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New York City Department of Health warns of imported dogs with questionable documentation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of an increasing number of dogs with questionable documentation of prior rabies vaccination. The dogs are being imported into the U.S. from rabies-endemic countries. The CDC recommends that veterinarians request the original rabies vaccination certificates (and English translations, if necessary) for any new patients. Veterinarians should strongly recommend that a dog be vaccinated against rabies by their clinic if the client is unable to provide the original certificate; the certificate comes from an unknown source; or the reported age does not match the physical appearance of the puppy.
Wagner to lead research at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Bettina Wagner, D.V.M., has been appointed associate dean for research and graduate education at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca. She will serve a five-year term beginning Sept. 1. Joel Baines, V.M.D., Ph.D., who currently holds the position, will become the dean of Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine effective Sept. 1.
CSU veterinary alum hopes for Triple Crown win by a nose
The idea for the nasal strip worn by Triple Crown contender California Chrome — patterned after a human version that deters snoring — occurred to equine veterinarian Ed Blach, D.V.M., M.S., M.B.A., in the middle of the night. That was 17 years ago. Now, the equine nasal strips (sold under the trade name FLAIR) are in horse racing's limelight as California Chrome preps to storm Belmont Stakes June 7 as the event favorite.
Jerky pet treat deal: Makers agree to $6.5 million fund
Two of the nation's biggest makers of jerky treats blamed for deaths and illnesses of thousands of pets have agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate dog owners who believe their animals were harmed, according to terms of a settlement in a class-action lawsuit.
Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Waggin' Train LLC reached an agreement with pet owners in several states who were seeking redress for what they claimed was suffering and death of pets who ate chicken and other jerky treats made in China.
Many pets are too plump
Much like their human companions, many of America's pets are overweight.
Just over half of dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and 58 percent of cats are carrying too many pounds, according to a survey from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
Neogen names two agricultural disinfectants that kill PEDv
Lincoln Journal Star
Neogen Corp. announced that independent laboratory results have shown two of its agricultural disinfectants are effective against the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The company said the study showed that Neogen's DC&R Disinfectant and BioSentry BioPhene Disinfectant demonstrated "complete inactivation" of the PEDv organism when tested in accordance with protocols commonly used to evaluate disinfectants.
Survey gauges practice managers' concerns about owners
The relationship between practice managers and owners is based on respect and appreciation but is punctuated with concerns, according to a 2014 survey by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.
The VHMA distributed the survey form electronically and via the association's booth at regional and national veterinary conferences. The respondents were 425 practice managers and 88 practice owners.
New York pro-ferret lobby rejoices: Don't lump us with even-toed ungulates
The Christian Science Monitor
Ferrets may be weaseling their way back into the heart of the Big Apple, as the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene takes up a petition to lift a 15-year-old ban on the right to own a ferret.
Pet Center Inc. voluntary recall of 3-ounce bag of Lamb Crunchy's because of possible health risk
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Pet Center Inc. of Los Angeles is voluntarily recalling its 3-ounce bag of Lamb Crunchy's dog treats with date code 122015 because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
AAFP produces educational videos for veterinary teams
American Animal Hospital Association
Veterinary teams know it can be a struggle to get cat owners to schedule routine preventive care for their cats. In an effort to change that, over 1,400 practices have started the American Association of Feline Practitioners Cat Friendly Practice program. Over 600 practices have already been designated. These practices are doing their part to minimize stress for both the cat and client during visits.
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