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FDA: Dog Food May Cause Heart Problems

Posted By Jaime Markle, Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Dog in hot car

FDA: Dog Food May Cause Heart Problems

Harrisburg, PA: The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released their third update on June 27, 2019 regarding the investigation that feeding dogs “grain-free” food increases heart-related issues. The FDA began the investigation in July 2018 after reports of several dog illnesses and fatalities which appeared to have links back to boutique-style dog food labeled as “grain-free”. This latest update, and the investigation which prompted it, are causing a hysteria in the dog-lover community.

Bryan R. Langlois, DVM, President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) clarifies that there is no need for panic, “First off, there is a saying that ‘Correlation does not equal Causation’ and that is what we have here. After first seeing an increase in cases of a specific type of heart condition in dogs, called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), where the heart muscle thins and weakens causing a difficulty in normal pumping ability, some cardiologists were noticing a lot of these dogs were being fed what are known as ‘boutique’ or ‘grain-free diets’ by their owners.” Dr. Langlois continues, “The FDA is not specifically stating that these diets cause these conditions in the dogs. They have just noted a correlation between the two. They have not issued any recalls for these foods. They are simply asking veterinarians to further study the issue.”

“Your relationship with your veterinarian is particularly important in these types of situations,” added PVMA Executive Director, Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM. “Abrupt changes can sometimes be more harmful. Rushing out to the pet store to find a replacement food for your dog may not be the best solution. In fact, you might just cause a problem that didn’t previously exist. Consult with your veterinarian first.”

Should you be concerned? Look for changes in behavior as a first sign. Dr. Langlois explains, “Dilated Cardiomyopathy can have many causes, and sometimes is a genetic condition in various breeds. Signs that your dog might be affected by a heart condition include coughing, being more lethargic, tiring more easily on walks, possibly fainting or getting very weak, loss of appetite, and sometimes swelling in the abdomen. If you see any of these signs in your dog it is important to have them checked by your veterinarian.”

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)

Founded in 1883, PVMA is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,400 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting & enhancing human health. To learn more visit PaVMA.org.

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Media Contact:

Jaime Markle
Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
Director of Marketing & Communications
JMarkle@PaVMA.org
P: 888.550.7862

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PVMA & PA Dept. of Agriculture Remind You To Keep Your Pets Safe

Posted By Jaime Markle, Monday, July 1, 2019

PVMA & PA Dept. of Agriculture Remind You To Keep Your Pets Safe

Meet Chance...he has something important to say about protecting our furry friends. Veterinary practices - we encourage you to share this with your clients. Let's keep our pets protected in PA. A special thank you to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for their assistance in creating this video.

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. If your dog gets lost, a current license is the fastest way to get him back. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Purchase a license from your county treasurer or issuing agent. For more information, visit LicenseYourDogPA.com.

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Animals and Hot Cars Don’t Mix

Posted By Jaime Markle, Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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Animals and Hot Cars Don’t Mix

Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvanians are gearing up for the hot and hazy days of summer. With the hot weather just around the corner, animals will have an extra level of protection from the extreme heat of cars this year. Owners are always encouraged to keep their animals safe and away from hot cars while unattended. This will be the first summer, however, that animals will have a new law that empowers law enforcement agencies to save them if owners fall short of their care responsibilities.

In October of last year, Gov. Wolf signed into law The Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act, which allows law enforcement officers to break into an unattended vehicle to rescue an animal left alone, if they believe the animal to be in imminent danger, after a reasonable search for the car owner. “Research has shown that the internal vehicle temperature can rise thirty-five degrees in as little as a half hour when outside temperatures approach one hundred degrees,” according to Christian D. Malesic, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association. “Rising temperatures, humidity, and stagnant air flow causes a greenhouse effect quickly placing the lives of animals in danger if not removed from the adverse conditions.”

Act 104 of 2018, formerly known as ‘The Hot Car Bill’, provides legal authority with civil immunity to animal control and humane officers, emergency responders, and law enforcement officers who remove unattended animals from vehicles when they’re in danger from heat or cold. “The law protects animals in the heat of the summer, but also in the cold of the winter,” Malesic explains. “In fact, any animal in distress can be rescued under the protection of this law during any season, even for issues such as being tangled in their leash or having their head stuck in a cracked-open window.” In addition to making a reasonable effort to find the vehicle owner prior to entering the vehicle, the person who performed the rescue must leave a note with contact information and the location at which the animal can be retrieved.

If you see an animal that may need help, call 911 and stay with the vehicle until they arrive. “Do not attempt to free the animal yourself,” cautions Malesic. “Although Act 104 gives immunity to law enforcement officers, it does not give immunity to you. So, the vehicle owner could take civil action against you for your actions. It is very important to note this is not a Good Samaritan law.”

