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* Durham, French firms team to develop dry eye treatment for companion animals :: Editor’s Blog at WRAL TechWire

Source: Durham, French firms team to develop dry eye treatment for companion animals :: Editor’s Blog at WRAL TechWire

Posted Feb. 1, 2016 at 3:27 p.m.


Dye eye treatment coming for dogs

Wilma, who started going blind at the age of 2, belongs to Jim Shamp, Director of Public Relations for the N.C. Biotechnology Center.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — ​Zoion Pharma of Durham has formed a collaboration with the French veterinary company Ceva Santé Animale to develop a treatment for eye diseases in companion animals.

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the collaboration which gives Ceva worldwide development and commercial rights to Zoion’s drug candidate ZP-1, which Zoion has been targeting as a dry-eye treatment for dogs.

Technically, it’s an epithelial sodium channel inhibitor for the treatment of veterinary ocular surface diseases involving a lack of surface hydration, such as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), commonly called dry eye.

“KCS is a disease that causes much pain and discomfort, particularly in dogs,” said Jon Alšėnas, D.V.M., president and CEO of Zoion. “If left untreated, severe cases may lead to blindness.”

Drug originally discovered by Parion Sciences

ZP-1 has successfully completed a proof-of-concept clinical trial in canine dry eye. It was originally discovered by Parion Sciences of Durham and then licensed to Zoion for veterinary use. [Read full article….]

Source: Durham, French firms team to develop dry eye treatment for companion animals :: Editor’s Blog at WRAL TechWire

* Terminally ill dog gets final trip to the beach thanks to Exeter residents | Exeter Express and Echo


Source: Terminally ill dog gets final trip to the beach thanks to Exeter residents | Exeter Express and Echo

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 01, 2015

Alecia and Charlie

Alecia and Charlie

A terminally ill dog was given the chance to have a final trip to the seaside thanks to the generosity of Exeter residents.

Alecia Louise took to social media to find a bike trailer that could be used to take Charlie, a German Shepard cross, to the beach before his battle with canine epilepsy got the better of him. The 8 year old’s condition left him unable to walk and sadly he was put to sleep just two hours after his trip.

The dog owner was left overwhelmed by the responses she received. She said:”Apart from all the offers of buggies for sale I was inundated with buggies for free. I collected one and took him for some fresh air the day he was put to sleep.

“I was overwhelmed by the kindness of people and would like to say thank you to everyone who got in touch.”

Source: Terminally ill dog gets final trip to the beach thanks to Exeter residents | Exeter Express and Echo

* Researchers Dig for Cause of Dog Diabetes


Source: Researchers Dig for Cause of Dog Diabetes

Disease looks similar to type 1 in humans, but with important differences

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

poodle_OS18113 for Diabetes article

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Like many other animals, man’s best friend isn’t immune to developing diabetes. But new research suggests that while the disease in dogs looks similar to type 1 diabetes in people, there are some significant differences between man and beast.

“Dogs get diabetes at a pretty significant rate, about the same rate that humans get type 1 diabetes. But, they get it later in life,” explained study senior author Dr. Jake Kushner, chief of pediatric diabetes and endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Using state-of-the-art imaging techniques, the researchers were able to look at pancreas tissue from 23 dogs with diabetes and 17 dogs without the disease. The pancreas is an organ that contains cells called islet cells. Those cells contain beta cells that produce the hormone insulin, which is necessary for turning the sugars in foods into fuel for the body.

Like humans with type 1 diabetes, dogs develop diabetes after a dramatic loss of beta cells. Without a significant number of beta cells, the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin. That insulin must be replaced through injections.

But the researchers found some key differences when they dug deeper. [Read the full article…]

Source: Researchers Dig for Cause of Dog Diabetes

* Bayer launch a ‘site‘ for sore eyes – Pet Gazette

Source: Bayer launch a ‘site‘ for sore eyes – Pet Gazette

By Domonique De Friez


Dry eye affects around one in 22 dogs, and can affect up to 20 per cent of at risk breeds, yet in a recent survey, nearly half of dog owners were not aware that the condition could pose a potential risk to their pet.

To help address this, Bayer Animal Health has launched an educational website (www.remend.co.uk) specifically designed to help dog owners understand more about dry eye; covering clinical signs, predisposed breeds, diagnosis and treatment, with the key message throughout encouraging owners to speak to their vet with any concerns.

The website has been launched to support Bayer’s new tear replacement product, Remend TM Dry Eye Lubricant Drops, which is intended for use as part of the management of dry eye, alongside prescription medication, after the condition has been diagnosed by a veterinary surgeon.  RemendTM Dry Eye Lubricant Drops provide long-lasting lubrication for the eyes, and have the advantage that they can be applied less frequently than the majority of artificial tear supplements currently on the market. [Read full article….]

www.remend.co.uk


Source: Bayer launch a ‘site‘ for sore eyes – Pet Gazette

* Blind dog works as grief counselor at West Palm cemetery | Featured

Source: blog.palmbeachpost.com


Hurricane Joe is a blind dog who works as a grief counselor at a funeral home in West Palm Beach. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Hurricane Joe is a blind dog who works as a grief counselor at a funeral home in West Palm Beach. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)


Wearing a striped bow tie and sporting an air of canine confidence, Hurricane Joe is on the move, padding his way between buildings at the West Palm Beach cemetery where his business cards read “grief counselor.”

