Animal Health

World Rabies Day – Rabies Hero Campaign

  |   Animal Health

Rabies Free Africa is launching the Rabies Hero campaign for World Rabies Day – September 28, 2020. The campaign encourages veterinary hospitals to host vaccination clinics in their local communities to prevent outbreaks of diseases. It is easy to participate. An online toolkit Is available with suggestions for types of clinics and marketing materials. If you are interested in being part of the Rabies Hero campaign, sign-up online or email at [email protected] “Rabies is a very serious disease and could become a...

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A message from Dr. Guy Palmer about World Rabies Day

  |   Animal Health, One Health

2020 has been an unprecedented year. I have spent my whole career studying infectious disease and, while I knew the risk of a pandemic, that doesn’t make it easier to witness the toll COVID-19 is taking on families and businesses and most importantly the loss of life. Public health officials around the world are raising concerns about recommended vaccines that are being skipped due to COVID-19 for both humans and animals. All veterinary hospitals in Washington have operated at limited capacity...

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Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Initiative looking for participants

  |   Animal Health, One Health

The University of Minnesota is recruiting U.S. small animal veterinary teaching hospitals to participate in a 2020 national point-prevalence survey (PPS) to gather data on antibiotic use in dogs and cats. Data from a single day of clinical practice will be collected from all participating hospitals for national-level aggregation and analysis. This approach is modeled after CDC’s methodology to estimate national antibiotic use and healthcare-associated infections in hospitals and nursing homes (e.g., PMID 32519751, 30380384). Time commitment is estimated to be...

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New WSDA Disease Reporting Tool for Veterinarians

  |   Animal Health, State Regulatory

The WSDA Animal Disease Reporting Tool is provided to report suspected or confirmed diagnoses of reportable diseases. All suspected or confirmed diagnoses of reportable diseases must be reported to the Animal Health Program as soon as possible. The tool may also be used to report new or unusual animal diseases or disease clusters with potential public health significance, including zoonotic or potentially zoonotic diseases in animals that 1) have never or rarely been observed in WA, or 2) appear in a new species or...

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Regulations for dogs and cats entering California

  |   Animal Health, State Regulatory

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) would like to remind state officials and private veterinarians of California’s requirements regarding Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs) for dogs and cats entering California. A CVI, also known as a health certificate, is not required for cats and most privately owned dogs being brought into California. A health certificate is required only for persons bringing dogs into California with intent to sell or transfer ownership (California...

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Out-of-state disease confirmed in illegally imported pig

  |   Animal Health

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) was diagnosed for the first time in pigs illegally imported into Washington State. The disease had not previously been identified in Washington pigs. PRRS is a viral disease characterized by reproductive impairment or failure in breeding animals and respiratory disease in pigs of any age. PRRS is the most economically significant disease to affect US swine production since the eradication of classical swine fever (CSF). Once the disease is established in a herd, it can...

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New pet disease alert service launches

  |   Animal Health

Pet Disease Alerts, a public charity established by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) announced the launch of a new service to alert veterinarians and pet owners about local infectious disease outbreaks. For almost a decade, CAPC has been mapping, tracking and forecasting diseases to make pet owners aware of the risks both where they live and where they plan to travel with their pets. Nationally, prevalence rates have risen each of the past five years and are now up...

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Equine Herpes Virus confirmed at King County boarding facility

  |   Animal Health

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed that three horses that reside at a board facility in King County have tested positive for the neurologic form of Equine Herpes Virus. The facility is now under a minimum 14-day quarantine to be lifted only after WSDA confirms that there are no more signs of the disease. The cases include two 17-year-old draft geldings and a 6-year-old crossbreed gelding. Clinical signs of the horses included ataxia, urinary incontinence, and nasal discharge. The...

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WSVMA COVID-19 Updates

  |   Animal Health, COVID-19

As we reported earlier this week, the WSVMA has put together resources on our website for veterinarians and the public to help you keep abreast of all the COVID-19 news. We’ll update it with new information as things change. As we continue to deal with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, new questions are arising as to how veterinarians and veterinary practices may be impacted. One such question which came in this week asks: With the outbreak of COVID-19, if pet owners...

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Important member updates on COVID-19

  |   Animal Health, COVID-19

News reports from last evening indicate that Hong Kong authorities have quarantined a dog after samples from the dog's nasal cavity and mouth tested "weak positive" for the COVID-19 virus. The dog’s owner has tested positive for COVID 19. The implications of a "weak positive" test result remain unclear, and it is unknown if the detected presence of the virus is due to infection or environmental contamination. The Hong Kong Agricultural, Fisheries, and Conservation Department has issued a statement, which...

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