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September 24, 2019

PIJAC issues statement on use of pet vaccinations

ccording to its statement last fall, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) supports the judicious use of vaccines in pets in order to protect both animals and humans from disease and death.  The positive position from PIJAC can help retail animal health pros deal with pet owner concerns about over-vaccinating or side effects. 

July 10, 2019

FDA, CDC agree: Put down those pig ears

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.

September 25, 2019

Weekly News Roundup 9/20 to 9/26

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?

October 10, 2019

DEA issues new marching orders in the war against opioid addiction

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.

November 13, 2019

FDA, CDC agree: Go ahead and pick up those pig ears!

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).

November 27, 2019

Weekly News Roundup 11/ 22 to 11/27

This week: A dog’s lick turns deadly, cruelty to animals is now a federal crime, and mixed news from the AVMA Economic Summit.

December 04, 2019

Weekly News Roundup 11/ 28 to 12/5

This week: A proposed law would require veterinarians in Florida to report suspected animal abuse, beleaguered dog-walking app Wag under fire again, and the sad passing of a popular pet influencer.

March 26, 2020

FDA says yes to telemedicine—by not saying no

On Tuesday, the FDA announced that it’s temporarily easing restrictions on veterinarians’ use of telemedicine so they can more easily treat pets during the coronavirus pandemic. That means a lot of practice owners and their staff are breathing a little more easily today.

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