Pet Food Recall
12.20.2010. The Kroger Co. has recently recalled several pet food products that could possibly be contaminated with aflatoxin. The press release from Kroger outlines the brands of pet food being recalled. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring toxin produced under certain growth conditions by Aspergillus flavus and parasiticus fungi contaminating corn and other crops. Aflatoxin primarily affects the liver, and affected animals would be expected to show a variety of nonspecific clinical signs including sluggishness or lethargy, as well as a reluctance to eat, yellowish tint to the eyes and/or gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea. Any pets exhibiting any or a combination of these clinical signs, especially if they have been exposed to any recalled products should be taken to their veterinarian immediately.
Various veterinary diagnostic laboratories can test samples of pet food for aflatoxin contamination. If an owner or veterinarian is interested in testing a sample of a pet food product for aflatoxins, they can send a cup or two of the suspect product, in a sealed plastic bag, to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory for testing.
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Garlic: Hazardous or healthy for my pet?
11.22.2010. When it comes to giving human foods to pets, there seems to be a consensus on the risk of some foods or ingredients -- such as chocolate, grapes and the artificial sweetener Xylitol -- but some disagreement on others. Garlic, for example, is often considered to be hazardous to pets, but some believe that garlic is beneficial in moderation, either to boost the pet's immune system or as an anti-flea treatment. In the latest AVMA Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Tina Wismer, senior director of veterinary outreach and education at the ASPCA's Poison Control Center, and Diplomate of the ABVT, talks about garlic and pets. Listen to the podcast
ABVT Subject of a Profiles Series Documentary
04.27.2010. The Profiles Series (www.profilesseries.com) has chosen the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology to be the subject of a documentary film describing the impact of the organization on veterinary medicine and human health. You can view the videos here.
A press release announcing the national broadcast on the Discovery Channel is available for download here. To learn more about what the ABVT offers, you can download our brochure.
The Profiles Series is hosted by Louis Gossett Jr. and is an award winning television series dedicated to showcasing the most important issues of the day. The film will air on cable networks (CNBC, Bravo, etc.) as educational programming. It will also air in national syndication on the US Government’s Voice of America Television and as digital video on this website and on YouTube.
Questions and comments related to the video or for more information about pursuing a career in veterinary toxicology can be sent to ABVT by using our "Contact Us" form here.
EPA Evaluation of Pet Spot-On Products: Analysis and Mitigation Plan
03.23.2010. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels and determining which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. EPA will also develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. EPA expects these steps will help prevent adverse reactions from pet spot-on products. EPA is coordinating with Health Canada and with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on these actions. Read more on EPA's website.
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ASPCA Press Release on Spot-On Products
06.03.2009: The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsŪ) today released data demonstrating that cats are more susceptible to illness and death as a result of the misuse of spot-on flea and tick control products. Dr. Steven Hansen, ASPCA veterinary toxicologist and Diplomate of the ABVT is quoted in the release. You can read the press release here.
The Wall Street Journal Reports on the Spot On Flea & Tick Control Issue
05.26.2009: WSJ Article on the issue of illness potentially caused by spot-on flea and tick control products. Dr. Steven Hansen, a Diplomate of the ABVT is quoted in the article. Dr. Petra Volmer, a Diplomate of the ABVT was interviewed and contributed background information for the reporter. You can read the article here.