Petitioning United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 8 others

Uphold THE PRINCIPLES: Change the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)

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No animal owner should be directed to administer insulin to their animal unless they have the most reliable and accurate tool to monitor their animals blood sugar levels prescribed to them, a blood glucose meter.  I was misguided and  directed to initially use only a less accurate method, urine testing.  Once an animals natural regulation is disrupted it becomes very challenging to discern what is taking place, especially if the animal is not tolerating the insulin itself(side effects, allergic reaction).  A healthy animal can very quickly become an animal in crisis; one whose entire endocrine system may become unbalanced. One who may not be able to walk independently, breathe properly and or quickly become blinded by cataracts.   My animal was not prescribed the only insulin approved by the FDA for animals called Vetsulin.  He became very sick after one shot of human insulin and may have had an underlying thyroid condition which was left untreated even though his test came up low. The Fairness to Pet Owners Act would not protect my animal as it is written now, in fact it would deter physicaians from correcting the initial errors.  In addition,  I find it unacceptable for doctors to use intimidation methods when they are called out on their errors. I also find it alarming that the Ct. Dept. Of Health has completely dismissed my case, offering no remedy for my circumstances.  They failed to obtain my dogs chest xray before I did (over 2 years later) and I never was given my animals ultrasound record in a form that could be read for a clinical second oppinion. I was given 10 pages of other animals records. I believe this significant bill needs to be reviewed before it is passed, taking the AVMA "Principals" into consideration seems appropriate.

Choosing to place your animal on insulin is a choice that should be well informed and not thrust upon you by a hurried physician(there are a variety of insulin's to choose from some of which are designed specifically for animals). I was not informed that animal insulin existed, my dog was placed on human insulin.

Due to the complexity of the endocrine system other hormonal imbalances should be considered as well before insulin is started to avoid contraindication.

Diagnosis such as: an underlying tic disease, Pancreatitis, Hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, and Addison's disease among others may need to be explored as well. 

A mishandled geriatric animal can become a very costly and painful experience! Don't let yourself be misguided by desensitized clinicians who quickly jump to conclusions; it could cost your animal their quality of life in a very short period of time and create a lot of undue expenses.

"I cannot see you Mommy, when you cuddle me so near.
And yet I know you love me, it's in the words I hear.
I cannot see you Daddy, when you hold me by your side
But still I know you love me when you tell me so with pride.
I cannot see to run and play out in the sun so bright
For here inside my tiny head it's always dark as night.
I cannot see the treats you give when I am extra good
But I can wag my tail in Thanks just like a good dog should.
"She cannot see. The dog’s no good" is what some folks might say
"She can't be trained, she'll never learn, She must be put away."
But not you, Mom and Daddy, You know that it's alright
Because I love you just as much as any dog with sight.
You took me in, you gave me love and we will never part
Because I'm blind with just my eyes, I see you in my heart."

— Sherrill Wardrip

 

Some animals will adapt better than others to blindness and many of them can still run and play as well as learn to negotiate around the house. Blind, healthy animals make wonderful pets.  Diabetic animals can be managed properly, just like humans and live a long and happy life!

 

 

The Fairness to Pet Owners Act

Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)

"Introduced in House (07/23/2015)Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015 Directs the Federal Trade Commission to require prescribers of animal drugs to verify prescriptions and provide copies of prescriptions to pet owners, pet owner designees, and pharmacies, without the prescriber demanding payment or establishing other conditions. Applies these requirements to medication for a domesticated household animal that consumers are not allowed to purchase without a prescription.
Treats a violation of this Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Federal Trade Commission Act."

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174

 

 

In 2004, I adopted my first dog Jacob from the Westport Humane Society (Westport,Connecticut).  He is a mellow,beautiful animal.  He was healthy and fit for the majority of his life.  My animal was placed in danger once he was diagnosed with a questionable diagnosis of Diabetes.  I was not educated thoroughly or equipped with the correct tools to accurately determine what my dogs sugar reading was although I was instructed to begin administering insulin.  The endocrine system is a very complex system.  He also presented with low thyroid readings at the time and symptoms of pancreatitis which were dismissed by his practitioners.   This petition is advocating to amend standard practice for diabetic animals and the general safe practices of medication administration which should be governed by the AVMA ethics which dictates ethical practices for clinicians of Veterinary Medicine.


