EMA committee recommends first stem cell-based veterinary medicine

Jun 25, 2018

Arti-cell Forte indicated for use in horses with lameness The first stem cell-based veterinary medicine has been recommended for marketing authorisation in the European Union by The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products (CVMP). Arti-cell Forte is recommended for use in horses with mild to moderate lameness related to joint inflammation. It is available as a suspension for injection and is given as a single injection into the affected joint. In a press release, the EMA said the stem cells in the medicine are treated so they develop towards cartilage cells. This can then help to repair damaged cartilage in the joint. ‘In a field study conducted in horses with lameness of the fetlock joint, Arti-Cell Forte showed a statistically significant improvement in the horses treated with the medicine compared with a placebo control group six weeks after treatment,’ the EMA writes. ‘The positive effect of treatment was sustained over one year.’ Common side effects of the medicine reported in the study were mild increase in lameness and... ...

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Thousands sign sheep worrying petition

Jun 25, 2018

Petition backs NFU calls for legislative changes  A petition calling for tougher action on livestock worrying has been signed by more than 4,000 people. The #TakeALead Petition comes as NFU Scotland proposes several legislative changes to tackle the problem of dog attacks on sheep. The Union said last Spring saw repeated incidents of irresponsible dog owners allowing livestock to be killed or maimed by their dog. The cost of this, according to leading rural insurer NFU Mutual, has reached a record level of £1.6 million across the UK. In May, NFU Scotland wrote to the Scottish government with five areas it believes deserve inclusion in any new framework of guidance. “Despite a vast amount of awareness raising, livestock worrying remains a blight on Scottish livestock farming,” said Martin Kennedy, Vice President of NFU Scotland. “Dogs themselves are not to blame, it’s their irresponsible owners who need to wake up and understand the devastation this is causing. The five key asks designed to tackle the ongoing blight of livestock worrying are:... ...

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MSD Animal Health Launches Thyroid Month Campaign to Raise Awareness of Disorders in Pets

Jun 25, 2018

MSD Animal Health has announced the launch of Thyroid Month to help pet owners recognise the signs of thyroid diseases in cats and dogs and encourage them to seek advice from their veterinary practice. Launching in July ’18, the Thyroid Month campaign aims to raise awareness of hyperthyroidism in cats and hypothyroidism in dogs, educating pet owners to spot the signs and symptoms and thereby encouraging early diagnosis. As part of the campaign, MSD Animal Health hopes to increase the number of pets being taken to their veterinary practice for diagnosis, as well as increasing return visits and treatment compliance in the long term. Practices supporting Thyroid Month will be provided with useful and engaging resources to help them educate pet owners about the two conditions. To support vets and vet nurses in the treatment of cats and dogs with thyroid issues, MSD Animal Health manufactures two products: Vidalta® and Leventa® . Vidalta is a tablet that is easy to use once daily or every other day. It provides carbimazole,... ...

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Pig sector praised for reducing antibiotic use

Jun 18, 2018

Chief medical officer attends industry event in London Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies has praised the UK pig industry for its progress in reducing antibiotic usage but stressed that the work was only ‘half done’. Speaking at an industry roundtable event in London, Dame Sally emphasised the Government’s One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance and stressed the global nature of the problem. Joined by chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss, she explained that One Health was about ensuring ‘we all work together’ to ensure antibiotics are used appropriately in pets, humans and livestock. “I am proud of how well you are doing with antibiotics. I am here because we are talking One Health. Christine and I are joined at the hip about how we work on this and what we do together,” she said. “Let me be quite clear – the problem is biggest in human use and misuse of antibiotics. “I recognise that and I am not into blaming our animal sector. But over 70 per cent of antibiotics... ...

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Dog rescuer shares harrowing experiences of BSL

Jun 18, 2018

Two rescue dogs seized by police due to their appearance  Animal rescuer Emma Semple has spoken out against breed specific legislation (BSL), after her own dogs were seized under the Dangerous Dogs Act because of their appearance. BSL makes it illegal to own four types of dog in the UK – pit bull terriers, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro. The government launched an inquiry into the legislation in May, following campaigns from animal welfare charities and vets, who say it has failed to protect the public and is detrimental to dog welfare. “Adorable, loyal, gentle” Emma, who has saved thousands of animals through her charity, Furry Friends Animal Rescue, said two of her dogs were seized by police despite never showing any aggression. The dogs, Oscar and Nellie, are both 10 years old. Emma said she has never had any concerns that they were unsafe, and was not aware they could be considered pit bull types. “Nellie has never bitten, snarled or attacked,” she said. Similarly, Oscar is... ...

