Whether it’s H.R. 1406, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act, or the selling of pet medications both online and at other brick-and-mortar retailers, veterinarians are being challenged with the issues surrounding veterinary medications and their availability.
Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO has recalled its Boots & Barkley 6 Count 5 Inch American Beef Bully Sticks product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product was sold at Target stores. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Emilio DeBess, State Public Health Veterinarian, is interested in gathering data from veterinarians on any Oregon cases of illness related to jerky treat consumption.
The Food and Drug Administration has received over 2,200 reports of illness in pets that may be related to jerky treats. Despite repeated tests since 2007, FDA scientists have been unable to detect any toxin responsible for the these illnesses. The FDA's cautionary warning refers to chicken jerky products that are imported from China. These dried chicken jerky products, intended for dogs, may also be sold as tenders, strips or treats. After receiving reports of illness, the FDA is now also investigating duck and sweet potato jerky treats.
During the recent Oregon State Fair, we held the Pesky Parasites contest. Visitors to our booth who answered 5 questions about parasites correctly were entered into a drawing to win $50 towards a fecal exam for their pet with their veterinarian. Ms. Sharon Harvey of Salem was the winner!
Since 1993, there have been 18 hantavirus cases in Oregon, including two cases this year (Linn and Jefferson Counties). And there have been six cases of plague in humans in Oregon since 1995--most recently, a Crook County man contracted the disease. He was hospitalized and is now recovering. Another person who contacted the same cat also contracted the disease and is also recovering.
Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This product was distributed to California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Virginia, and Washington (not directly to Oregon).
Eco Health Inc. recalls florAlign Prebiotic Formula (Powder) due to possible Salmonella contamination. This recall is being posted in the event any pet owners use this product with their pets.
The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed naturally occurring anthrax as the cause of death in a Klamath County steer, it was announced today. While the incident does not pose a human public health risk, state officials say, it can be an issue for exposed livestock.
Lloyd, Vedco and Clipper have recalled some thyroxine products due to an “incorrect in-process specification for blend uniformity criteria.”
Bil-Jac recalls 256 cases of its 6 LB Adult Select Formula Dog Food (batch number 1792-02 (Expiration 27 DEC 13) due to mold.
Hospira, Inc. has recalled one lot of Hydromorphone Injection, USP, 2 mg/mL (C-II), 1 mL fill in 2.5 mL Carpuject™, NDC 0409-1312-30 , due to a reported complaint of a single Carpuject containing more than the 1 mL labeled fill volume.
Hospira, Inc. has recalled three lots of Propofol Injectable Emulsion, 1%, 1g/100 mL, due to visible particles embedded in the glass to the user level.
There has been considerable speculation and discussion across the country--including in Oregon--about the current and future needs for veterinarians. After five years of in-depth research and analysis, the National Academies of Sciences has published its report on The Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine.
Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC has initiated a voluntary recall of certain varieties of poultry feed products due to the lack of added vitamin D in these products. Inadequate levels of vitamin D in a bird’s diet for greater than 2-3 weeks may cause bone weakness, fractures or joint problems, and potentially death, if birds are not exposed to direct sunlight daily. Birds living outdoors may not experience symptoms due to the formation of natural vitamin D that occurs within the bird’s body with exposure to a minimum of 30 minutes of direct sunlight daily.
Arthur Dogswell LLC has recalled 1051 cartons packed as either 10 or 50 packages per case of Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins because it has the potential to contain propylene glycol. High levels of propylene glycol in the treats could result in serious injury to cats. The adverse health impacts could be reducing red blood cell survival time (anemia) and making the cells more susceptible to oxidative damage. No illnesses have been reported to date.
As of July 20, 2012, PMI Nutrition International has determined that additional Mazuri® and LabDiet® products fall within the scope of previous voluntary recalls, and is expanding a voluntary recall to include the additional varieties with specific lot codes listed below due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels.
Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC has determined that an additional Purina® product falls within the scope of a previous voluntary recall, and is expanding a voluntary recall to include the one variety with specific lot codes listed below due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels.
Lafeber has recalled 5 lots of bird feed due to moisture issues.
Please note that, as of the publication of this page, none of the foods listed were known to have been officially distributed for sale in Oregon by the manufacturer/pet food companies. It's always a good idea to check your foods, though, as redistribution can occur. Please check your dry pet food for these recalled brands. Human Salmonella illnesses have been linked to some of these recalled foods, so please practice good hygiene after handling pet food and before handling human food.
In response to the devastating fires occurring in Harney and Malheur counties, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association has set up a fire victim’s relief fund as a part of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund. Charitable donations of cash or in-kind (including hay and supplies), are now being accepted online, via phone or in person at the OCA office. Ranchers are also seeking relocation options for cattle that are threatened by the fires.
Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC has initiated a voluntary recall of specific lots of Purina® feed products listed below, due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels. Elevated vitamin D levels may cause death or otherwise be harmful to animals and fish if fed for extended periods, potentially resulting in lack of interest in eating, weight loss and possible joint stiffness.
PMI Nutrition International is initiating a voluntary recall of certain varieties of the AquaMax™ feed products due to the potential for elevated vitamin D levels. The company is also expanding its previously announced voluntary recalls to include additional varieties of the Mazuri® and LabDiet® feed products due to analytical test results on additional lots of retained samples that indicate a potential for elevated levels of vitamin D.
Hospira has recalled a total of 19 lots of carboplatin, cytarabine, paclitaxel, and methotrexate in the United States due to visible particles embedded in the glass located at the neck of the vial. There may be potential for product to come into contact with the embedded particles and the particles may become dislodged into the solution. In the event in which particulate matter could be injected into a patient, there may be the potential for patient injury where medical intervention may be required. Signs and symptoms might include bleeding, bruising, inflammation, itching, rash, chest pain and respiratory symptoms.