 Jake was harmed by his doctors at the age of 10 because they did not uphold the "Principles".  I am concerned for the public because some of his physicians belong to the largest growing chain of veterinary hospitals that is spreading across the U.S.A. and Canada.  What should have been simple and easy, has become "COMPLICATED".  Don't let this happen to you!         

All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the"Principles" . This is a great concept if it is utilized and enforced.            


  https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Principles-of-Veterinary-Medical-Ethics-of-the-AVMA.aspx

I am posting this petition so that all animals may be protected through ensuring the enforcement of existing laws/ethics and to help implement new ones like ( the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S.1200)

(Effective record keeping and communication WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF "THE PRINCIPLES"(and beyond when necessary) helps to make effective  diagnosis and remedies which protects pets and their owners.)  

It is also important for medication to be distributed responsibly when diagnosis has not yet been determined.  Treating the symptoms incorrectly may in fact exasperate the underlying cause.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174

* Did you know that animals are considered property(similar to a car)and historically there have been few legal ramifications for malpractice.  How does this translate into how owners and animals are treated?

https://www.animallaw.info/article/animals-property

**** ALWAYS BE SURE TO (obtain a copy)OF THE REFERRAL FORM FROM THE PRIMARY DOCTOR TO THE SPECIALTY PHYSICIAN TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS ACCURATE before they start examining your animal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BENEFIT MUST OUTWEIGH THE RISK!!

In addition to the treatment we endured, I now find it concerning that my personal experience included an entity that predominantly influences the market and claims to be setting a standard of care(they have over 700 small animal veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada, a nationwide clinical laboratory and diagnostic imaging company).  According to one source, VCA has "1 of the 10 most over paid CEO's".   In fact the CEO is also the chairman and the president of Veterinary Centers of America Antech Inc. .

 http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/executive-pay-america-top-10-overpaid-ceo  

When I read the articles below, I felt as if all the pieces of the puzzle were coming together.  I reached out to Mr. Antin ( THE LEADER OF VCA VETERINARY HOSPITALS)  before I discovered these but there was no response.  I thought that he deserved the opportunity to comment on the situation seeing as he is building an empire which incorporates HEALING.  He did not return my call.  He can't see all that goes on. I thought it was the morally correct thing to do. It's one thing to have a goal, it's another thing to reach that goal.  ITS ONE THING TO LOVE YOUR CUSTOMERS AND ITS ANOTHER THING TO IGNORE THEM.   I don't like to think of myself or my animal as the percentage that is expendable.

http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=32842

http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=19664

http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=31861  

http://www.investors.com/research/the-new-america/animal-hospital-chain-vca-antech-profits-from-a-pet-loving-public/

IT IS CONCERNING WHEN A COMPANIES EMPLOYEES FILE AN ONGOING LAW SUITE AGAINST THEM BECAUSE THEY FEEL VIOLATED.  I wonder how this effects their work performance?


http://vcalawsuit.com/

 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174

Walmart sells Novalin N and Novalin R for $25.00 in case you didn't know.  Other pharmacies may sell it for over $100.00.  The AVMA seems concerned about pet owners having the best prices but none of my doctors  shared this information with me, I discovered it on my own.  VCA also didn't inform me of the only FDA approved insulin for animals called Vetsulin in the U.S.A. Caninsulin in other countries.  If your dog is regulated but appears to be having an adverse reaction to the human synthetic insulin you may want to try Vetsulin, a natural, animal based pork insulin(check with your doctor) I have read it is easier for some animals to adjust to.  At one time people were offered non synthetic insulin as well, you can read about this below.