The risk of an animal overheating is high and can become life-threatening quickly, especially as the thermometer begins to rise. Ensure your animal is always safe and attended to while transporting them across the Keystone state.

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)

Founded in 1883, PVMA is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,400 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting & enhancing human health. To learn more visit PaVMA.org.

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Media Contact:

Jaime Markle
Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
Director of Marketing & Communications
JMarkle@PaVMA.org
P: 888.550.7862

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Veterinary Industry Names Christian Malesic to Run Pennsylvania Association

Posted By Jaime Markle, Friday, April 19, 2019

Veterinary Industry Names Christian Malesic to Run Pennsylvania Association

Harrisburg, PA: Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM has been hired as the new Executive Director of both the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PMVA) and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF). The search committee was seeking a visionary, an educator, a financial craftsman, a manager, a professional, and a leader of the most ethical and highest moral character to shepherd the organizations into the next decade and beyond.

The combined Boards of Trustees of the two organizations established a Search Committee which performed a lengthy and thorough search process, according to Dr. Kate J. Harnish, DVM, Chair of the Search Committee and current President-Elect of PVMA. Harnish explained, “The nationwide search began in late August and ended just after the 2018 holiday season. Over 300 applications were received and narrowed down by job expectations and experience.” This extensive search resulted in the Search Committee choosing Christian Malesic, who possesses the education and experience in organizational management necessary to lead our industry forward. “Christian’s understanding of PVMA’s strategic plan was demonstrated from the beginning. Christian did his research about the current issues in veterinary medicine and was well prepared for the challenging and intellectually stimulating interview questions,” added Harnish.

As a native Pennsylvanian, Malesic was born and raised in Harrisburg. After 16 years as the President/CEO of CM Squared, Inc. he became Executive Officer at the Home Builders Association of Berks County (HBA) in the Reading, PA area. While there, Malesic was recognized as the best CEO in the nation in 2013 and as a trend-setting, dynamic leader by the National Association of Home Builders. “To be recognized by my peers as the best in the country, out of 736 other CEOs, was quite a humbling experience,” recalls Malesic. “It brought an overwhelming feeling of quiet reflection; and, of course, gratitude to the Board and staff and Members who had nominated me.” Additionally, the HBA was awarded four other Best-in-Nation awards and numerous PA state awards with Malesic at the helm.

From Reading, Malesic moved south to make some much-needed changes as the President of the Melbourne Regional Chamber in Melbourne, FL. “I was intrigued to learn that a 90 plus-year-old Chamber of Commerce needed a turn-around artist,” mused Malesic. The Melbourne Regional Chamber had just previously posted its 8th annual loss in a row, draining all the reserve funds saved over the previous decades. Moreover, the Chamber’s Board of Directors was looking to freshen up what they believed was a stale, tired marketing image and outdated Tourism Information Center while also digging the organization out of its financial rut. Within a year, Malesic had the building refinanced, reserves back in the bank, and the marketing program had a whole new fresh, vibrant look. Six months following, the Tourism Information Center was completely remodeled to match the marketing and color scheme plus the budget was balanced. His marketing and promotional expertise sky-rocketed event attendance to an all-time high with over six months of sold-out Business Breakfasts and an annual Valor Awards ceremony, celebrating military, fire, and police, so big that the largest venue in town couldn’t contain it.

Malesic has considerable personnel management experience gained from almost six years as a United States Air Force Officer, where he managed InterContinental Ballistics Missiles (ICBMs) at Minot AFB, ND and controlled Air Support Operations Maintenance with over 350 technicians reporting to him at Shaw AFB, SC. During his military service, Malesic also was hand-selected for a Participation With Industry program where he served as an engineering liaison to Northrop-Grumman Corporation to design and build the Joint STARS. He was honorably discharged with accommodation having achieved the rank of Captain (O-3).

Malesic earned his Master of Business Administration with distinguished honors from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in Shippensburg, PA and three Bachelor Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Government (Political Science) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. Malesic is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), as conferred by American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and is a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), the most highly-respected program nationwide for Association & Chamber management.

Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM lives in Harrisburg, PA with Hera (a rescue Great Dane), Dionysus (a Siamese), Atlas (a grey tabby), and Perseus (an orange tabby) plus four humans: his wife of 20 years, Valerie, and children Sarah, Skylar, and Damon.

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)

Founded in 1883, PVMA is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,400 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting, and enhancing human health. To learn more visit PaVMA.org.

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation (PVF), which is transitioning to Animal Care PA, was established in 1983 and serves as the charitable arm of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, but functions as an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our core programs help feed, aid, and educate people, pets and veterinary students of the Commonwealth. To donate to our causes or for more information, please visit AnimalCarePA.org.

