Hill’s takes ownership of Vetrax monitor
The pet food maker plans further development of the behavior-sensing device.
AgLogica Holdings Inc. has transferred its interest in the Vetrax wearable sensor to partner Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. Hill’s, which has worked with AgLogica on the device’s development for three years, announced the acquisition Oct. 10. Financial terms were not announced. Worn on a dog’s collar, Vetrax measures a number of behaviors, such as shaking, […]
The smart money is on smart pet products
“Pet tech is big business,” Packaged Facts says in a new report.
“Smart” pet products such as self-cleaning litterboxes, automated feeders and Bluetooth-enabled collars make up a $400 million a year U.S. market, according to Packaged Facts. The Rockville, Maryland, market research firm reported in a new report that smart pet products are expected to “play a far greater and more multifaceted role in 2018 and beyond.” […]
Blue Buffalo expands Veterinary Diet line
Canned formulas are introduced for managing food intolerance in cats and dogs and for skin and GI issues in dogs.
Blue Buffalo Co. has launched wet diets formulated to manage adverse food reactions in dogs and cats, complementing the kibble variety of Blue Natural Veterinary Diet HF Hydrolyzed for Food Intolerance. The Wilton, Connecticut, company also added a wet option to Veterinary Diet NP Novel Protein Alligator for dogs. The therapeutic formulas are available exclusively […]
Huvepharma introduces cattle pinkeye vaccine
Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis is blamed for $150 million in annual losses.
Huvepharma has released a conditionally licensed vaccine formulated to prevent what The Merck Veterinary Manual describes as the “most common ocular disease of cattle.” The vaccine, Moraxella Bovoculi Bacterin, blocks infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis, or pinkeye caused by the bacterium Moraxella bovoculi. Pinkeye costs the cattle industry more than $150 million a year, said Sean O’Hare, […]
Royal Canin unveils veterinary-exclusive Pill Assist
New treat fools dogs into swallowing their medication.
Pet food maker Royal Canin has released veterinary-exclusive Pill Assist, a treat designed to conceal medications from fussy dogs. A study commissioned by the St. Charles, Missouri, company found that 1 in 3 dog owners reported their pets spit out pills. “A dog’s medication cannot help if it is not taken,” said scientific affairs manager […]
BI introduces blood pressure drug for cats
Semintra is promoted as an easy-to-administer liquid solution for feline hypertension.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has released to U.S. veterinarians the first FDA-approved liquid solution for the control of feline systemic hypertension. Semintra (telmisartan oral solution) earned U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in May 2018. The drug was introduced to a select number of European countries in September. “With Semintra, we offer a pet owner-friendly, […]
Japanese company launches canine pancreatitis drug
Brenda is approved for use in Japan and at any early stage with U.S. regulators.
A manufacturer of industrial chemicals has earned Japanese approval of its first veterinary product, a treatment for acute pancreatitis in dogs, and is working to eventually deliver the drug to U.S. practitioners. The company, Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd., reported Sept. 28 that the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries approved Brenda (fuzapladib sodium hydrate) […]
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, […]