Like grief itself, Joe doesn’t travel a linear path. The little Lhasa Apso is blind — the result of some unknown cruelty inflicted by one of five previous owners — so he mentally maps his surroundings by scent, trial and error, and the patient voice of Gail Raines, who adopted him 18 months ago.

“Watch. Watch,” she tells him. (“I know it’s weird I say ‘watch’ to a dog who’s blind,” she says later, “but that’s his key word.”) [Read the full article….]

Source: Blind dog works as grief counselor at West Palm cemetery | Featured

* Dog eye shades make their day in the sun – Jackson Hole News&Guide: Business

Tuckerman and Yaz are like a lot of Jackson Hole dogs. When their owners, Aiden Doane and her boyfriend, Jesse Emilo, head outdoors to ski, fish, boat, hike and run trails, the pups want to go with them.

Source: Dog eye shades make their day in the sun – Jackson Hole News&Guide: Business

* Juvenile onset epilepsy can be a rough road for dogs – Columnists – Cape Breton Post

Source: Cape Breton Post

author_thumbnail Dr Darren Low - Cape Breton PostDr. Darren Low
Published on March 06, 2015

Darren Low

Darren Low

I diagnosed four-year-old Brandy with epilepsy when she was just a pup. A border collie mix, she started having mild seizures at six months of age and they quickly became worse. Her little black and white body would twist and thrash, her jaws would clench and she would drool profusely. She would even eliminate during a bad one.

All the diagnostics I could run were completely normal, so all we could do was control the seizures with medication to give Brandy quality of life. Her family knew there were challenges ahead, and that it would be a lifetime commitment, but as they told me from the beginning, they were in this “for better or for worse.” Continue reading

* Did You Know That One In 500 Dogs Suffer From Diabetes?

Source: Temecula/ California/ USA – WEBWIRE
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mark your calendar, it’s time for the 9th Annual Woofs and Purrs in the Vines at Oak Mountain Winery October 5th with all proceeds going to Cause Fur Paws, Inc helping animals suffering with diabetes. The growing diabetes epidemic is not limited to people—diabetes mellitus is increasing among dogs as well.

Did You Know That One In 500 Dogs Suffer From Diabetes?

Petie was our poster boy and the inspiration for Cause Fur Paws, Inc. A portion of the sales of this wine are donated to Cause Fur Paws

Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis

Diabetes can be a silent disease. Your veterinarian may discover your dog’s diabetes through routine blood work, but before that, you are likely to notice some of its symptoms: greater than normal hunger and/or thirst, weight loss, and frequent or copious urination (some dogs start having accidents in the house).

At Woof’s and Purr’s in the Vines you will be having food, drinks, music, wine, and our very popular, silent auction and wine auction. Every paid ticket will get a glass of wine or beer, food and admission to their silent auction. This year’s list of donations and sponsors is the biggest in CFP history.

Attendees are welcome to bring their well-behaved, leashed dog to the event. Tickets are available at oakmountainwinery.com. Tickets are a $35 donation. Cause Fur Paws is a 501c3 nonprofit, tickets are tax deductible. This great fundraiser will be held at Oak Mountain Winery 36522 Via Verde Temecula, Ca 92592 on the De Portola Wine Trail. Hope to see you there.

www.causefurpaws.org
47200 De Portola
Temecula, Ca 92592
951 699-9102
Val1@causefurpaws.org

via Did You Know That One In 500 Dogs Suffer From Diabetes?.

* Doctors restoring eyesight for dogs with cataracts

Source: WFAA.com

Tim Wetzel, KHOU 11 News  |  11:25 p.m. CDT  |  September 4, 2014

Dr. Julie Hempstead is one of a handful of veterinary ophthalmologists in Houston. She performs cataract surgeries on animals.

Photo (KHOU)

Wilma the poodle

HOUSTON — There’s no stopping Wilma. The poodle has free reign at the Houston Humane Society.

She rides the elevator, goes in and out of offices, and is, essentially, a four-legged employee.

“Wilma lives here 100 percent of the Continue reading

* Merck Animal Health Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness About Canine Dry Eye Syndrome

Source: Merck Animal Health

2 September 2014

Dog Owners Can See First Hand the Effects of Dry Eye on a Dog’s Vision

SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY, September 2, 2014 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) is launching a new global awareness campaign that is especially designed to give pet owners a realistic sense of their dogs’ experience when they are suffering from Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), commonly referred to as canine Dry Eye. This awareness campaign will help dog owners identify the signs of canine Dry Eye before it becomes an issue.

Canine Dry Eye affects 1 out of 22 dogs and the early symptoms can be easily missed by pet owners, leading to irreversible damage to a dog’s vision, and eventually resulting in blindness – Continue reading on Merck Animal Health’s website ….