The New Jersey Senate unanimously voted its support for proposed legislation known as Patrick’s Law, which would impose tougher penalties for people who neglect or abuse animals.
A definitive cause of illness has yet to be identified after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration completed testing of chicken jerky products after it received complaints of dog illnesses associated with consumption of the treats. FDA released an update July 18, 2012 detailing results of sample testing of chicken jerky products. Testing showed adverse findings from Waggin Train and Dingo chicken jerky products, as well as from beef jerky treats manufactured by Del Monte Pet Products. However, the FDA says it has been unable to determine a definitive cause of the illnesses, or link the illnesses to a particular company, from the samples collected. The FDA sent inspectors to Chinese plants that make the jerky treats, but have not released inspection results.
In response to the introduction of the "Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2011," AAHA has issued a statement in opposition to the bill.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to ban the sale of certain rodenticides to the general public, a move which could help prevent one of the most frequent causes of pet poisoning. In addition to banning the most toxic anticoagulant rodenticides (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum), the agency also plans to stop the sale of most loose bait and pellet-form rodenticides to cut down on accidental poisonings of children and pets.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Board of Directors voted to endorse of the Global Nutritional Guidelines of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) at AAHA’s board meeting in Toronto.
Several newsworthy items relating to the veterinary world have come out of California recently.
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This week: A woman quits her job to find her dog, and veterinary students want to know where their money’s going. Also: should human surgeons operate on homeless dogs?
On October 1, 2019, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released its 2020 fiscal year work plan to its diversion investigators. This likely means increased DEA audits and inspections throughout the veterinary community in the coming year.
Given the popularity of tramadol among opioid addicts and how often pet owners doctor shop for veterinarians willing to prescribe it, sending home oral opioids such as tramadol may not be the best option for managing canine pain at home. Especially if it doesn’t even work all that well.