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Talkin' Pets June 29, 2024
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Co-Host - Dr. Katy Meyer, Tampa Bay, FL
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A dog was spotted choking in a dramatic video before its owner jumped in to perform the Heimlich maneuver.  In footage obtained by CCTV, a woman in Bangkok, Thailand, was seen making food in the kitchen when her French bulldog began to choke.

The woman, who noticed that her pet had fallen to the ground, was on its back and was shaking, proceeded to check its mouth before performing the Heimlich maneuver.  Part of an apple was spit from the dog’s mouth — and the pet owner appeared to save its life. 

Fox News Digital spoke with a doctor of veterinary medicine, Dr. Nell Ostermeier of Portland, Oregon, about the instance and got her recommendation on what to do if any other pets are in this situation.  Ostermeier said the first thing to do is to confirm your dog is choking and not actually having a seizure — as the two situations can be mistaken. 

"It can be obvious if the [dog's] collar is caught on something, and you should immediately cut or remove the collar." Ostermeier noted that the dog in the video could have had a seizure when there was an object in its mouth, but it’s "hard to say without further questioning."

The doctor told Fox News Digital that if a pet’s lips, tongue or skin is turning blue, it means the animal is choking on an object.  "Most times, dogs will dislodge the object by coughing, but if they are turning blue, you can try the Heimlich," she recommended. 

The Heimlich maneuver is defined as a "first-aid procedure used to treat upper airway obstruction caused by a foreign body," per the National Library of Medicine. Although Ostermeier recommends trying to get your pet to a veterinarian, if possible, she said that there are different techniques for performing the Heimlich on dogs based on size. 

She said that medium to large dogs should be standing up before the person performing the maneuver uses their fist with the thumb on the pet’s abdomen to thrust up and forward three to five times.  She added, "For smaller dogs, you can pick them up and use the palm of your hand to thrust up and forward on their abdomen three to five times."

Ostermeier recommended monitoring items that may have fallen on the floor within your home — and even to monitor proper pet toys, as they could be dangerous.  "Choking can be prevented by monitoring your dog when [it's] chewing on balls, Kongs or other chew toys. [Make] sure the balls and other objects are appropriately sized for your dog," she said. 

The doctor also suggested that pet owners always assess the situation by asking themselves if their pet was maybe eating too fast, chewing on a ball or was simply just coughing before taking Heimlich maneuver measures.  The NIH states that the Heimlich maneuver "can save lives and is generally safe to perform, [but] serious intra-abdominal harm can ensue if this maneuver is not performed correctly."

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Last Friday was an auspicious day for an 8-year-old Pekingese with a bad right leg and plenty of personality.  "Wild Thang," the Pekingese pooch with a rogue tongue, was crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog" at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

Born in Los Angeles but living with his adopted family in Oregon, Wild Thang has competed for five years in the annual contest, with Friday's big win his first after finishing second three times. One "World's Ugliest Dog" judge said, "It's kind of like the bridesmaid and never the bride."

Wild Thang loves to be "held and cuddled" as well as "sleep on ice packs." Wild Thang narrowly survived distemper while with a foster family in Southern California as a puppy and has a waddling right leg and improperly growing teeth. 

The Pekingese and its owner, Ann Lewis, compete in support of vaccinations for dogs. The competitors shared their stories and strutted their stuff to win over the judges, as well as the sponsor, Mug Root Beer.

Mug, a first-time sponsor for the event, donated cash prizes to the winners and will print the winner's face on limited-edition cans of the root beer.

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Legendary dog handler Kaz Hosaka has passed away, as announced by the Westminster Kennel Club in a social media post on Sunday. The cause of his death is currently unknown. Earlier this year, his miniature poodle, Sage, secured the top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Westminster Kennel Club:

We are all deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Kaz Hosaka, a legendary handler and cherished member of the Westminster family.

Kaz's kindness, dedication, passion, and exceptional talent left an indelible mark on the world of dog shows. Our deepest condolences to his wife Roxanne and their family, and all who knew and loved him.

