Hill’s Pet food recall and signs of elevated levels of vitamin D

  |   Recall

Hill’s Pet Nutrition announced yesterday they were voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs but overdose of vitamin D can lead to health issues depending on the level of Vitamin D and length of exposure. Clinical signs of vitamin D overdose include increased thirst and urination, anorexia, vomiting, excessive drooling and weight loss. Clinical signs of vitamin D overdose often reflect the resultant hypercalcemia. Testing...

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Take survey to benefit rural veterinary practice

  |   Practice Management

Researchers and students are collaborating on a survey to gain insight into mixed animal, beef and dairy veterinary medicine practices. It is the intention of this program to identify key elements within this area of the industry and with these elements identified, develop much needed tools to help prepare, and encourage veterinarians in rural practice. As the debt incurred in becoming veterinarians continues to grow, it is increasingly important to find successful strategies to optimize rural veterinary medicine, to allow those entering...

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WSU’s Guy Palmer awarded AAVMC’s Excellence in Research Award

  |   Animal Welfare

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. Guy Palmer from the Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine as the recipient of the 2019 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award. "The AAVMC is proud to recognize outstanding educators and researchers like Dr. Palmer who elevate academic veterinary medicine and inspire others through their commitment to professional excellence and service,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We look forward to publicly honoring him for his...

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What’s all the hype about grain-free diets and heart disease? WSU/CVM issues recommendations

  |   Animal Health

Much information has been circulated on the internet and other in sources regarding grain-free diets and associated heart disease in dogs. The recent announcement from the US FDA alerting pet owners and veterinarians about reports of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or other exotic ingredients has raised questions among the public. We hope to address the most current understanding of the problem and the most commonly asked questions here. While we...

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WSDA reports cases of equine strangles and influenza

  |   Animal Health

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has reported positive cases of equine strangles and influenza. Six cases of strangles were reported in Snohomish, Thurston, Spokane and Franklin counties in Washington State. In Snohomish county, one horse tested positive in early January. Two horses in Thurston County, both showing upper respiratory signs, were confirmed on January 18. No quarantines were put in place. A five-year-old mule gelding in Spokane County was confirmed last month and in Franklin County, two horses,...

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