Controlled Substance Act Making it Illegal for Mobile Vets to Carry Euthanasia Solution

April 16, 2013 by · 8 Comments 

I do not usually become involved in the legal process but this one is important. The Controlled Substance Act is making it illegal for mobile veterinarians to carry controlled substances on their trucks, such as euthanasia solution. If your horse is suffering and the worst is that it needs to be euthanized, your vet will not be allowed to carry the drugs on the truck to provide humane euthanasia by injection.

What an oops!! It is unwitting consequence of the Controlled Substance Act that was completely overlooked. The DEA is already starting to enforce the law with veterinarians. SO a Bill # H.R.1528 is being sponsored “to amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow a veterinarian to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice outside of the registered location.” This will legally allow veterinarians to carry controlled substances so that horses and other animals can be humanely euthanized when necessary at the farm.

To support this new bill please go to – Help Ensure that Veterinarians Can Provide Complete Care to Their Animal Patients

A Facebook friend, horse owner and lawyer, Laura McFarland-Taylor, changed her action alert to be more in line with a horse owner to read as such –

I am writing as not only a horse owner that regularly uses ambulatory veterinary services, but more importantly as a constituent, to urge you to cosponsor the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528). 

Veterinarians treat multiple species of animals in a variety of settings. Unfortunately, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) makes it illegal for veterinarians to take and use controlled substances outside of the locations where they are registered, often their clinics or homes. This means that it is illegal for veterinarians to carry and use vital medications for pain management, anesthesia and euthanasia on farms, in house calls, in veterinary mobile clinics, or ambulatory response situations.

Veterinarians must be able to legally carry and use controlled substances for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, to safeguard public safety and to protect the nation’s food supply.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which enforces the law, has informed organized veterinary medicine that without a statutory change, veterinarians are in violation of the CSA and cannot legally provide complete veterinary care. The DEA has already notified some veterinarians in California and Washington State that they are in violation of this law.

The practice of veterinary medicine requires veterinarians to be able to treat their animal patients in a variety of settings, like rural areas for the care of large animals where it is often not feasible, practical or possible for owners to bring livestock (i.e., cows, pigs, horses, sheep, and goats) into a veterinary hospital or clinic;

Veterinarians also offer house call services or mobile clinics or conduct research and disease control activities in the field away from the veterinarian’s principal place of business.

Veterinarians also respond to emergency situations where injured animals must be cared for onsite such as the transfer of dangerous wildlife (e.g. bears, cougars) or the rescue of trapped wildlife (e.g. deer trapped in a fence). 

I am asking you to support the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1528)because veterinarians need to legally transport controlled substances to the locations of the animal patients, not only for the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, but for public safety.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Ashley Morgan, at the American Veterinary Medical Association should you need additional information. Dr. Morgan is available at 202-289-3210 or amorgan@avma.org.

 

Thank you for your support in this bill!

EHV-1 Hysteria

May 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Calm down horse people, all this EHV-1 hysteria is getting to me. As of today there are less than 40 horses that have contracted Equine Herpes Virus 1 from being exposed at a national cutting show in Odgen, Utah. Despite what certain news outlets are reporting it has not spread yet. Think about it there are over 7 million horses in the US, less than 40 have contracted the disease and less than 5 have died – 0.00057% of the population is definitely NOT an epidemic.

Yesterday I was a little disappointed in one of The Horse’s articles relating to the outbreak – EHV-1 Outbreak: Number of Confirmed Cases Rising. The title of this article and definitely the first line in the article really irritated me. Here is a respected health journal and they are playing to the hysteria that is building. Worse yet with the line, “It’s been nearly a week since the first indications of a neurologic equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak began to surface, and the outbreak shows no signs of slowing down.” they certainly are continuing and even promoting that hysteria. I tweeted my disapproval with two tweets –

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Stephanie Church the Editor-in-Chief responded back to the tweets with a tweet of her own –

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I agree with their mission and the responsibility they have placed on themselves which is why The Horse is an excellent source for articles on health for your horse (I have blog envy for sure). I said so and reiterated my displeasure with that specific title and first line of the article. Stephanie understood and followed up with this tweet –

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I am glad that Stephanie commented and listened to me explaining my displeasure and in the end seemed to be more conscious of what I was trying to say. I’d like to expand and clarify my position, first by saying that The Horse is by no means the problem here. They are still one of my most trusted sources for information about the outbreak. I also want to say that I am concerned about this outbreak but not to the point that I have seen some people and owners out here on the internet. On top of the hysteria, the misinformation is horrific. I can not believe with as much good information being repeated in many different reputable areas that there still is misinformation being given, even by veterinarians! And not only misinformation but information that may be detrimental to your horse’s health rather than helpful.

