August 25 , 2006
Volume IV, No. 4
The 124th Annual ISVMA Convention will be held at the Wyndham Chicago Northwest Hotel in Itasca, IL on November 3-5, 2006. You will be amazed at the quality program that we have brought to you! The Convention Prospectus and registration forms have been mailed to every veterinarian in the state and our out-of-state members. You may either return the registration form included in the Prospectus or register online at:
Please register early to take advantage of reduced "early bird" pricing and to give ISVMA staff more accurate counts for food orders. Also, notice that the wet labs have limited seats available. Register as soon as possible to guarantee your seat!
ISVMA thanks its corporate sponsors for their generous support of our convention program. The dynamite speaker lineup was made possible through their generosity. Please take time to visit the exhibits at Convention - where 85 exhibits and show specials await you!
The ISVMA Convention is a great place to get 16.5 hours of continuing education - just in time for you to renew your license and comply with the state's CE requirements!
An Expanding Problem: Pets Ingesting Polyurethane Glue Is On The Rise (740% Increase in Expanding Glue Cases Since 2002)
(Urbana, IL) – Imagine this scenario: a young Boxer puppy chews open a tube of polyurethane glue, accidentally left out by his owners who were using it to do repairs on their home, and swallows some of its contents. The next morning to his owners’ surprise, the Boxer refuses his breakfast, and begins vomiting. The puppy’s abdomen appears swollen and seems tender to the touch. The bewildered owners take their pet to the local animal hospital, where they discover a large mass in the puppy’s stomach, and rush him into surgery to remove it. After the successful procedure, the shocked owners are told the mass was a softball-sized lump of expanded and solidified polyurethane glue.
Unfortunately, this scenario has played out many times all across the country. Since 2005, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has managed more than 135 cases involving exposures to expanding adhesives containing diphenylmethane diisocyanate. More astounding is that this number represents an increase of more than 740% in expanding glue cases since 2002.
“Any number of factors could be contributing to the increase, including the growing popularity of do-it-yourself projects or the increased use of this type of adhesive,” states Dr. Steven Hansen, Senior Vice-President and board-certified veterinary toxicologist for the ASPCA APCC. “Whatever the reason, due to the rising number of cases, the importance of alerting companion animal owners to the dangers of expanding polyurethane glue products is clear.”
As diphenylmethane diisocyanate may not always be listed on the label, pet owners should consider any expanding adhesive product a potential hazard, and should be especially careful in keeping such products out of the reach of their pets.
“A dog consuming even small amounts of adhesive containing diphenylmethane diisocyanate can experience serious problems as the product expands in the warm, moist environment of the stomach, forming a porous mass of glue,” says Dr. Hansen. “This mass can block the gastrointestinal tract and cause a life-threatening surgical emergency.”
And as with any potentially harmful substance, should an accidental exposure occur, it is important to contact a local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for immediate assistance.
A few weeks ago you received a letter from the College of Veterinary Medicine and ISVMA inviting you to participate in an updated version of our cooperative mentor program. As of today, there are approximately 160 veterinarians that have filled out the Mentor Interest Form. These veterinarians will be assigned mentees in the near future from the first and second year classes.
In order to assign mentors for the third and fourth year classes, we need more volunteers! Every veterinarian has experiences that can guide and inform a student. Please become a mentor and indicate your interest by filling out the Mentor Interest Form on the ISVMA website.
Three of the ISVMA regions have released their programs and schedules for their fall meetings:
Southern Illinois VMA (Region 1)
Eastern Illinois VMA (Region 3)
Northern Illinois VMA (Region 6)
Kankakee Valley VMA (Region 5)
The Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata) is extremely nondescript. In fact, this is one of the best field marks for identifying it! Other warblers have wing bars, black streaking below, brighter underparts or distinctive face patterns. This small warbler has olive-green upperparts, a faintly streaked chest, and yellow underparts. Its head has an inconspicuous orange crown, broken eye-ring, and dark eye-line. The sexes are similar but the orange crown patch is absent or even less distinct.
The Orange-crowned Warbler is common and widespread in the West, but is much less common in most of the East. It can be one of the most numerous migrant warblers in the western and central United States, but its numbers decrease to the east. It is typically found in shrubs and low vegetation.
The boreal-nesting form of the Orange-crowned Warbler has one of the latest fall migrations of any warbler, not leaving its Canadian breeding grounds until late September or October. It is likely that most, if not all of the early fall (August and early September) reports of Orange-crowned Warblers from the eastern United States and southeastern Canada are actually dull Tennessee Warblers. The yellow undertail coverts and blurry streaks on the breast separate it from the very similar fall-plumaged Tennessee Warbler.
I photographed this Orange-crowned Warbler in Pharr, Texas in January 2005.
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