The Dog Show Judges Report Card:

KAZ WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! With so much negativity and nasty comments surrounding dog shows I think we need to START A KAZ! Before making any comment, being rude, or walking out of a ring mad, ask yourself, How would Kaz act and what would he say? Kaz has left this world way too early, but he left an amazing example to emulate. He was always gracious, kind and helpful and was one of the best handlers the dog show world has ever had, so let’s all strive to be more like Kaz! That is the best way we can honor such an amazing man! Be kind, be helpful, work hard to be the best you can…..BE MORE LIKE KAZ!!

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What started as a day on the water with a friend turned into a full-on rescue mission of 38 dogs. Bob Gist, 61, a State Farm agent in Arkansas, decided to go on a fishing trip with his friend Brad Carlisle, a State Farm agent in Tennessee, after not seeing each other for a while, Gist told Fox News Digital. The two men headed to Grenada Lake in Mississippi and got in touch with Jordan Chrestman, a local fishing guide, who led them out onto the water. After fishing in the early morning hours and not finding much luck, the group moved to a different location. "We go about a half mile or so from where we were to another place and we start fishing, and pretty soon we can hear some dogs barking," Gist said. "Pretty soon we saw some dogs on the horizon in the water." Chrestman noticed a deer in the water and the group of dogs were attempting to chase the animal.

"We went on fishing for about 10 or 15 more minutes, and Jordan [Chrestman] said, 'Hey guys, if you don't mind, we really need to go check on those dogs because they're way out there in that water,'" Gist said. Gist and Carlisle had Chrestman lead them over to the pups. Once the boat arrived on the scene, the three men were left stunned. "We're just flabbergasted because it's dogs everywhere, and they're all going in different directions because they can no longer see the bank on either side," Gist said. "And they're all hunting dogs — we can clearly see that because they have expensive GPS radio collars on them." Without hesitation, the men took the dogs onto the boat so they wouldn't drown. "We just immediately started calling dogs on the boat, you know, grabbed their collar and put them in the [bass] boat," Gist said. The dogs were a part of an annual fox hunt that takes place in the Grenada area. The dogs apparently jumped into the water to chase a deer.

The three fishermen grabbed as many dogs as they could and fit them on the boat before running out of room. Chrestman managed to gather 25 to 27 dogs, making sure none of the pups attempted to jump back into the water. Once the men returned the dogs to the bank, they found the owners in a panic and calling out for help. After rescuing the second group of dogs, one man on land told Gist and the others that he had the GPS tracker for the dogs and asked if he could join the rescue. Chrestman, with the help of Gist and Carlisle, took three different trips to retrieve all 38 dogs and return them to their owners on the bank of the lake.  The tracker led the other men to an additional group of three to four dogs who were estimated to be further than a mile from the bank. "They were on the verge of drowning, because now they have been treading water for an hour,".

"We got back over to the ramp with that last bunch of dogs… [and] we were having to drag them out of the boat because they didn't want to get out of our boat. They were scared they were going back to the water. It was terrible." The owner of the dogs tried to pay Chrestman, but he refused to take the reward. Gist labeled Chrestman the hero of the day after quickly analyzing the situation and leading the animals' rescue.  Gist said that while he gives full credit to Chrestman, he is grateful to have assisted in the mission to bring the animals to safety.

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Under the guise of conservation, Alaska wildlife officials have recently killed 175 grizzly bears including at least 20 cubs, as well as 19 wolves and five black bears, mostly by shooting them from helicopters and airplanes. 

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said today in their blog:

“These killings took place…as part of Alaska’s “intensive management” of wildlife. This program attempts to artificially grow the numbers of animals for hunters to shoot—in this case, the Mulchatna caribou herd living in southwest Alaska…

A document we obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game received more than $465,000 in support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for ‘wildlife restoration.’ A state official claims that the department did not use this particular federal funding to kill grizzlies, wolves and black bears. Still, it is concerning that another document on the federal grant we obtained through FOIA notes that despite findings that notable challenges to the herd include starvation, illegal hunting and disease, the Alaska Board of Game still directed the state to destroy brown bears, black bears and wolves. And it is extremely disheartening that a state agency with such careless and extreme wildlife management methods received so much federal support…

Alaska should not treat its expansive wilderness as game farms for trophy hunters and must scrutinize its sloppy assumption that killing one kind of animal will increase the abundance of another kind. And the federal government must ensure that funds it provides to states for conserving the nation’s precious wildlife do not go toward supporting their extirpation.” 

