Animal Health

Elk Hoof Rot found in the Northwest of the state

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Elk Hoof Rot appears to be spreading through the state of Washington.  In December the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife send hooves from four elk collected in Northwest Washington for testing.  The results were negative for three hooves from Whatcom county, but positive for the hoof collected from Skagit county.  That hoof was positive for treponeme bacteria and taken from an elk found dead along Highway 20. To report elk with hoof deformities or learn more about hoof disease in...

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A routine call might save lives – rabies in Jefferson County cat

  |   Animal Health, Professional News, Uncategorized

Dr. Ron Wohrle, State Public Health Veterinarian, picked up the phone and the call started off like many. “What should I do about this animal that just bit someone?” a veterinarian from Jefferson County wanted to know. Washington’s Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Wohrle often helps assess potential rabies exposure when someone is bitten by an animal. It’s been more than a decade since rabies was found in a domestic pet in Washington, so the risk of exposure is typically very...

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Canine influenza update

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

A recent article in the New York Times discussing vaccination of Fido for canine influenza virus (CIV) has generated some recent questions to the WSVMA regarding incidence of CIV in Washington State. The WSVMA is not aware of any documented cases of CIV, either H3N2 virus which caused the early 2015 outbreak of canine influenza in Chicago, or the H3N8 virus which was first reported a few years ago. However, given that there are two types of testing, PCR and antibody...

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New resource available on Brucella canis prevention

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care program has published a new resource entitled Best Practices for Brucella canis Prevention and Control in Dog Breeding Facilities.  Brucella canis is a reproductive disease caused by an intracellular bacterium often found in breeding kennels. The organism is zoonotic and can infect humans but is currently underreported. The document is available on USDA’s Animal Care Web site under Guidance Documents.  Please share this with your colleagues and other local partners who may...

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week November 16 – 22, 2015 and access important new resource

  |   Animal Health, One Health, Uncategorized

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (Get Smart Week) is an annual observance intended to engage relevant stakeholders, including professional societies, advocacy groups, for-profit companies, state and local health departments, the general public, the media and others around antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient, inpatient and animal health settings. This year, Get Smart Week will be observed November 16-22, 2015. Get Smart Week coincides with the European Union’s Antibiotic Awareness Day (Nov. 18) and the World Health Organization’s first World Antibiotic Awareness...

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Please participate in survey about antiparasitic drug use and resistance in ruminants and horses

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is asking equine, bovine and small ruminant practitioners to participate in a survey about antiparasitic drug use and resistance in ruminants and horses. Veterinary parasitologists are asked to complete the survey as well. The survey is intended to help the CVM better understand the level of awareness and concern within the veterinary community regarding antiparasitic resistance in grazing species.. The survey will be open until Nov. 3, 2015. Responses will impact future educational outreach efforts...

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WSVMA resources on feline declawing

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

On Wednesday, October 20, 2015, we notified members about an anti-declawing social media campaign aimed at veterinarians. To our knowledge, no Washington state veterinarian has been targeted.  Regardless, such attacks could come at any time, given the unpredictability of such sites as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and others. The WSVMA has been proactive in addressing issues surrounding declawing. In 2013, a member survey was conducted and the results showed that the frequency with which declaw surgeries are performed is greatly reduced and...

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Bluetongue virus found in Washington and Idaho deer and livestock

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Bluetongue virus (BTV) has been confirmed by the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) in 42 animals from Washington and Idaho. This is an increase over previous years. Most of the samples were from white-tailed deer but other species were affected including domestic sheep, bighorn sheep, mule deer, cows and a yak. BTV is caused by a virus which is transmitted by midges or gnats and is not transferred between animals or to humans. Warmer, drier weather this year is suspected...

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West Nile Virus more active this year

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Washington has seen a resurgence in West Nile virus cases this year and the state veterinarian, Dr. Joe Baker, is asking for horse owners to ensure their horses are vaccinated. The virus hasn’t been as active in recent years and it’s possible that owners have become complacent. To date this year, 22 horses have tested positive in addition to 20 humans, 6 birds and 151 mosquito pools. There were also six blood donors whose blood tested positive when screened for the presence...

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USDA hiring veterinarians and technicians to respond to avian flu

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the agency is hiring 90 veterinarians and 210 animal health technicians for one and two-year appointments in order to respond to the avian flu outbreak. Together, they will be among 450 temporary employees that will assist the egg and poultry industries prepare for the migratory season this fall and respond to any highly pathogenic H5N2 infections that arise. The H5N2 influenza virus killed approximately 50 million chickens and turkeys earlier...

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