Food Assistance for Pets

  |   Animal Welfare

As the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to increase the ranks of people in need of food assistance, the animals so many rely on for companionship, affection, and stress reduction need support too. WSDA is working with a collaboration of animal services in King County and a national animal-welfare organization to support a statewide pet food distribution hub and help make sure people have access to pet food. It’s an initiative that not only supports animal health, but...

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WSVMA 2020 Awards – Nominate outstanding veterinary professionals

  |   WSVMA News

Each year, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) conducts an awards program to honor individuals whose service has contributed significantly to the veterinary profession in Washington State. The 2020 awards that will be presented include Veterinarian of the Year, Distinguished Achievement, WSU Faculty Member of the Year, Distinguished Veterinary Staff, Humane Animal Welfare, Recent Grad and Allied Industry. Awards will be presented at the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference Oct. 2-4, 2020 in Tacoma. For criteria, visit WSVMA Awards Nominations...

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Veterinarian-sponsored dog importation bill introduced in Congress

  |   Federal Regulatory

This week, the Healthy Dog Importation Act was introduced in Congress to ensure that all dogs entering the country are healthy and not at risk to spread dangerous diseases that could adversely impact animal and public health. To meet the U.S. demand for pet dogs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than one million dogs are imported into the U.S. each year. An increasing number of unhealthy dogs entering the U.S is alarming public and...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

New FAQs on COVID-19 and equestrian facilities (located with the other CDC COVID-19 and Animals FAQs – CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#COVID-19-and-Animals Veterinary Clinic Staff Cohorting – Worms & Germs Blog New Survey Reveals Effects Stay-at-Home Order May Have on Pets and their Owners – KHQ SBA Releases Interim Final Rules on PPP Loan Forgiveness and Loan Review – Katz Sapper & Miller Pup could keep Columbia River free of invasive mussels -The News Tribune It wasn’t your imagination. Dogs get difficult when...

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An influx of pigs from out-of-state prompts reminder of WA Import Requirements

  |   Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has noted an increase in out-of-state pigs being brought here and sold, with some sellers failing to follow important animal importation laws meant to protect our state’s livestock industry and public health. “We know of truckloads of pigs from several Midwestern states that have begun to show up for sale on Craigslist and other venues,” said Dr. Amber Itle, assistant state veterinarian. “In some of these instances, the dealers have not followed our animal...

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