I attended the Western Veterinary Conference last week with Bob and checked out the latest in new treatments for pets and livestock. This is one of the largest vet meetings in the world, with 15,000 attendees from 40 countries. Here are the most buzzed-about new products:
1. A new treatment for itching dogs. Apoquel by Zoetis will stop dogs from itching and scratching within hours. That is monumental, I was told. This product is on everyone's wish list and the company sold a year's worth of product in the first 10 days. If you have a dog that itches, get on the waiting list now.
2. A chewable that kills fleas and ticks. NexGard by Merial will kills fleas before they lay eggs and kill the disgusting American dog tick. YES. Give this soft beef-flavored chew once a month. How easy. This product is also back ordered.
3. A paint gun that shoots insectide for horn flies. VetGun by AgriLabs lets you apply a topical insecticide from as far away as 30 feet from cattle. Less stress for both man and beast. Can't wait to try this.
4. An alternative to iodine. Super 7 + Navel Dip by Vetericyn is is an umbilical cord dry-out and protective solution for newborn animals that is completely safe. Farmers and vets have long used 7% tincture of iodine as a navel dip, but it's now regulated and restricted due to its use in making meth.
5. An alternative to surgical castration. Zeuterin by Ark Sciences is made of zinc gluconate -- a natural ingredient in the body. It is delivered to dogs through an injection to the testis. Veterinarians can neuter male dogs without surgery. The result is permanent and irreversible fibrosis in the testicle rendering the dog sterile. A similar product, Testrin, is being tested by the largest pork producers as an alternative to surgical castration in pigs.