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, […]

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 […] Protection Status