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Pet medications issue stirring in Senate, FTC

DVM360 Magazine Too soon to tell if new activity will move government closer to mandatory veterinary prescriptions. Rumors abound that Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are poised to file a Senate version of Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)’s H.R. 4023, the latest Fairness to Pet Owners bill. Unlike many political rumors, these appear…

Sourcing of dogs revisited; the clock is ticking

DVM360 Magazine Take a page from Starbucks when looking to source foreign-bred dogs for the American market. Many of my dvm360 blogs this past year touched on a looming issue for veterinarians, animal welfare groups and the pet industry: namely, where is the source for humanely-bred dogs to meet the needs of American society during…

Idaho joins battle over shelter veterinary clinics

DVM360 Magazine Prepare to see more state VMAs weighing in on the role of low-cost shelter veterinary services. This blog has raised the issue before about growing concern over the scale and scope of shelter veterinary clinics, with Alabama and South Carolina being two states considering restrictions. Add Idaho to the list as the Idaho…

The calm before the calm on the high seas of animal policy

DVM360 Magazine Congress, states do little to interfere with veterinary medicine. This blogger has been quiet for the past month or so. Not for lack of work or interests, but to wait and see if state legislatures across the country or Congress signaled any appetite to challenge veterinarians or blaze new trails in animal welfare…

Much ado about the legal status of pets

DVM360 Magazine Veterinary profession, industry would be heavily affected by changes. Readers of this blog are aware of my fondness for the Wall Street Journal, so it will come as no surprise that today’s blog is triggered by an April 14 Wall Street Journal guest article by author David Grimm: “Should Pets Have the Same…

Are storm clouds rising in shelter-veterinarian relationships?

DVM360 Magazine More shelters offer full veterinary services, compete with private practices. Most animal shelters and local humane societies enjoy strong working relationships with private veterinarians. Area doctors often volunteer at shelters, veterinary colleges provide externs for learning and shelter assistance, often at intake, and veterinary clinics routinely advise the community that great pets may…

U.S. demographics should put a smile on the face of every veterinarian

DVM360 Magazine Rising population of pet owners poised to inject $5 billion yearly into veterinary market. Last week this blog examined the question of where Americans will find healthy dogs to meet our needs as the human population grows from 310 million people to 420 million people in less than 50 years. The absence of…

So where do things stand with dog populations in the U.S.?

DVM360 Magazine Crackdowns on breeding, success with shelter neutering–while good things–could leave future veterinary clients without a source for pet dogs. It’s been six months since the U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented rules to bring Internet breeders within the scope of its animal welfare standards governing dog breeders. This is the latest initiative by federal…

Egg production, pet owner ‘fairness’ and state freedoms

DVM360 Magazine Two bills affecting veterinarians may have tanked because of their redundancy. At about the same time that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and United Egg Producers (UEP) announced the end of their ill-fated partnership, U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced H.R. 4023 in Congress to little fanfare. This bill is…

An important opportunity to improve pet food safety

DVM360 Magazine Veterinarians, pet owners need rigorous testing to be mandatory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has requested public comment on a proposed regulation called the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA, for short), intended to strengthen the safety of pet food and animal feed sold in the United States. If it’s done right,…