Read the complete BLOG at www.humanesociety.org

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FYI - Owners of lost pets in Buncombe County, NC, are being targeted by scammers.

Claiming to be with the Buncombe County Animal Shelter or animal control, they reach out to victims by phone or text, WNCT reports.

The scammers claim that they have the pet or that the pet needs surgery, and they ask for money. In some cases they ask the victim to verify a code.

Police believe they’re finding potential victims online through sites such as Facebook and NextDoor.

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You might imagine that when federal wildlife inspectors search for illegally trafficked animal goods, they’d be on the lookout for elephant ivory or tiger skins. But other creatures are frequently being seized at American ports of entry, creatures you perhaps would not realize are animals: corals. Corals are not plants. They are tiny invertebrates that live in vast colonies, forming the foundation of the world’s tropical reefs. Marine life traffickers hammer and chisel them off reefs in places like Indonesia, Fiji, Tonga, Australia and the Caribbean, then pack them into small baggies of seawater so they can be boxed up by the hundreds and shipped around the world. While most coral is shipped into the United States legally, individuals and wholesalers, growing in number, are being intercepted with coral species or quantities that are restricted or banned from trade, often hidden inside shipments containing legal species. All over the world, corals, which populate reefs, filter water and provide habitats for numerous fish and other ocean life, are in danger. They face disease outbreaks, bleaching events, ocean acidification and warming seas. Their jeopardy is exacerbated by sediment and nutrient runoff from human activities on land, as well as by cyanide fishing and even trampling by tourists. Then, where coral remains healthy and unmolested, it may be targeted by traffickers, who sell the animals to aquarium enthusiasts in wealthy countries who may or may not know that the coral has been acquired illegally. Corals were the third-most-confiscated wildlife group globally between 1999 and 2018, making up 14.6% of all seizures, according to a report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The United States is a huge part of that trade. “The U.S. is the primary market for marine corals,” said Ashley Skeen, a senior wildlife inspector for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We’re No. 1.” According to NOAA Fisheries, more than 25 coral species are considered endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and are thus protected by federal law. Internationally, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora restricts the trade of around 1,900 coral species, including black corals, red and pink corals, blue corals, stony corals, organ pipe corals and fire corals. By the time these animals reach U.S. shores, they are often sick. “When corals are stressed, a lot of times what they’ll do is create a heavier mucus layer for protection,” said Kim Stone, director of fish and invertebrates at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, which has helped federal wildlife authorities care for seized coral.   This otherwise protective measure fouls the coral’s small reserve of water, altering the pH and oxygen levels, which in turn triggers more stress in the animal, creating what Stone calls a “downward spiral.” It is not uncommon for a shipment of coral to contain animals that have died. “If the water’s not clear, you need to move quickly,” Stone said. As wildlife officials work to reduce demand for illegal coral and choke off supply, they face major dilemmas about what to do with the imperiled animals they seize. Confiscated animals must be housed and looked after, for their own welfare but also because they become evidence once they are taken into custody. This means that they must be cared for either until charges against a defendant in a trafficking case are dismissed or they are permanently seized by authorities. Returning corals to the wild is usually not possible because it’s not clear where the animals originated, or the countries from which they were extracted won’t take them back. To address this problem, the Fish and Wildlife Service has worked with zoos and aquariums near airports and ports to house corals on a case-by-case basis. But the closest facilities have usually taken the brunt of this traffic and become inundated. In 2023, the agency began a pilot program in Southern California with the Association of Zoos &Aquariums to solve the problem by creating the equivalent of a Bat-Signal for seized wildlife. It’s called the Wildlife Confiscations Network, and it has been so successful that officials are now moving to replicate the effort in the Southeast.

