News

October 15, 2009

Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs

FDA continues to receive complaints of dogs experiencing illness that their owners or veterinarians associate with consumption of chicken jerky products.

October 15, 2009

EPA Increases Scrutiny of Flea and Tick Control Products for Pets

Due to a recent sharp increase in the number of incidents being reported from the use of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for pets, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is intensifying its evaluation of whether further restrictions on the use of these products are necessary to better protect pets.

October 15, 2009

Nutro Recalls Selected Puppy Food Due to Possible Plastic Contamination

Small pieces of melted plastic were recently found in the production line of select varieties of NUTRO®  dry dog and cat food products. Three puppy food products reached some PetSmart and Petco stores in AZ, CA, CO, HI, NM, NV, TX and UT.

September 30, 2009

Health Advisories Issued for Toxic Algae: Harmful to Dogs and Humans

High algae levels have been found in various bodies of water in Oregon. Four dogs in Southern Oregon have died as a result of contact with blue-green algae in Elk Creek near Elkton. Algae advisories can be found on the DHS Harmful Algae Bloom Surveillance (HABS) Program site.

Incoming President Dr. Rob Shimek's Remarks

At ceremonies held during the recent Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, Dr. Robert Shimek of Salem became the new OVMA president.

USDA APHIS Issues Conditional License for Canine Influenza Virus Vaccine

USDA APHIS announced that it has issued a conditional license to Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health for a canine influenza virus (CIV) vaccine.

Buprenorphine Shortage: Alternatives for Analgesia

Heidi L. Shafford, DVM, PhD, DACVA of Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists LLC, Portland, has provided the following information to assist you in providing adequate analgesia for your patients without buprenorphine, which is on backorder.

Layer Hen Housing: Legislative Update

The OVMA supported Senate Bill 805-B, which provides new standards for layer hen housing in Oregon.

Pigeon Fever in Oregon DVM

Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis lymphadenitis in humans is a rare entity that principally affects persons in contact with animals. An Oregon veterinarian contracted pigeon fever from working with infected horses.

Legal Consents for Veterinary Practices

The OVMA has arranged for its members to receive a special 15% off the retail price of $117 of Legal Consents for Veterinary Practices, by Jim Wilson, DVM, JD. This 4th edition book is an important reference that provides a review of why legal consents are necessary in the veterinary practice.