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1st Anticancer Drug For Animals Offers Human Treatment Possibilities

AB Science, a young Paris-based biotech company, announces the pan-European commercial launch of its Masivet veterinary anticancer drug in June 2009. Masivet was approved in November 2008 by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) for the treatment of dogs with non-resectable grade 2 or 3 mast cell tumours. Masivet's active pharmaceutical ingredient is masitinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Masitinib, discovered and developed by AB Science, belongs to a therapeutic class of drug known as targeted therapy that is revolutionising the treatment of cancer in humans. Speaking about the drug Alain Moussy, CEO of AB Science said, "Masivet is the first product ever registered as a cancer treatment in veterinary medicine".

Study: Furosemide Has Health Benefits For Thoroughbred Racehorses

A groundbreaking study to be published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) shows that furosemide does more than enhance performance in Thoroughbred racehorses; it also has beneficial effects on the health and welfare of those horses. Most countries ban the race-day use of furosemide because it improves performance in racehorses. Only the United States, some South American countries, including Brazil, and some tracks in Canada, allow the use of furosemide on race day. "The data in the study provides the most reliable information to guide the highly politicized debate over use of furosemide in horses, " says Dr.

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Obesity Is A Problem For Dogs, Too!

It's not just humans that suffer from obesity - vets say that emerging obesity problems in dogs are leading to shorter lives and reduced quality of life. The warning comes in the wake of the launch of an over-the-counter weight loss treatment for humans. Dr Alex German, an expert in dog nutrition and obesity problems, from Liverpool University, said: "Some estimates say that around 40% of pet dogs in the US are overweight or clinically obese*, and the anecdotal evidence from colleagues is that we are already seeing a similar problem in Europe. "Excess weight results from lack of exercise and inappropriate diet and, if owners are working longer hours, they will have less time to exercise their dogs properly.

Evanger's Dog And Cat Food Company Formally Addresses FDA Action

In response to the recent Food and Drug Administration action, Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc. has filed a formal request, as allowed by FDA regulations, for reinstatement based on documentation that the company is operating in full compliance with mandatory requirements. "Our company has been working closely with the FDA and we have already addressed many of their questions, " says Joel Sher, Vice President of Evanger's. "No Evanger's product has been recalled, nor is there any indication that Evanger's products are unsafe or contaminated in any way. Only our canned products have been affected by this action and, again, the FDA has not issued a recall as some blogs have incorrectly stated.

BVA And BSAVA Welcome European Commission Announcement To Extend The PETS Derogation

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) welcome the announcement that the European Commission will propose an extension to the derogation that allows the UK - along with Finland, Ireland, Malta and Sweden - to continue to apply stricter controls to the movement of pet animals from other EU Member States for time being. Commenting on the proposal BVA President Nicky Paull said "Together with the BSAVA we believe the existing transitional arrangements are an important tool in balancing the free movement of animals with the risk of spreading zoonotic diseases such as rabies, echinococcosis and leishmaniasis.

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First Bird In Illinois Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, announced the first bird testing positive for West Nile virus in Illinois this year was found in LaSalle County. "As we head into summer and temperatures get warmer, we're going to start seeing more mosquito activity and an increased risk for West Nile virus, " said Dr. Arnold. "Although most cases of West Nile virus are mild, the virus can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease. That is why it is so important to protect yourself against mosquito bites by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of any standing water around your home." The crow testing positive for West Nile virus was collected on June 1 in Lostant.

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