The U.S Food and Drug Administration is warning dental and veterinary professionals to not purchase or use certain potentially unsafe hand-held dental X-ray units. The FDA is concerned that these devices may not be safe or effective and could expose the user and the patient to unnecessary and potentially harmful X-rays. The units, sold online by manufacturers outside the United States and directly shipped to U.S. customers, have not been reviewed by the FDA and do not meet FDA radiation safety requirements.
Novartis Animal Health Cautions Owners to Check Clomicalm Tablets Before Dispensing Due to Manufacturing Issues
Novartis Animal Health has stated that there is a possibility that a wrong tablet may be found in bottles of Clomicalm, a medicaion for behavioral disorders in dogs. Before dispensing Clomicalm, the contents of the bottle should be examined for tablets that are broken or incorrect in color, shape or size.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is again cautioning consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs (also sold as chicken tenders, strips or treats) may be associated with illness in dogs. In the last 12 months, FDA has seen an increase in the number of complaints it received of dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. These complaints have been reported to FDA by dog owners and veterinarians
Advanced Animal Nutrition Recalls Dog Power Dry Dog Food Due to Aflatoxin Levels: Updated Lot Numbers
Advanced Animal Nutrition announced a voluntary recall of its dry Dog Power Dog Food due to aflatoxin levels that were detected above the acceptable limit. The affected products were manufactured between Jan. 4, 2011, and Nov. 18, 2011. Not sold in Oregon.
The 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines offer a comprehensive review of canine vaccines currently available in North America, updated recommendations on administration of core versus noncore vaccines, and revised recommendations for vaccination of shelter-housed dogs.
After February 10, 2012, certificates of veterinary inspection ("health certificates") for international travel will no longer be endorsed by the Oregon area APHIS office, which is scheduled for closure in Spring 2012. Endorsement will be done by the Washington area office in Tumwater.
Disaster preparedness tips for large animal and equine owners.
Earthquakes, floods, wildfires, hazardous material spills—man-made or natural disasters can strike anytime, anywhere. Put a preparedness plan in place now to keep you and your pets safe. Remember, your pets depend on you for their safety.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made carisoprodol (Soma) a Schedule IV drug effective January 11, 2012.
Dr. DeBess, the State Public Health Veterinarian, has provided this update on testing available through OSU VDL.