The Core Vaccines that Dogs Need

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Vaccines for Dogs
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A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Horace Nalle has built a successful career as a biotechnology executive. Since 2012, Horace Nalle has served as principal of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Oriole Animal Health, LLC, which specializes in providing investment and consulting services for animal vaccine companies.

As with humans, animals require vaccinations to remain healthy and ward off possibly life-threatening diseases. This medicine helps prepare an animal’s immune system for the fight against harmful organisms. Dogs, in particular, are at risk to contract a number of diseases, and require specialized vaccines to live healthier lives. The following list will cover a few of the core vaccines that veterinarians typically recommend for dogs.

Canine Parvovirus vaccine
Dogs typically contract parvo from other infected dogs, and the disease is potentially deadly if they do not receive the proper vaccinations. Generally, veterinarians suggest that all puppies obtain this medication in three rounds when they are between 6 and 16 weeks of age. Unless adult pets have a weakened immune system or are pregnant, they should receive a parvovirus revaccination shot every three years.

Canine Distemper vaccine
If they do not receive the canine distemper vaccine, then dogs run a higher risk of developing this highly-contagious respiratory disease. Most dogs receive this vaccination every few weeks when they are between the ages of 4 and 20 weeks. Veterinarians may administer this treatment along with the measles vaccine, which also provides antibodies that help dogs build a higher immunity to the distemper virus.

Canine Hepatitis vaccine
This condition develops when dogs contract canine adenovirus, which currently has no effective treatment once contracted. As such, it is crucial that dogs first receive hepatitis vaccinations between 6 and 9 months of age. Veterinarians administer both Type 1 and Type 2 medication to provide dogs with the best chances of defending against the disease. Dogs then need repeat vaccination every year for the duration of their lives.

The Issue of Homeless Animals in America

For most of the last eight years, Horace Nalle has served the Atlanta Humane Society as chairman of the board.

Homeless dogs and cats, as well as other domesticated animals, are a major issue in the United States. There are few reliable metrics to ascertain exactly how many feral animals roam the streets, though estimates for cats alone reach 70 million. Of those animals that are turned over to an animal shelter, less than 10 percent are neutered or spayed, meaning homeless animals can and will continue to breed in the wild, compounding the problem. While shelters do their best to support the country’s homeless animal population, which has grown to be five times larger than America’s population of homeless people, nearly 3 million animals are put down every year due to overcrowding and insufficient supplies.

Some of the recent numbers discovered on the subject of homeless animals are truly astounding. For example, out of a typical 10-puppy litter, only one dog finds a permanent home. Dogs and other pets are either abandoned by their owners or found lost on the streets without proper identification. Individuals interested in becoming part of the solution to this epidemic should contact The Humane Society of the United States or their local animal shelter.

Horace Nalle also works as principal at Atlanta’s Oriole Animal Health, LLC, an investment and consulting firm that helps develop new vaccines and medicine for animals.

Merial’s NexGard Spectra Receives European Approval

An experienced business executive, Horace Nalle has held leadership positions with the biotech company Scynexis, Inc., and the avian genetics company Hubbard, LLC. Horace Nalle has also spent more than 15 years as the chief legal officer of Merial, a global animal health company that creates protective products for a variety of animals.

In a recent press release, Merial and its parent company, Sanofi, announced that Merial received approval from the European Commission for its NexGard Spectra product, a beef-flavored soft chew that provides internal and external parasite control for dogs in one dose per month. Horace Nalle led the team that negotiated Merial’s license to afoxalaner, the key active ingredient in NexGard. Available only through a veterinary prescription, NexGard Spectra will be offered in five different sizes for dogs of various weights. According to studies, NexGard Spectra successfully treated dogs’ tick and flea infestations for up to 30 days while also eliminating intestinal worms and blocking heartworm infection.

The press release notes that the European approval for NexGard Spectra was awarded less than a year after the release of NexGard, the innovative monthly chew that treated external parasite infestations in dogs. With NexGard Spectra, pet owners and veterinarians get the same user-friendly product, along with additional internal parasite-fighting benefits.

