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IDEXX aids in discovery of new biomarker to spot early kidney disease in cats

IDEXX Laboratories and Hill's Pet Nutrition teamed up with researchers at Oregon State University to develop a new biomarker, called SDMA. The scientist showed that the biomarker could spot kidney disease an average of 17 months earlier than currently used approaches--and in one case, a full four years earlier.

Report: Strong sales in Patterson's vet division may spur spinoff of weaker unit

When Patterson beat fiscal second-quarter sales and earnings estimates on Thursday, the Minnesota-based medical equipment distributor credited the strong performance largely to its veterinary division. Some analysts are predicting that Patterson will cast off its medical division so it can focus on its higher-growth animal health and dental units.

Are farmed fish contributing to the rise of antibiotic resistance?

How can the aquaculture industry lead the way to responsible use of antibiotics without sacrificing food safety and endangering human health? That question was posed recently by The Fish Site, published by U.K.-based agricultural data provider 5m.

Petco boosts animal health presence with purchase of Drs. Foster & Smith

Pet retail giant Petco of San Diego announced Wednesday that it is acquiring online and catalog company Drs. Foster & Smith, which is owned by veterinarians and based in Wisconsin.

High-flying Heska talks up business overhaul at NYC investor event

On Friday, Colorado-based Heska took a major step into the spotlight by holding an Investor Day at Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.