The AVMA DOES NOT support this bill, they think it is an administrative burden.  The physician that I saw stated an emergency medication in her case notes.  I wasn't given a prescription nor did she dispense it to me. I later learned that only veterinarians can dispense it.  She later claimed to not be treating his airways yet she was actively collaborating.  The VCA job description which explains her expertise says otherwise as well.  I wish I was a doctor, then I would know what to prescribe for my dog!!!!!!!!!! I am depending on them to HELP ME!  I have certainly learned a LOT ABOUT VETERINARY MEDICINE since all of this began.  I wish I had listened to my intuition and  NOT TAKEN my dog TO VCA!  I started to cave in and decided maybe I should take Jake to VCA because my primary doctor was at a loss.  Why he didn't recommend a geriatric blood panel is beyond me. I didn't know to ask for one.  I even asked for a medication that I had rejected in the past , Prednisone.  He prescribed it but I never picked it up.  I only asked because he recommended it in the past(in the past I put him on fish oil). Prednisone is the wrong drug for a Diabetic dog!  Something went wrong in my dogs care.  I am by no means a doctor but I am a very perceptive dog owner.  The AVMA sounds like they give pet owners a lot of freedom over medication. I guess that would work if they knew what they were doing.  From my perspective, it looks like pet owners need to be protected from human error.  

 

THE AMERICAN VETERINARIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LINK

https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/160615g.aspx

(THEY DON'T SUPPORT THE BILL BECAUSE IT IS A BURDEN TO COMPLETE THE PAPERWORK)

 

 Because of my experience I would also like the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)  to revisit standard practice for dogs which are having endocrine disorders such as Diabetes. My dog may have continued to decline if I didn't  trust my ability to know that my dog was in a crisis.  He couldn't walk by himself among other things after VCA's treatment.  My dog was placed on human insulin.  I told my veterinarian that I thought the medications that she prescribed weren't agreeing with him.  She stopped the antibiotics that were prescribed in error and also the blood pressure medicine (I removed the dog from the office and placed him in a safe place, my car) his blood pressure reading was acceptable but she left him on the insulin.  She stated in her case notes that I thought that my dog was having an anaphylactic reaction to the blood pressure medication.That is not what I stated. ( I said that I thought that THE medications weren't agreeing with him).  She left him on the human insulin and did not even mention changing it.  I did not learn about FDA approved animal insulin until after I left VCA's care. How could this be?

 

ABOUT INSULIN

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/m-mah042913.php

http://www.iddt.org/here-to-help/iddt-campaigning/animal-insulin-ministers-letter

http://www.iddt.org/here-to-help/iddt-campaigning/synthetic-human-insulin-versus-natural-animal-insulinsynthetic-human-insulin-versus-natural-animal-insulin

 

Dog owners should be given an informed choice of treatment including the risks and benefits of all types of insulin's.

Animal based insulin's have been used safely and effectively for over 70 years although some animals and people may have better results with other kinds.  Vetsulin is the only FDA approved insulin for animals.

 

 Lastly, my local Connecticut Health Department is responsible for making sure that  the veterinarians in question are accountable for their actions or lack there of; I hope this petition helps to ensure that their process is judicious and that's its meaningfulness is NOT DISTORTED. 

http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388948 

If you believe that you and your animal may have been harmed due to poor performance, click on the link above and learn how to make a complaint in Ct.. Go to your local Department of Health's website and do the same. IT'S EASY!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't wait you may miss your opportunity(there are time restrictions)!  Help to MAKE CHANGE!

"The Commissioner of Public Health with the advice and assistance of said board may issue regulations to insure proper veterinary care and the protection of public health,considering the convenience and welfare of the animals being treated, methods recommended by the code of ethics of the national and state veterinary associations, proper registrations of veterinarians for prompt identification and accepted health and veterinary standards as promulgated by the Department of Public Health, Department of Agriculture health ordinances and state statutes and regulations. " Ct. General Statutes Chapter 384 , Section 20-196b. Board powers and duties. The Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine shall (1)hear and decide matters concerning suspension or revocation of licensure (2) adjudicate complaints filed against practitioners licensed under this chapter and (3) impose sanctions where appropriate. I have placed a formal complaint and it's been over 2 years. I still have not gotten my my dogs diagnostic records." www.ct.gove/dph

 

Some ERRORS made by my physicians

1) My animal was not given age appropriate geriatric blood tests by his primary doctor.  He was referred to VCA instead over a long period of time.  I later learned that my doctors son was a practicing physician at VCA. Luckily, my dog was very healthy for his age and undiagnosed condition.  I could see the subtle changes very easily.  My animals records were not there when I arrived although VCA has an entire page dedicated to compassionate care for an animal being referred to their offices.  They also did not willfully give me my animals complete record when I determined their care was detrimental to my dogs health and they still have not supplied his ultrasound in the format that can be interpreted for clinical assessment although after 2 years I finally was able to obtain his chest x-ray from another vets office who managed to get it from VCA.


