Oregon has activated a multi-agency response plan following the confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic birds in Winston, in Douglas County. There is no immediate public health concern, state officials said, and poultry and egg products remain safe to eat. The H5N8 avian influenza virus was confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture in guinea fowl and chickens from a small backyard poultry flock.
Tristar Equine Marketing, LLC is recalling all lots of Gastrotec down to the consumer level. Gastrotec was previously marketed by Tristar as an OTC drug for use in horses, and contains a combination of Omeprazole and Misoprostol. This recall has been initiated due to information from the FDA that Gastrotec must have an approved new animal drug application to be legally marketed in the United States. Gastrotec is not approved by the FDA. As a consequence, Tristar has ceased all production and sales of Gastrotec and is recalling the product.
The Oregon Board of Pharmacy (OBP) is proposing an administrative rule that would allow it to inspect veterinary practices and other drug outlets to ensure that medications are safely handled and stored.
Natura Pet Products has recalled certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals.
Veterinary professionals, like most caregivers, tend to be naturally compassionate people, but sometimes caring too much can hurt. It’s hard to remain emotionally unaffected by the trauma your patients (and their owners) are experiencing. Seeing and caring for severely injured and acutely ill animals day after day – some of which are untreatable, while others might be medically treatable but still need to be euthanized because their owners cannot afford treatment – takes its toll.
New guidelines for how to manage pets that have been potentially exposed to Ebola have been developed by veterinary and public health experts from the AVMA, CDC, USDA and other organizations.
Keep your pets safe and warm this winter with these helpful tips.
Are you considering purchasing your pet's medications from an Internet or mail-order company, or having its prescriptions filled at a community or retail pharmacy? Before you purchase medications from a source other than your veterinarian, you may want to consider these issues.
Your veterinarian has extensive education in animal medications and is best qualified to prescribe the correct medication for your pet in the right form at the appropriate dosage. There are important differences between pets and people in terms of dosages, potential adverse reactions, and reasons for use of various medications. It is important that your veterinarian is involved in all decisions regarding your pet’s medications.
Oregon Compounding Centers, Inc., dba Creative Compounds, is voluntarily recalling certain unexpired human and veterinary sterile products to the consumer level due to lack of sterility assurance. The recalled veterinary products include: Apomorphine HCL 3mg/ml injectable, Cyclosporine-E Plus 2% Ophthalmic, and Polysulf Glucosamin Glycan 10% injectable.
With three months left in the calendar year, 2014 already has been significant for the welfare of animals, and for Oregon in particular. Following is a look at recent developments as well as highlights from several court cases that have bearing on the state’s approach to animal welfare.
While not having your own DEA license may save an associate or the practice the cost of the license fee, there are several reasons why this is not advisable.
Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have 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.
Concerned about the diversion of hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) and the potential for abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has rescheduled all hydrocodone combination products as Schedule II, effective October 6, 2014. The new scheduling impacts all HCPs, including liquids such as Tussionex, Hycodan and all generic equivalent products. Single-entity hydrocodone has always been a C-II drug.
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.
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.
Congratulations to Midnight and owner Peter Wong! As the winners of our Oregon State Fair Wellness Exam contest, they won $100 towards a preventive health exam, as well as a complete bloodwork panel (courtesy of Idexx).
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board has proposed two rule changes related to background checks for licensees and CVT licensure reciprocity. Comments on these two proposed rules are due by September, 22, 2014.
At its July meeting, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board approved moving ahead to require that veterinarians and veterinary technicians undergo a criminal background check before licensure is granted.
During the summer months, many of us will be spending more time outdoors with our pets and may be tempted to take our pets along on errands or trips. While interaction with your pet is important for its health and well-being, hot weather does pose risks for our animal friends. Keep your pets cool this summer with these helpful tips.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has published its decision to add Tramadol as a controlled substance. The rule becomes effective August 18 of this year.
Cargill’s animal nutrition business today announced a voluntary recall of its Nutrena NatureWise meatbird feed due to excess levels of sodium.
This survey updates our data from 2012, when we previously published similar survey results. The OVMA is one of only a few state associations that compiles and provides such information to its members. We are asking practice owners and/or managers to complete this survey on behalf of their clinics. The more who participate, the more accurate and relevant the data will be, especially in more rural areas of the state.
Learn how to foreclose on liens involving animals left at your clinic after services were rendered.
PGG/HSC Feed Company, LLC has recalled 50 pound packages of its Champion Lamb Texturized B30 product due to higher than allowable copper levels. The product was manufactured in February 2014 and carries the UPC code UPC-748252483805 located in the bottom left corner of a white label attached to a Payback bag with a photo of a lamb.