February 13, 2012
A Message about Interceptor and Sentinel:
Unfortunately, our distributors have temporarily discontinued the production of our current Heartworm
preventatives Interceptor® and Sentinel®. We have limited stock available of both Interceptor® and
Sentinel® however we are supplementing our supplies with HEARTGARD® Plus from Merial, the makers of
Frontline®. Although it is likely Interceptor® and Sentinel® will resume production sometime this year,
please be aware that we may have to make a permanent switch to HEARTGARD® Plus. You can find more
information on HEARTGARD® at Merial's website: www.heartgard.com.
*Please note: HEARTGARD® is not intended for dogs with food allergies or sensitivities.
CERTIFECT® - Better tick control; a new product from Merial.
A press release from Merial:
The newest addition to the FRONTLINE® family of flea and tick control products kills ticks within 18 hours and detaches ticks
September 14, 2011
For Immediate Release
Public health Alert for all Veterinarians in the Champaign-Urbana-Savoy Area
Three cats from two households in Savoy, Illinois were diagnosed with culture-confirmed tularemia at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, Illinois in July and September. This may indicate an increased concern for this disease in the area. Humans and many animals can become infected with this bacterium. In the wild, rabbits and rodents can carry the organism and may die from infection with this organism.
Cats may prey on rabbits and rodents and become infected or they may become infected through tick exposure. Cats may develop a variant of symptoms including high fever, mouth ulcers, depression, enlarged lymph nodes and anorexia. Cats have transmitted this disease to people so caution should be used with handling an animal suspected of having tularemia. Culture can be used to diagnose tularemia in cats. Care should be taken when collecting specimens for culture to avoid exposure. The tularemia bacteria can easily be transmitted to laboratorians if proper precautions are not taken so id tularemia is suspected with should be noted in BOLD on the laboratory submission form.
People may also develop fever, headaches, diarrhea, joint pain, cough and weakness if they become infected with tularemia. People can become infected by handling pets or wild animals with tularemia, being bitten by ticks or by inhaling the organism. If you develop symptoms of tularemia after handling an animal with suspect tularemia (within three to 14 days of exposure) see your health care provider promptly.
Please notify local animal control of any unexplained large die-offs of rabbits and rodents.
Tularemia is animals is a reportable disease and as such must be promptly reported to the Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare at 217-782-4944.
For questions or concerns relative to clinical presentation please contact us at 217-328-4143 or contact Dr. Brenda Mckeirnan at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital at 217-782-4944.
Article is courtesy of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
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