The Nevada state Senate is considering a bill that would allow veterinarians and veterinary care facilities to accept open and unopened prescription medication and re-issue them to clients who cant afford them.
The debate over emotional damages for pets continues in North Carolina. The North Carolina Appeals Court recently upheld the decision of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which concluded that courts have not recognized intrinsic value as a measure for damages for the loss of an animal. The plaintiffs, Nancy and Herbert Shera, filed for the wrongful death of their 12-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Laci. Diagnosed with liver cancer in 2003, Laci was treated at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital (VSH) in Cary, North Carolina, where staff successfully removed the tumor. By late 2003, Laci’s cancer was determined to be in remission. In 2007, Laci was re-admitted to the VSH for multi-systemic organ disease and multiple life-threatening symptoms, including a severe form of pancreatitis, ascites, electrolyte derangements, and other serious veterinary issues. The canine exhibited symptoms of poor appetite, vomiting, and difficulty with urination.
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.
A veterinarian who said an ex-client’s negative online reviews cost him his practice was awarded damages of nearly $30,000 after a six-year court battle. Was it worth the wait?
How many times do we have to say it? Possibly every time the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) update their investigation into an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella across multiple states.
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.
If you’ve had a craving for pig ears (you may be a fan of nose-to-tail eating), you’ll be delighted to know that pig ear treats recently received the all-clear from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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