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J.M. Smucker expands cat food recall

The J.M. Smucker Company has expanded its earlier recall, adding six more lots of 9Lives and Special Kitty canned cat food. The products have been recalled due to potentially low thiamine levels.

To view the full list of recalled products, including those that have been added, visit the FDA Recall Website.

J.M. Smucker canned cat foods recalled due to low B1 levels

The J.M. Smucker Company has announced a voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to the possibility of low thiamine levels.

To see a full list of the recalled products, visit the FDA Recall website.

No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date, and no other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.

Consumers who have purchased cat food from the affected lots should stop feeding it and contact the company at 800-828-9980 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST or

—Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

FT/PT Veterinarian – Salem, Ohio

Wanted a full-time or part-time veterinarian. We are an AAHA certified Full Service hospital. We provide wellness, sick, urgent, general surgery services for clients in a 30-plus mile radius and help other veterinarians in the area to take their daytime emergencies or urgent care cases they are unable to see. We have a full in-house lab, pharmacy, ICU and Urgent care/treatment area, digital radiology/ultrasound and full surgery suite with all the equipment you need to manage your patients; we do not provide boarding services except for special circumstances. We are open 7 days a week with extended hours on Monday and Tuesday. New Grads welcomed and mentoring will be provided. Relocation fees available. Interviews can be by phone, Skype, other visual app, or in person. Additional job and hospital information along with FAQs information can be sent via email upon request. Please visit our website for additional information at Competitive salary and excellent benefits, paid CE, normal hours and vacation days. Please contact Dr. Vickey Brooks at (330)332-1880 or (330)429-0952 from 6pm–9pm. You can also send a CV to or Adamson Veterinary Services, 375 W. State St., Salem, OH 44460.

Cesar dog food recalled due to choking hazard

classic-filet-mignonMars 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.

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OAHF golf outing raises most money in 3 years


This year’s Fore Animals Classic fundraiser brought in nearly $9,000 in funds for animal-related research and projects—a 20 percent increase over 2015. The ninth annual event, hosted by the Ohio Animal Health Foundation, drew 56 participants to Bent Tree Golf Club on Sept. 21.

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ODA confirms West Nile in Tuscarawas horse

REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO — SEPT. 16, 2016 — The first positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in an Ohio horse has been confirmed in 2016.

Testing on samples taken from a seven‐year‐old Standardbred in Tuscarawas County confirmed the positive WNV diagnosis to the Ohio Department of Agriculture Sept. 12. The horse’s veterinarian first examined the animal Aug. 29. The animal was euthanized after exhibiting significant clinical signs, including shaking, agitation and thrashing. The horse had not been vaccinated.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to horses via bites from infected mosquitoes. Clinical signs for WNV include flulike symptoms, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed. Changes in mentality, drowsiness, driving or pushing forward (often without control) and asymmetrical weakness may be observed. Mortality rate from WNV can be as high as 30‐40 percent in horses. Infection with WNV does not always lead to signs of illness in people or animals. WNV is endemic in the United States and Ohio has reported three positive cases in horses each of the last few years.

“This incident in Tuscarawas County should serve as an alert to all horse owners to vaccinate their animals against West Nile Virus,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “Vaccines are a proven and effective prevention tool and I encourage all owners to talk to their local vet for options and advice on how to keep their animals healthy.”

In addition to vaccinations, horse owners also should work to reduce the mosquito population and eliminate possible breeding areas. Recommendations include: removing stagnant water sources; keeping animals inside during the bugs’ feeding times, which are typically early in the morning and evening; and using mosquito repellents.