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Finland plans to offer preemptive bird flu vaccination as soon as next week to some workers with exposure to animals, health authorities said on Tuesday, making it the first country in the world to do so.

The Nordic country has bought vaccines for 10,000 people, each consisting of two injections, as part of a joint EU procurement of up to 40 million doses for 15 nations from manufacturer CSL Seqirus.

The Australian company in a statement to Reuters said Finland would be the first country to roll out the vaccine.

“The vaccine will be offered to those aged 18 or over who are at increased risk of contracting avian influenza due to their work or other circumstances,” the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said in a statement.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed or caused the culling of hundreds of millions of poultry globally in recent years and has increasingly been spreading to mammals, including cows in the United States and, in some cases, also to humans.

Finland has not detected the virus in humans, THL said. However, the country is eager to roll out vaccinations given transmission risks posed by its fur farms. “The conditions in Finland are very different in that we have fur farms where the animals can end up in contact with wildlife,” Chief Physician Hanna Nohynek at the Finnish Institute for

Widespread outbreaks of bird flu among mink and foxes at Finland’s mostly open-air fur farms led to the culling last year of some 485,000 animals to stop the virus from spreading among the animals as well as to humans.

Vaccinations are likely to start as early as next week in at least some parts of Finland, a THL spokesperson told Reuters.

Finland said it procured vaccines for people it deems to be at risk, such as workers at fur and poultry farms, lab technicians who handle bird flu samples and veterinarians who work as animal control officers in regions where fur farms are located.

People working in sanctuaries caring for wild birds, in livestock farms or in the cleaning of premises, such as animal by-products processing plants, will also be offered vaccines, THL said.

If human infection of avian influenza were to occur, close contacts of a suspected or confirmed case would also be offered the vaccine, it added.

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In an unpredicted move, U.S.-based Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue, a 501 c 3 Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation who rescues dogs from Anguilla, a rabies-free country, urges the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change their new dog import rule to excluded dog from rabies-free countries. The new rule, put in place by the CDC to control rabies in the United States, is broad, completely illogical as it relates to banning dog from rabies-free countries, and will impact thousands of innocent puppies from rabies-free countries who will be too big to fly in-cabin on an airplane at 6-months-of-age and will be up against a difficult life or death as a result. The new ruling takes effect on August 1, 2024. The ruling is not current legislation and still requires passage in Congress and signature of the United States President to be considered law.

The CDC’s new dog import rule was designed to control rabies outbreaks in the United States by preventing the entry of dogs from high-risk rabies-infected countries. The ruling also includes rabies-free countries where dogs are not at-risk for rabies (and vaccinated against rabies at 3-months-of-age (12 weeks)). Rabies-free countries in the Caribbean include Antigua, Anguilla, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, Grenadines, and Turks and Caicos. Many of these islands’ dogs are saved, rescued, and flown to the United States for adoption through U.S. nonprofit dog rescue organizations.  

Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue saves and rescues 100+ puppies a year from Anguilla, a small 35 square mile British Territory, and flies them to United States for adoption both in-cabin and cargo. About 80% of the organization’s dogs are puppies who are 4-months-of-age, healthy, and have all their necessary vaccines (including rabies) and legal paperwork to enter the United States. Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue has been following all U.S. Department of Agriculture and CDC rules since the organization was founded in 2019.   

“We understand and support the CDC’s need to control rabies and dogs being imported from high-risk rabies-infected countries, and putting a ban on those countries, but this rule has been illogically thought-out by the CDC as there is no scientific justification to include rabies-free countries. This decision is oxymoronic quite frankly,” said Leigh Fazzina, Founder and President of Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue. “Our organization sent a request on June 24 to Mandy Cohen, CDC Director, urging her and her office to change the ruling to exclude rabies-free countries from the CDC import ban, as the decision will also result in thousands of puppies being killed each year.”

