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September 29 , 2010


Volume VIII, No. 5



An electronic newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for Illinois veterinarians

Anterior/Posterior Inter-body Spinal Fusion

In this Issue

ISVMA Convention Early Bird Registration Deadline is October 8, 2010

CALL TO ACTION: Federal Legislation on the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act

FDA Warns Pet Owners About Buying Online Pet Meds

AVMA-CAN Legislative Alert

Carpentersville, IL Considers Cat Licensing

Leptospirosis Vaccine Approved

Frequently Asked Quetsions by Pet Owners about Bed Bugs and Pets

About the Photo

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ISVMA Early Bird Convention Registration Deadline is October 8

The Early Bird Registration deadline for the ISVMA Annual Convention is October 8, 2010. All registrations must be faxed, submitted online or postmarked prior to the deadline date.

The 128th ISVMA Annual Convention will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel on November 5-7, 2010. A copy of the full program brochure is available online. There is also a convenient online registration option.

FDA Warns Pet Owners About Buying Online Pet Meds

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an advisory urging pet owners not to buy medicines for animals that are offered at discounted prices online. The announcement comes after the FDA reportedly found companies that distribute prescription drugs without requiring prescriptions from veterinarians, and that market counterfeit products and unapproved drugs. Read the full story in from USA Today.

AVMA-CAN Action Alert: Please Ask Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor the Congressional Resolution Honoring Veterinary Medicine

Please ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor H.RES 1531 to designate 2011 as World Veterinary Year Take Action!

In 2011, the veterinary profession will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of the world's first veterinary school, and hence, the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession.

The veterinary profession plays an important role in the lives of all Americans. From taking care of our beloved pets to ensuring the safety of the food we eat and working with our Armed Forces to help countries establish healthy productive agricultural systems, American veterinarians serve the American public.

The AVMA supports the need to bring attention to and express appreciation for the contributions that the veterinary profession has made and continues to make to animal health, public health, animal welfare, and food safety.

The Senate has already passed this resolution and now we need your support to pass it in the House.

Take action now to honor the veterinary profession!

For more information about World Veterinary Year, go to the AVMA web site here.

Illinois Area Considers Cat Licensing

Daily Herald (Chicago) - 9/24/10 - A proposal in Carpentersville, Ill., would require area owners to obtain licenses for their cats. The fees, which would cost $3 or $5, will be used to fund a city initiative that aims to cut the number of feral cats by trapping the animals, neutering and spaying them, and finally releasing them back to the streets. (Courtesy AVMA)

Leptospirosis Vaccine Approved

Utica Pet Health | – TA vaccine from Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health reportedly has been approved for protecting dogs against leptospirosis, which is often associated with kidney disease and marked by signs such as fever, dehydration and muscle pain. The vaccine, called Nobivac Lepto 4, can protect dogs against four types of leptospirosis.

Frequently Asked Questions by Pet Owners about Bed Bugs and Pets

Reports of bedbug infestation are increasing in the U.S. To educate pet owners and help them take precautions to protect themselves, their families and their pets, the AVMA has developed an FAQ on bedbugs.

About the Photo

No bird images for this issue of the E-SOURCE! Instead, I wanted to share with you my personal health journey through 2010. On December 2009, I had an acute onset of furcal neuropathy that was misdiagnosed as an infection for two months. Finally, the correct diagnosis led me to a spinal surgeon and neurologist. The furcal nerve pain added to the severe sciatica that I had lived with for eight years had finally gotten to the point where I had no options but surgery. I was unable to sit, stand or walk without severe pain.


I had an L4-S1 fusion (picture above) using a new procedure called AxiaLIF2L on March 19, 2010. The fusion did relieve the furcal nerve pain, but my sciatica actually became worse. I was not recovering as expected as a result of the fusion and, after weeks of waiting for more diagnostic tests and trying to work around my work schedule, I finally had a second spinal surgery on September 10, 2010. This surgery involved an L5 laminectomy and foraminotomy. Fortunately, the second surgery relieved most of my sciatic nerve pain. I am still in recovery from the second surgery.


My reason for sharing my personal health issues is to thank the staff and volunteer leaders of ISVMA for picking up the slack when it was needed so that ISVMA continued to provide services and programs for its members. There have been some delays and frustrations along the way, but it was our collective hope that very few of our members would notice any disruption in service.


The good news is that I am finally on the road to full recovery and look forward to seeing you at the ISVMA Annual Convention on November 5-7 in Lombard, IL. I'll ask for one favor: no pats on the back!

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