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PetComfort feeding bowl passes human standards test

The non-toxic design is approved by the certification group NSF International.

WeatherTech, an Illinois manufacturer known for floor mats and other auto accessories, has earned certification of what it calls “the first pet product to meet human standards for quality, performance and material safety.” The stainless steel bowl used in the PetComfort Feeding System was examined by NSF International. The product testing, inspection and certification organization, […]

MyPetDoc encourages people to talk about a pet’s problems

New app uses artificial intelligence to help worried pet owners decide on a next step.

What’s better than a video conference between a veterinarian and an advice-seeking pet owner? Cal Lai, co-founder and CEO of Vet24seven Inc., thinks it’s a simple conversation with Amazon’s Alexa. “Nobody wants to be seen on camera,” Lai said. “Our brains don’t like to see you and talk to you in two different dimensions.” What […]

Boehringer unveils new feline heartworm preventive

Centragard is approved for use in cats as young as 7 weeks old.

Centragard, a monthly topical heartworm preventive for cats, can be ordered beginning in August, manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim reported. The new product, announced July 16 during the American Veterinary Medical Association convention in Denver, is formulated to treat and control hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. Zach Mills, DVM, head of U.S. Pet Veterinary Professional Services at Merial, […]

Jurox schedules August release of Alfaxan Multidose

Unlike original Alfaxan, the new formulation has a shelf life of up 28 days.

Jurox Animal Health has won U.S. approval of an alternative product for veterinarians left with partially filled vials of the Alfaxan injectable anesthetic drug. The Australian company reported July 11 that the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine authorized Alfaxan Multidose, whose preserved formulation permits its use up to 28 days after the […]

KindredBio begins shipping feline weight-gain ointment

Approved in May 2018, Mirataz is available from veterinary distributors.

Kindred Biosciences Inc. has made good on the planned release of its new transdermal medication for the management of unintended weight loss in cats. The Northern California biopharmaceutical company reported July 11 that preorders for Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) are being shipped to veterinarians and that additional orders may be placed through animal health product […]

Blue launches vet-exclusive weight, mobility dog food

The W+M formula was found to dramatically cut body fat and body weight.

Blue Buffalo Co. is releasing a therapeutic diet formulated to support canine weight loss and mobility. The multifunctional dry food, part of the Blue Natural Veterinary Diet line, is “clinically proven to reduce body fat in dogs by 39.6 percent and body weight by 16.3 percent within two months, and to improve arthritic scores over […]

Patterson teams with software developer Cure Partners

The two companies introduce the NaVetor practice management software system.

Patterson Veterinary Supply has joined practice management software developer Cure Partners in launching a joint venture called Technology Partner Innovations. The partnership centers around a new cloud-based practice management software system called NaVetor. “This joint venture will leverage Patterson’s expertise in sales, marketing, training and support, combined with the intelligent design of NaVetor and ongoing […]

Henry Schein updates AVImark, ImproMed software

A new offering, Axis-Q Lens, is a cloud-based solution that provides the diagnostic history of a particular patient.

Everyday users are responsible for some of the new features offered in the latest versions of the AVImark and ImproMed practice management software platforms. The developer, Henry Schein Veterinary Solutions, reported July 2 that one addition, the cloud-based Axis-Q Lens, shows a patient’s complete diagnostic history, making it “easier to identify outliers in a patient’s […]

Calling all veterinary student inventors

$17,500 is at stake in The Idea competition. Applications are due July 1.

Here’s an idea for veterinary students who want to bring a product concept to market: Enter a competition sponsored by the NAVLE-preparation service VetPrep. The contest, fittingly called The Idea, will award $17,500 in prize money to three individuals or teams that propose a problem-solving product designed for use in the veterinary profession. The cash […]

Merck updates Prestige equine influenza vaccines

The vaccines feature the most current clade 1 and clade 2 influenza strains.

Merck Animal Health has updated its Prestige line of equine influenza vaccines. “For the past 10 years, we’ve been monitoring influenza, along with other common infectious upper respiratory diseases, through the Merck Animal Health Biosurveillance Program, a partnership with the University of California, Davis,” said D. Craig Barnett, director of equine veterinary professional services. “It […]