News

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.

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.

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.

Feline Distemper Case Reported at Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter

On October 5, the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro confirmed a case of Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper). A kitten that was adopted at the shelter died, and then tested positive for the disease.

Helping the Animals of Haiti

Here are some ways to help provide assistance to the animals of Haiti.

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.

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.