The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health has received notification of a laboratory confirmed rabid raccoon on April 29, 2014. This the fourth rabid animal this year. So far, there have been three (3) raccoons and one (1) stray cat confirmed this year. This raccoon was found on the 900 block of S. Oriole Drive, in the Salt Marsh Neighborhood. A pet dog was exposed to the raccoon as a result of an altercation with the animal. The pet dog was current on the rabies vaccination. A 45 day observation with a booster is recommended. No human exposure occurred.
Please call us if you are unsure if your pet's Rabies vaccine is current.
Some Red Flannel Cat Food RecalledPet food maker PMI Nutrition on Saturday voluntarily recalled selected 20-pound bags of Red Flannel Cat Formula cat food because of possible salmonella contamination.
The recall involves food manufactured for PMI by another company and distributed in 23 states. The affected states are Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
The recalled food has a best-buy date and lot number of 05 06 14 096 13 SM L2 1A. The code is printed on the lower back side of the bag in a white box on the right-hand side. The product’s UPC code is 7 42869 00058 5.
No pet illnesses have been linked to the Red Flannel food, which the company reported was recalled "out of an abundance of caution” after routine testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed possible salmonella contamination.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. People who handle contaminated pet products may exhibit similar symptoms.
PMI Nutrition, which is based in Arden Hills, Minn., urged customers to stop using the recalled food and to return it to the place of purchase for a refund or replacement.
The company is answering customers’ questions at 800-332-4738 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.
This note just came in to me from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association.
Adding to the list of pet food recalls voluntarily posted recently by Diamond Pet Foods, the company has issued yet another recall in their product lines — catfood, specifically — because of salmonella.
Diamond added the products to the list to alert pet owners to the potential cat food contamination with a general edit to the information on its recall website regarding the Kirkland brand. The company's website said the recall involves its Kirkland Signature Super Premium Maintenance Cat Chicken & Rice Formula and Kirkland Signature Super Premium Healthy Weight Cat Formula dry cat food. No illnesses with pets have been reported.
Distribution reaches to customers in the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia, as well as in Canada and Puerto Rico. Even if a state is not listed on the distribution list, the product could have made its way there via other pet food channels, the company indicates.
To determine if pet food is recalled, check the production code on the bag. If the code has both a “3” in the ninth position AND an “X” in the 11th position, the product is affected by the recall. The best-before dates for the recalled products are Dec. 9, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013. Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Diamond Pet Foods via a toll free call at 866-918-8756, Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (EST). Visit www.diamondpetrecall.com for more information.
For a full list of recalled dog food, click here Recall
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Princess is a 12 year old cat that came to us for vomiting. After going over with her owner what had been happening we performed a thorough examination. We first ruled out any intestinal parasites (worms) as the cause of her throwing up. Since she was an older cat, we decided to perform a quick blood screen on her. With a few drops of blood we were able to obtain a complete picture of how well her liver, kidneys, and thyroid gland were working.
In her case we discovered that Princess had a common condition of making to much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroid). We then discussed treatment options for Princess. Recently a new prescription diet was introduced for treating feline hyperthyroid. We elected to start Princess on this diet, call Y/D by Hills Science Diet. So far Princess has been doing great. She will still need regular blood tests to make sure the diet is treating her condition adequately, but she will not need any other daily medications.
I’m now going to take a step back and discuss the diagnosis and treatment options of hyperthyroid in cats. The thyroid gland drives our body’s metabolism. In other words, it revs our engine. Cats are prone to producing too much thyroid as they get older. The condition can go undetected for many years. Most recently we’ve started recommending a quick blood screen for all cats over the age of five year. We can do this test in a matter of minutes in our hospital.
Cats with hyperthyroid will often begin to shed excessively. They will start to eat more and more voraciously, and often throw up. They will drink more water and urinate more often. They may seem agitated and behave differently. When we examine any cat we look for other changes that might give us clues to this condition. We listen for an elevated heart rate. We palpate along the bottom of the neck (Adam’s apple) to feel for swelling. We also check the eyes for signs of hypertension and if needed we can do blood pressure checking. While there are other conditions that can cause these same signs, we look at the patient as a whole and decide if we need to blood test.
Once we’ve diagnosed the condition with a blood test, we have three treatment options. Daily medication, surgery, a special treatment with Iodine, and now we have the Y/D diet. All the treatments have their pros and cons and have various costs. Fortunately the cost of the diet is very similar to that of the daily medication and regular diet. Many cats are not easy to medicate, so the diet also brings the convenience of just being able to treat your cat with food alone. Regardless which treatment has been chosen, there is still close monitoring of your cats blood chemistry values and urinalysis that is required.
For cats that are already being treated for hyperthyroid, they can be transitioned for daily medication to the diet. For families with more than one cat there are special considerations as well, but under the right circumstances the diet can be fed in a multi-cat household.
If you have a cat with hyperthyroid or if you just have an older cat that you’d like us to check out, please let us know. Keep in mind, this diet is considered to be a prescription. Your cat has to be a patient with us for us to dispense it.
Please contact us by phone 757-340-6996 to make an appointment if you wish to discuss any of your pet's medical concerns.
Here's a follow up on Princess. She is doing great on the y/d diet. Her hair coat is shinier. She is not vomiting as frequently and she is gaining weight.
Like all hyperthyroid patients, we will continue to monitor Princess' progress with routine checkups and testing. This is done to ensure we are providing her with the safest treatment possible.
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