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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.
Goldenfeast 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.