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OVMA Committee Creating Veterinary Hospice Guidelines

An OVMA ad hoc committee on veterinary hospice care, chaired by Dr. Bob Franklin, developed guidelines and presented its recommendations to the board at its June meeting. The BOD approved the guidelines.

Survey of 3 Zoonotic Pathogens Carried by Rats in Multnomah County (Portland, Oregon)

Objectives of the study were to identify zoonotic agents: Hepatitis E, leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis carried by rats and assess the risk of rodent‐borne disease in commensal rodents in Multnomah County, Oregon, USA.

Open Wide! Oregon State Fair Dental Care Contest Winner Revealed

At the 2011 Fair, the OVMA booth focused on educating the public about the importance of regular veterinary dental care for pets, including exotics, and equines. The OVMA sponsored the Open Wide! dental care contest. Entrants answered 5 questions about dental care and the winner was drawn from all the correct entries.

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Cancer in Dogs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Palladia (toceranib phosphate), the first drug developed specifically for the treatment of cancer in dogs.

Proposed Rule Changes to OARs on Reporting Communicable Diseases

With the new year come a few proposed changes in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) regarding reporting and investigation of communicable diseases in Oregon.

Public Health Veterinarian Seeks Responses to Survey on CIRD/ITB

In the last 6 months, a number of veterinary offices have contacted the State Public Health Veterinarian with concerns about the rising number of cases clinically diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) or Infectious Tracheobronchitis (ITB).  Please complete this survey to assist with data collection on these illnesses.

Leptospirosis Found in Sea Lions on Oregon Coast: Humans and Pet Owners Exercise Caution

Some of the dead or dying sea lions being found on the Oregon Coast are infected with the bacteria that causes leptospirosis infection. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that is transmissible to pets and people. People should stay at least 50 feet away from a beached sea mammal and keep their dogs on a leash to avoid contact with sea lions.

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Feline Hyperthyroidism

The FDA announced the approval of Felimazole (methimazole), a new drug for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats. Felimazole, a new molecular entity for animals, is the first drug approved for hyperthyroidism in cats.

Rabies Found in Goat and 2 Foxes in Josephine County

Oregon Public Health officials are warning people to protect themselves and their pets from rabies after finding a rabid goat and two foxes in Cave Junction in Josephine County.

Change in Brucellosis Vaccination Protocol for Mature Cattle

The procedures for brucellosis vaccination of mature cattle (over 12 months old) have changed.