Like many other dog rescue organizations, Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue abides by all U.S Department of Agriculture and CDC guidelines when importing dogs into the United States. Specifically, the organization:

  • Works closely with the veterinary clinic in Anguilla where the veterinarians vaccinate the Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue puppies for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, canine influenza (DHLPP). Three weeks later puppies get a second DHLPP injection, followed by rabies and Bordetella at 12-weeks-of-age. 
  • Obtains a ‘health certificate’ from the veterinarians in compliance with the requirements of the CDC and U.S. Department of Agriculture so that the dog can legally enter the U.S. The health certificate is provided by the veterinarians at Morlens Veterinary Clinic after the puppy has been vaccinated against rabies and distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and the veterinarians deems the puppy healthy and ready for travel.

Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue argues that the CDC’s new rule will result in the suffering and unnecessary deaths of thousands of healthy, rabies-vaccinated Caribbean dogs not only in Anguilla but all other 9 rabies-free Caribbean islands each year. If the CDC does not grant this request for rule change, thousands of innocent island puppies will either be euthanized, hit by cars while roaming the streets, or killed by wildlife and other environmental elements as the island shelters and rescue facilities have neither the financial means nor the physical space to house the puppies until the CDC’s new six-month age requirement is fulfilled.

Fly To Freedom Dog Rescue is requesting the CDC to change its current ruling on dog importation to allow dogs from rabies-free countries to be imported into the United States and at 15 weeks of age, three weeks after they receive their rabies vaccine. The organization believes that this is a fair compromise and waiting until 15 weeks provides enough time for the rabies vaccine to protect the puppy and the puppy will still be physically small enough to fly in-cabin in a soft mesh airline-approved carrier.

"With the dogs receiving a rabies vaccination at 12-weeks-old and our clinic adhering to strict health protocols, there is no scientific justification for the CDC to create a blanket ban rule and to wait 24 weeks for ado to be imported from a rabies-free country like Anguilla. We would like the CDC to find a balanced approach that ensures public safety from high-risk rabies-infected countries and one that does not harm animal rescue efforts from rabies-free countries," said The Veterinary Team of Morlens Veterinary Clinic in Anguilla.   

Many U.S.-based dog rescues have been saving dogs from the Caribbean for years. Mixed breed Caribbean island dogs known as “potcakes” or “coconut retrievers” have been a family favorite for decades.

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In the dynamic world of veterinary medicine, the quest for innovative treatments that enhance animal health and well-being is ongoing. One such breakthrough that has gained momentum is red light therapy. Often referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation (PBM), this non-invasive approach has shown promising results across various animal species.

Red light therapy involves the application of low-level light wavelengths to stimulate cellular function and promote healing. These specific wavelengths penetrate deep into tissues, where they trigger a cascade of biological responses. At the cellular level, red light therapy enhances mitochondrial activity, increases ATP production (the energy currency of cells), and reduces inflammation. Moreover, it promotes tissue repair, accelerates wound healing, and alleviates pain—all without adverse side effects.

Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Animals:

  1. Pain Management: Chronic pain is a significant concern in veterinary medicine, affecting animals due to various conditions such as arthritis, injuries, or post-operative discomfort. Red light therapy offers a non-pharmacological approach to pain management, providing relief by reducing inflammation and stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Whether it’s an aging pet struggling with mobility issues or a sporting dog recovering from an injury, red light therapy can be a valuable adjunct to conventional pain management strategies.
  2. Accelerated Healing: From soft tissue injuries to surgical incisions, wounds in animals can impede their quality of life and pose challenges for caregivers. Red light therapy accelerates the healing process by promoting collagen synthesis, enhancing circulation, and reducing scar formation. Whether it’s a horse with a tendon injury or a cat recovering from a surgical procedure, incorporating red light therapy into the treatment regimen can expedite recovery and improve outcomes.
  3. Enhanced Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation plays a crucial role in restoring mobility and function in animals recovering from orthopedic surgeries, neurological disorders, or musculoskeletal injuries. Red light therapy complements rehabilitation protocols by reducing pain, improving range of motion, and facilitating muscle recovery. Whether it’s a canine athlete returning to peak performance or a geriatric pet regaining mobility, incorporating red light therapy into the rehabilitation program can optimize outcomes and enhance overall well-being.
  4. Management of Chronic Conditions: Animals, like humans, can suffer from chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, or inflammatory disorders. Red light therapy offers a holistic approach to managing these conditions by mitigating pain, reducing inflammation, and improving joint function. Whether it’s an arthritic dog experiencing stiffness or a feline companion grappling with inflammatory bowel disease, integrating red light therapy into the treatment plan can improve comfort and quality of life.

