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Pièce de Résistance

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Multiple Drug Resistant Bacterial contamination or colonization of clinic personnel and or equipment, as well as cross-infection of patients within a veterinary hospital setting have been demonstrated. This underscores the importance of possible healthcare-associated infections in dogs and the need for diligent application of infection prevention strategies in veterinary care settings. Pièce de Résistance is a monthly message on antimicrobial stewardship brought to you by WSVMA’s One Health Workgroup.   Posted April 19, 2019...

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Pièce de Résistance

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Concerns about antimicrobial resistance most often focus on how we use antibiotics, but this is only one part of the challenge. Transmission factors can be even more important depending on the circumstances. For example, work in east Africa shows that antibiotic use, per se, provides no predictive value for having antimicrobial-resistant gut bacteria in people or animals. Instead, variables related to transmission of bacteria (e.g., consuming raw milk, sharing drinking water sources, bringing outside animals to the farm, etc.) are...

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Pièce de Résistance

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Do you believe there is unnecessary use of antimicrobials on any of your dairy clients’ farms? Over 80% of dairy veterinarians surveyed believed that there was some over-use of antimicrobials primarily with pre-weaned calves and cited “not following protocols” as a big reason. Looking at pre-weaned calf treatment protocols and reviewing compliance could help dairy clients with antimicrobial stewardship. Pièce de Résistance is a monthly message on antimicrobial stewardship brought to you by WSVMA’s One Health workgroup.   Posted February 8, 2019...

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Pièce de Résistance

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Antimicrobial Use in Food-Producing Animals – Farmers and Vets Recognized for Diligence in Use The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that domestic sales and distribution of all medically important antimicrobials intended for use in food-producing animals decreased by 33 percent between years 2016 and 2017. While sales data do not necessarily reflect actual antimicrobial use, the reduction in sales volume observed is an important indicator that ongoing efforts to support antimicrobial stewardship are having a significant impact. CVM’s...

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An opportunity to share your antibiotic knowledge

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Antibiotic resistance is a global public health issue, threatening both people and animals. The role of antibiotics in development of antibiotic resistance is largely unexplored in small animal medicine. The Colorado School of Public Health is launching a survey project focused on antibiotic use in small animal practice. Additionally, we are seeking veterinarians’ professional opinions on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic stewardship. This veterinary-led nationwide survey is the first of its kind in the United States, and results will aid in...

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Pièce de Résistance

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The “5 D’s” are best practices for judicious use of antibiotics that physicians and veterinarians can employ to prevent antimicrobial resistance and effectively treat their patients: Diagnosis-use laboratory testing / diagnostics as well as culture and sensitivity when forming a treatment plan. Currently, there are efforts underway to standardize antibiograms between laboratories. Drug-choose the most appropriate antibiotic based on culture and sensitivity results. Automatically prescribing a broad spectrum antibiotic may favor the growth of resistant bacteria and make...

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WSU’s The Allen School Partnering with the Pacific Science Center on global health series

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The Allen School is partnering with the Pacific Science Center to feature several of our faculty members in 2019 as part of the Global Health and Development Series. The series is part of the Science in the City program, which highlights scientists working on innovative and ambitious solutions to address global health problems. All of the talks are free and held on the second Tuesday of the month from 7-9pm at the Pacific Science Center. Why People in Washington Should Care...

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Pièce de Résistance

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Q: Subclinical bacteriuria in dogs and cats: to treat or not to treat? A: NOT, says the Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases. Check out Table 1 in Weese et al. Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3134992/). Here’s a summary of some qualifying statements: No clinical signs + no evidence of UTI based on urine sediment examà No need to treat. If high risk of ascending infection (e.g....

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Trupanion relationships with WA veterinarians under scrutiny – VIN News Greyhound dogs from Florida coming to Washington – Q13 Fox Dog infected with bacterial disease transferable to humans, public health investigating – KIRO 7 Cats need to hunt, forage for meals, says AAFP – Veterinary Practice News Veterinarian warns dog owners of leptospirosis in Greater Victoria – Goldstream Gazette Cannabis compound CBD for pets -- a growing trend that's not without risks – KOMO 4   Posted November 9, 2018...

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Pièce de Résistance – WSVMA launches new monthly antimicrobial resistance messaging

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Now more than ever, veterinarians are challenged to improve their antimicrobial treatment strategies to maximize stewardship. At the same time, DVMs are faced with refractory responses to treatment, or infections with so many resistances that they are virtually untreatable. WA Veterinarian is launching a monthly piece with concise messages about antimicrobial resistance. These messages are provided by members of the WSVMA One Health workgroup and meant to be easy to read and understand, and carry important, current information that veterinarians...

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