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Webinar: Diagnosis of the Hematologic Parasites in Dogs - How It Works In Practice

The free class “Continuous learning with Bioguard” theme for this month will be conducted by Chen-Si Lin, DVM, PhD. Dr. Lin is a professor in Department of Veterinary Medicine and director of Zoonosis Research Center, National Taiwan University. In addition, she is a formal director of Animal Disease Diagnostic Center, National Taiwan University. Her specialty include Veterinary Clinical Microbiology, Immunology, and Animal Cancer Biology and Therapeutic Development.

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In this lecture, we will talk diagnosis of the hematologic parasites, or vector-borne pathogens, in dogs Vector-borne diseases are one of major threats to canine health. They are transmitted by the bite of infected arthropod species such as mosquitoes or ticks. These diseases may cause severe complications if they are not well diagnosed and treated. Severe cases may even lead to organ failure and death. Therefore, the healthy management plan for dogs should contain routine checks for these vector-borne diseases.

Register For the Free Class

Date: Apr. 27th, 2022

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Malaysia time, GMT+8)

Presenters: Dr. Chen-Si Lin

Cost: FREE

Bioguard is looking forward to seeing you at this event. Happy Learning!

Taiwan to launch a new government department for pets this month

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The new section in the country’s Council of Agriculture will manage all aspects of pets’ lives “from birth to death” amid a boom in the local market.

The government said that the new department will oversee the whole industry, from pet food to grooming, training, pet-sitting, and pet insurance.

“There are about 7 million households in the country, of which 2 million are registered as having pets,” said Minister Chen Chi-chung.

Official data shows that the Taiwanese pet industry is worth NT$50 billion (US$1.74M) annually and that 2.3 million pet dogs and cats are officially registered in the country.

The department will have an annual budget of NT$130 million (US$4.5M) and it is expected to be officially established this April, a spokesperson of the Taiwanese government (Executive Yuan) confirmed to GlobalPETS.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Finance recently said that the number of pet businesses has increased in the last decade. While in 2009 there were 3,734 companies in the pet industry, the number raised to 7,207 in 2020


Russia compromises to ease imports after SOS call from local pet industry

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Official figures presented during a recent industry meeting show that pet food imports are decreasing by 20% against last year.

In a meeting held by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselhoznadzor, RSN), head Sergey Dankvert stated that the regulator is ready to propose rules to simplify the clearance of goods.

According to Dankvert, the RSN has not restricted ed the import of vitamins, and today’s import volumes depend on each country’s particular decision .

Official figures from the federal executive body show a “significant drop” in pet food supply from Germany (-27%), followed by Denmark and Norway.

The head of the RSN also showed his surprise that supplies from France, Italy, Hungary and Austria are also decreasing. Imports of pet food and ingredients from those European countries have never been suspended by Russian authorities.

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Identification of Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Infected Cats

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Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLV) are two of the most common viruses affecting domestic cats. Both infections are associated with a variety of clinical signs and can impact quality of life and longevity.

Outcomes of FeLV infection are now classified as abortive infection (comparable to the former ‘regressor cats’), regressive infection (comparable to the former ‘latent infection’, 

with or without previous ‘transient viremia’) and progressive infection (comparable to the former ‘persistent viremia’). After the primary phase, cats infected with FIV would enter long asymptomatic stage that can last for many years. During this stage, progressive dysfunction of the immune system can occur.

The most important measure for the control of FeLV and FIV is the identification and segregation of infected cats. Cats should be tested as soon as possible after they are acquired, following exposure to an infected cat or a cat of unknown infection status, prior to vaccination against FeLV or FIV, and whenever clinical illness occurs. VETlabs FeLV Ag / FIV Ab Combo Test can detect feline leukemia virus antigen and feline immunodeficiency virus antibody in cat’s blood.

Prompt diagnosis of cats infected with FIV or FeLV play an important role in management and prevention of the diseases.

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