I love going to veterinary conferences. Learning about advances in veterinary medicine and checking out new products and pharmaceuticals is an essential part of keeping up-to-date in my field.
At the 2014 Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas last month, I attended some great educational sessions and discovered some new veterinary and consumer products that I will follow with interest. Here’s a sampling:Apoquel: Voyce: Whistle:
Dogs sprayed with a pig pheromone stopped barking and jumping up, according to a case study published in the February 2014 issue of Professional Animal Scientist. Androstenone, found in the saliva of male pigs – known as boars – is a turn-on for female pigs, but when researchers at Texas Tech University sprayed it on dogs who were barking or jumping up, the dogs stopped the undesirable behaviors. That makes androstenone, which works through the olfactory system, a powerful interomone; that is, a substance that is produced by one species but has an effect on the behavior of a different species.