Vesicular stomatitis outbreak affecting western states

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Veterinarians in the west should be vigilant for signs of vesicular stomatitis (VSV). Cases of VSV have been reported this summer in seven western states including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The 2015 VSV outbreak in the United States began April 29, 2015. To date, a total of 126 VSV-affected premises (New Jersey serotype) have been confirmed or suspected. Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects cattle, horses, and swine and occasionally sheep, goats,...

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Bellingham vet clinic attacker sentenced to prison

  |   Uncategorized

The man who attacked and stabbed a veterinarian and a veterinary staff member at two different Bellingham hospitals has been sentenced to three years in prison and will also be undergoing a mental health evaluation and treatment. Last October, Charles Anthony Smith attacked staff, first at Fountain Veterinary Hospital and then at Maplewood Animal Hospital after his cat died from urinary tract disease. The young associate veterinarian who was attacked at Fountain Veterinary Hospital suffered a cut to her thumb and...

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Exciting short-term opportunities for WSVMA members

  |   Uncategorized, WSVMA News

Under WSVMA’s new strategic plan, several new task forces and committees are forming on some very interesting subjects. These task forces will require little of your time and will help to accomplish great things for the Washington veterinary profession. Task Force to Address Medication Errors - evaluate need for training and CE in veterinary pharmacology and animal physiology for pharmacy students and registered pharmacists. Task Force on Veterinary Compounding – develop recommendations for amending compounding regulations to better apply to veterinary practice. Task...

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Law allowing officers to break into cars to remove unattended pets takes effect

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The new Washington law allowing animal control and police officers with reasonable cause to break into cars to rescue pets goes into effect today. The law also provides officers immunity from liability for property damage that might occur. During Washington’s hot summer, temperatures have been consistently above average, posing risks to pets who are left unattended. People can receive a $125 fine and be charged with animal cruelty if they leave their animals in their car, whether it’s hot or...

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Raw pet treats recalled

  |   Recall, Uncategorized

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that raw pet treats manufactured by Carnivore Meat Company, LLC have been voluntarily recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Healthy cats and dogs rarely become sick from Listeria monocytogenes. In humans, however, Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever,...

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