In the news for August

In the news for August

I really like the news segments in the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. It keeps us up to date on concerns you may be seeing in your pets. Here is news tidbits from July 2019.

Taken from JAVMA News  July 1, 2019 Volume 255 No. 1

  • CDC bans dogs from Egypt because of rabies concerns.  “The ban includes dogs originating in Egypt that are imported from third party countries if the dogs have been present in the countries for less than six months.”  The CDC estimates that each year 100,000 dogs are imported from countries with a high risk of variants of canine rabies virus.  Since 2015, three rabid dogs have been imported into the United States, and all were from Egypt, some with falsified health paperwork.
  • The conventional wisdom is that cats should be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age.  The fix by five campaign challenges that assumption, aiming to reduce cat overpopulation by reducing the standard age of spay and neuter to 5 months or earlier for cats.  The AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association) endorsed this recommendation in 2017.
  • Heartworm disease remains a growing risk, worsened by warm weather and pet travel, according to predictions.  And lyme disease is spreading as the ticks that carry the causative organism expand their range.

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