We will continue to update Oregon veterinarians with important developments regarding COVID-19 that impact the veterinary community. We are all in this together.
Rabies is an infectious viral disease that affects the nervous system. It is transmitted by a bite or saliva from a rabid animal.
Be on the lookout for waters that look suspicious — foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red, or bright green cells suspended in the water column. When in doubt, stay out!
Health advisories issued for air quality also apply to animals. Smoke, ash and dust from wildfires affects pets, birds, horses, livestock and wildlife.
To renew your OVMA membership, please login to your member account. On your account page, you will see a link to renew your membership.
4th of July celebrations might be a lot of fun for people, but they can be downright scary for our animals, especially cats, dogs and horses.
Purina Animal Nutrition is initiating a very limited voluntary recall of one lot of Purina® RangeLand® 30-13 (125#) beef cattle feed. This recall is being initiated as a precaution related to tubs that are too soft, allowing over-consumption, which could result in urea toxicity.
Freshpet Inc. is announcing a voluntary recall of a single lot of Freshpet® Select Small Dog Bite Size Beef & Egg Recipe Dog Food (1 lb. bags), with Sell by Date 10/30/2021, due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The Freshpet Team had designated this single lot for destruction, but it was inadvertently shipped to retailers in limited geographic markets between June 7 to June 10, 2021.
Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of certain dog food products because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date.
Natural Balance Pet Foods is recalling select Green Pea & Chicken Formula dry cat food products listed below due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This was discovered from a routine state surveillance sample from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Earthquakes, floods, wildfires, hazardous material spills—man-made or natural disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. Put a preparedness plan in place now to keep you and your pets safe. Remember, your pets depend on you for their safety.
Dr. Houchen graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University Veterinary School in 1992. She joined VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas, OR in 2006, where she is the Intern Director as well as the director of the Northwest Veterinary Specialists Critical Care Blood Bank. Her term as OVMA president runs through February 2022.
The J. M. Smucker Co.has recalled two lots of Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food (30 lb bag) due to potential salmonella contamination.
Heartworm is a serious, life-threatening disease that can affect dogs, cats and ferrets. The infection may cause inflammation and thickening of the pulmonary arteries, damage to the heart, liver and kidneys, and, if untreated, can lead to heart disease and death.
Every year, approximately 4.7 million people in the US are bitten by dogs, with children between the ages of five and nine the most likely to be bitten. Seventy percent of fatal dog bite cases involve children.
Midwestern Pet Foods is recalling specific expiration dates of certain dog and cat food brands including CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian brands produced at its Monmouth, Illinois production facility because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. A full list of recalled products may be found at the end of this announcement.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) in a feral domestic rabbit found dead in Milwaukie, a suburb of Portland.
Bravo Packing, Inc. of Carneys Point, NJ is expanding the previously announced voluntary recall of two pet food products to now include all pet food and bones in all package sizes.
Easter lilies, "grass" and chocolate are hazards to your pets that you should be aware of. Hundreds of cats are poisoned each year by Easter lilies. Many other varieties of the lily family, including tiger, day, rubrum, stargazer, and Japanese show are toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure within 72 hours. Lilies should be removed from homes with cats, or kept out of reach.
At ceremonies held during the 2021 Oregon Veterinary Conference, held virtually, the OVMA honored two individuals for their service to the veterinary profession and animals. The Awards of Excellence are given annually to deserving people and organizations.
Ingestion of even small amounts of certain plants can be harmful or fatal to a pet. Symptoms of plant poisoning include: irritation to skin and/or mouth, drooling, diarrhea, seizures, unconsciousness, and vomiting.
Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, OH, is voluntarily recalling one lot of Vitakraft Vita Smart Hedgehog Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Advocating before the Oregon legislature on behalf of the veterinary profession is a primary role of the OVMA.
February is National Pet Dental Health month. Oral disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem affecting adult dogs and cats. Nearly 80% of all dogs and cats over the age of three have periodontal (gum) disease.
Oregon veterinary professionals have been designated to be part of vaccination Phase 1A, Group 4.