—Submitted by the Ohio Department of Agriculture

Relief DVM Available

Relief Veterinarian Available. Quality Care. Reasonable Rates. 21 years of experience in small animal general practice including surgery, dentistry, emergency medicine, relief work, and hospital ownership. Treating your hospital, team, clients, and their pets with compassion and respect. Contact: or (614) 205-4162

FT SA Veterinarian – East Central Ohio

Fantastic Practice Opportunity for a Full-Time DVM at a small animal practice in East Central Ohio. Would you appreciate begin part of a team-oriented practice where your expertise and experience are appreciated by both super loyal clientele and great support staff? Would you enjoy living in a beautiful rural area boasting excellent schools, a solid economy, a local university, support for the arts, history and an abundance of outdoor activities? And would you like to be able to reach Cleveland, Pittsburg, or Columbus in less than two hours or spend a day among the Amish after a scenic forty minute drive? If your answer is yes, then we may be the practice you are searching for. We offer at Twin City Veterinary Outpatient Clinic: Salary and benefits negotiable based on your experience. No after hour emergency calls. In house Abaxis blood machines, ultrasound machine and an opportunity for personal growth. Please email a resume and cover letter to Feel free to call (740) 922-3727 or email with any questions.

Purina recalls sheep feed with high copper levels

Purina sheep feedPurina 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. The product was distributed in Ohio and Pennsylvania during the dates of May 12, 2016, through June 22, 2016. Read more

Blue Buffalo recalls dog food due to mold contamination

blue-buffalo-life-protection-fish-sweet-potatoBlue Buffalo Company is voluntarily recalling a limited batch of its Life Protection Formula Dog Food product due to excessive moisture and mold. The recall is limited to a single batch that was manufactured during one two-hour period.

The following product is being recalled:

  • Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe
  • 30-pound bag
  • Best by date: April 11, 2017
  • Batch data: AH 2A 12:08-14:00

Consumers may return affected products to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, please contact Blue Buffalo at 855-201-4331, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

—Source: Dog Food Advisor

FT Technician – Heath, Ohio

Wanted: Veterinary Technician. Full time. Heath/Newark/Pataskala Send resume and contact number to:

Fromm recalls canned dog food due to high Vitamin D

fromm-gold-recall-480Fromm Family Foods of Mequon, Wis., is voluntarily recalling three of its canned dog foods because they may contain elevated levels of vitamin D.

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MVC 2016 draws record-breaking 6,406 attendees

The numbers are in: The 2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference drew a record-breaking 6,406 veterinary professionals! This is a 13 percent increase in total attendance over 2015 and represents a record for both total attendance and the number of veterinarian attendees.

Veterinarians 1740 1665 1899
Technicians 1253 1509 1418
Hospital Staff/Other Prof 686 528 660
Core Audience 3679 3702 3977
Spouse/Guest 174 184 48
Exhibitors 1079 935 1271
Exhibit Hall Visitors 122 98 206
Students: Pre-Vet, Vet & Tech 688 700 690
Veterinary Exploration Conference 230 49 214
TOTAL ATTENDANCE 5972 5668 6406

Purina recalls Beneful, Pro Plan dog foods


Nestle Purina has announced it is voluntarily recalling select lots of its Beneful and Purina Pro Plan wet dog foods because they may not contain the recommended level of vitamins and minerals.

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Gingrich named Ohio Veterinarian of the Year


Dr. Fred Gingrich was named the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2016 – American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) President Dr. Fred Gingrich has been named the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). The award, considered the Association’s highest honor, was presented by outgoing OVMA President Dr. Brad Garrison during a special award ceremony at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference.

A 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gingrich is owner of Country Roads Veterinary Services and Ashland Veterinary Clinic, where he practices dairy and small animal medicine, respectively.

Dr. Gingrich’s dedication to the veterinary community extends beyond practice ownership. He is a champion for the Ohio Dairy Veterinarians Association and has spearheaded efforts to educate veterinarians and dairy producers across the state on responsible drug use. On a national level, his involvement in organized veterinary medicine includes serving on the AVMA Task Force on Veterinary Compounding Legislation, the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, and the prestigious Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents.

A long-time member of the AABP, Dr. Gingrich is also a past winner of the organization’s Preventative Medicine Dairy Award and recently took the reins as president.

