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Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval for Palladia, developed to treat mast cell tumors in dogs. Dr. Cheryl London, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Thekla R. and Donald B. Shackelford Professor in Canine Medicine, has worked with Zoetis (formally Pfizer) since 2000 to help develop the treatment.
By Kristine McComis
Pets need to be protected from the heat during the dog-days of summer when the temperature soars sky high. On hot days, especially when the temperature goes above 85 to 90 degrees fahrenheit, pets should be housed inside in the air conditioning. If this is not possible, they should be provided with a cool, shady spot with plenty of water. Walks and play time outside should be shortened and be sure to bring along a bottle of water for your dog as well as yourself. Do not leave your pet outside unsupervised if there is no protection from the sun.
With dozens of years of experience in research swine flu and avian flu, respectively, Dr. Mo Saif and Dr. Richards Slemons, both professors in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, were sought-after experts in explaining the recent outbreak of H1N1. Dr. Saif is also the director of the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center in Wooster. Below is a summary of media coverage from late April to the middle of May, 2009.
By Kristine McComis
In a perfect world, all animals would live in safe, loving homes and over-population issues would vanish. However, as the veterinary students at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine know all too well, this perfect balance does not exist. A Shelter Medicine rotation has traditionally made up part of the veterinary curriculum, and last year Ohio State improved the program by establishing a surgical partnership with the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, one of the most respected animal shelters in the state of Ohio.
The Safe Summer program offers solutions for college students who are leaving for the summer and may have a pet they cannot take with them. In past years, many pets were abandoned in empty apartments, or released to the street. Safe Summer was created by the Shelter Medicine Club of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is run by students and volunteers. The service will be available from May 26 through June 19, 2009 with the goal of finding a safe home for any pets left behind.
Last week's Pink Week was a great success, raising nearly $1,800 for breast cancer research! The Pink Week committee (Komen Race/Walk for the Cure Team) and SCAVMA hosted talks, bake sales, contests and auctions for charity at the College of Veterinary Medicine through Friday, May 15 to raise awareness about breast cancer and raise money for research. Proceeds benefited Komen Columbus ($975) and the Elizabeth Gee Fund for Breast Cancer Survivorship at The James ($807.78). The highlight of the week was a talk by Dr.