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.

October 15, 2009

Nutro Recalls Selected Puppy Food Due to Possible Plastic Contamination

Small pieces of melted plastic were recently found in the production line of select varieties of NUTRO®  dry dog and cat food products. Three puppy food products reached some PetSmart and Petco stores in AZ, CA, CO, HI, NM, NV, TX and UT.

October 15, 2009

Clinicians Advised to Halt Use of Propofol from Tainted Lots from Teva Pharmaceuticals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been investigating recent cases of febrile reactions among patients undergoing endoscopy in the United States. This investigation has revealed that all of the case-patients received the anesthetic propofol from 100 ml vials manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals.

October 15, 2009

Report Pesticide Incidents to NPIC

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has developed a Web site for veterinarians to report pesticide incidents involving animals. The Web site is for veterinary use only.

October 15, 2009

Chicken Jerky Products for Dogs

FDA continues to receive complaints of dogs experiencing illness that their owners or veterinarians associate with consumption of chicken jerky products.

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.

AAHA Launches Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool

AAHA has created the AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool, a free, internet-based resource that assists with microchip identification; helping reunite pets and owners by checking participating pet recovery services’ registries to determine which registry should be contacted. The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup Tool can be accessed online at www.petmicrochiplookup.org.

Improving Staff Utilization: Doing More with Less

Improved staff utilization is a more critical element of successful practices now than ever before. Practices that want to become more profitable can no longer just count on fee increases to achieve this goal. Improved profitability and patient care must come from improved business practices.

Cage Project Sponsored by OAHF Aids Sea Lions on Oregon Coast

A team of scientists, veterinarians and volunteers have deployed a custom-built “capture cage” in Newport to temporarily sequester sea lions that have become entangled with rope, fishing line and other materials so they can be untangled. The Oregon Animal Health Foundation, the charitable arm of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, provided a $5,000 grant for the project.

Dog Quarantined After Contact with Rabid Fox in Southern Oregon

A Cave Junction, OR dog that got into a fight with what turned out to be a rabid fox will spend 45 days in quarantine, according to national and state guidelines. Pet owners in the Cave Junction area are urged to vaccinate their pets. Under Oregon law, dogs are required to be vaccinated against rabies, but it is also recommended for cats and horses.