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Merck Animal Health announced that its latest product, NOBIVAC NXT Canine Flu H3N2, has received approval from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to an organizational release,1 NOBIVAC NXT Canine Flu H3N2 is a vaccination that leverages RNA-particle technology to allow a precise immune response to protect against a range of bacterial and viral pathogens. "On behalf of Merck Animal Health and our NOBIVAC brand, we are beyond proud to introduce our latest vaccine using ‘NXT-level’ technology. This is a groundbreaking advancement in our vaccine pipeline designed to meet the evolving needs of veterinarians and pet owners alike,” said Christine Royal, DVM, vice president, companion animal and equine business unit, Merck Animal Health.1 “With over 70 years of innovation and commitment to animal health, our new NOBIVAC NXT technology will continue to lead the way in providing breakthrough solutions for the prevention of disease in animals.” NOBIVAC NXT Canine Flu H3N2 is currently the first and only canine influenza vaccination to be built on the company’s RNA-particle platform to protect pets against the most prevalent canine influenza spreading across the United States. The vaccination is a nonadjuvanted, low-volume 0.5 mL dose that utilizes the immune system’s natural ability to generate a response without compromising the safety or comfort of the pet.1 The vaccination is indicated for healthy dogs 8 weeks or older against canine influenza H3N2. According to the American Veterinary Medicinal Association, canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by 2 type A influenza virus. Canine patients of any age, breed, sex, or health status are at risk and infections can occur anytime during the year. Almost all dogs exposed to the virus become infected and clinical signs include the following2:

  • Persistent cough
  • Thick nasal discharge
  • Fever, typically around 104-105 ºF
  • Lethargy
  • Reduced appetite
  • Runny eyes

When it comes to recovery, most dogs recover within 2-3 weeks with mild illness, but some infected canines present perfectly healthy. In the worst cases, those infected have developed complications such as bacterial pneumonia. The risk of death is low with only about 1-5% of infected dogs passing away from the disease. Currently, there have been some cases of cats, the highest at risk are those living in shelters, becoming infected with the diseases, but there is currently no evidence that humans can become infected with the disease.2 “Vaccination is the best form of protection against this highly transmissible disease. When canine influenza does show up in large outbreaks, it can have a widespread impact,” said Meg Conlon, DVM, executive director, veterinary professional services, Merck Animal Health.1 “Pets have become part of the family and are integrated into so many aspects of our lives, which makes vaccination even more crucial. At Merck Animal Health, we continue to stress the importance of preventative care to keep our beloved pets healthy and protected from potential illness.” In 2009, Merck Animal Health launched NOBIVAC Canine Flu H3N8, the first canine influenza vaccination to hit the market. Once the canine influenza became an epidemic in 2015 within the US, Merck Animal Health made its monovalent H3N2 vaccination available to protect canines. Then, in 2016, Merck Animal Health received a fully licensed bivalent and monovalent H3N2 vaccination.

“As a leader in innovation and trusted advocate for disease prevention, Merck Animal Health uses its leadership and expertise in research and development to make medicines that help keep pets safe,” said Ian Tarpey, vice president, research and development, Merck Animal Proprietary Health. “The NOBIVAC NXT innovation represents a major advancement in vaccine technology and furthers our commitment to animal care by helping veterinarians protect pets from significant disease and ultimately, improve their lives by preventing health issues.” NOBIVAC NXT Canine Flu H3N2 will become available to veterinary clinics and hospitals throughout the United States late this summer.

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In 2021, an equine herpesvirus (EHV) outbreak erupted at an international jumping event in Valencia, Spain. Horses with the neurologic form of the disease (equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy or EHM) had a 53% chance of returning to a similar or better level of performance.* That is, if they survive the initial phase of the disease.

EHV-1 causes EHM with affected horses showing incoordination due to inflammatory damage to nervous tissue.

