Animal Health

Experts discuss opioid shortage

  |   Animal Health

Veterinary Practice News organized a roundtable discussion with five anesthesiologists and pain management experts to discuss the reasons behind the opioid shortage and best practices for identifying solutions to the problem. Read a transcript of the discussion here.   Posted March 9, 2018...

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Opioid shortage expected to continue into 2019

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Opioid shortages – particularly injectable fentanyl, morphine, and hydromorphone – continue to impact veterinarians’ ability to provide appropriate pain management for patients and are anticipated to last into 2019. The shortage stems largely from upgrades being made to a Pfizer Inc. manufacturing plant. While Pfizer manufactures most of these products, some other drug manufacturers may be considering whether and how they can produce more of these medications to meet patient needs. The AVMA has been communicating closely with both the U.S. Food...

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Client reminder program is available to veterinary practices at no cost

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Study results from the Partners for Healthy Pets’ (PHP) new inactive client reminder program has convincingly demonstrated the program’s ability to re-engage inactive clients with their veterinary practices. It was shown that within six months of implementing the program, participating veterinary practices: Generated an average of 128 patient visits, from formerly inactive clients. Had an overall 8.5% inactive-client response rate (the percentage of clients who responded to the email and brought their pets in for an appointment), which is considered...

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Take survey on veterinary care for the underserved

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The Access to Veterinary Care Coalition (AVCC) and the University of Tennessee Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, request that you participate in a national study about access to veterinary care affecting more than 25 million pets. Your participation in this survey will provide a veterinarian’s perspective and help with understanding how to best address this crisis. The AVCC is a diverse group, including: veterinarians, animal welfare and social services professionals, and educators, working to improve access to veterinary care for...

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Canine influenza H3N2 update

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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