Dr. Clark Fobian of Sedalia, Mo., has started his term as the AVMA's president. Dr. Fobian previously served in the leadership of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, as chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and as a member of the AVMA Executive Board.
On Tuesday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill designed to improve knowledge about Lyme disease in the state. Under the law, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention website must inform the public that a negative Lyme disease test does not rule out infection. The law also calls for patients to receive a full report of all test results.
The Robert Abady Dog Food Co. is recalling Abady Frozen High Stress/High Performance Dog Food in 3-pound packages and Abady Frozen Growth Formula for Puppies of the Large and Giant Breeds, also in 3-pound packages, due to possible salmonella contamination. The New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets found the bacteria in some samples of the food. Although no illnesses have been reported related to the food, both pets and people can become ill with gastrointestinal symptoms from the bacteria.
Six people are ill after drinking unpasteurized milk from a Minnesota dairy, and three of them had Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterial infection that causes potentially severe gastrointestinal symptoms. Although raw milk sales on Minnesota farms are legal, officials note that doesn't mean the milk is safe. "People need to think carefully about those risks before consuming raw dairy products from any source, and people need to know that the risks are especially high for young children," said epidemiologist Trisha Robinson.
According to the AVMA's 2012 pet ownership and demographics report, pet owners are seeking less veterinary care than they did five years ago, and that's cause for concern as some preventable conditions are on the rise, writes Steve Dale. Preventive care can save money and spare pets and their owners from difficult treatments, and regular care saves lives, writes Dale, who argues for the importance of owner education.