Archive for Public & Pet Owners
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.
Northwest Farm Food Cooperative of Burlington, Wash., is voluntarily recalling frozen raw cat food due to a potential Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Within the past month, there have been multiple reports of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in bodies of water across Ohio. In response, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) wishes to share the following information with Ohio veterinarians.
Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of select lots of its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for Dogs because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, Conn., is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to potential Salmonella contamination. So far, there have been no reports of illness to date in either humans or animals associated with these products.
The Natural Dog Company of Windsor, Colo., is recalling its 12″ Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, and production has been halted while the FDA investigates.
I and Love and You of Boulder, Colo., is expanding its recall of Cow-Boom! dog treats. As of July 14, 2015, affected products now include the following identifying information (new information highlighted):
- Cow-Boom! Strips Beef Gullet Dog Treats
- 2.0 ounce bags
- Lot numbers ending in 4T1 or 5T1
- Best-By years of 2016 or 2017
- UPC number 8 18336 01134 4
Read more about this recall and what consumers should do in the original alert.
I and Love and You of Boulder, Colo., has announced it is voluntarily recalling 1,299 cases of Cow-Boom! Strips Beef Gullet because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. So far, there have been no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall.
Stella & Chewy’s of Oak Creek, Wis., is voluntarily recalling a number of both frozen and freeze-dried products due to possible exposure to other foods contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The affected items were sold throughout the U.S. to wholesale distributors and retail stores for resale to consumers. And according to the company, there have been “no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall.”
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition of Meadville, Pa., is voluntarily recalling five varieties of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® wet cat food, including Ocean Fish-a-licious, Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, Tuna Purrfection, and certain lot codes of Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people are bitten by dogs every year, according to the AVMA. The majority of these bites happen to children—and most are preventable with a little bit of knowledge!
Nylabone Products of Neptune, N.J., is recalling one lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The OVMA testified today in support of newly proposed Ohio Department of Agriculture rules that would regulate high-volume commercial dog breeders in Ohio. [Download a PDF of the complete testimony] The proposed rules implement the provisions of Senate Bill 130 and were put together through a variety of open meetings among interested parties. A subsequent review and approval by the Commercial Dog Breeders Advisory Board, which has three DVMs in its composition, followed. TodayÕs administrative hearing will be followed in the near future with a hearing before the LegislatureÕs Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR).
Beginning May 6, OVMA’s new contact information is as follows: Mailing Address:Ê 1472 Manning Parkway Powell, Ohio 43065 (map) Phone Number:Ê 614.436.1300 Fax Number:Ê 614.436.1301 Our Web site, toll-free number, and e-mail addresses are all the same.
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. Read more
COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 6, 2013 — Dr. Patricia Haines was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At an awards ceremony at OVMA’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC) in February, Dr. Haines formally accepted the position from outgoing President Dr. Ryan Zimmerman of Fremont.
“I am honored to represent the veterinarians of Ohio as President of the OVMA,” Dr. Haines said. “Our profession will be continually called upon to provide leadership and education in the care and treatment of all animals. We must provide responses that are reasoned and responsible to encourage resolution, not conflict.” Read more
The 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 owners 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.
During the holiday gift-giving season, it is not uncommon for well-meaning animal lovers to give pets as presents. Although veterinarians know this is usually not a good idea, many people fail to consider all aspects of responsible pet ownership before getting or giving a pet. As part of its public outreach campaign, OVMA is airing educational commercials on ONN radio stations across the state. The fourth and final commercial of 2012 will air in December and deal with responsible pet ownership. OVMA invites members toÊlink to the commercialÊfrom their Web sites and social media profiles to help educate their clients about the responsibilities that come with owning an animal. Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE COLUMBUS, OHIO _ MARCH 22, 2012 Ð The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) testified yesterday in support of Senate Bill 310, which would regulate the ownership of dangerous and wild animals in Ohio. The OVMA has long advocated that the private ownership of certain species should either be prohibited or significantly restricted, a policy in line with that of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Read more
COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 —Former State Veterinarian David Glauer was recently recognized with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s (OVMA) highest honor, the Veterinarian of the Year Award. This award, presented by OVMA’s outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord, recognizes one individual for outstanding contributions, dedication and service to the veterinary profession, the community and the animal kingdom. Read more
COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 — Three local individuals were recognized by Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s (OVMA) outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord for their contributions to veterinary medicine and the community during awards ceremonies at the annual Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), Feb. 23-26.
Ohio Board of Pharmacy’s recently retired Executive Director Bill Winsley was honored with the OVMA’s Special Achievement Award for his exemplary record of service and dedication to the veterinary profession.
COLUMBUS, OHIO — MARCH 1, 2012 — Fremont veterinarian Ryan Zimmerman was recently elected to the position of President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). At an awards ceremony at OVMA’s annual Midwest Veterinary Conference in late February, Dr. Zimmerman formally accepted the position from outgoing President Dr. Linda Lord of Columbus. Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 19, 2011 Ð The unfortunate events involving the release of wild and dangerous animals in Muskingum County serves as a reminder that OhioÕs absence of meaningful regulation of exotic animals needs to be addressed in an appropriate and timely manner. The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) supports legislative and regulatory efforts to restrict private ownership of indigenous and non-native wild animals that pose a significant risk to public health, domestic animal health or the ecosystem, as well as those species whose welfare is unacceptably compromised. The possession of exotic and dangerous animals by private individuals presents a clear risk to public safety, as well as unnecessarily compromising animal welfare. OhioÕs veterinary community will continue to work with state entities to advance appropriate restrictions on exotic animal ownership in an expeditious manner.
About the OVMA
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 2,400 veterinarians practicing in various fields and specialties. The OVMAÕs principal purpose and mission is to foster life-long learning, stewardship, compassion and community in veterinary medicine. Learn more about the OVMA and access a wealth of animal health resources online atÊwww.ohiovma.org.
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Speak Up for Your Pet by Taking Them to the Vet!
Pets, just like people, need regular physical check-ups from their doctor. Your veterinarian is an expert on pet wellness and disease prevention. October is National Pet Wellness Month, a perfect time to ensure your petÕs health by talking to your veterinarian about regular exams, disease prevention and pet health insurance. Read more