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First liquid solution for hypertension in cats
Semintra will be launched in a number of EU countries during September 2018.

Easy-to-give solution for pet owners and vets

The first liquid solution for feline hypertension has been launched by Boehringer Ingelheim.

In a press release, Boehringer Ingelheim said that Semintra 10 mg/ml Oral Solution ‘provides a new, well-accepted and easy-to-give liquid formulation, making management of feline hypertension easier for cat owners and veterinarians’.

“We are proud to continue to set new standards of care for cats to optimise their health and well-being through the veterinarian,” said Shawn Hooker, global head of strategic business unit pet vet at Boehringer Ingelheim.

“Early disease detection and early treatment are key to ensure cats live longer and happier lives. With Semintra we offer a pet owner-friendly, easy-to-give solution to help raise the quality of life of cats with hypertension while providing reliable long-term blood pressure control.”

The approval of Semintra as a veterinary medicine for the treatment of feline systemic hypertension follows marketing authorisation in the EU. It will be launched in a number of countries during September 2018.

Further information about Semintra can be found on the European Medicines Agency website.

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.