Dogs with noise fear ‘should be assessed for pain’ – study

Mar 26, 2018

   Research suggests pain could be a factor in noise sensitivity  Vets should routinely examine dogs for pain when they present with noise sensitivity, a new study suggests. Scientists from the UK and Brazil believe that pain – which may be undiagnosed – is made worse when a noise makes the dog tense up or ‘start’, putting extra stress on inflamed muscles and joints. As a result, the pain is associated with the loud sound, causing noise sensitivity and avoidance of certain areas. The study, which has been published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, is the first to explore this phenomenon. Researchers assessed two groups of dogs with noise anxiety, one of which had been diagnosed with underlying musculoskeletal pain and the other of which had not. In both cases, behavioural signs included shaking, trembling and hiding, but those with diagnosed pain were more likely to avoid areas where they had had a bad experience with noise. The dogs with musculoskeletal pain also started to show signs of fear later... ...

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Over 100 dogs removed in rescue center raid

Mar 26, 2018

Investigations into Lincolnshire business ongoing A major raid by Humberside Police and the RSPCA has seen more than 100 dogs removed from a veterinary clinic and rescue centre in North Lincolnshire. The dogs were taken from 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic on Habrough Road, South Killingholme, BBC News reported. A number of cats were also removed from the site. According to its sign, 4 Paws offers boarding kennels as well as a veterinary clinic and ‘second chance rescue’. Chief inspector Ian Briggs from the RSPCA’s special operations unit told the BBC: “The animals are all being moved into a safe secure environment where they will be cared for, treated for any ailments and monitored for any infectious diseases. “They will remain in the care of the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust throughout the investigation.” While no arrests have been made, Mr Briggs said a number of people are “helping us with our inquiries and have been taken away by the police.” He added: “We’re investigating everything about this organisation. The operation... ...

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New anti-emetic product launched

Jan 15, 2018

Dechra Veterinary Products has launched a new formulation anti-emetic injection, Prevomax, for the treatment and prevention of vomiting and nausea in dogs and cats. The manufacturer said it contains benzyl alcohol, a preservative that is known to reduce pain at the injection site, compared to the alternative maropitant injection that is preserved by metacresol. The convenient 20ml bottle has a 56-day broached shelf life, making it ideal, said the firm, for use in a busy practice across multiple patients, reducing wastage. Dechra brand manager Claire Morgan said: “Human clinical studies have shown that an injection containing benzyl alcohol causes less pain than an injection preserved with metacresol. “Prevomax is particularly useful for the treatment and prevention of nausea induced by chemotherapy and for treatment of vomiting, in combination with other supportive measures.” Dechra is inviting veterinary professionals to share their experience of using Prevomax for a chance to win a £100 Amazon gift card. Entries should be submitted via the Dechra website by 28 February. ...

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Vets urged to back #BreedtoBreathe campaign

Jan 8, 2018

The BVA is urging vets to join its new #BreedtoBreathe campaign and help tackle the prevalence of brachycephalic dogs in advertising and social media. The call comes as new figures show almost half of all UK vets (49 per cent) believe their clients who choose brachycephalic dogs are swayed by social media or celebrities. Data from the BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey also shows that almost all companion animal vets (98 per cent) treated brachycephalic dogs for conformation-related health problems in the last year. As part of its campaign, BVA is urging practices to avoid using images of brachycephalic breeds across their own communication channels. They are also encouraging practices to write to brands that use brachycephalic breeds in their advertising. To support practices, BVA has developed a position statement, a 10-point plan and an online toolbox. The position statement was approved at BVA’s December council and lists actions that veterinary practices can undertake to improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic breeds. BVA President John Fishwick said:... ...

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Detector puts diagnosis power in clinicians’ hands

Nov 27, 2017

Vets looking to diagnose and monitor anaemia can obtain results in 10 seconds with a new haematocrit/haemoglobin detector from Vet Direct. The AniPoc Handheld Monitor is a portable unit that enables clinicians to conduct a single-step ear prick test to diagnose and monitor anaemia in dogs, cats and horses. Such an approach eliminates the need to spend any time in the lab and, once obtained, the result can be saved for future review, if necessary – the company said. Leon Wright, managing director at Vet Direct, said: “The AniPoc device eliminates the need to draw blood with a syringe – a simple pin prick is enough – and it is perfect for both veterinary practices and home visits. “The speed and accuracy of the product means it is better equipped to monitor animals undergoing anaesthesia or transfusions, and can be used to effectively screen animals taking part in pet blood banks and mobile clinics.” The AniPoc Handheld Monitor and Starter Kit is available from Vet Direct for £250. For more... ...

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New treatment that enhances product choice is ‘spot-on’

Nov 13, 2017

Vets have another tool in their kit to treat fleas and ticks with the release of Bravecto Spot-on for Dogs. MSD Animal Health has added to its existing range with the new product, which offers 12-week flea and tick protection, and provides vets and owners with more choice when it comes to treatment. The complementary product joins the Bravecto Dog Chew and follows swiftly on the heels of the launch of Bravecto Spot-on for Cats. MSD marketing manager Amanda Melvin said: “Our research has shown convenience is the key to improving compliance and successfully eradicating fleas and ticks. “By offering a new formulation of a 12-week treatment, Bravecto Spot-on for Dogs further increases the opportunity. It improves the choice for vets and pet owners, depending on the client’s lifestyle and type of dog.” The product also affords vets the opportunity to raise the topic of fleas and ticks with clients that have been more reluctant to use existing products, Ms Melvin added. A range of materials for practice staff and... ...

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Pimobendan study outcome – a ‘revolution’ for vet cardiology

Nov 13, 2017

A product that delays onset of congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs by 15 months offers a “paradigm shift” in the way vets diagnose and treat myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). Boehringer Ingelheim, the company behind pimobendan drug Vetmedin, cautiously estimated 7.5% of all dogs would suffer heart disease in their lifetimes, with MMVD its most prevalent form. Vetmedin was already licensed for the treatment of canine CHF from dilated cardiomyopathy or valvular insufficiency, as well as for treatment of cardiomyopathy in the preclinical stage in Dobermann pinschers. However, following the largest clinical trial in veterinary cardiology, the product can now be used by vets to treat the preclinical stage of MMVD, delaying onset of the clinical symptoms of heart failure. At an official launch for the European veterinary press, held in Frankfurt and attended by Veterinary Times, it was noted up to 40 million dogs worldwide could now benefit with treatment from pimobendan. The evaluation of pimobendan in dogs with cardiomegaly (EPIC) study set out to analyse whether long-term... ...

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