With three months left in the calendar year, 2014 already has been significant for the welfare of animals, and for Oregon in particular. Following is a look at recent developments as well as highlights from several court cases that have bearing on the state’s approach to animal welfare.
Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Concerned about the diversion of hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) and the potential for abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has rescheduled all hydrocodone combination products as Schedule II, effective October 6, 2014. The new scheduling impacts all HCPs, including liquids such as Tussionex, Hycodan and all generic equivalent products. Single-entity hydrocodone has always been a C-II drug.
Congratulations to Midnight and owner Peter Wong! As the winners of our Oregon State Fair Wellness Exam contest, they won $100 towards a preventive health exam, as well as a complete bloodwork panel (courtesy of Idexx).
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board has proposed two rule changes related to background checks for licensees and CVT licensure reciprocity. Comments on these two proposed rules are due by September, 22, 2014.
At its July meeting, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board approved moving ahead to require that veterinarians and veterinary technicians undergo a criminal background check before licensure is granted.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has published its decision to add Tramadol as a controlled substance. The rule becomes effective August 18 of this year.
Cargill’s animal nutrition business today announced a voluntary recall of its Nutrena NatureWise meatbird feed due to excess levels of sodium.
Learn how to foreclose on liens involving animals left at your clinic after services were rendered.
PGG/HSC Feed Company, LLC has recalled 50 pound packages of its Champion Lamb Texturized B30 product due to higher than allowable copper levels. The product was manufactured in February 2014 and carries the UPC code UPC-748252483805 located in the bottom left corner of a white label attached to a Payback bag with a photo of a lamb.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. of Topeka, KS is voluntarily recalling 62 bags of Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed™ dry dog food as they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The suspect product, part of a single production run, was distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers in California, Hawaii and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014.
Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling its 3 oz. bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015, product of USA, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Bravo is recalling select lots and product(s) of Bravo Pet Food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Oregon Administrative Rules require veterinarians to report certain diseases to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) disease has been added to the reportable disease list in Oregon. The PEDv is a highly contagious coronavirus that affects swine, causing diarrhea and vomiting, and death of 50-100 percent of infected piglets. Adult pigs can become infected but generally do not have mortality.
Hospira has recalled to the user level one lot of 0.25% Marcaine™ (Bupivacaine HCl Injection, USP), 10 mL, Single-dose Vial – Preservative Free (NDC 0409-1559-10), Lot 34-440-DD. The recall is due to a confirmed customer report of discolored solution with visible particles embedded in the glass as well as discolored solution.
Hospira, Inc. has recalled one lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP to the user level due to a confirmed customer report of orange and black particulate within the solution and embedded within the glass vial. Hospira has identified the particulate as iron oxide. Risk factors associated with the particulate include the potential for particulate to be injected and/or a delay in therapy.
Hospira, Inc. announced today that on April 2, 2014, it informed customers of a nationwide recall of seven lots of Propofol Injectable Emulsion, USP, to the user level due to a glass defect located on the interior neck of the vial, which was identified during a retain sample inspection where the glass vial contained visible embedded metal particulate. Free-floating metal particulates were also identified in vials upon further analysis.
The Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed plant in Portland, Ore., has initiated a limited recall of certain poultry feeds due to the potential for lower-than-expected vitamin and trace mineral levels. The products were distributed to retailers in Oregon and Washington. Inadequate vitamin and trace mineral levels can result in health problems, including mortality, in poultry.
A letter from Merial regarding the current shortage of PUREVAX rabies vaccines.
The Robert Abady Dog Food Co., LLC of Poughkeepsie, NY, is recalling its 2 lb, 5 lb & 15 lb boxes of "Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
When the weather warms and spring rolls in, people get the urge to declutter and deep clean their homes and garages. If you’re a pet owner, use the tips from Pet Poison Helpline to make sure your pets stay safe and are kept away from toxic cleaning products.
One Lane County horse has died and four others from the same stable have tested positive for a neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). All horses on the property have been quarantined and those showing symptoms of the disease are being treated. There is no indication that the virus has spread to other horses beyond those being quarantined.
Pets are also vulnerable and susceptible to accidental ingestion of potentially life-threatening common items in the home.
Med-Vet International initiated a nationwide recall of 140 boxes of 1/2cc U-40 insulin syringes