BRAVECTO AND SIMPARICA CONTROVERSY
As many of you are aware, the FDA released a statement last week indicating a possible connection of neurological events that occur in some dogs and cats receiving flea and tick products including Bravecto, Simparica, Nexgard and Credelio. Also within this statement was the comment that "these products continue to be safe and effective for the majority of animals".
We have dispensed Bravecto and Simparica from our clinic for several years with excellent results. They both do a fabulous job of controlling fleas and ticks along with the diseases that they spread, including Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and many others. We readily use these products on our own pets. Up to this point, we have not encountered any of the issues noted in the report.
We caution against overreaction to social media reports and emotional responses to concerns with their pets when people blame products for damage to their pets without any evidence of such injury. Frequently, the injury to the pet has nothing to do with the product in question. In obtaining FDA approval for their products, companies must meet rigorous standards before they are introduced to the market and must be proven effective and safe. While these products are tested extensively before receiving approval, there is always the potential for new information to emerge - hence, the statement from the FDA.
As with the "Trifexis kills dogs" campaign and the campaign against Proheart before it, rest assured that we will continue to monitor any factual evidence and, if these products prove to be a concern, we will immediately stop selling the product and contact all owners whose pets are affected. As always, the health and safety of your pet is our primary concern. At this point, we feel any risk of using these products is far outweighed by the prevention of the multitude of issues associated with fleas and ticks. If this changes, rest assured that we will let you know immediately.
Dr. Chip Cooney, Dr. Nichola Gaither, Dr. Ashly LaRoche & Dr. Kristin Christy
"THE GALLERY"- FEATURED ARTIST - Lisa O. Buhrmaster - September through October, 2018
Lisa Odom Buhrmaster grew up in Statesville, NC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Gardner Webb University. She worked in the corporate world for many years as an Accountant, Sales person and as a Technical Recruiter. Lisa left her Technical Recruiting position in Charlotte to move back to the Statesville area, where she and her husband, Marc, could love and care for her niece and nephew. Little did she know, this move would change her life for the better. Now, painting is her profession.
Lisa has always loved art, and her love and dedication to her family is expressed in her artwork. She likes the challenge of portraits, whether it be human or furry! Her nephew, TJ, has always been an inspiration to her and she has chosen to use Tjay as her signature for paintings. TJ is a very special young man who has been afflicted with Cerebral Palsy since birth. His infectious smile, love of hugs, beautiful red hair and angelic qualities have touched so many lives. Lisa says she could only hope to touch as many lives with her artwork as he has with his love of life. The joy her artwork gives to people when they see their loved ones on canvas gives her joy. Her work clearly demonstrates her talent in capturing her subject's personality and beauty.
Taught by portrait artists Valerie Steward and Mary Carole, Lisa also received instruction in watercolor techniques through a local art teacher, Edrie Knight. Lisa, in turn, shares her love of art by teaching at Hobby Lobby and at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
DONATION TO FOREVER HOMES CANINE RESCUE
On behalf of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, (NCVMA), the Friends of the NCVMA Foundation presented an outreach grant to Forever Homes Canine Rescue to assist in their efforts to help animals in need. The NCVMA continually promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine. The Friends of the NCVMA Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity, whose purpose is to educate the public and students at all levels as to the science and art of veterinary medicine. Each year the district within the NCVMA picks a deserving non-profit animal rescue organization to receive the grant. Forever Homes Canine Rescue is a 501 (c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer group that is dedicated to finding loving and responsible “forever” homes for pets. They also provide education regarding responsible pet ownership. For more information, visit their website at www.foreverhomek9rescue.org.
Pictured from right to left: Dr. Nichola Gaither, Animal Hospital of Statesville; Sandy Mills, Forever Homes Canine Rescue; Dr. Bradley Mills, NCVMA District 10 Representative.
READERS' CHOICE AWARDS
Thank you Statesville! The Record & Landmark's Readers' Choice Awards have honored us with the Best Hospital and the Best Kennel for many years! We really work hard to earn your trust, your business and your loyalty, and know that none of this would be possible without great clients like you! Thank you so much for this honor. We are truly thankful, and feel very blessed!