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Christian D. Malesic, MBA, CAE, IOM
Executive Director
CMalesic@PaVMA.org
P: 888.550.7862

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A Reminder to All Animal Owners to Take Proper Precautions to Protect Their Animals from the Extreme Cold Expected to Hit the Region

Posted By Jaime Markle, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

 

Harrisburg, PA: The current President of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), Bryan Langlois, DVM, wants to remind all animal owners that the extreme cold weather in over the next few days can present life-threatening dangers to their pets and farm animals. Owners are urged to take the proper precautions to prevent excessive exposure of their animals to this cold.

“While some animals are bred to handle the cold better than others, the extreme cold snap coming presents dangers to all animals,” says Dr. Langlois. Animal owners should keep these tips in mind:

  • Limiting time outdoors and walks for dogs to 10-15 minutes. Shorter coated breeds and those less tolerant of the cold should wear some kind of jacket. Frostbite can affect the ears and feet of these animals.
  • Any dog that is outside should have adequate shelter that is protected from all the elements and wind to allow the dog to maintain warmth. Do NOT use blankets in these shelters but rather straw, as blankets can get wet and thus actually pulls heat from the dog. Even breeds that are very cold tolerant, such as Huskies, Malamutes, and Newfoundlands should still have a shelter available to them.
  • When using any sort of ice melter or salt, please try to find pet-friendly varieties. When finished walking your dog, wipe off their paws with a dampened towel to remove any salt or ice melt residue to prevent them from ingesting it by licking it off their paws. This can cause some vomiting and diarrhea in your dog.
  • Do not tether your dog outside for any longer than 10-15 minutes when the temperatures are below 32 degrees. Pennsylvania law states it IS illegal to tether them for longer than 30 minutes in such temperatures.
  • Do not leave pets locked in cars during the extreme cold weather, as they can easily start to suffer the effects of hypothermia even though they are in the car.
  • Make sure to completely dry off your dog if they become wet for any reason, as a wet coat does not allow them to conserve heat normally.
  • If ice/snow balls accumulate on your dog’s coat, please gently remove them to prevent frostbite setting in on the skin just under them.v
  • If you are taking care of feral cat colonies, please make sure dry shelter is available to them and bring them fresh water a few times a day as water will freeze very quickly in these temperatures. Heated outdoor water bowls are a good idea for them as well.
  • For those who own livestock or horses, please check on them regularly. For horses, make sure their shelters are sturdy and properly bedded with straw. If automatic waterers are used, make sure they are working and do not freeze. Oftentimes, fresh water needs to be brought to them multiple times a day. Colic in horses is a very severe concern due to lack of adequate water intake. Horses should be monitored to make sure they do not need to have blankets put on during this weather.
  • Remember, that in cold temperatures animals burn more calories to stay warm, so make sure pets and livestock are fed appropriately for the weather conditions.
  • Monitor your animals for any signs of early hypothermia (being listless, disorientated, uncontrolled shivering, etc.) and alert your veterinarian immediately if any of these conditions are seen.

“Cold-related deaths of animals are 100% preventable, so we urge everyone to take the proper precautions now for the health and wellbeing of their animals,” says Dr. Langlois. “In addition, if you see any animal out in the elements that is not properly cared for or in danger because of the cold, please contact your local law enforcement agency about it immediately so the situation can be corrected.”

For more information about protecting animals from cold weather, visit PAVMA.org.

About the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)

Founded in 1883, PVMA is PA’s only statewide professional membership organization for the veterinary profession representing over 3,400 veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians, assistants, practice managers, and other support staff. Our mission is to ensure the vitality of the profession by promoting excellence in veterinary medicine, advancing animal health and welfare, and protecting, and enhancing human health. To learn more visit PAVMA.org.

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Media Contact:

Jaime Markle
Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA)
Director of Marketing & Communications
8574 Paxton Street
Hummelstown, PA 17036
JMarkle@PaVMA.org
P: 717.220.1437 x103

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Review Of Veterinary Education Accreditation Standards Underway, Open To Public

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, December 13, 2018

From the AVMA Press Room

Review Of Veterinary Education Accreditation Standards Underway, Open To Public

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) is seeking input from the public through the end of the year as part of its review of accreditation standards for veterinary education.

Every four years, the COE conducts an assessment of its standards of accreditation to determine their ease and consistency of interpretation, as well as to review how each of the 11 standards contributes to preparing veterinary school graduates to work in the profession.

