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Equipment Guide 2018

From dentistry to ultrasound: What you need to know.

The fourth quarter is when many practice owners seriously consider whether they should buy capital equipment before the year is over — not only to improve patient care and services but also for tax purposes. Section 179 of the IRS code provides incentives for the purchase of veterinary equipment, from X-ray and dental machines to […]

The lowdown on IRS Section 179

Buying equipment before the year is over can bring considerable tax advantages, but you must understand and follow the law.

As we enter the last quarter of the year, equipment buying season begins, practice profits are calculated and potential tax liabilities are determined. “How can I save on taxes as year-end approaches?” is the question most accountants are asked. The process of reducing taxes through year-end equipment purchases has gone on for years. So, how […]

Zoetis’ Cytopoint earns allergic dermatitis indication

Cytopoint and Apoquel give veterinarians “much needed flexibility,” one practitioner says.

Cytopoint, which was licensed in 2016 for use in canine atopic dermatitis cases, is now approved for the treatment of allergic dermatitis. The expanded indication, announced Sept. 14, gives manufacturer Zoetis Inc. two leading treatments for allergic and atopic dermatitis in dogs. Cytopoint, a monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy, is injected every four to eight weeks, […]

New Dechra app calculates IV fluid needs

The Vetivex app may be used with dogs, cats and horses.

A new mobile app from Dechra Veterinary Products is designed to help veterinary teams determine IV fluid requirements and infusion rates for canine, feline and equine patients. The Vetivex IV Fluid Calculator generates a recommended fluid plan by using parameters that assess hypovolemia, dehydration, ongoing losses and physiologic fluid requirements, Dechra stated. The app also […]

Pet King Brands donates 12,000 bottles of Zymox Plus

Shelter volunteers can use the product to treat canine ear infections.

Hear ye, ear ye. Healing could be coming soon for an untold number of ear-infected dogs biding their time in U.S. animal shelters and rescues. Pet King Brands reported that the Westmont, Illinois, company has donated 12,000 bottles of Zymox Plus Advanced Otic ear products worth $240,000 to shelters and rescues nationwide. “We receive stories […]

NexGard earns Lyme disease-related label claim

Infected black-legged ticks were killed before they could transmit the bacterium.

NexGard, a popular flea and tick parasiticide, prevents infected black-legged ticks from transmitting Lyme disease to dogs, according to a newly approved label claim. Merial, which merged with Boehringer Ingelheim in 2017, reported Aug. 21 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepted the company’s findings from two laboratory studies. “Both studies measured the transmission […]

Tomlyn launches third Equistro supplement for horses

Chrysanphyton is formulated to support circulation and vascular function.

Tomlyn has released the third and final product in its line of Equistro equine supplements. Chrysanphyton, formulated to support circulation and vascular function, joins Artphyton and Secreta Pro Max. The two earlier supplements promote joint mobility and respiratory health, respectively. “Launching and growing our line of health supplements for horses has been a major focus […]

Virbac introduces multifunctional dog chew

C.E.T. Veggiedent Fr3sh fights tartar, reduces bad breath and supports digestion.

Virbac Corp. has released C.E.T. Veggiedent Fr3sh, a canine chew treat formulated to support digestion and freshen breath. The chew is vegetable based, gluten-free, “easily digestible” and “moderate in calories,” Virbac reported. “At Virbac, we’re committed to supporting the dental needs of pets, and this latest addition to our robust dental portfolio does just that,” […]

Artificial intelligence powers new X-ray software

Vetology AI can be used to diagnose heart size abnormalities and other conditions.

A San Diego company has introduced software capable of reading veterinary X-rays using artificial intelligence rather than the human eye. The software, called Vetology AI, returns an automated analysis within 30 seconds in cases involving potential heart size abnormalities, Vetology Innovations reported. “Vetology AI works autonomously, automatically uploading a clinic’s X-rays to the secure Vetology […]

FDA recommends drug option amid Percorten-V shortage

Dechra’s Zycortal Suspension can be used in place of the Elanco medication.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine is recommending that veterinarians faced with a shortage of the canine Addison’s Disease drug Percorten-V consider using Zycortal Suspension instead. Elanco Animal Health, the maker of Percorten-V (desoxycorticosterone pivalate injectable suspension), reported an unspecified problem involving a contract manufacturer. “While we work diligently to resolve […]