Oral Bordetella Vaccine Approved

April 02, 2012
Bronchi-Shield ORAL – First Oral Bordetella bronchiseptica Vaccine Approved for Use in Dogs

Veterinarians have a new, innovative vaccine choice available for protection from the primary pathogen of canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD). The vaccine, Bronchi-Shield® ORAL from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), recently has been approved by the USDA for use in dogs. This vaccine is unique because it is the first live, avirulent Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine licensed to be administered orally to dogs .
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Texas sees rise in canine flu cases

Austin, TX (CBS) – Vets are seeing a spike in cases of the canine flu.

Since September, there have been 30 confirmed cases of canine influenza “A” in San Antonio and another 70 cases are suspected. This flu is also known as H3N8.

Veterinarians say they don’t want dog owners to panic, but they want them to be aware that (it)can strike quickly.

According the Center for Disease Control the canine influenza virus can be spread by direct contact with infected dogs and by contact with contaminated objects. The canines with an increased risk are those who frequent dog daycares, parks and boarding facilities. Continue reading Texas sees rise in canine flu cases

Penn Researchers : Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Vaccine

October 18, 2011
PHILADELPHIA — An experimental vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is the first veterinary cancer vaccine of its kind that shows an increase in survival time for dogs with spontaneous non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The work shows for the first time the feasibility and therapeutic efficacy of this alternative cell-based vaccine, which could be employed in the treatment of a number of different cancer types.
The research was conducted by Nicola Mason, assistant professor of medicine at Penn Vet; Robert H. Vonderheide, associate professor of hematology and oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine; and Karin U. Sorenmo, associate professor of oncology at Penn Vet. Erika Krick, Beth Overley and Thomas P. Gregor of Penn Vet and Christina M. Coughlin of the School of Medicine also contributed to the research.
Their work was published in the open access journal PLOS ONE. Continue reading Penn Researchers : Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Vaccine

Leptospirosis outbreak in Detroit, MI

Bacterial disease outbreak threatens metro Detroit animals
Published: Oct. 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. — More than 20 cases of the life-threatening bacterial infection leptospirosis have been reported in Detroit-area dogs in the past three weeks, according to Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.
Experts at the MSU center, a service unit of the College of Veterinary Medicine, diagnosed the specific strain of the disease, which can cause fatal damage to dogs and can be transmitted to humans.
In most cases, the dogs were not vaccinated against leptospirosis, or they had an uncertain vaccination history. Because this particular type of leptospirosis is associated with contact with rats, stray dogs are typically thought to be at highest risk. Continue reading Leptospirosis outbreak in Detroit, MI

Oral Rabies Vaccination Program in the East

Rabies is a virus that affects the central nervous system in mammals and is almost always transmitted through saliva when an infected animal bites an uninfected animal or person. Rabies is invariably fatal if left untreated.
Effective vaccines are available to protect people and pets. Wildlife accounted for more than 90 percent of all reported rabies cases each year in the United States. Several different variants of the rabies virus exist in this country, and all variants are capable of infecting mammals, including humans. Raccoons, bats, and skunks are
responsible for most reported cases, but foxes and coyotes also commonly transmit the disease.
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Rabies Vaccination Program Underway in Western Pennsylvania

News for Immediate Release
Aug. 19, 2011
Rabies Vaccination Program Underway in Western Pennsylvania
Harrisburg – The annual oral rabies vaccination program, which helps control the spread of rabies in wild animals, is underway in eight western Pennsylvania counties. The program covers all or parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Crawford, Erie, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer and Washington counties. “Controlling the spread of rabies in wild animals is essential to ensuring human and domestic animal health,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “The oral rabies vaccination program has been the key component in preventing the westward spread of raccoon rabies. I appreciate the cooperation of residents in the affected counties in helping us to mitigate the threat of rabies.” Continue reading Rabies Vaccination Program Underway in Western Pennsylvania

The Current Status of Canine Vaccinations:

Are We Vaccinating Dogs with Too Many Vaccines Too Often?
Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD
University of Florida

Since the 1950’s, veterinary medicine has done an excellent job in educating pet owners on the importance of vaccination. There is no debate over the health benefits that millions of dogs have derived from vaccination against distemper, parvovirus, infectious hepatitis, and rabies. The decrease in number of human, canine, and farm animal cases of rabies in recent years, despite an increasing incidence in wildlife, is largely attributable to vaccination of dogs.1
Vaccination not only protects the individual dog, but also decreases disease prevalence and transmission in the canine population as a whole, even if some of the dogs are not vaccinated. For example, rabies is not effectively transmitted if more than 70 percent of the canine population is vaccinated.1 Continue reading The Current Status of Canine Vaccinations: