Fountain Report Excerpts July 19, 2022

Fountain Report Excerpts
  1. Rarebreed Veterinary Partners has completed its previously announced acquisition of Vet’s Best Friend, a Massachusetts-based veterinary group. This marks 47 new locations for Rarebreed’s 71-practice community, making it among the largest practice groups nationwide, according to the company. The headquarters will be in Portland, Maine. The combined clinics include general practice, urgent care and specialty emergency hospitals.
  1. The bigger the dog, the greater the cancer risk. That’s according to data in a new white paper from Nationwide, the third and final paper in a series the pet insurance provider has released based on analysis of claims from 1.6 million dogs. The papers may help pet owners and veterinarians make more effective decisions about care, and the company plans to use this data to develop educational tools that assist with early detection of cancer. In the new study, analysts looking at claims collected between 2015 and 2021 found a clear correlation between dog size and cancer risk— even clearer than they expected.
  1. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, in conjunction with USDA, is hosting a two-day webinar to address concerns about the Asian longhorned tick and its possible impact on the U.S. cattle industry. The free event will take place August 23-24. The webinar aims to provide cattle producers, state animal health officials, veterinarians and other key stakeholders with current information from industry experts about how to identify and manage the tick. Veterinarians from currently affected states and USDA officials will discuss disease implications as well as possible treatment options and prevention of ticks on animals and in pastures. The Asian longhorned tick has spread to 17 states from the South to the East Coast since it was first found in the United States in 2017. It’s extremely aggressive and can cause stress and severe blood loss in cattle.

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