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.
Legal consents are necessary in the veterinary practice.
The FDA notified Carnivore Meat Company that one of samples collected, tested positive for Salmonella, bacteria commonly associated with fresh and frozen poultry, in human and in pet products. The company has received no complaints or reports of illness. No other product manufactured by Carnivore is involved in this voluntary recall.
Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes that was shipped in the week of 10/31/2015 to 11/13/2015 to online customers.
Stella & Chewy's is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to concerns of a possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects a total of 990 cases (964 cases in the U.S and 26 cases in Canada).
With passage of Senate Bill 454 during the 2015 legislative session, all Oregon employers are required to implement a sick leave policy for employees. The law took effect January 1, 2016.
In mid-October the AVMA held its third economic summit in Chicago, where a lineup of economists and others revealed a look at the profession’s economic health. Glenn Kolb, OVMA executive director, attended this year’s program. Over the course of the day, there was a mix of good signals and concerns for the veterinary profession.
Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling a select lot of Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats with a best used by date of 11/13/16 due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella. Out of an abundance of caution, Bravo is also recalling three additional items that did not test positive for Salmonella, but were manufactured on the same day.
Blue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling one production lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones. This is being done in an abundance of caution, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed starting November 19, 2015 in PetSmart stores located in the following 9 states: California, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
CHS Inc. announced today it has implemented a voluntary recall of 50-pound packages of its Kountry Buffet 14% Text and Provider 15% Pellet, both for Mature Cattle, Horses, Goats & Sheep due to excessive levels of copper. The recalled products were manufactured in September 2015 and October 2015 at CHS Inc.'s Harrisburg, Ore., feed mill and distributed to 42 customers in Oregon and Washington.
Halo, Purely for Pets has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of its Spot’s Stew Sensitive Cat Turkey kibble with a Best By date of 09/04/2016 due to reports of mold. No other Halo products are affected.
Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. is voluntarily recalling a limited production of Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats that may contain low levels of propylene glycol, which is not permitted by the FDA for use in cat food.
Approval of new animal drugs is important to veterinary medicine, and the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association supports the research and development by veterinary companies to bring such products to the marketplace.
The Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board (OVMEB) is proposing administrative rules on licensure of veterinary facilities. Minimum requirements for all veterinary medical facilities are currently noted in rule, and no changes are being suggested here. This includes general standards for air quality, lighting, water, waste disposal, storage, the examination area, the laboratory, radiology, and the housing of animals, among other items.
K-9 Kraving Dog Food has announced a voluntary recall of their Chicken Patties Dog Food shipped between July 13th - July 17th, 2015 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
Although rarely fatal, pigeon fever is bacterial disease that affects horses and ruminants. The disease is seasonal, with peak incidence in the dry/fall months, and the incidence fluctuates from year to year within a site. A vaccine has been developed by a Bend-area veterinarian and is expected to be available by 2016.
Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, WA, is voluntarily recalling frozen raw Cat Food with the code Jul12015B due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.
Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may 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.
Moses Lake Professional Pharmacy is voluntarily recalling human and veterinary sterile compounded drugs which are unexpired to the consumer level due to lack of sterility assurance.
Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.
The Natural Dog Company, Inc. of Windsor, CO, is recalling its 12oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
If you own a pet, make sure you have a first aid kit at home. Here are several items pet owners should have in a first aid kit.