With the new year come a few proposed changes in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) regarding reporting and investigation of communicable diseases in Oregon.
In the last 6 months, a number of veterinary offices have contacted the State Public Health Veterinarian with concerns about the rising number of cases clinically diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) or Infectious Tracheobronchitis (ITB). Please complete this survey to assist with data collection on these illnesses.
Some of the dead or dying sea lions being found on the Oregon Coast are infected with the bacteria that causes leptospirosis infection. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that is transmissible to pets and people. People should stay at least 50 feet away from a beached sea mammal and keep their dogs on a leash to avoid contact with sea lions.
At the 2011 Fair, the OVMA booth focused on educating the public about the importance of regular veterinary dental care for pets, including exotics, and equines. The OVMA sponsored the Open Wide! dental care contest. Entrants answered 5 questions about dental care and the winner was drawn from all the correct entries.
Results from our March QuickPoll indicate some optimism about the economy and its impact on veterinary medicine in 2009. Almost 2/3’s of the respondents don’t expect 2009 to be worse than 2008.
The FDA announced the approval of Felimazole (methimazole), a new drug for the treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats. Felimazole, a new molecular entity for animals, is the first drug approved for hyperthyroidism in cats.
Oregon Public Health officials are warning people to protect themselves and their pets from rabies after finding a rabid goat and two foxes in Cave Junction in Josephine County.
At ceremonies held during the recent Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis, Dr. Robert Shimek of Salem became the new OVMA president.
We have been monitoring the progress of the Taskforce’s activities. A prohibition on veterinarians providing services to unlicensed animals is not one of the seven recommendations the Taskforce has submitted to the City Council and County Commissioners in its final report.
In honor of Oregon's 150th birthday, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association held a Make a Wish contest at this summer's Oregon State Fair. Fairgoers were able to make a wish on behalf of their pet or someone else's.