Archive for Pet Owners & General Public

ODA working to identify cause of severe dog illness

Ohio Department of Agriculture working to identify cause of dog illnesses; state enlisting help of Ohio veterinarians to identify and combat disease

REYNOLDSBURG — The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is working with animal health experts to determine the cause and origin of a series of dog illnesses in the state. The department is also urging veterinarians in the state to contact the Division of Animal Health if they suspect any animals in their care are suffering from the same disease.

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Goldenfeast recalls bird food due to possible contamination

goldenfeast-logo-r-2012-475x132Goldenfeast Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of several exotic bird food products due to possible contamination of Salmonella from parsley flake ingredients. No human or pet illnesses have been reported at this time.

Recalled products were distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Virginia and Canada.

Products affected by the recall

No other Goldenfeast products are affected by this recall. Customers who purchased any of the products listed here should contact the manufacturer at 800-344-6536 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m and 5 p.m. EST for instruction on product return.

Recall on Iverhart Plus heartworm meds expanded

Virbac has expanded its recall of Iverhart Plus Flavored Chewables, citing that several lots were below Ivermectin potency levels prior to their expiration date. These products may not fully protect dogs in the upper third of each weight range against heartworms. This recall is an expansion of one issued in April for the same product.

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OVMA’s Zimmerman appointed to livestock board

Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

Dr. Ryan Zimmerman

OVMA Member Dr. Ryan Zimmerman of Fremont, Ohio, has been appointed to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Gov. John Kasich appointed him to fill the vacancy previously held by Dr. Leon Weaver.

Dr. Zimmerman previously assisted the Livestock Care Standards Board as chair of an Equine Subcommittee developing proposed rules. He serves on the OVMA Board of Directors and was OVMA President in 2012.

P&G recalls dry pet food due to possible contamination

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is issuing a voluntary recall on certain lots of dry dog and cat food after testing revealed they had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Dogswell recalls jerky treats due to potential antibiotic contamination

Dogswell has announced a voluntary withdrawal for some of its dog and cat jerky treats due to possible contamination with unapproved antibiotics. The products were manufactured in China.

During routine testing of the company’s products, the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets found that a sample of Dogswell Happy Hips Chicken Breast Jerky contained trace amounts of an antibiotic residue that has not been approved for use in the United States. Dogswell is therefore recalling Chicken Breast and Duck Breast jerky under the Breathies, Happy Heart, Happy Hips, Mellow Mut, Shape Up, Veggie Life, Vitality, and Vitakitty brands that are labeled with a best-buy date of Jan. 28, 2015, or any earlier date. Most of these products were distributed before March 1 of this year. No other products are affected.

To learn more, please read the company’s frequently asked questions, or contact Dogswell at 1-888-559-8833 or email us at info@dogswell.com.

State budget passes sans sales tax on services expansion

Taxes on veterinary services were removed from the Legislature-approved state budget bill, but will the issue reappear in the future?

Taxes on veterinary services were removed from the Legislature-approved state budget bill, but will the issue reappear in the future?

Late last week, the Ohio legislature gave its final approval of the new state biennial budget bill, signed on Sunday by the governor. The 5,300-plus-page bill covering more than $60 billion in state expenditures makes numerous changes, including ones in state tax policy. Notably the tax changes do not include an expansion in the state sales tax to a variety of professional services, including those for veterinary medicine.

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OVMA has moved!

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Beginning May 6, OVMA’s new contact information is as follows:

Mailing Address: 
1472 Manning Parkway
Powell, Ohio 43065 (map)

Phone Number: 
614.436.1300

Fax Number: 
614.436.1301

Our Web site, toll-free number, and e-mail addresses are all the same.

OVMA speaks out against governor’s plan to tax veterinary services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 6, 2013 – In response to the new state budget bill, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Executive Director Jack Advent will testify today against the addition of a sales tax to veterinary services. Previously exempt, veterinarians, along with many other service providers, now face charging sales tax to their clients if the bill passes.

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OAHF Board approves funding for wild animal relocation efforts

OAHF logoThe Ohio Animal Health Foundation Board of Directors has approved funding and a plan to assist with relocation efforts of wild animals currently in Ohio. With an initial $30,000 in funds committed, the OAHF is looking to award grants with established non-profit sanctuaries who can house and care for animals that need to be moved as a result of Senate Bill 310.

The grant guidelines stipulate that assistance can be requested for relocation, housing, veterinary care and general care and feeding of species needing a new sanctuary home as a result of owner’s relinquishing their animals under  Ohio’s new law. Complete grant guidelines can be found at http://oahf.org/grants.html, and those wishing to add needed resources to the Foundation’s initial funding commitment can make a donation of any amount at the Web site by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.