Bayer and Elanco have agreed to a settlement over a false advertising suit Bayer filed against Elanco in May 2011. Bayer Animal Health filed the suit against Elanco, objecting to an April letter Elanco sent to veterinarians about the flea and tick marketplace. Bayer alleged that in the letter, Elanco released false advertising and created unfair competition that wrongfully misled veterinarians and distributors. Bayer’s Animal Health Division manufactures and sells pet medicines such as Advantage II, K9 Advantix II and Advantage Multi products for flea, tick and heartworm prevention. Elanco is a division of Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical corporation. Eli Lilly’s Elanco Companion Animal Health division produces pet medicines for flea and heartworm prevention such as Comfortis, Assurity and Trifexis.
A proposed ordinance that would force veterinarians in Washington state's King County to submit client information to the county after every rabies vaccine administration has been shelved. Local veterinarians had feared that mandatory reporting could jeopardize their clients' trust and even cause clients to forego rabies vaccinations for their pets.
A California appeals court recently sided with pet owners in two cases where the owners were attempting to sue for damages beyond the animals’ market value.
On Feb. 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued its 2014 figures, and reported 17 animal fatalities and 26 injuries. United Airlines topped the list, with five deaths and 13 injuries.
Legislation geared toward improving the lives of companion animals is moving through the legislative process in several states. Washington and Ohio are advancing bills that would help protect pets in domestic violence cases by granting custody of pets to victims, or including pets in different types of protection orders. In Vermont, a bill is awaiting the governor’s signature that would add an aversive agent to a common product that is deadly to animals.
With 30 people in 13 states reported ill, a new outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni linked to puppies sold in pet stores is underway.
Feeding a raw protein diet can endanger the health of both people and animals, according to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). AAHA plans to release a position statement discouraging pet owners from feeding raw protein diets later this week. The second major veterinary group to take a stand on raw protein diets in recent weeks, AAHA says it is doing so because it wants to strengthen the valued relationship between human and animal. "We value the relationships between our pets and their families – we want to strengthen the human-animal bond by keeping both pets and people as healthy as possible," said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, executive director of AAHA. AAHA joins the likes of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), which passed a policy discouraging the feeding of raw protein diets at its yearly conference in San Diego in early August 2012. AAHA leaders say its statement on raw protein diets was actually developed and passed by its board of directors prior to the AVMA policy. According to AAHA, the statement was developed without any input or knowledge from the AVMA. The text of the AAHA statement emphasizes the danger of feeding pathogenic organisms to animals that may then shed those organisms through their stool, creating danger for both humans and animals that may come in contact with it.
And if you’ve been gnawing on them (they’re a human delicacy in some countries), you might want to spit ‘em out. The FDA and the CDC are investigating an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella across 13 states—an outbreak linked to contact with pig ear dog treats.
On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted pet owners and veterinary professionals that at least 11 different brands of dog food are recalling their products and that people need to check before feeding any dry food to their dogs. “Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D,” the FDA said
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