Whether it’s H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, or the selling of pet medications both online and at other brick-and-mortar retailers, veterinarians are being challenged with the issues surrounding veterinary medications and their availability.
Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO has recalled its Boots & Barkley 6 Count 5 Inch American Beef Bully Sticks product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product was sold at Target stores. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Emilio DeBess, State Public Health Veterinarian, is interested in gathering data from veterinarians on any Oregon cases of illness related to jerky treat consumption.
FDA Updates Consumer Information on Pet Illnesses Linked to Jerky Treats: Agency Has Received Reports of 360 Canine Deaths and One Feline Death
The Food and Drug Administration has received over 2,200 reports of illness in pets that may be related to jerky treats. Despite repeated tests since 2007, FDA scientists have been unable to detect any toxin responsible for the these illnesses. The FDA's cautionary warning refers to chicken jerky products that are imported from China. These dried chicken jerky products, intended for dogs, may also be sold as tenders, strips or treats. After receiving reports of illness, the FDA is now also investigating duck and sweet potato jerky treats.
During the recent Oregon State Fair, we held the Pesky Parasites contest. Visitors to our booth who answered 5 questions about parasites correctly were entered into a drawing to win $50 towards a fecal exam for their pet with their veterinarian. Ms. Sharon Harvey of Salem was the winner!
Since 1993, there have been 18 hantavirus cases in Oregon, including two cases this year (Linn and Jefferson Counties). And there have been six cases of plague in humans in Oregon since 1995--most recently, a Crook County man contracted the disease. He was hospitalized and is now recovering. Another person who contacted the same cat also contracted the disease and is also recovering.
Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula Recalled Due to Salmonella
Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This product was distributed to California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington (not directly to Oregon).
Eco Health Inc. recalls florAlign Prebiotic Formula (Powder) due to possible Salmonella contamination. This recall is being posted in the event any pet owners use this product with their pets.
The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed naturally occurring anthrax as the cause of death in a Klamath County steer, it was announced today. While the incident does not pose a human public health risk, state officials say, it can be an issue for exposed livestock.