

  |   Animal Health

Banfield Pet Hospital® released its 2018 State of Pet Health® Report, which explores the science behind the three most common atopic dermatitis conditions in pets: flea, atopy and food. With food allergies in humans being reported at an all-time high, veterinarians are seeing pet owners become increasingly concerned about food allergies in their pets. However, according to the report, food allergies are diagnosed in relatively few of our patients, just 0.2 percent of dogs and 0.1 percent of cats. More commonly,...

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Avian infectious laryngotracheitis outbreak alert in King County

  |   Animal Health

WSDA has received a report of an avian infectious laryngotracheitis outbreak in a small poultry flock located in King County. Avian infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) can be transmitted from acutely infected chickens to the upper respiratory tract and eyes of other birds. Birds that recover from ILT are believed to be infected for life and the avian herpesvirus can be recrudesced when infected birds are stressed, leading to infection of exposed, uninfected/unvaccinated poultry. Gaps in the biosecurity program are responsible for most...

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IMMEDIATE UPDATE: USDA Confirms Additional Cases of Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Birds in California

  |   Animal Health

May 30, 2018 From: Washington State Department of Agriculture Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND), formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease is a contagious and fatal viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry. The disease is so virulent that many birds and poultry die without showing any clinical signs. vND is not a food safety concern.  No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products.  Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat.  In very...

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Local effort to secure vaccine for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

  |   Animal Health

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has been approached by local pet rabbit caretakers about the recent recognition of a deadly virus that infects both domestic and feral European rabbits that has been detected in British Columbia. There is a rising interest in protecting owned rabbits in Washington State through use of existing European vaccines for this virus. As a service to the community, RASKC staff have undertaken the exploration of such importation with USDA APHIS and the Washington...

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Canine influenza H3N2: should you be thinking about it?

  |   Animal Health

A canine influenza virus (CIV) H3N2 outbreak began in the San Francisco Bay area in December 2017, and cases have since spread throughout the Silicon Valley and into Nevada, southern California and the Pacific Northwest. This outbreak is solely caused by H3N2; the H3N8 strain is not contributing to the outbreak, and the last H3N8 positive U.S. case was detected in August 2017. In February, a 6-year-old, healthy, small breed dog in east King County tested positive for both H3N2 and...

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