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DECEMBER 2017 SMALL ANIMAL KEEP IN TOUCH NEWSLETTER
NEWS
 
Animal sentience to be recognised in UK law after Brexit

Brachycephalic Working Group publish open letter to all businesses asking them to refrain from the use of these breeds in advertising

New Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 come into for 1/1/18.  All employers are required to re-notify HSE immediately.

VPIS ask for first opinion vets to take part in survey regarding Intravenous Lipid Emulsion use.
DRUGS
 
Advantage dog and cat flea/tick collars launched with flumethrin and imidacloprid

Thyronorm (Norbrook) liquid thiamazole allows greater flexibility and increased ease of use vs. tablets for feline hyperthyroidism.

Spizobactin tablets launched for dog and cats - contains metronidazole and spiramycin for periodontal / oral disease.

Canixin DHPPi/L SPC updated to extend immunity from 1 to 3 years for the DHP component from 1st annual booster.

Cerenia SPC updated to warn of hypersensitivity of some people to the drug and advise caution when administering it.

RECALL of Meloxaid 5mg/ml solution by VMD
DISEASES AND TREATMENTS

More cases of Alabama Rot confirmed in the midlands.  Most cases are seen Dec-April.  Most commonly present as skin sores on distal limbs - swelling / red skin / ulcerated

Hydrated (i.e. non-degenerate) Nucleus Pulposus Disc Extrusion - conservative management outcomes as good as surgical.

Anaemia in rabbits - study showed no IMHA, but inflammation and bleeding most common causes

Oral dexmedetomidine can reduce signs of noise-associated phobias in dogs.  Sileo (Zoetis) is licensed in the UK.
RESOURCES
CPD – learn while you’re off with online, often free, web-based CPD:
 
New resources for pregnant vets and employers - risk assessment and checklists from BEVAs Mumsvet
 
Online advice regarding dog fighting; warning signs and advice for vets and clients has been launched by the League Against Cruel Sports
 
BCF technology has good imaging resources and guides for positioning and imaging, including ageing of foetuses!
 
Spending time on Vetsurgeon.org counts as CPD
DECEMBER 2017 LARGE ANIMAL KEEP IN TOUCH NEWSLETTER
NEWS

A new AWF report suggests ways in which farmers could improving the welfare and working life of rams.
 
A UK trial  has found that inseminating heifers once at 56 hours following a 7 day CIDR synchronization programme produced a number or pregnancies similar to inseminating twice at 48 and 72 hours.
 
A new Actiphage test for bTB has been developed by PBD Biotech. They are offering vets and farmers kits for research and validation studies. 
 
DRUGS

Bilovet 200mg/ml (tylosin) indication for treatment of bovine mastitis caused by mycoplasma species has been removed.
 
Imrestor (pegbovigrastim) is designed to boost the immunity of periparturient dairy cattle to help reduce disease during the transition period by boosting neutrophil numbers and function.
 
Bovilis Blue-8 has been licenced for use throughout the EU as an inactivated Bluetongue vaccine.
DISEASES AND TREATMENTS

Behavioural signs including more time spent lying down was shown in calves with Mannheimia haemolytica.
 
Biobest have launched a Salmonella antibody test for S. Dublin and S. Typhimurium. It can be used for bulk or individual milk samples, or serum.
 
Botulism was diagnosed as the cause of death in 70 animals on one farm. The animals were all fed on a TMR in which the silage tested positive for C. botulinum.
RESOURCES
 
Lambing list to connect farmers with vet students launched by the National Sheep Association.

A Calf health checklist  interactive tool aims to help engagement with farmers for key rearing issue.
 
My Elanco is free to register for, and provides resources for clients and vets. 
 
AHDB are providing a free webinar on 10th of January on the responsible use of antibiotics at lambing time 
DECEMBER 2017 EQUINE KEEP IN TOUCH NEWSLETTER
NEWS 

Change to EHV vaccination rule from France Galop. The notice can be found on the BHA website

BHA announces that first run since wind surgery must be declared

From 1 January 2018, new rule requiring a mandatory five-day stand-down period from racing following the administration of extra-corporeal shockwave therapy

New survey open to all vets who undertake equine work on a regular basis which aims to explore current approaches to the primary assessment of gastrointestinal colic
 
DRUGS

Equine viral arteritis (EVA) vaccine, Equip Artervac, supply problems will result in vaccinated stallions and teasers ‘lapsing’ at six months after their last vaccination if Artervac is not available for the next six-monthly booster dose. Advice from the AHT & from the TBA

BOVA  the specials manufacturer dedicated to bringing quality specials medications to the UK veterinary market have a range of equine drugs & an easy to use online ordering system
DISEASES AND TREATMENTS 
 
HBLB equine influenza surveillance scheme launched

Tell Tail the text alert service for EI in the U.K. expanded to include EHV-1. Register here

Ethogram to assess musculoskeletal pain in ridden horses by Sue Dyson et al. The paper can be accessed for FREE until January 12th 2018
 
RESOURCES

BCF release new, free ‘how-to’ video series giving an introduction to ultrasonography of the equine mare’s reproductive tract.

Changes to FEI 2018 Veterinary Regulations

Zoetis launches new website & app for horse owners

 
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