The Atlanta Humane Society

The Atlanta Humane Society

By Horace Nalle

A unique institution among U.S. humane societies, the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) acts as both an adoption center and a full-service veterinary clinic. The organization also offers public services such as canine play yards for prospective animal adopters, dog training, and a range of owner educational programs. The experienced team of professionals at the AHS has a proven track record of assisting homeless, neglected, and abused animals throughout the region.

Founded in 1873, the Atlanta Humane Society stands as the oldest private charitable organization in the city. In addition to fighting for the ethical treatment of animals, the AHS also protected the essential rights of women and children during the years of its existence, before federal legislation safeguarded them.

About the Author:

A communications, pubic affairs, and legal professional with a long involvement in animal health, Horace Nalle works for the company that manufactures the flea, tick, and heartworm medication Frontline. In 2010, Mr. Nalle took on a volunteer position as Chair of the Atlanta Humane Society.

Horace Nalle: Common Reasons for Mergers and Acquisitions

According to Thomson Financial, Institute of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances, more than 40,000 mergers and acquisitions were recorded worldwide in 2011. Horace Nalle, Head of Legal, Communications, and Public Affairs for Merial, a maker of flea and tick and other products for pets, has participated in a number of high-profile mergers and acquisitions throughout a career that spans 30 years. He recently shared his thoughts below on some of the common reasons why a company would want to merge with or acquire another company.

Ability to Learn New Capabilities: Some companies may acquire or merge with a competitor in order to adopt their core capabilities and business.

Diversification: When one company merges with or acquires a related business, this can create synergies throughout the organization. It can also reduce some of the competitive, economic, or technological risks that may be associated with a merger or acquisition.

Increased Opportunity for Greater Market Share: Larger firms are better able to negotiate deals, attain larger economies of scale, and expand their services and distribution network.

Horace Nalle earned his Bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University in 1978 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1982. He is a member of the Pennsylvania bar.

Horace Nalle on the Best Running Tracks in Greater Atlanta

The Atlanta area’s mild climate is conducive to running, and the city has developed a strong running culture. With events such as the ATC Atlanta Half Marathon & 5K and the Big Peach 5K Run/Walk for Blood Cancer on the calendar, more and more Atlanta residents are hitting the streets at a respectable pace. If you are considering training for an event, or jogging for pleasure, here are a few of the Atlanta area’s most popular running trails.

Piedmont Park in the middle of the city is a great starting place, with a variety of tracks circling the ball fields, Clara Meer, and the Meadow. Clinton Nature Preserve west of Atlanta offers some challenging ascents, and stunning Douglas County scenery. In Cobb County, Kennesaw Mountain has over 17 miles of trails, ranging from easy to arduous. The Silver Comet Trail in Smyrna is also popular with local runners.

About the Author:
Horace Nalle is the head of Legal, Communications, and Public Affairs at Merial, a company committed to developing flea, tick, and heartworm protection for dogs and cats. An Atlanta resident, Horace Nalle enjoys running in his spare time.

Horace Nalle on the Atlanta Humane Society’s Celebration of Dogs

2013 presents the Atlanta Humane Society with a hectic schedule, including regular weekly events and a number of popular annual fundraisers. On Jan. 31, the Atlanta Humane Society will present its “A Celebration of Dogs” art show, now in its third year. This fundraiser is a preview open to Atlanta Humane Society supporters in advance of the exclusive art auction entitled “Dogs in Show and Field: the Fine Art Sale,” set to take place in New York City in February.

Chairperson Jada Loveless is known for her designer handbags, and the event will be catered with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m., the fundraiser takes place at 3109 Piedmont Estate and Gardens, with tickets selling for $100 per head. Atlanta Humane Society is a popular animal welfare organization, dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty and abuse.

About the Author: 
Horace Nalle lives in Atlanta. The Vice President of Legal, Communications, and Public Affairs for Merial, he is also a supporter of the Atlanta Humane Society.