What's New at the ADRC
Pet Food Labeling
Study casts doubt on pet food labeling. A recent publication[ii] in the Journal of Food Control reported the following information regarding pet foods:
- Sixteen out of 52 products tested contained a meat ingredient not listed on the label.
- The study also could not detect the listed meat in seven of the 52 samples.
- "This could become a safety concern if a cat or a dog has a particular allergy to one of these meat species", says one author of the study, Rosalee S. Hellberg, MS, Ph.D.
- The foods, obtained from online and retail sources, were not identified by name.
The information above highlights why veterinarians and veterinary dermatologists recommend hydrolyzed and limited ingredient diets from only a few select pet food companies.
[ii] Tara A. Okuma, Rosalee S. Hellberg. Identification of meat species in pet foods using a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay. Food Control, 2015: 50: 9
Apoquel®, New FDA Approved Medication
- Apoquel® is a new FDA approved medication for dogs with environmental allergies and itch/scratch from other conditions.
- It was released to Vet Derms in late November and we have appreciated success with this medication in a large percentage of our patients. Twice daily therapy tapers to once daily therapy.
- Like with any medication there are pets who do not respond at all, or for others, pruritus escalates to an uncomfortable level on once daily therapy.
- Side effects: mainly vomiting or diarrhea (approx 2-3% of dogs).
- Apoquel® has been safely used in conjunction with other common medications including antibiotics and parasiticides and with vaccinations.
- Dogs can be allergy tested while on Apoquel®.
It can help allergic patients who cannot tolerate steroids or Atopica®. It doesn't have the same side effects as steroids because it targets a very specific pathway in the itch cycle. Apoquel can be a useful medication to help manage pets with allergies. If interested please contact our office. Spread the word to your friends and family!
Now available for pets with environmental allergies!
- Traditional immunotherapy has been injection based. While easy to administer and administered infrequently, many pet parents felt uncomfortable with the process. We now have glycerin (sweet) based drops that are easily administered morning and evening.
New Vaccine Study
The doctors at the ADRC are participating in an EXCITING study to test a NEW vaccine for pets with recurrent skin infections. Criteria for enrollment:
Your pet ...
- has experienced at least 3 episodes of staph skin infections in 6 months,
- is at least one year of age,
- is not pregnant or lactating,
- has healthy other than skin condition, and
- is not on a steroid.
If interested please contact our office!
The ADRC doctors are on the speaker circuit, being sought after from organizations nationwide. Kudos to the following for:
- Dr. Liska is presenting 6 hours of continuing education (CE) to the Chicago Veterinary Medication association in March 2014.
- Dr. Liska is presenting two hours of continuing education and the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum in Phoenix, AZ in April 2014.
- Drs. Crow and Garfield are moderating interactive sessions at the same meeting on the topics of "Immunotherapy for Allergic Pets" and the "Challenges of Staph Bacterial Infections" respectively.
- Dr. Liska is presenting two days of continuing education (CE) meetings to the members of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in Omaha in January 2015.
IN THE NEWS
ADRC Welcomes 4th Dermatologist
- Dr. Shanna Seals will be joining us at the Dallas office in January 2015.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University (2009)
- Sponsored by USDA-APHIS for the Smith-Kilborne program and earned a foreign animal disease prevention certificate at the Plum Island, NY Animal Disease Center
- Completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine, surgery and critical care at the Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center in Mandeville, LA
- Practiced veterinary medicine at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES) in New Orleans, LA, assisting with sea turtle and dolphin capture, treat, and relocation program throughout the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (2010)
- Dermatology residency at Louisiana State University (2011)
- Completed dermatology research on a study for characterization of IgE-mediated cutaneous immediate and late-phase reactions in non-allergic domestic cats.
- During her residency, published a children's book called "Boo's Amazing Rescue" and visited elementary schools teaching children about the importance of animal conservation.
Dr. Seal's return to north Texas will bring her close to family and friends. She is a genuinely kind, motivated and intelligent veterinarian and we feel fortunate that she is joining our practice.
- We are happy to announce that Jessie D. has returned to ADRC and will once again be a part of our reception team.
- Drs. Crow, Garfield and Liska will be attending the North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum from April 8-12. The office will be open. Feel free to call if your pet needs a medication refill or if you have concerns/questions. We appreciate your patience if there is a delayed response time due to the conference.
- Congratulations to Danielle B. who has been promoted to Office Manager of the Grapevine office.