The American Veterinary Medical Association Convention (AVMA) was held in July in Washington D.C. and one of the main topics of discussion at the convention was the pet food recall.
Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta, GA was the keynote speaker. In regards to the pet food recall, she said: â€œPeople expect flawless performance and complete transparency, and the CDC must deliver information at the speed of the Internet rather than the speed of government.â€
She added that the CDC must work with the AVMA to improve the health of both humans and animals.
Each veterinary professional on the panel discussion for the pet food recall had his/her own comments in regards to the recalls and how they were handled.
The new incoming president of the AVMA, Dr. Gregory Hammer, said, â€œIâ€™m pleased with how efficiently the AVMA dealt with the pet food recall. We were a player for the public and the professionals seeking the latest factual information.â€
Dr. Kimberly May, assistant director of professional and public affairs at the AVMA, said, â€œIâ€™m sure we made mistakes, we all did. The intent of this panel is to determine how we can handle a crisis better.â€
Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA said, â€œWe tried to be as forthcoming as we could. But at times, the public and the press didnâ€™t realize we also could only offer so much information while we were in the midst of investigations.â€
Duane Ekedahl, executive director of the Pet Food Institute, said most consumers still trust their pet foods and haven’t lost faith in them. When Ekedahl was asked if manufacturers should be more detailed on their labels of where their ingredients are from and if US pet companies should stop importing products from China, he responded: â€œI donâ€™t believe that those ideas (are) practical, not in our world economy.â€
Barbara Powers, president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians said that more lab work could have been completed and it also could have been done at a faster rate. But the problem is that there isn’t a way to fund that. She suggested that there be financial resources created to get lab results quickly in emergencies.
Also, some pet owner questions were answered at a behavior program at the convention.
One of the reader questions was about a 10-year-old poodle that incessantly walks around in circles when she is walked. She also walks in circles around the room numerous times before jumping on the sofa.
Dr. Sophia Yin, who is the on the AVSAB Board of directors and an applied behaviorist, said to teach the dog how to walk with a Gentle Leader head halter collar. This physically stops your dog from circling.
Yin also stated to teach the dog an alternative behavior instead. Teach the dog to sit when you put on the halter, and use treats to get her to walk by your side.
While indoors, Yin said you can also put the gentle leader on inside the house. Have the dog sit as the gentle leader is put on. Then, allow her to get on the sofa, so she doesn’t spend time circling by giving her a command or offering a treat.
Source: Steve Dale’s Pet World