“To rise to such national prominence obviously speaks well of his talents and standing with his veterinary colleagues,” Dr. Garrison said. “Equally impressive are the countless and perhaps less visible things he does in serving his community and clients—from mentoring veterinary students, to providing medical care and fundraising for the Feline Sanctuary in Ashland, to caring for service animals of wounded veterans.”

Dr. Gingrich lives in Ashland with his wife Michelle and their four children.


The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is a non-profit organization providing services to its members in the areas of continuing education, advocacy on public policy matters, and access to variety of professional resources. The OVMA represents more than 2,500 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMA’s principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine.

Pendleton accepts gavel of OVMA president at annual convention

Dr. Scott Pendleton (right) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. Brad Garrison.

Dr. Scott Pendleton (right) accepts the gavel of the OVMA President from Dr. Brad Garrison.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 1, 2016 – Dr. Scott Pendleton of Cadiz has assumed the role of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At the organization’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), outgoing President Dr. Brad Garrison formally passed the gavel on to his successor.

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MVC Passport to Rewards winners

IMG_2820Congratulations to the following MVC 2016 attendees whose names were drawn in the Passport to Rewards raffle:

  • Apple Watch – Dr. Rex Miller
  • Amazon Echo – Justina Lewis
  • Amazon TV – Amy Carter
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card – Taylor Ford, Kate Pouch, Lori Raab, Edward McKaig, Stephanie Sosa

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New veterinary compounding rules effective Feb. 22


The OVMA has been working for several months to share veterinary profession perspectives with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy on a variety of proposed administrative rules. Two of these new rules provide greater latitude to exercise your medical judgment and serve clients as they pertain to the access and use of non-patient specific compound drugs. Both rules become effective on Feb. 22, 2016, and will:

  • Ohio Administrative Code 4729-16-08 reverses a prohibition on out-of-state veterinary compound pharmacies providing non-patient-specific medications to a veterinarian. For approximately the last eight months, only Ohio compound pharmacies could provide non-patient -specific medications to Ohio veterinarians. The change re-opens options for Ohio veterinarians to obtain these compound medications from either in-state or out-of-state compounders.
  • Ohio Administrative Code 4729-16-12 (“Animal Compounded Drugs”) will allow for a veterinary office to obtain and maintain in stock a “limited quantity” of non-patient specific compound medications which are needed to treat urgent situations, unanticipated procedures or treatments, or for diagnostic purposes. The veterinarian can administer the medication and/or dispense no more than a seven-day supply. For circumstances needing more than seven days, you would submit a patient-specific prescription to the compound pharmacy to complete treatment.

To view the complete rules, please click here.

For complete coverage of this and other Board of Pharmacy changes being proposed or finalized, please see the Regulatory Corner column of the next OVMA Observer.

2016 MVC shelter scholarship winners announced


Every year, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association partners with the Ohio Animal Health Foundation and Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust to award 20 scholarships to shelter personnel who would like to attend the Midwest Veterinary Conference but may not otherwise be able to. The scholarships help alleviate the financial burden many shelters face so that they can take advantage of the educational opportunities the MVC offers.

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Big Dog Natural recalls dog, fish food

bigdognaturalBig Dog Natural of Brick, N.J., has announced it is voluntarily recalling its Big Dog Natural Chicken Supreme raw dehydrated dog food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and its Fish Supreme product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Main compounding rules filed, likely effective date in early February


Two key rules that will enhance the ability of veterinary practices to maintain limited supplies of non-patient-specific compound medications on hand, as well as where they can be obtained from, have been filed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. OVMA has worked extensively in providing background information and perspectives to the Pharmacy Board on these two as well as other pertinent rules up for review.

Filed on Nov. 30, Rule 4729-16-08 of the Ohio Administrative Code will reverse a prohibition on out-of-state veterinary compound pharmacies providing non-patient-specific medications to a veterinarian. Earlier this year, only Ohio compound pharmacies were permitted to provide non-patient-specific medications. After considerable feedback, the rule is being amended specifically to address those concerns raised by veterinary medicine, to wit:

“A non-resident pharmacy may provide licensed veterinarians non-patient specific compounded drugs for animal use, pursuant to rule 4729-16-12. Such compounding for office use shall comply with applicable federal laws and regulations.”

