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Elanco and NovartisElanco Merging With
Novartis Animal Health

Novartis Animal Health, the maker of popular veterinary drugs Atopica, Deramaxx and Sentinel, is being sold to Eli Lilly and Co. in a $5.4 billion deal that will expand Lilly’s Elanco division into the world’s second largest animal health company.

The transaction, announced today, came as Novartis’ parent company, Switzerland-based Novartis AG, announced larger agreements to sell its human vaccine ... Read more»

AFSCANFoundation Working to Bring
African Vets Closer Together

The world’s second-largest continent is short on veterinary collaboration—a problem the WSAVA Foundation wants to fix. Read more»

Guinea PigNew York City Weighs
New Limits on Pet Trade

Proposed New York City legislation would require the sterilization of rabbits and guinea pigs before sale and prohibit the purchase of some cats and dogs. Read more»

VeterinarianHelp Wanted:
Reality Show Veterinarian

Veterinarians with a thirst for excitement, the unknown and no privacy whatsoever may find what they’re looking for in a new reality TV show from Fox. Read more» 

PigletUSDA Requires Monitoring
of Deadly Pig Virus

The USDA is enlisting swine veterinarians to further assist in the tracking of PEDv, which has devastated pig farms in up to 30 states. Read more»

RecallRecall Alert:
Abady Dry Cat Food
Salmonella threat brings recall by a small New York manufacturer. Read more»

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Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVSCutting Edge Blog:
3 Big Surprises in Belgium
Dr. Phil Zeltzman made three life-altering discoveries during a trip to Ghent, Belgium. Read more»

Katherine DobbsStaff Safari Blog:
The Tax Man
Katherine Dobbs’ teenage daughter has a good understanding of the reasons Americans pay taxes. Read more»

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Ectoparasites: The Risk is Present all Year Long 

"So, you’re telling me that fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are going to be in my yard, biting my dog and giving her allergies and heartworms in these freezing temperatures,” Mrs. Client says sardonically, looking at price tags and glaring at you in disbelief. "Really?”
While some clients will always be skeptical about the need to use flea, tick and heartworm prevention products year round, veterinary entomologists and scientific researchers have evidence to prove that most ectoparasites are a continual problem, especially in the southern U.S.

"Frankly, with ectoparasites, we’ve never been able to determine that weather has much effect on their life cycle,” said Nancy C. Hinkle, Ph.D., professor of entomology at the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. "The host maintains its microhabitat and, so long as the host stays warm, the ectoparasites are very comfortable. ...Read full story»

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Western College of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of Saskatchewan
Dr. Douglas Freeman
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