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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WSVMA CE event – Advances in Glomerular Disease – February 28, 2016

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

Join us for another premier WSVMA CE event featuring Dr. David J. Polzin from the University of Minnesota speaking on Glomerular Diseases. The event takes place on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Renton Technical College in Renton, WA. Dr. Polzin will cover how approaches to treating glomerular disease in dogs have changed because of recent advances. He’ll also cover SDMA and biomarkers, which provide new opportunities to understand CKD in dogs and cats. Join us for an enlightening afternoon at the...

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