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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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Pièce de Résistance – October

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Treating cattle effectively requires an accurate body weight. Without knowing the body weight, an animal may be under or over dosed. Visual weight assessment tends to result in under-dosing large sized cattle, while over-dosing the smaller animals (van Dijk et al., 2015).   Posted October 12, 2018...

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FDA highlights potential health risks to people exposed to altrenogest products for horses or pigs

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting veterinary medical professionals, as well as those who work with horses and pigs, that a synthetic progesterone product commonly used in these animals may cause reproductive system disorders and other adverse effects in people who become exposed to the drug. The FDA is providing this alert because of the nature of the adverse events, some of which have occurred in teenage girls. Altrenogest belongs to the class of drugs called progestins and is...

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Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Heath professor named to National Academy of Medicine

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PULLMAN, Wash. – M. Kariuki Njenga, a Washington State University professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and a leader in the effort to address emerging zoonotic diseases, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Njenga, a professor of virology and global health, is the country director for WSU Global Health-Kenya. He is based in Kenya on the health sciences campus of the University of Nairobi. A member of Allen School faculty since...

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Nov 13 – 19, 2017 is Antibiotic Awareness Week

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U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week”) is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Washington Governor Inslee has issued a proclamation declaring Nov 13-17, 2017 Antibiotic Awareness Week. Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more...

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Looking to adopt a rescue dog or cat? Check the paperwork

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Many people, moved by the magnitude of dogs and cats made homeless by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, may be considering adopting a rescue pet impacted by the storms. As a veterinarian and dog and cat owner, I can appreciate and support this. Washington has the reputation of welcoming pets facing hardships. I also know that animals need medical attention such as health exams and vaccinations for rabies, heartworm and other maladies that can spread to other dogs and cats they mingle with...

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