News

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.

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.

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.

NCVEI and VetPartners Offer Benchmarking Tools for Referral Practices

Citing growing need in the veterinary profession for data about emergency and specialty practices, the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) and VetPartners announce the release of financial and operational metric benchmarking tools designed specifically for referral practices.

OnceptTM Canine Melanoma Vaccine Receives USDA Approval

Vical Incorporated today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the company's licensee Merial Limited full licensure for its ONCEPT™ canine melanoma vaccine, a therapeutic DNA vaccine designed to aid in extending survival of dogs with oral melanoma.

Equine Dentistry Changes in Oklahoma, Other Legislative Updates

In what could establish a major precedent nationwide, Gov. Brad Henry of Oklahoma signed a bill that removed the practice of equine dentistry from a veterinary procedure to an animal husbandry act. Under the bill, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry would enforce provisions of the new law.

FTC "Red Flags Rule": DVMs Expected to Be Exempted

The "Red Flags Rule," which the Federal Trade Commission will begin enforcing December 31, 2010, requires creditors to develop programs to prevent, detect, and mitigate identity theft. Veterinarians are expected to be exempted from this requirement with legislation now awaiting the president's signature.