Veterinarians who are used to making a difference with scalpels and syringes are now wielding pens as their instruments of choice to oppose proposed pet medication rules. More than 560 individuals or organizations have submitted comments to the FTC regarding proposed H.R. 1406 - the federal mandate concerning prescription writing - and other controversial topics that were discussed during the FTC’s Oct. 2 pet medications workshop. The majority of the comments are from individual veterinarians and practices, several national associations and organizations, and more than 20 state associations, although some were contributed by parties supporting H.R. 1406. The FTC extended the commenting period until Nov. 1, so people still have time to gather their thoughts and submit them for consideration.
California pet owners who wanted more transparency in pet food labeling were left disappointed on Election Day. California’s Proposition 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Modified Food Act, was defeated on election day.
On April 1, the Pet Food Institute announced it submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the proposed regulation for pet food and animal feed safety.
Ontario Technician Association Becomes First in World to Self-Regulate
Breed-Specific Bans and Other Animal Control Ordinances Affect Veterinarians
New Canadian, U.S. Privacy Laws Affect Collection, Use and Disclosure of Client Information
A recent bill brought before the U.S. House of Representatives could pave the way to making veterinary care more affordable to everyone. One legal expert says that the bill is also a step in the right direction toward a proper designation of companion animals in the eyes of the law. The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act was introduced to the House on July 31 by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) The bill proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow up to a $3,500 tax deduction for qualified pet health care expenses for qualified pets. According to the bill, “qualified pet care expenses” means money paid for the care of the pet, not including its purchase, and a “qualified pet” is defined as “a legally owned, domesticated, live animal.”
A New York City Health Department rule bans anyone from taking money to care for an animal outside a licensed kennel; the rule has long been ignored in the city, but new dog-sitting businesses have caused the department to take a second look at enforcement.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering an ordinance to prohibit the selling of commercially bred pets in retail stores for at least three years.
HR 4023, a source of contention within the veterinary profession since it made its first appearance in 2011, is now headed to the Senate for consideration. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will sponsor the bill, which they are touting as a solution to lowering pet owners' costs for medication,