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Pennsylvanians are experiencing the hot and hazy days of summer. With the arrival of the hot weather, animals have an extra level of protection from the extreme heat of cars. Owners are always encouraged to keep their animals safe and away from hot cars while unattended. This new law empowers law enforcement agencies to save them if owners fall short of their care responsibilities. In October of 2018, Gov. Wolf signed into law The Motor Vehicle Extreme Heat Protection Act, which allows law enforcement officers to break into an unattended vehicle...

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...

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Many thanks to all of our members who responded to the survey on the prescribing of controlled substances in your practices. We received well over 200 responses, giving us enough data to make a convincing presentation to our legislators why veterinarians should continue to be exempt from PA’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. For now, the Legislature’s consideration of removing the exemption has been tabled. More importantly, PVMA LRAC has laid the ground work for the 2019-2020 legislative cycle by making a convincing argument as at to why veterinary prescribing is...

Check the Chip Day is meant to serve as a reminder to pet owners to check and update their pets’ microchip registration information. Microchips are very effective for identifying lost pets and reuniting them with their families, but the happy ending can’t occur if the microchip registration isn’t correct – or if the chip has never been registered at all. Share this infographic with your clients to help spread awareness. ...

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons New Brucella Canis Tests Available At PADLS Authored by: David L Thompson MS, PhD, and Deepanker Tewari BVSc PhD DACVM Canine brucellosis is an important, incurable reproductive disease of dogs that is caused by Brucella canis. Natural transmission of canine brucellosis can occur by several routes. B. canis organisms are present in abundance in aborted material and vaginal discharge. Shedding of B. canis may occur for up to six weeks after an abortion. Semen, seminal fluid and urine from infected males have also been shown to be sources of infection....

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following ‘SPECIAL NOTICE TO VETERINARIANS’ was recently posted by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. In July 2007, the Board of Veterinary Medicine amended its regulation related to recordkeeping to specifically address the records that must be kept by a veterinarian participating in a public health or animal health vaccination clinic. The minimum required veterinary medical record must include an identification of the client and patient, the vaccine lot number, and the date and dosage administered. In contrast to the record required for a vaccination clinic, the veterinary...

FAQs about Medical Marijuana in Companion Animals By Carrie Jurney DVM DACVIM (Neurology)  With the rise in popularity of medical and recreational marijuana in humans, it follows that people will be curious about using these products in their pets. This is still a tricky subject for the veterinarian, as evidence is lacking and legality is questionable at best for our patient population.  As a practicing neurologist in San Francisco, it’s a conversation I have frequently. This prompted me to research the efficacy, safety and legality of these products for veterinary patients. Here’s what my...

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