Here are some of the top veterinary breakthroughs of 2007 discussed on “Good Morning America” with Dr. Marty Becker:
- Melanoma Vaccine: This is the first therapeutic cancer vaccine approved in the United States for any species, human, or animal.
- Dental Disease Vaccine: The vaccine targets the three kinds of Porphyromonas bacteria that cause most of the periodontal disease. This disease is the most commonly diagnosed disease in veterinary medicine.
- Canine Transdermal Device: This allows vaccines to be injected directly into the muscles instead of the blood vessel. The immune response of the animal is better and it may be less painful for animals also.
- Genetics Test: Not sure what kind of dog you have? This DNA-based test identifies more than 130 breeds that may be present in a mixed breed dog and helps you finally figure out what kind of dog you have.
- Probiotics for Gastrointestinal Health: Veterinarians are using probiotics to prevent diarrhea and promote good intestinal balance which leads to better health. Studies have shown that probiotics can help keep a normal balance of good and bad bacteria that live in the intestines.
- Neutraceuticals to help treat and prevent arthritis: This liver-flavored chewable tablet provides glucosamine, chondroitin, green-lipped mussel and hyaluronic acid balanced with omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and antioxidants for healthy canine joint function and connective tissue.
Source: ABC News