FDA Approves First Oral Drug for Fleas and Ticks in Dogs with Three Month Duration

Approval marks second animal drug approval under collaborative initiative with Canada

June 3, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) announced today the approval of BRAVECTO (fluralaner) Chewable Tablets for Dogs, the first oral flea and tick medication that lasts up to 12 weeks. The drug treats and prevents fleas for 12 weeks; . . . → Read More: FDA Approves First Oral Drug for Fleas and Ticks in Dogs with Three Month Duration

Pet Collars containing Pesticide withdrawn

EPA: Companies Agree to Stop Selling Pet Collars Containing Pesticide to Protect Children
Related Information
3/28/14: Propoxur Cancellation Order
3/14/14 Press Release: EPA, Sergeant’s Pet Care and Wellmark International Reach Agreement to Cancel Potentially Harmful Insecticide Products
Reduce Your Child’s Chances of Pesticide Poisoning, Protecting Pets from Fleas and Ticks
EPA’s Registration Review of Propoxur fleacollar

Under a voluntary agreement, Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, . . . → Read More: Pet Collars containing Pesticide withdrawn

Dog-associated risk factors for human plague

Gould LH, Pape J, Ettestad P, Griffith KS, Mead PS.
Source
Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bacterial Diseases Branch, Fort Collins, CO, USA. lgould@cdc.gov
Abstract
Plague is a rare but often fatal zoonosis endemic to the western United States. Previous studies have identified contact with pets as a potential risk factor for infection. We conducted a matched case-control study to better define the risks associated with pets at both the household and individual levels. Continue reading Dog-associated risk factors for human plague

New Mexico: plague in Dog confirmed

State health dept. confirms plague case in Rio Rancho dog
Alamogordo Daily News http://www.alamogordonews.com/ci_18373276
Daily News Report
Posted: 06/28/2011 10:01:36 PM MDT

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory Division confirmed plague this week in a dog in Rio Rancho.

The dog was most likely infected when running in open fields on the north end of the city and encountering sick or dead rabbits and other rodents, health officials said. Continue reading New Mexico: plague in Dog confirmed

Tick-Borne Diseases: An Emerging Threat

Dr. Brian J. Luria
University of Florida
Introduction
Our awareness in human and veterinary medicine that certain insects and arthropods transmit disease has been established for many years. In recent years, our knowledge has increased dramatically, mostly due to advancements in our ability to diagnose these diseases. For a variety of reasons, ticks are appearing in greater numbers than ever. Ticks are a very important cause of debilitating and deadly diseases and conditions in both humans and domestic animals. Almost equal to the disease transmitting potential of ticks, is the fear and concern that arise among many owners and veterinary staff members when a tick is found on a dog or cat.
This discussion will focus on education regarding the diseases that ticks can transmit, how to diagnose and treat them, and how to prevent your dogs from acquiring ticks and the diseases they transmit. Continue reading Tick-Borne Diseases: An Emerging Threat

Tick Paralysis story

Tick Fever…. Something to know if you have dogs

This past Saturday a.m., my 5 year old Tibbie “Tami” was paralyzed in her rear legs when she woke up. They just were collapsed under her. I rushed her to the vet & he was able to get deep pain response from both back feet,
though 1 leg just . . . → Read More: Tick Paralysis story

Tick resources

Ticks as Predators

Ticks don’t fly, and they don’t blow in the wind. They live in tall grass and either crawl up or fall onto their hosts. People who spend lots of time outdoors in the summer are generally told to avoid ticks by wearing long clothing or spraying on lots of bug repellent, but Dr. Thomas Mather (Tick Encounter Resource Center, University of Rhode Island) says neither is the best method of protection. Continue reading Tick resources