“Competition horses have an increased risk of EHV-1 due to the increased movement of horses during shows, transport-related stress, and temporary housing with decreased ventilation, among other factors,” explained Ashley Fowler, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research. “This highlights the need for strict biosecurity at competitions and monitoring upon returning home.”

Treating horses with EHM is time-consuming, expensive, and has important welfare implications. Therefore, knowing the outcomes of horses that recover from EHM is relevant.

In total, 26 horses were hospitalized at a single veterinary facility and treated during the 2021 outbreak. The overall case fatality rate was 31%. But, if horses had an ataxia grade of 4 or more out of 5, or developed urinary complications or vasculitis (e.g., limb swelling), there was a decreased chance of survival. Horses with severe ataxia (grade 4 or more out of 5) had a 60% chance of returning to exercise but only a 10% chance of a full recovery (returning to pre-outbreak performance levels).

None of the horses with a combination of vascular and urinary complications and severe ataxia returned to previous levels of performance.

Horses were treated according to the published EHM recommendations, which included corticosteroids, and most horses also underwent physical rehabilitation. This included:

  • Proprioception exercises;
  • Core work; and
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

“Adequate vitamin E is essential for preventing oxidative damage and supporting a healthy neuromuscular system. A water-soluble, natural vitamin E such as Nano-E is the most bioavailable form and is recommended by veterinarians for horses with neurological diseases,” shared Fowler.

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The FDA has approved the clinical trials conducted by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine researchers examining the use of stem cells to treat musculoskeletal and neurological abnormalities in dogs and horses.1,2 Christopher Frye, DVM, DACVSMR, associate professor and section chief of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, will lead the canine trial and Aimee Colbath, VMD, MS, DACVS-LA, assistant professor in the Section of Large Animal Orthopedic Surgery, will lead the equine trial. “Our clinical trial aims to track the efficacy and safety of stem cell therapies used to treat a variety of nerve and musculoskeletal conditions,” Frye said in a Cornell news article.1

According to Cornell University, stem cells have the potential to aid in tissue healing, mediate inflammation, and alleviate pain. They may target damaged tissue, alter their surroundings through cell signaling, and interact with the immune system. “The ultimate goal is to help animals recover from injuries more completely, and to reduce discomfort,” Colbath said.1

Participation in these animal cell, tissue, and cell- and tissue-based product studies are always voluntary2 and Frye and Colbath are working closely with patients experiencing common conditions like osteoarthritis, tendinopathy, hip and elbow dysplasia, or nerve pain as potential treatment candidates. Eligible volunteers can also be those with general related nerve, bone, joint, or muscle issues.1

The canine trial will track the extraction of stem cells from the patient’s own fat or bone marrow, and then used to treat muscle, bone, and nerve conditions. Owner, Sharon Roehm, brought in her golden retriever Molly to Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals (CUHA) in Ithaca, New York, and was one of the first dogs to come to CUHA for stem cell and platelet-rich plasma therapy. “Molly is now 8 ½ years old, was diagnosed at 14 months and is still an active, happy golden retriever,” Roehm told Cornell.1 “Without Chris Frye and his fantastic team, I’m not sure that Molly would be able to live the normal, comfortable life that she enjoys.” Molly comes to CUHA every 4 months and stays once overnight to ensure pain control. She also does rehabilitation therapy twice a week at home.1

Tiffany Amalfi is another owner who brings her 9-year-old mixed breed dog Maximus to CUHA elbow dysplasia and osteoarthritis treatment. “At the beginning of our journey, we treated Max with anti-inflammatory and pain medication, but once his dysplasia started to affect his quality of life, we started platelet-rich plasma,” Amalfi told Cornell. “Max is a runner and we’ve always referred to him as a circus dog. He can jump over 6 feet in the air, and after his stem cell therapy, he goes right back to his zoomies, razing, juking, jumping playful self.”1

For the horse clinical trial, owner Hattie Ruttenberg brought her horse Leo to CUHA after he sustained a soft tissue injury. “After a series of 3 [stem cell and platelet lysate] injections and carefully managed rehab, Leo is again sound and back to work,” Ruttenberg reported to Cornell.1 The researchers from Cornell are hopefully that if the canine clinical trials prove successful, the information and data gained can be used for human medicine. According to the university, humans and dogs share similarities with musculoskeletal diseases.

