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January 31, 2023

Xylazine (Rompun®, Sedazine®, AnaSed®) is a medication that is FDA approved for animals only. It is a non-opioid sedative and painkiller. However, it is increasingly being mixed illicitly with drugs such as fentanyl and heroin to increase the effects of the high.

December 21, 2022

Paid Leave Oregon, adopted by the legislature in 2019, is finally taking effect. While some clarifying regulations remain pending, most of the key provisions have been finalized and required contributions into the fund are set to begin in January 2023.

December 19, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning horse owners not to feed Top of the Rockies alfalfa cubes with the date codes 111222, 111322, 111422, 111522, and 111622.

December 12, 2022

With your contribution to VOTE PAC (Veterinarians Organized to Elect), you can support your profession and put $50 or $100 back in your pocket. Your support helps the OVMA support legislators who have been there for the profession. We also encourage all members of the practice team to take advantage of the direct dollar-for-dollar tax credit allowance.

December 12, 2022

In early December, the Animal Health Foundation of Oregon provided a $15,000 grant to the Dean’s Fund for Disaster Response to support a veterinary approach to disaster preparedness and response.

December 12, 2022

Practice owners and their staff are working together to find more efficient pathways to practice management and a more collaborative work environment that stresses a work-life balance.

December 7, 2022

Contributions to the Paid Leave Oregon fund are set to begin in January 2023.

December 6, 2022

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Low Fat (PPVD EN Low Fat) prescription wet dog food in 13.4 oz cans due to a labeling error.

December 5, 2022

Pets can bring joy and companionship into someone’s life, but they are also a responsibility. They require time, energy, and money in order to be cared for properly. Although your intentions may be good, it is important to consider the following before giving a pet as a gift.

December 5, 2022

Ways to keep pets safe during the winter holidays.

November 7, 2022

Senior pets should have veterinary exams twice a year to help detect and treat illness or disease as early as possible.

October 25, 2022

In 1997, the OVMA’s Board of Directors called for an end to an ongoing dispute over Keiko and urged all involved to refocus on their shared interest in Keiko’s health.

October 24, 2022

The OVMA receives queries from veterinarians and practice managers as to the requirements for issuing and verifying prescriptions by various means. Here is a summary of pertient information from DEA and the Oregon Board of Pharmacy.

October 10, 2022

The AVMA Trust’s PLIT program often sees professional liability claims related to medication errors. The following will describe the most common causes for medication errors, offer five useful tips for avoiding these errors, and share some stories from the field.

October 3, 2022

Tips for keeping your pet safe on the spookiest night of the year, and in the weeks leading up to it.

September 30, 2022

Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system. It is transmitted by a bite or saliva from a rabid animal.

September 20, 2022

West Nile virus can affect humans, horses, and many types of birds. It is carried by mosquitoes, which become carriers by feeding on infected birds.

September 9, 2022

Health advisories issued for air quality also apply to animals. Smoke, ash and dust from wildfires affects pets, birds, horses, livestock and wildlife.

September 8, 2022

Salmon poisoning disease is a potentially fatal condition seen in dogs who have ingested certain types of raw fish found in the Pacific Northwest from San Francisco to the coast of Alaska. It is most prevalent from northern California to the Puget Sound. It is also seen inland along the rivers of fish migration.

August 25, 2022

In the first documented case of human-to-animal transmission of monkeypox, a 4 year old dog in France was infected by its human owners, both of whom had confirmed cases.

August 24, 2022

The most common reason for skin problems in our pets is an underlying allergy. Allergies are one of the most common causes for recurrent ear infections in companion pets.

August 10, 2022

Twenty-three years ago, the OVMA became the first state veterinary association to present each first year student with a White Coat.

August 5, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets certain lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw cat food after samples from these lots tested positive for Salmonella. These foods have been associated with cases of illness in three kittens in a single household.

August 2, 2022

Rabbit Hemorraghic Disease is a highly contagious virus that can spread quickly among rabbit populations and causes sudden death.

August 2, 2022

Avian influenza (AI) is an infectious viral disease of birds (especially wild waterfowl such as ducks and geese), often causing no apparent signs of illness. AI viruses can sometimes spread to domestic poultry and cause large-scale outbreaks of serious disease.

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