The Facts about this EHV-1 Outbreak

  • EHV-1 has been around a very long time and it is unknown at this time whether this outbreak is caused by a new strain.
  • EHV-1 causes respiratory disease, abortions, foal deaths and/or neurologic disease. If a horse obtains the neurologic form it is not a death sentence.
  • This outbreak has been limited to the horses that were exposed at the cutting show in Odgen, Utah and their stablemates. It has not spread to other horses.
  • Containment/Quarantine is the best defense against spread and it appears that at this time it has been contained by quarantining the horses that have been exposed.
  • Vaccination is ineffective against the neurologic form and controversial.

Reliable Sources for EHV-1 Information

A Few Words on Vaccination for EHV-1

First and foremost – the vaccine will NOT protect your horse against the neurological form of EHV-1. There were neurologic cases of EHV-1 in horses that were vaccinated every 3 to 4 months with an approved vaccine in the last outbreak. At this time there is not a labeled or  approved product to protect your horse against the neurologic form. There is good reason for this – because there is not one that will protect against it!

There is promise though and break-throughs in research. The modified live vaccine shows some promise and did protect in one study of 5 horses, but still seemed ineffective in the outbreak a couple years ago. New advances in vaccine technology with recombinant DNA vaccines and Chimera type vaccines are also showing some promise but still are not available or ready to prove they are effective.

One of the biggest problems with the current vaccines, besides not being effective against the neurologic form, is the duration of so called protection. The vaccines currently available only protect for 3 months or so. (In some horses as little as a few weeks) So this means that if you really wanted to properly vaccinate you would need to vaccinate every 2-3 month, but it still will not prevent the disease and may only limit symptoms. It does prevent virus shedding which could possibly be of some benefit to limiting the exposure to other horses.

This is where my opinion comes in based on experience with the immune system and evidence from other species (cats and dogs). It is not advisable to be stimulating the immune system with a vaccine multiple times a year especially once every 60 days, unintended consequences may occur. In dogs and cats it has been proven that annual vaccination can and does cause immune system disorders such as allergies, auto-immune disorders and even cancer. Why would the horse be so different? And we are not talking about annual vaccination; here we are talking about giving a horse a vaccine every 2-3 months that’s 4 to 6 times a year. Talk about over vaccinating! It has not been proven in horses to have detrimental effects but it really has not been researched either. So in my opinion why would you risk your horses immune system to try and protect against a disease that it can not protect against? It is possible that the reason we see an increase in the neurologic form of the disease in vaccinated animals is because of over-vaccination. No research just an opinion based on other species experience with over vaccination.

In the end just remain calm horse owners. Be educated and informed. Pay attention to where the disease has occurred and realize that taking your horse to a show is a risk, but why do you have the horse in the first place?

Assistance for the Wild Mustangs

October 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has come under fire lately for its handling of the wild mustangs on its land. BLM Corruption has been an advocate of the mustang along with Ginger Kathrens both calling for the stop of the BLM’s movement and confinement practices which is killing some of the Mustangs.

One of the big concerns for BLM is overpopulation. Well a billionaire’s wife has come to the rescue and has purchased a 14,000 acre ranch to house the  mustangs. For advocates of the mustang this should be good news as it is a step in the right direction for removing control of the horses from the BLM and into a true sanctuary.

Pickens buys NV ranch for wild horse sanctuary | Bryan/College

(AP) — Madeleine Pickens, the wife of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, has bought a sprawling Nevada ranch to serve as a wild horse sanctuary that would keep mustangs on the range instead of in government-funded holding facilities. …

http://www.theeagle.com/nation/Pickens-buys-NV-ranch-for-wild-horse-sanctuary

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e-Vet Clinic Facebook Page

September 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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I am using the NetworkedBlogs Application on Facebook to have my posts here post to my e-Vet Clinic Facebook page Lets see how this works?

If it doesn’t work at least you know my Facebook page now.

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Budweiser Clydesdale ads did not make the cut for the SuperBowl

January 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Are you kidding me? The Clydesdales are not going to be in the SuperBowl this year? Those powerful iconic, I think of Budweiser every time I see one, Clydesdales are not going to be a commercial in this years Super Bowl!

I understand that Budweiser needs to be very selective about its choosing of commercials especially when it costs about $2.5 million for 30 secs, but come on its the Clydesdales! They have had the best commercials – the horse football teams (who can forget the one with the sheep streaker), the little foal wishing to grow up and be one of the majestic horses in the Budweiser harness, The Budweiser the donkey coveting to be a Budweiser Clydesdale, and even just the Budweiser Clydes hooked up to the cart delivering the Bud. Classic and traditional like Budweiser itself.