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New Caudata rules set to come into force in July

Jun 18, 2018

Rules to prevent spread of deadly fungus amongst newts and salamanders New rules on the import of Caudata amphibians are to be implemented across the UK following a decision by the European Commission. The new rules come into force on the 1 July, 2018 and seek to prevent the spread of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) amongst newts and salamanders. According to the European Food Safety Authority, Bsal has been detected in different species of salamander across the UK, both kept as pets and in the wild. Cases have been reported in Germany, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK. In some salamander species, Bsal has been shown to cause high mortality. The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has urged anyone involved in the import, export or sale of Caudata species to familiarise themselves with the new rules and to ensure any animals they buy and sell conform. The rules cover the whole of the UK and, to import Caudata or move between EU countries, individuals must: use the... ...

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Welfare risk as owners fail to research pre-pet purchase

Jun 18, 2018

The 2018 PDSA Animal Wellbeing PAW report reveals “quite shocking” number of owners did not undertake research before taking on a pet. Almost one in four UK pet owners – some 5.2 million people – took on a pet without doing any research, according to the 2018 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) report. The figure – representing 24% of owners – has been described as “quite shocking” by PDSA senior vet Rebecca Ashman, who believes lack of knowledge prior to committing to pet ownership is a contributory factor to growing welfare issues surrounding pets today. Speaking on behalf of the 100-year-old charity, she said: “I think the overarching point from this PAW report is 5.2 million people undertook no research before they took on their pet. “I think that’s quite shocking and we feel a lot of problems people see in practice could be resolved if potential owners were doing research really thoroughly to understand the welfare needs of the pet they’re going to take home. “It’s things like 40% of... ...

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All going swimmingly for practice’s fitness and rehab centre

Jun 18, 2018

Hydrotherapy pool and heated water treadmill are among star attractions unveiled at Worcestershire clinic’s new facility to help sick and recovering pets. Clent Hills Veterinary Group in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, has splashed out on a new pet fitness and rehabilitation centre that harnesses the power of hydrotherapy to aid sick and recovering pets. More than 50 guests attended a “Pimm’s and Prosecco” opening event, featuring a series of live demonstrations that included dogs swimming in a hydrotherapy pool with hydrotherapists Harriet Lowe and Debbie Rice, and a heated water treadmill with physiotherapist Laura Cockram. Meanwhile, vet Laura Buckey and physiotherapist Emily Ashdown demonstrated acupuncture and physiotherapy techniques.  State-of-the-art facilities Clent Hills joined forces with Bromsgrove Canine Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy Services to develop the new centre. State-of-the-art facilities and equipment include: a heated, above ground hydrotherapy pool with adjustable water jets an extended water treadmill with 360° viewing to offer an airy feel for pets a pet shower and dryer laser and electrotherapy machines Treatments The combination of treatments available are designed... ...

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Finn’s Law backed by government

Jun 18, 2018

New bill to toughen up on those who attack police animals Service animals including police dogs and horses will be offered greater protection, under a new law being backed by the government. The Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill aims to close a loophole in the law, which allows those who harm service animals to claim self defence. The bill has been published in parliament and is scheduled for a second reading today (15 June). Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, defendants accused of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can claim they were protecting themselves, and justified in using physical force against a service animal. Proposed changes to the law were prompted by a high profile campaign for ‘Finn’s Law’, which calls for police animals to be given equal status to human police officers when they are injured in the line of duty. Current legislation treats service animals as property. The campaign was launched after police dog Finn was stabbed while chasing a suspect with his handler, PC Dave Wardell.... ...

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First sea eagle chick in Orkney for 140 years

Jun 18, 2018

RSPB believes first-time parents may have two chicks  A white-tailed eagle chick has hatched in Orkney for the first time in over 140 years, RSPB Scotland has revealed. One chick has been spotted but staff believe there may be two, judging by the behaviour of the parents. White-tailed eagles, or sea eagles, reappeared in Orkney five years ago, after being wiped out in the UK in the early 20th century. A number of reintroduction programmes, beginning in the 70s, brought the species back to Scotland. A pair has been sighted in Hoy every year since 2013 but nesting attempts were unsuccessful in 2015 and 2016. Lee Shields, RSPB Scotland’s warden for Hoy, said: “It’s fantastic that the eggs laid in spring have hatched, the first successful breeding season here since the 19th century. This breeding attempt is still at the early stages, with young often in the nest for up to 14 weeks. Everybody was so excited when the first pair arrived and we’ve been keeping our fingers crossed for... ...

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