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The New York Post recently confirmed the pink bird was wandering around The Hamptons and people flocked to the area with their binoculars and cameras.  The woman who was among the first to notice it said she honestly thought the creature was a weird-looking swan.

"As soon as it lifted up its neck, I knew instantly it was a lost flamingo," said Cathy Blinken.

Lost indeed since these birds mostly live in South America, the West Indies, and the Yucatán Peninsula. It's believed the graceful bird was ferried farther up north thanks to Hurricane Idalia, which slammed the southeastern part of America in August.

That storm apparently dumped flamingos in multiple in odd places across the U.S., but this latest sighting is apparently the first time one has ever been this far up North.

Now that brings us to another flamingo that may have entered the Empire State. Last week, people in Cape Cod went nuts when a separate flamingo showed up at their beach, however, it didn't stick around for very long.

NBC New York says it is likely that flamingo is now in the Empire State - most likely along Long Island.

Birders reportedly saw it near Cedar Beach Marina.

It is unknown if the bird is a wild animal or an unfortunate escapee from captivity. The best guess is that it was swept up in the hurricane and deposited far away from home.

Whether or not the bird will be allowed to stay has yet to be seen. Chances are someone will try to bring it to a more suitable location when we get closer to winter.

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Sunnyvale, California - In a significant development, a recent Duo Duo Project survey reveals a notable decline in dog meat consumption in Yulin, home of the infamous Dog Meat "Festival." This survey, conducted just before the annual event, indicates that Duo Duo Project's efforts to raise awareness and educate the public are yielding positive results.

Key Findings:

  • Decline in Dog Meat Consumption: Only 17.7% of Yulin residents now consume dog meat regularly, down from 30% four years ago.
  • Awareness of International Bans: 95.41% of respondents are aware of South Korea's dog meat ban, with 50.49% supporting similar measures.
  • Shift in Perception: Over half (52.13%) of Yulin residents view dogs and cats as companions rather than food.
  • Need for Public Awareness: 68.2% believe the main obstacle to promoting a local ban is a lack of public awareness.

These findings underscore the importance of education in transforming public attitudes and behaviors. Duo Duo Project is dedicated to this mission, focusing on raising awareness, encouraging compassion, and advocating for the end of the Yulin Dog Meat "Festival" and the broader dog and cat meat trade.

In a further sign of change, two high-profile events, a modern fashion show and a lion dance competition, were held concurrently with the festival. These events, heavily promoted by the Yulin Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV, and Tourism, appear to be an attempt to shift focus from the festival, which has faced global condemnation.  Duo Duo Project team members reported the absence of new temporary dog meat stands, with many old ones also disappearing. This change is attributed to the new Yulin Party Secretary, Wang Shen, who took office in June 2023.

For years, the Yulin Dog Meat "Festival" has symbolized extreme animal cruelty, drawing widespread domestic and international opposition. The sponsorship of alternative cultural events by the Yulin government suggests that Duo Duo Project’s efforts are resonating. For 11 years Duo Duo Project has been at this forefront of efforts to end the horrific “festival” and the cruel dog and cat meat trade that surrounds it.

Duo Duo Project’s month-long International Pet Appreciation Rally, which began with a major event in San Francisco on June 1, is coming to a close. The rally featured events in over 20 cities worldwide, including Taipei, Tokyo, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Guadalajara. 

Andrea Gung, CEO of Duo Duo Project, emphasized the global significance of the rally: “This is a worldwide movement, a collective outpouring of love and compassion for dogs and cats. Our rally is not just a celebration of pets but a loud, unified protest against the horrific cruelty of the Yulin Dog Meat 'Festival.'"

Duo Duo Project is committed to ending the consumption of dogs and cats and fostering a more compassionate world. For more information about the Duo Duo Project and its mission, please visit: http://www.duoduoproject.org

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