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Animal Health News & Notes for September 20, 2019
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Editor: Lynn Fondon DVM MBA


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  • Chewy, Inc. announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended August 4, 2019. Net sales were $1.15 billion, an increase of 43% year-over-year. Net loss was $(82.9) million, including a non-cash share-based compensation charge of $43.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA loss of $(29.2) million improved 45% year-over-year. (company press release)

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  • Dechra announced a partnership with Vetcare Ltd. for a patented canine sedative. According to the companies, the novel combination product provides greater cardiovascular safety as compared to other products of a similar class. The product is expected to launch into the first market in 2021. (Vet Advantage)

  • Bimeda announced the launch of Enromed 100 (enrofloxacin) Antimicrobial Injectable Solution for cattle and swine. Enromed 100 is labeled for the treatment and control of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle, and swine respiratory disease (SRD). (company press release)

  • ImmuCell Corporation announced that it has entered into a lease covering approximately 14,300 square feet of office and warehouse space in Portland, Maine, to enable the company’s plan to increase the production capacity of the First Defense product line. The company expects to have use of this new space by mid-2020. (company press release)

  • Piedmont Animal Health announced it has secured a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for a long-acting sterile injectable formulation containing macrolide antibiotics for use in both companion animals and humans. Piedmont expects to develop a range of injectables using the patented formulation. The first product to be developed using the technology may be an injectable for the treatment of upper respiratory infections in cats, which is currently undergoing a pivotal field study. (Animal Pharm)

  • EU Laboratorios Hipra announce the European launch of Inmeva, an inactivated injectable vaccine against abortions caused by Chlamydia abortus and Salmonella Abortusovis in sheep. Hipra claims Inmeva is the only inactivated vaccine that reduces shedding as well as clinical signs of Chlamydia, while simultaneously providing protection against Salmonella. (Animal Pharm)

  • ISRAEL Biogal Galed Labs announced the commercialization of the new CombCam, a user friendly, add-on technology that interprets Biogal’s VacciCheck and ImmunoComb ELISA test results. CombCam makes interpretation easier, less cumbersome, faster, digitalized and more accurate. (company announcement)

  • ISRAEL Scientists at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) and aquaculture biotechnology start-up Enzootic have developed single-sex freshwater prawns that they claim could increase aquaculture yields and prevent disease. The Macrobrachium rosenbergii prawns have two female sex chromosomes, lack the male sex chromosome and can only produce female offspring. According to the researchers, entirely female populations of the prawns enables high density culture due to reduced territoriality and aggression. (Animal Pharm)

  • ISRAEL NowPet, an Israeli pet food and pet supplies retailer, in collaboration with Cyb-Org Auto Shop, has launched Tel Aviv’s first unmanned pet supplies store. The store operates using Cyb-Org’s systems in a 40-square-meter space, with 60 different products available. The system is designed to identify customers through fingerprinting and facial recognition. When a product is removed from a smart shelf, built-in weighing scales and machine vision calculate the item removed and add it to the customers’ bills. (Petfood Industry)



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  • SOUTH KOREA – ASF South Korea is the latest country in Asia to report African swine fever has infected a swine herd, after five pigs found dead at a farm near the North Korea border tested positive. More than 2,400 pigs were culled on the farm near Paju, in addition to 1,500 pigs on two other farms owned by the same producer in a preventive effort to stop further spread. The agriculture ministry has ordered a nationwide ban on hog movement for 48 hours, as officials investigate the source of the virus. (Feedstuffs)

  • US – ASF RESEARCH Veterinary researchers at Kansas State University confirmed that the African swine fever (ASF) virus can survive a simulated 30-day transoceanic voyage in contaminated plant-based feed and ingredients. Detailed analysis shows that the half-life of ASF virus in feed ranges from 9.6 to 14.2 days after exposure to varying temperature and humidity conditions simulating transoceanic shipment. The research was published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. (AVMA SmartBrief – Farm Progress)

  • US – CANINE RESEARCH The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) announced the receipt of a $5.9 million bequest from a private, anonymous donor. The donation is specifically designated to scientific canine health research and will further strengthen CHF’s already robust portfolio of grants to address the health needs of all dogs across their entire lifetime. (association press release)

  • US – FELINE RESEARCH A new study from the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis shows that many of the odiferous compounds from a male cat used for marking territory and communicating are actually made not by the cat, but by a community of bacteria living in the anal sacs. DNA material extracted from the anal sacs and sequenced found that the microbial community was not very diverse and dominated by a small number of bacterial genera. The work is published Sept. 13 in PLOS ONE. (Vet Candy)


Growing up where I did in the rural central coast of California, I witnessed the changes that drip irrigation brought to agricultural production.  With it, plants, trees and vines could be given precise amounts of water and without all the waste built into the old irrigation methods.  Drip irrigation technology was invented in Israel, I learned back then.  Israel has a history of inventiveness and there is another recent example of this in the retail pet food segment.

An Israeli technology company that specializes in the completely automated retail and wholesale business, Cyb-Org Technologies, Inc. has collaborated with NowPet to launch Israel’s first un-manned pet supply store.   The first store is now open in a Tel Aviv suburb selling 60 different products, including pet food and supplies.  NowPet has plans to invest in 20 stores and is contemplating 100 stores across Israel.  Cyb-Org claims to be able to manage 200 square-meter stores with 800 products – and they collect a lot of data.

Sounds like Amazon Go, right?  These are the semi-automated stores opened by Amazon in a few cities in the US.  Cyb-Org claims they are very different since they will license their technology to retailers, which can be implemented inside existing retail stores or as stand-alone units, like NowPet has started.

This seems to be a very cunning competitor to “traditional” e-commerce and to Amazon.  Could pet food be sold like this in the US?  How about animal health products?  Could animal health and nutrition product manufacturers set up what would be essentially be highly automated walk-in vending machines to sell their products in retail stores?  Maybe like drip irrigation, an Israeli company will show the world how to precisely (and conveniently) deliver animal health and nutrition products to pet owners.

Bob Jones


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