The idea of having your pet's teeth cleaned without anesthesia by an unlicensed or non-veterinary provider may seem appealing on the surface, but it can potentially harm your pet's health. Here are some facts to consider.
At its January 2014 meeting, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board fully adopted rules to the Veterinary Practice Act that the agency had first proposed this past summer. Notice of the adoption will be filed with Secretary of State Kate Brown, with the rules to soon become effective.
PMI Nutrition, LLC has recalled its 20 lb. bags of Red Flannel® Cat Formula cat food for possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no reports of illness related to this product to date. This recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution after routine testing by the FDA Detroit District Office identified possible Salmonella contamination.
Cargill's animal nutrition business has recalled two Nutrena NatureWise poultry feeds due to incorrect levels of calcium. The affected products were manufactured at Cargill's facilities in Flora, Ill., Oklahoma City, Okla., Abilene, Texas, and Mineola, Texas, between May 1, 2013 and Nov. 21, 2013.
A recent media report from Atlanta has drawn attention to Trifexis, a flea, heartworm and parasite preventive medication. A few owners believe the medication contributed to or caused the death of their dogs. Elanco, the manufacturer of Trifexis, has stated that the medication was not the case of these fatalities. If your dog uses this medication and you have concerns, we encourage you to talk to your veterinarian. The best person to talk to about this (or any) pet medication is your veterinarian.
Bailey's Choice LLC in Waleska, GA is recalling its 5 oz. packages of chicken treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These products were not sold in Oregon.
To help the veterinary profession better understand its role and responsibilities with respect to Oregon's OSHA requirements, the OVMA developed a comprehensive, user-friendly manual and DVD called An Ounce of Prevention as an educational tool for practices. These tools are free to our members.
Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats, LLC, of Waleska, Ga., is expanding its earlier pet treat recall to include additional five-ounce packages of dog treats.
Beginning January 1, 2014, veterinary practice owners will be required to provide 40 hours of sick leave each year to eligible employees who work within Portland’s city limits.
Bailey's Choice Dog Treats of Georgia has recalled chicken jerky treats in various sizes marked with lot number #132881 and expiration date Feb. 2014, along with five-ounce bags of chicken jerky with a lot number of "Jun 5 2013."
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.
The FDA is asking veterinarians to assist in their investigation of the cause of reported pet illnesses associated with jerky pet treat products by submitting samples, educating clients, and reporting pet illnesses associated with jerky treats. As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received approximately 3000 reports of illness, involving more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats, and including more than 580 deaths.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
Dogswell and Catswell jerky treats made with chicken or duck with a "Best Before” date of Jan. 28, 2015 or earlier are being recalled because they may contain trace amounts of an antibiotic residue not approved for use in the United States.
The Robert Abady Dog Food Company is recalling some frozen dog food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
Natura Pet Products is voluntarily recalling specific lots of dry pet food and treats because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.