The net result is a change that will reopen options for Ohio veterinarians to obtain non-patient-specific compound medications for urgent use from either in-state or out-of-state compounders.

Also filed on Nov. 30 was the creation of new Ohio Administrative Code Rule 4729-6-12: Animal Compounded Drugs. This rule will allow a veterinary office to obtain and maintain in stock a “limited quantity” of non-patient-specific compound medications, which are needed for emergency situations, unanticipated procedures, treatments in which a time delay would affect patient outcome, and/or for diagnostic purposes. This new rule expands and replaces a current allowance known as the ”72-hour rule,” which is narrower in focus and was often misunderstood.

Both rules have to undergo an administrative code review process before they go into effect, which should be completed in early February 2016.

MARS recalls treats possibly contaminated with mold

nutro-chewy-apple-treatsMARS Petcare has issued a voluntary recall of select lots of its Nutro dog treats due to potential mold.

The following product is affected by this recall event:

  • Nutro CHEWY Treats with Real Apples
    Size: 4OZ
    UPC: 7910511344
    Lot Codes beginning with the following numbers and regardless of the best-by date: 4 50, 5 02, 5 03, 5 05

Consumers are asked to stop feeding this product to your pet and to bring any remaining product to PetSmart for a full refund. For more information, contact Nutro Customer Service at 800-833-5330.

—Source: Dog Food Advisor / Petsmart

Stella and Chewy’s recalls contaminated dog, cat food

stella-and-chewysStella and Chewy’s of Oak Creek, Wis., has announced it is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

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Bravo recalls potentially contaminated dog, cat food


Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Conn., is recalling select lots of its Bravo Chicken Blend diet for dogs and cats due to possible Salmonella contamination. The company has not yet received any reports of illness in either people or animals.

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Blue Buffalo recalls cat treats, may have low propylene glycol

blue-kitty-yums-recall-181x300Blue Buffalo Company is recalling a limited production of Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats due to potentially low levels of propylene glycol. One illness has been reported.

The recalled product is packaged in 2-ounce plastic stand-up pouches with the UPC 859610007820 and best-buy dates of April 24, 2016 and July 24, 2016. No other Blue Buffalo products are involved in this recall.

The recalled products were sold online and at specialty stores across the U.S. and Canada. Consumers who have purchased these treats should not give them to their cats.

Consumers who have purchased the product being recalled may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Blue Buffalo at 888-667-1508 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, or by email at

—Source: FDA and Food Poisoning Bulletin

Halo cat food recalled due to reports of mold

halo-spots-stew-cat-food-turkey-recipe-MDHalo, 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.

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Good ‘n’ Fun dog treat recall expanded

Good 'n' FunSalix Animal Health of Deerfield, Fla., has announced a voluntary recall of Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks due to potential Salmonella contamination. This is an expansion of an earlier recall issued by the company.

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Good ‘n’ Fun dog treats recalled due to potential contamination

good-n-fun-beefhide-sticks-2Salix Animal Health has announced it is voluntarily recalling one lot of “Good ‘n’ Fun Beefhide Chicken Sticks” because it may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Dingo dog treats recalled, may be contaminated with amantadine

dingo-twisted-chew-treats-P30060-400The FDA has announced a recall of Dingo dog treats because it has the potential to be contaminated with amantadine, an antiviral human drug that’s not approved for use in animal food.

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Annual golf outing raises more than $7,000

Bent Tree

Sept. 16 was a picturesque day for the OAHF Fore Animals Classic at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury.

Fifty-six golfers enjoyed blue skies on Sept. 16 at the Eighth annual Ohio Animal Health Foundation Fore Animals Classic, helping to raise more than $7,000 for important animal health projects. The event helps fund a variety of OAHF grants that advance animal health and enrichment research and fund educational programs and equipment, as well as support a number of local animal care projects.

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