9. September 2011
WE WILL HAVE THIS PRODUCT AVAILABLE AS SOON AS IT HITS THE US MARKET LATER THIS YEAR.
The Food and Drug Administration today announced the approval of Incurin (estriol), the first drug approved for urinary incontinence in dogs. Incurin is indicated for the control of estrogen-responsive urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs.
Hormone-based urinary incontinence is a common problem in middle-aged and elderly spayed female dogs. The pet can urinate normally, but leaks urine while resting. Physical examination and blood and urine tests are usually normal in these pets. Hormone-responsive incontinence can occur months to years after a dog is spayed.
Incurin is manufactured by Merck Animal Health of Summit, N.J. The product was submitted for approval when Merck was known as Intervet Inc. Incurin is a natural estrogen hormone that increases the resting muscle tone of the urethra. The drug can also be used to treat female dogs with urinary incontinence due to estrogen depletion.
In a study of 226 spayed female dogs, a greater percentage of dogs treated with Incurin improved compared to dogs treated with placebo. Incurin was shown to be effective for the control of estrogen-responsive urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs 1 year and older.
Loss of appetite, vomiting, excessive water drinking and swollen vulva are some of the drug’s side effects.
6. September 2011
Allergies, whether they are due to fleas, food, or environmental agents, are caused by the immune system overreacting, NOT a weakened immune system, a common client misconception. Studies have shown that animals with flea allergic dermatitis cannot be desensitized for fleas, so the only treatment is avoidance. The same is true of animals with food allergies.
How do I perform a proper food trial?
Currently, there's no accurate blood or skin test that can diagnose whether a pet has a food allergy. The only way a veterinarian can make a diagnosis is to change the pet's food to an appropriate elimination food-trial diet for eight to 12 weeks. This is done by feeding an elimination diet containing an unusual protein and carbohydrate source that the pet hasn't been exposed to, or by feeding a diet in which the proteins are hydrolyzed (made smaller) so the immune system won't recognize them. During this eight- to 12-week period, the food-trial diet must be fed without the addition of table scraps, treats, or chewable supplements, including flavored heartworm preventives. The only way to successfully perform a food trial is for clients to be strict about what the pet is allowed to eat.
The reason the trial must last so long is that some pets won't show improvement until up to three months after being off their original food. It is always recommended to gradually switch to the new diet during a three- to five-day period. Fresh water should never be withheld and always available free choice. The veterinarian in charge of the case will determine if treats are allowed and, if so, which ones.
1. September 2011
National Report — A Seattle company is working on the development of a “pot patch” for pain control in dogs, cats and horses that could be rolled out to the market by the end of the year.
While it’s reported that medical marijuana use in people has gained in popularity in last few years, a veterinary pain management expert says transdermal use of marijuana could have a place in a veterinarian’s armamentarium.
The patent rights for the marijuana patch were obtained in February by Medical Marijuana Delivery Systems (MMDS) of Seattle. The product will be marketed under the name Tetracan, according to the company, for transcutaneous delivery of medical marijuana to humans and animals.