WSDA activates Reserve Veterinary Corps for Oso slide

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

The WA State Department of Agriculture deployed the Reserve Veterinary Corps to assist in response efforts for the Oso mudslide. Arriving last Saturday, the first team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians were prepared to care for the approximate 30 rescue dogs who need treatment for conditions such as minor cuts, hyperthermia and damaged pads. Due to exposure from hazardous materials, the dogs also need to be decontaminated. Arrival of the Corps follows the volunteer efforts of private veterinary personnel from Pilchuck...

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ERISA and Fiduciary Fundamentals

  |   Sponsored News, Uncategorized

What is ERISA, and what is a fiduciary? ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; it is a federal law that sets minimum standards for retirement plans in private industry to protect individuals in the plan. A fiduciary is any person involved with administering your practice’s retirement plan (or other benefit plans). Under ERISA law, any fiduciary can be held personally liable for the retirement plan. A court can order the fiduciary to personally restore losses or profits made...

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Warming Weather Renews Threat of Tick Paralysis

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

As we shift from the wet, cold months of winter into the warm and dry summer months, expect an increase in the risk of tick paralysis in animals.   While fairly uncommon, the sometimes fatal disease can virtually affect all warm-blooded land animals, including dogs, cats, cows and even llamas. The illness occurs when certain species of ticks inject toxins into the host animals.   Steve Parish, a large animal veterinarian who heads up WSU’s Agricultural Animal Service explained that both human and veterinary...

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Human Medications Top List of Animal Toxins

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

This month, the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released a report that in 2013, they handled over 180,000 cases of pet exposed to possible poisonous substances. Nearly 20 percent of those calls were from owners whose pets got into medicines intended for human use. The top ten calls into the APCC in 2013 involved the following toxins, ranked below in order of call volume:   Human medications topped the list...

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WSVMA Premier CE Feline Focus Registration Now Open

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSVMA Premier CE Feline Focus will take place Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 12 to 4 pm at Renton Technical College in Renton. WSVMA’s Feline Focus CE will provide cutting-edge information on feline preventive care presented by Dr. Margie Scherk. Dr. Scherk will feature talks on feline liver and renal health, improving client compliance in a practice, managing care for older cats, and a vaccination update of the 2013 AAFP guidelines. Four hours of continuing education credit will be available.   Early...

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