Veterinarians recommend that most pets receive a professional veterinary dental cleaning every year. And, just as we brush our teeth every day in between our professional dental cleanings, the best way to keep your pet's teeth and gums healthy in between its veterinary dental cleanings is daily home care.
As you may know, your OVMA is a proud Associate Member of Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) and we are very pleased to announce a collaborative program of PHP, Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) and our association to implement the concept of forward booking in all veterinary practices in Oregon. The OVMA is partnering with 45 other veterinary medical associations in the US and Canada on this initiative.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to the topical cancer medication Fluorouracil Cream USP 5% (5-FU.) intended for use in people. Fluorouracil may also be marketed under the brand names Carac, Effudex and Fluoroplex. People using this medication should use care when applying and storing the medication if they are also in a household with pets, as even very small amounts could be dangerous to these animals.
Grange Co-op is initiating a recall of Rogue All Purpose Rabbit Pellets in 25# (25RP) 50# (50RP), 1,500# Tote (RP) no lot codes - purchased between March 1, 2016 and January 12, 2017 in Southern Oregon / Northern California from any Grange Co-op Retail Store or Wholesale Dealer. The recall is being initiated because samples tested by the Oregon Department of Agriculture discovered these products may contain higher than acceptable levels of vitamin D.
Blue Ridge Beef is recalling one of its frozen pet products due to its potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can affect animals eating the product.
Veterinary clinics may no longer use powdered gloves after January 18, 2017.
The J.M. Smucker Company has expanded their recall of certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).
Now that licensed Oregon veterinarians are required to obtain one hour of continuing education on antibiotic resistance per each CE cycle, the OVMA office has heard from practitioners and others: Where and how can I meet this requirement?
The OVMA office receives contacts about facility registration. Facility registration is handled by the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board.
Ridley Block Operations has initiated a voluntary recall of a single batch of its beef cattle feed product, Ultralyx 24% + 3% Mag Composite Block, because it contains elevated levels of non-protein nitrogen (NPN) that may be harmful to beef cattle.
Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two (2) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals eating the product. There is a 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 surface exposed to these products.
Intermountain Farmers Association (IFA) of Draper, UT, is recalling its 50 lb bags of rabbit pellets (item #1220) manufactured between March 14, 2016 and September 15, 2016, because the product may contain higher than acceptable levels of vitamin D, which may cause health problems to rabbits. The recalled rabbit pellets were distributed through IFA country stores and independent dealers in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico.
In late October 2016, veterinary licensees received notice that the Oregon Board of Pharmacy was proposing rules on Dispensing Practice Drug Outlets (DPDOs), with possible implications for the profession.
Mars Petcare has initiated a voluntary recall of a limited number of CESAR® Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food products due to a potential choking risk from small pieces of plastic which entered the food during the production process.
Protect your pet's health and quality of life by taking it to your veterinarian for a preventive health exam at least once per year. Twice a year is recommended, especially for senior pets. Early detection of diseases can improve your pet's chances of successful treatment, and save you money over the long run, too.
Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Purina® Lamb Grower® B30 Medicated Sheep Feed packaged in the green and white generic paper LAND O LAKES® Feed bags.
Radagast Pet Food, Inc. (Portland, OR) has announced a voluntary recall of four lots of frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet products, sold in 8oz., 16oz., and 24oz. tubs, and free 1oz sample cups, due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.
Manna Pro Products, LLC is voluntarily recalling a single lot (MADE 11/23/15 WP-2) of Manna Pro Chick Starter Medicated, UPC 0 95668 10555 6, packaged in 25 pound bags because it may contain excessive salt. Symptoms of excessive salt intake include increased water consumption, anorexia, and weight loss, and may lead to death. Symptoms may be more pronounced when water intake is limited.
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife has launched a Web site for the public to report unusual bat activity. In response to the recent findings of White-Nose Syndrome in Washington state, ODFW is asking the public to report unusual behavior observed in bats, such as trouble flying, flying during the daytime, dying or sick bats (on the ground, unable to fly), or bats that have a white fungus on their face or wings.
The following remarks were shared by Dr. Jean Hall as she accepted the office of president during the Oregon Veterinary Conference in Corvallis. She is the Association’s 91st president and is a Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Physiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University.
Smallbatch Pets Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of frozen dog duckbatch sliders due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The potentially affected lots of dog duckbatch sliders were distributed to retail pet food stores in Oregon, California, Washington and Colorado. Eighty cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/23/16 – 3/10/16.
With the dynamic nature of healthcare costs, insurance, and employee benefits continuing to burden families and businesses, more people are turning to strategies like Health Savings Accounts as a possible solution to rising expenses. Because of the Affordable Care Act, most people now have access to more healthcare options than before; but understanding how those options work can be very difficult. By learning the basics of these plans, an individual or practice manager may better understand the potential benefits to their family or clinic.
Purina has recalled select wet dog food 10-oz. tubs under the Beneful Prepared Meals, Beneful Chopped Blends and Pro Plan Savory Meals brands as they may not contain the recommended level of added vitamins and minerals.
Dr. Jean Hall, Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine and Physiology at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will serve as OVMA president until March 2017.
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