Dog Owners: Don’t Forget the Lepto!

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Post written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

One of the most overlooked and preventable diseases in dogs is infection with Leptospirosis.

Lepto is widespread in the environment and all dogs are at risk for this disease.  Even indoor dogs who have little outside exposure will end up going outside eventually.

Leptospirosis is a waterborne disease. Dogs are susceptible to infection by drinking contaminated water puddles on a walking trail, in your backyard, in city parks, or places such as water hazards at the golf course.

Water can carry Leptospirosis when infected carriers such as raccoons, opossums, squirrels, livestock and rodents urinate in open or standing water.

This disease can be fatal and is zoonotic, which means it can be transmitted from animals to people. In dogs, signs include fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Liver disease and acute kidney failure are possible.

Three ways to minimize the risk are: Continue reading “Dog Owners: Don’t Forget the Lepto!”

Major Durvet Warehouse Upgrades Are Underway!

By Rick Mesz, Operations Manager

Sometimes a large project is kind of like a race.  The end date or completion date is your goal line.  The project kick-off meeting is like the sound of the start pistol going off.  And the excitement of the race kicks your adrenaline into gear.

You want to plan it all and do it all as quickly as you can.  You want to make things happen.  You want to get things going.  You want to see progress immediately and milestones pass without any issues or with minor issues that you can quickly and decisively address and resolve.  Continue reading “Major Durvet Warehouse Upgrades Are Underway!”

2017: The Dawning of a New Era in Feed Additives

goatStarting January 1, 2017 the use of feed additive antibiotics will be changed forever!

Scientists have been recommending this change for many years as the misuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to a decrease in their effectiveness.

Some common antibiotic misconceptions and subsequent consequences are:

  • Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. Viruses are the major cause of scours in calves.
  • Prolonged feeding of antibiotics allows resistant strains of pathogens to evolve – thus rendering the antibiotic ineffective.
  • These “super bugs” that evolve can render other antibiotics ineffective in treating human infections.

Continue reading “2017: The Dawning of a New Era in Feed Additives”

Moving On In a Post-Antibiotic Era

One animal health expert summed up the options livestock producers, ranchers and integrated food operations have, now that the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive restricts sales and purchases of antibiotics over the counter. Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer for Alltech, offered three choices:

1.) Simply do nothing.

2.) Replace antibiotics with gut health programs.

3.) Take a holistic approach.

The second option holds the best likelihood of success in the post-antibiotic age. Ranchers and producers around the world are farming without antibiotics, notes Dr. Connolly. Continue reading “Moving On In a Post-Antibiotic Era”

Antibiotics Update: Will New Administration Try to Mitigate Rules on Antibiotics Usage in Food Animal Production?

cattleThe short answer: probably not. Furthermore, dealers shouldn’t change their preparations to comply with the new rules governing the judicious use of antibiotics in food animal production, as we have been stressing for more than a year in ProfitBuilder.

President Obama and his administration’s strategy to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture went into effect on January 1, 2017. Agri-Pulse Communications reported in its newsletter (November 30, 2016) that “he’s also leaving behind some proposals that could easily be reworked or spiked by the incoming Trump administration.”

“And starting in 2017, no antibiotics important in human medicine will be labeled for use for growth promotion and feed efficiency,” Agri-Pulse noted. “Only disease treatment and prevention will be approved uses on animal antibiotic labels.” Continue reading “Antibiotics Update: Will New Administration Try to Mitigate Rules on Antibiotics Usage in Food Animal Production?”

Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business

The cattle industry loses about $3 billion each year in lost weight gains, poor feed conversion and increased disease because of internal parasites, says Mark Alley, DVM, Managing Veterinarian at Zoetis, in a recent report.

With the financial impact and animal welfare concerns for cattle operations, he adds, it is important for producers to understand parasite control. Dr. Alley recommends year-round parasite control especially in the fall and again in spring before summer pasture turnout.

livestockParasites also pose a significant threat to the health of small ruminants, which are becoming popular with hobby and small-scale farmers.

According to the Purdue and Kentucky [joint] Extension Service, parasites can damage the gastrointestinal tract of goats and sheep, and result in reduced reproductive performance, reduced growth rates; less productive animals in terms of meat, fiber and milk; and even death. Continue reading “Keeping Livestock Healthy: Internal Parasite Control is a Year-round Business”

2016 Has Been a Tough Year for Agriculture

Post written by the Durvet Team

2016 has been a tough year for agriculture.

Whether you’re involved with livestock production or farming, it’s been harsh. Prices this year have been depressed throughout the year for most segments.

cattle_1Cattle prices have been cut almost in half compared to what they were in 2013. Hog prices have fallen from record highs in 2014 to their lowest levels since 2009.

Corn and Soybeans have been hard hit as well. The average price per bushel of corn is only half the value vs. what they were valued in 2012. Soybeans have lost one-third of their value from 2011.

What does that mean for the average family farm? Continue reading “2016 Has Been a Tough Year for Agriculture”