There are currently two surveys underway to inform the COE's review:

  • A public survey is available for all interested parties to provide their input for the review. This survey, which is open through Dec. 31, 2018, is available here, as well as on the AVMA website.
  • A second survey will include a statistically representative sample of veterinarians, veterinary school faculty, and veterinary students, as well as the executive director of each state veterinary medical association and deans from the 30 U.S. veterinary colleges. This survey will also close at the end of 2018.

After both surveys have been completed, the responses will be analyzed and reviewed by the COE academic affairs committee, which will make recommendations to the full council.

About the COE

The Council on Education recommends standards for veterinary medical education and evaluates and accredits veterinary colleges based on approved standards. The Council is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the official accrediting body for veterinary colleges in the United States. The Council acts independently in making its accreditation decisions.


The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 91,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.



FOR MORE INFORMATION
Michael San Filippo
Phone: 847.285.6687
Cell: 847.732.6194

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Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 27, 2018

Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery


Did you know that the AVMA has recently endorsed the consensus document from the Veterinary Task Force on Feline Sterilization for Age of Spay and Neuter Surgery, which recommends cats not intended for breeding be sterilized by five months of age? In attempting to determine the level of understanding of, and agreement with this endorsement the Marian’s Dream Foundation which created the Feline Fix by Five campaign is asking that you complete a very brief survey. This should take less than 5 minutes of your time.

Take Survey

The survey will remain active until the end of December 2018.

The Feline Fix by Five campaign was started a few years ago to promote sterilization of cats on or before 5 months of age. This campaign is in response to the number of cats that are euthanized in shelters all across the United States. Female cats can come into heat and become pregnant by 5 months of age and unplanned unwanted litters of kittens make up a significant percentage of the cats relinquished to animal shelters. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that there are no long-term adverse effects of ovariohysterectomy or castration of cats under 5 months of age.


If you would like to know more about this endorsement please read the following:

While there is a growing debate about the most appropriate age to spay or neuter dogs, this debate does not include cats. There is no research that shows that early-age spay or neuter of cats is associated with any orthopedic issues. The only proven association between the incidence of cancer and early age sterilization in cats is a marked decrease in mammary neoplasia in cats that are spayed prior to their first heat cycle.

Given the positive impact on population dynamics and lack of adverse physiologic effects of early age spay or neuter in cats, the Feline Fix by Five campaign has been endorsed by numerous professional and humane organizations. These include:

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2018 Hall of Fame Awards Presented at Keystone Veterinary Conference

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 27, 2018

2018 Hall of Fame Award Winners


The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation proudly presented the 2018 Hall of Fame Awards During our annual Hall of Fame Luncheon, which was held at the Keystone Veterinary Conference (KVC) on August 16, 2018. Together they recognized some of Pennsylvania’s and veterinary medicine’s finest!

View Winners


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Controlled Substance Prescriptions Survey

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 20, 2018

Controlled Substance Prescriptions Survey


Dear Colleagues:

As the opioid crisis grips the nation, states are looking to the veterinary profession as a potential source of additional regulation to quell diversion and abuse. In many states, veterinarians are required to log into that state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) database every time a controlled substance is dispensed. In other states, veterinarians are completely exempt from any additional type of regulation beyond what is required by the DEA and the state board of pharmacy. In others, veterinarians are required to self-report all controlled substance prescriptions on a regular basis to the state department of health. When Pennsylvania introduced its PDMP several years ago, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) was successful in convincing legislators that veterinarians should be exempt. The law that was passed exempted our profession from being a mandatory reporter of dispensed controlled substances.

Because the opioid crisis has increased in intensity, we again face the possibility of being included as a mandatory reporter of dispensed controlled substances. Our state legislators in Harrisburg have enlisted PVMA’s assistance to try to determine the most effective and equitable course of action in Pennsylvania with regard to the veterinary profession. In an effort to be part of the solution to this debilitating epidemic, PVMA is working cooperatively with lawmakers to identify where veterinarians can be beneficial.

Our goal is to provide legislators with data that actually reflects the real prescribing, dispensing, and administering practices of the profession and dispel the myths that currently exist about our potential role in the epidemic. The first step in this effort is fact gathering, through this survey. Please take the time to answer the questions as accurately as possible. The survey consists of 30 questions and should take about 15 minutes to complete. Please answer to the best of your ability.

Take Survey

Thank you so much for your help. We are working hard to advocate for you as a member of our profession. If you are not currently a member, we encourage you to join our efforts at PAVMA.org.


Sincerely,

Mary Jane McNamee, JD, VMD

PVMA's Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee




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3-Part Video Series: Poultry Respiratory Diseases

Posted By Jaime Markle, Thursday, September 13, 2018

Check out these helpful videos from Penn State Extension about poultry respiratory diseases:

Preventing Respiratory Disease in Small Poultry Flocks


Common Respiratory Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks


Getting Help for Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks


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