Your veterinarian has extensive education in animal medications and is best qualified to prescribe the correct medication for your pet in the right form at the appropriate dosage. There are important differences between pets and people in terms of dosages, potential adverse reactions, and reasons for use of various medications. It is important that your veterinarian is involved in all decisions regarding your pet’s medications.
Hurricane Maria has destroyed at least 4 veterinary clinics in Puerto Rico, where the true extent of damage to the veterinary and animal community is not yet known due to communications outages.
Starting on October 1, it will be illegal to drive while holding an electronic device (e.g. cell phone, tablets, GPS, laptop). The purpose of the law is to have individuals focus on their driving and put away distractions.
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board (OVMEB) has proposed an administrative rule that requires veterinary facilities to post a public notice letting clients know that they may obtain a written prescription for ordered medications, if that is their preference.
Cat owners should remember that our little feline friends are very good at hiding their illnesses. Without regular veterinary visits, a disease or condition could go unnoticed for months or years, until severe symptoms finally appear. Here are some things to look for in determining whether your cat may be sick.
Congratulations to Portia Trabue, winner of our Oregon State Fair coloring contest!
Wildfires continue to threaten humans and animals across a wide swath in Oregon. Veterinary practices, allied industry, and animal-related organizations have stepped forward to assist animals and people in need.
As Hurricane Harvey has pounded the Gulf Coast in Texas with record rainfall and flooding, animals are in dire need of assistance and support – and many are wondering how they can help.
The most common reason for skin problems in our pets is an underlying allergy. Allergies are one of the most common causes for recurrent ear infections in companion pets.
Practitioners have asked us if they are required to have a dental-specific radiography unit for oral surgery.
In 2016, the Oregon Legislature approved a multi-tiered increase in the minimum wage, with the initial increase effective last July. The second of seven increases went into effect on July 1, 2017. Scheduled annual minimum wage increases will continue through 2022. Beginning July 1, 2013, the minimum wage will be indexed to inflation based on the Consumer Price Index.
ADM Animal Nutrition™, a division of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), is recalling 50-pound bags of Rough-N-Ready 14 BT cattle feed, product number 54787BHB24, because the product contains elevated levels of monensin beyond the recommended dosage, which could be harmful to cattle.
United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily expanding its recall of multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products to include our retail partners’ private label brands.
Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. of Weston, OH, is voluntarily recalling certain Sunseed Parrot Fruit & Vegetable Diet and Sunseed SunSations Rabbit Food due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Loving Pets of Cranbury, NJ is voluntarily recalling a limited number of dog treats because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of packages of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the US. The recall was initiated after United Pet Group identified that certain of its rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Colombia, as well as one of its suppliers in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the manufacturing of rawhide chews.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting dog owners and veterinarians about the risk of accidental overdose to dogs treated with the drug Sileo. Sileo is a prescription gel that is given to dogs by mouth to treat noise aversion (signs related to anxiety or fear due to noise).
C.O. Truxton, Inc. is expanding their 04/21/2017 voluntary recall, as a precaution to include the following C.O. Truxton, Inc. products, registered NDC numbers and corresponding lot numbers, to the consumer/user level. C.O. Truxton has not received any complaints for the products listed; however, due to the initial recall resulting from a label mix-up error, out of an abundance of caution, they are recalling all products that were repackaged into a Truxton Incorporated label.
Smallbatch Pets Inc. of Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling two lots of frozen 2lbs. chicken blend for dogs and cats, brand name Smallbatch, due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
A list of plants commonly found and also highly toxic to horses.
On April 13, a retailer in Texas notified Party Animal that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers, veterinarians, and the pet food industry to be aware that pet food and treats made with livestock gullets (meat from the throat region) have the potential to contain thyroid tissue and thyroid hormones. Pets that eat food or treats containing thyroid hormones may develop hyperthyroidism, a disease that is rare in dogs and usually triggered by thyroid cancer.
Ultrasonography is becoming the new standard in veterinary imaging. As a diagnostic tool, ultrasound is faster and more accurate in diagnosing certain conditions than other imaging modalities. It’s also becoming more and more affordable.