Influenza A viruses, such as CI (family Orthomyxoviridae), are known to cause acute respiratory disease in humans, horses, pigs, and domestic poultry. Influenza A virus subtype H3N8 has emerged as a respiratory pathogen in dogs, associated with outbreaks of acute respiratory disease.
Canine influenza is a flu virus, subtype H3N8, that causes respiratory infection in dogs. There were 3 confirmed cases in Oregon in 2013.
Recently we sent a letter to all practice owners informing them of their duty to provide notice to all employees of the healthcare exchange that will be starting in 2014. We have received some calls about this issue in relation to the requirement to notify employees by a letter sent through US mail (using a stamp). We cannot recommend to you how to inform your employees; we are just passing along the notice of the requirement to inform. If you have any questions about this issue, please feel free to contact us.
An increasing number of pharmacies – mostly box-store outlets – have been asking veterinarians for an NPI number in order to fill prescriptions that are called in by the practitioner. However, the AVMA has recently learned from the Department of Human Services (DHHS) that veterinarians are definitively not eligible to procure National Provider Identifier numbers.
The Oregon Animal Health Foundation's Human-Animal Bond Photo Contest was held during this year's Fair, and we received many wonderful and touching entries. We're so pleased to see the depth of the connection between you and your pets and equines. Congratulations to Jason Larsen, who submitted the winning photo (taken by Erin Coates) and was chosen as our Grand Prize winner!
Congratulations to Kayla Greenwood, age 10, of Mount Angel! Her entry was selected as the winner of our Oregon State Fair coloring contest.
Nestlé Purina Recalls Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food Due to Salmonella
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of 3.5-pound bags of its Purina ONE beyOnd Our White Meat Chicken & Whole Barley Recipe Adult Dry Dog Food from a single production run and shipped to retail customers in the United States. This is being done because one bag of the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella.
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board has proposed revisions to current administrative rules, and now is your opportunity to review the suggested changes and share your thoughts. Public comment on the proposed changes will be accepted through August 30, 2013.
The OVMA supports Partners for Healthy Pets, a national coalition of veterinary associations and animal health companies under the umbrella of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. This alliance offers tools and resources to enhance the overall vitality of pets and veterinary practices, the delivery of preventive healthcare services, and communication with pet owners about the value of routine care.