While women have historically borne the brunt of domestic violence, as many as 86% of domestic violence survivors have reported that their family pets had been threatened, harmed, or killed by their partners. And as many as 48% said they had delayed leaving a dangerous situation out of concern for their pets’ safety. Yet only only about 3% of domestic violence shelters in the US are currently set up to accommodate companion animals.
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 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeing an increase in the number of complaints about dog illnesses associated with consumption of chicken jerky products imported from China. In a warning posted Nov. 18, the FDA warns consumers that chicken jerky products for dogs in chicken tenders, strips or treats, could cause illnesses in dogs. In September 2007, the FDA issued a cautionary warning about chicken jerky products followed by a Preliminary Animal Health Notification in December 2008. The FDA reports that the number of complaints dropped off near the end of 2009 and continued to decrease throughout 2010. In the last 12 months, however, the FDA says it is seeing complaints rise once again.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has endorsed a new set of guidelines for handling cats in a feline-friendly manner.
VMA Fights State Attempt to Require Veterinarians to Inform Clients of All Treatment Options
Two recent court cases have brought a longstanding debate back into the spotlight: How much is a companion animal worth? Both cases involve plaintiffs who are seeking non-economic damages for the deaths of their pets. In both cases, the state laws say that pets are property. In one case, a woman sued her veterinarian for distress and loss of companionship. In another case yet to be decided, a man is suing another private citizen for damages resulting from the death of his dog.
Iowa Halts Ban on Supplements
The North Carolina Board of Pharmacy (NC BOP) has issued a recall for all lots of non‐sterile and sterile products compounded, repackaged, and distributed by the Prescription Center Pharmacy between September 10, 2014, and March 10, 2015. The products were distributed in the U.S. and Canada.
Four low-cost spay and neuter clinics in Alabama will potentially be forced to close because they employ licensed veterinarians but are owned by non-veterinarians.
Denver upholds pitbull ban, Texas shelter dismantles its gas chamber, and a lions death spurs calls for an exotic pet ban in Indiana.