FDA Issues Consumer Alert on Online Pharmacies

FDA Issues Consumer Alert on Online Pharmacies

When it comes to purchasing veterinary drugs online, buyers should beware, says a top official from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine.

In fact, in a consumer alert issued today, Dr. Martine Hartogensis, director of FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance, says that while some websites selling veterinary drugs represent legitimate businesses, others do not.

In fact, FDA regulators have documented unscrupulous practices relating to the sale of unapproved and counterfeit pet drugs, dispensing of Rx drugs without a prescription and sale of expired drugs. Some sites make fraudulent claims about a drug

Recall of Iams Prescription Cat Food due to Salmonella Risk!

Feline Food Recall!

Proctor and Gamble is voluntarily recalling two lots of dry cat food that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported, but an FDA analysis identified positive results on two lots of Iams Veterinary Formulas Feline Renal 5.5 lbs: numbers 01384174B4 0 19014 21405 1 and 01384174B2 0 19014 21405 1.

Codes are found in the lower right corner on the back of the bag.

You may read more about the story here.

Anyone owning the food should throw it out. Pets can become infected and people handling the dry pet food can become infected with salmonella as well if they do not wash their hands.

Salmonella is a group of bacteria that can cause illness in people and pets. If your pet has eaten the product(s) mentioned above and is experiencing diarrhea, fever, or vomiting, please make an appointment with your veterinarian. If you or one of your family members has handled any of these products and is experiencing any symptoms, please contact your physician immediately.

Customers seeking more information or a refund may call P&G at 877-894-4458.

Stay safe, and please feel free to contact University Animal Hospital with any questions!

University Animal Hospital
(212) 288-8884
354 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Recall of Pet Nutritional Supplements due to Salmonella Risk!

Canine Supplement Recall!

University Animal Hospital wants you to be aware of the following product recall from United Pet Group:

“United Pet Group Voluntarily Expands Recall of Nutritional Supplements for Dogs to Include Additional Tablet and Powdered-Form Products for Dogs and Cats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk”. View full recall alert from the US Food and Drug Administration.

Salmonella is a group of bacteria that can cause illness in people and pets. If your pet has eaten the product(s) mentioned above and is experiencing diarrhea, fever, or vomiting, please make an appointment with your veterinarian. If you or one of your family members has handled any of these products and is experiencing any symptoms, please contact your physician immediately.

Remember, washing your hands before and after handling any food products is a great way to reduce your risk of contracting infection. Stay safe, and please feel free to contact University Animal Hospital with any questions!

 

University Animal Hospital
(212) 288-8884
354 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

Alert: Craigslist Posting threatens to poison NYC Dogs!

Alert: Craigslist Posting threatens to poison NYC dogs!

Many of our clients have contacted us regarding an e-mail going around stating that a Craigslist poster has been threatening to place poison in and around dog runs in Manhattan.

The NYC Department of Parks stated that they were not aware of any serious, credible threats, but as this is such a serious allegation, we felt it was our duty to inform you, and arm you with information on how to keep your pup safe.

Dog Run Safety Tips

1. When entering the dog run, please

2. Be vigilant. Make sure that your dog is not eating anything off the ground, any plants or any treats that do not come directly from you.

3. Do not touch anything suspicious and do not let any dogs near it.

If you suspect that your dog has ingested something harmful, please call us right away. Be on the look out for any of these signs:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Tremors/seizures
  • Labored breathing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Non-responsive behavior

Please call us on (212) 288-8884 if you have any questions. Stay Safe!

University Animal Hospital

(212) 288-8884

354 East 66th Street

New York, NY

10065

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Alert: Craigslist Posting threatens to poison NYC dogs!

Many of our clients have contacted us regarding an e-mail going around stating that a Craigslist poster has been threatening to place poison in and around dog runs in Manhattan.

The NYC Department of Parks stated that they were not aware of any serious, credible threats, but as this is such a serious allegation, we felt it was our duty to inform you, and arm you with information on how to keep your pup safe.

Dog Run Safety Tips

1. When entering the dog run, please

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2. Be vigilant. Make sure that your dog is not eating anything off the ground, any plants or any treats that do not come directly from you.

3. Do not touch anything suspicious and do not let any dogs near it.

 

If you suspect that your dog has ingested something harmful, please call us right away. Be on the look out for any of these signs:
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Tremors/seizures
  • Labored breathing
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Non-responsive behavior

Please call us on (212) 288-8884 if you have any questions. Stay Safe!

University Animal Hospital

(212) 288-8884

354 East 66th Street

New York, NY

10065

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Rabies still a concern in Central Park!

NYC Department of Health ALERT!

As we have posted before, there have now been confirmed cases of rabies in raccoons in Manhattan this year. Today the NYC Dept. of Health sent another bulletin reminding us to stay vigilant.

“We have a rabid raccoon issue in the upper Manhattan areas referenced above [Upper East Side, Central Park,Upper West Side & Morningside Park]which apparently is not getting any better, despite the colder weather. “

In 2009, 20 animals have tested positive for rabies in NYC. Please ensure that your pet is up to date on his/her rabies vaccine to ensure their safety, and be on alert while out with your pet.

Please contact the hospital IMMEDIATELY if your pet sustains a bite or if you are not current on your vaccines. More information can be found on the Department of Health’s site

University Animal Hospital
(212) 288-8884
354 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

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