In full disclosure I do not drink, but I have friends who do! When we buy beer for parties it is always Budweiser and Corona (full disclosure here: I know Corona is not a Bud product). I am hoping to change the minds of the Budweiser execs and go with a Clydesdale commercial for the Super Bowl. It is going to be difficult, according to an MSNBC article, Budweiser going for laughs this Super Bowl, marketing exec Keith Levy stated that the Clydesdale ads did not pass consumer testing. That’s a shame, but I would like all you horse lovers, Super Bowl ad lovers and Budweiser lovers if you agree with me and wish to see the Clydesdales at the SuperBowl – give Budweiser a call and let them know – 1-800-DIAL-BUD Maybe we can make a difference as the final choices have not been made. We have until Feb 7th!

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A bunch more horse blogs

January 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I have been looking for more blogs about horses and horse health and I should have thought of this but someone beat me to it – just ask!

I belong to a group on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/drdanbeatty) called This Business of Horses and wouldn’t you know it someone posted a question “Do you write a horse blog? Please let me know. Thanks!” Well 37 comments later and a whole bunch of blogs I have found a few blogs definitely worth following – here are a select few that I really liked –

Horse Life – Bitless, treeless and other riding advice and comments. I loved his recent post about Cold Weather care for the arthritic senior horse. Now I would say that any horse in cold weather should be treated the way he is suggesting in this post but especially our old timers. I would actually say they would need to be warmed uplonger in the weather that we have here in the winter. Overall, this is a good blog by Steve Wawryk, a Canadian horsemen who’s blog description states –

Horselife offers a wide range of products and services for the natural horsemanship enthusiast to the person who is interested in learning a no-nonsense approach to safe, balanced, real life riding.

Writing of Riding: My Equestrian Blog – A little artsy for my taste but a beautiful blog and well written. As Erica K. Frei the owner of this well crafted blog states “Here you can find my thoughts, theories and opinions on just about anything the comes to mind which could be remotely connected to horses.” and she is right there is a lot of information about a wide variety of topics on horses and horsemanship. Go check it out.

Stephanielynnperformance’s Blog – OK just for the Sheath Cleaning Song alone this blog gets my recommendation…too funny! I can not wait to see what else she has in store for us with this blog.

Barn Mice – I have to include this site because it is a collection of blogs related to horses and horsemanship – clever name as well, because like mice in a barn it is a community of people interested in horses. The main page has a bunch of good videos as well so check out the whole site as well as the list of blogs.

There are many more that I did not mention if you wish to see the whole list of blogs in the group just join the group on LinkedIn This Business of Horses or connect with me on LinkedIn via my profile – http://www.linkedin.com/in/drdanbeatty and we can get you into the group.

MicroChipping your dog: A Big Brother program

November 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Microchipping your dog is a Big Brother program I can definitely agree with. Injection of a small electronic chip into your dog is an excellent way to have it permanently identified. Now it is not without its problems, but the rewards outweigh the rare risks.

Healthwise there are minimal complications except for migration of the chip to other areas of the body other than behind the shoulder blades. This does not seem to cause any complications except for trying to locate the chip with a scanner. One complication to be concerned about is the rare occurrence of the chip being broken when being inserted into your dog. There are anecdotal cases of chips causing illness as severe as cancer, but these are unconfirmed and no research has been done to show that this is the case. Hypothetically there are metals in the chip that if the seal of the chip was broken could cause an issue with the surrounding tissues. So be sure to have a qualified person inserts the chip such as a veterinarian or a veterinary technician that has had experience with inserting microchips.

The exciting thing that although makes this program very Big Brotherish, if your dog is lost, someone with a universal reader can read the chip’s number, input that chips number into one of the databases found on the web, and from there the owners information can be found or the manufacturer of the chip will be displayed to contact them to find the owner. So if your dog is picked up by animal control or the humane society all they need to do is scan your dog and it can be returned to you! They will know who the dog belongs to and give you a call to come and get him.

Thanks to American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for creating a database of micropchips – http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ On this site a chip number can be entered and if the owner’s information is in the database it will be displayed, otherwise the chips manufacturer will be displayed and the chip can be traced through their database or at least to the facility that inserted the chip. It is very cool technology and although I am not for the government or any organization knowing where I am at or being permanently identified by inserting a chip into my body, I am all for finding my lost dog quickly and effectively.

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