"A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof."  The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

2) I was not educated by my primary doctor about researching geriatric illnesses or age related blood work; I had no idea that dogs get a lot of the same diseases that humans do. (Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, Obesity, Arthritis,Gum Disease, Blindness,Cancer, Heart Disease, Addison's Disease etc.) which if handled early on can potentially be managed more effectively(a geriatric blood panel can help diagnose them among other tests, check with your doctor at what age special testing should begin). My dog appeared healthy because he was; he was an older dog that was gaining weight, slowing down and made a strange noise only when he stepped up onto his bed(which required exertion). I also noticed that he was becoming overstimulated occasionally on walks(nothing excessive). When he started to have more obvious exercise intolerance I decided to go to VCA because my doctor didn't seem capable of finding the problem.  He wasn't suggesting the basic age appropriate tests.  I feel foolish for not knowing what to ask for specifically.  I was asking for help though.

"A veterinarian shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to veterinary medical education, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, the public, and obtain consultation or referral when indicated."  The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

3) My animals referral was written incorrectly to the VCA animal hospital which led to him being mishandled. The doctors did not stop when he was under distress because they perceived his behavior to be normal. 

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

4) I was reluctant to go to Veterinary Centers of America because my cat had died a few years earlier when I was referred to their location in Norwalk, Ct..  My doctor prescribed Prednisone prior to me being scheduled to go without giving my dog blood work(I never picked it up as directed by another doctor). Had I given my dog Prednisone prior to them discovering the diabetes that would have been detrimental to him.  What if I never even went to VCA and gave him the Prednisone?

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

5)  Once I arrived at VCA my dogs records weren't there after I had called 3 times and they reassured me they were present. When I called my primary doctors office to have them faxed they told me they were closing for the day and reluctantly sent them.  If you go to the VCA website they dedicate an entire page to the referral process and the anxiety it can provoke  and how they will help you through it! 

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

6) Other diagnosis were not ruled out prior to medication administration at VCA(I will admit I am not 100% clear of this process.) I questioned the diagnosis of Diabetes, high blood pressure and bladder infection because my dog was NOT SYMPTOMATIC.  I was not offered a fructosamine test to help identify the diabetes and to put my mind at ease and the doctor placed him on antibiotics for a bladder infection THAT DIDN'T EXIST. The urine test came back negative and he had a complete break down when placed on the medication.  ***WHEN I TELL THIS STORY TO OTHER DOCTORS IT DOESN'T SEEM TO RAISE ANY RED FLAGS.   He was later placed on thyroid medication by a new doctor which was a miracle drug!  He was being seen by VCA for a condition which is related to thyroid issues.  Poor glucose regulation can occur when an animals thyroid is not functioning properly.  Why didn't they rule out low thyroid before placing my animal on insulin?  Once they did test his thyroid it was 1 point below normal and she didn't treat him with thyroid medication.  It was tested a month later and was even lower.  Had I stopped seeking help at the advice of VCA my animal would have been in serious trouble.  

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

7) I had 10 pages of other animals records mixed into my dogs file. 

"The Principles" say "A veterinarian shall respect the rights of clients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall safeguard medical information within the confines of the law."

8) An emergency medication was listed in the VCA internists formal case notes that was not dispensed to me nor was I given a prescription to go elsewhere.

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

9) I approached the office manager once I reviewed the internists file because I could see by her case notes that she was not accurately interpreting me, the office manager did nothing to resolve the discrepancies.  I had spoken to another doctor previously who documented more accurately my perspective.


10) The pharmacy records showed another doctors name on my dogs prescription log. Not the doctor who prescribed the insulin and who saw my dog in her office.

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

11) I was not supplied my dogs diagnostics when I asked for a complete record which led me to contact the Dept. of Health.(chest x-ray, ultrasound or his blood pressure readings) The radiologist wouldn't even discuss my dogs chest x-ray with me and the internist put her opinion on my dogs discharge sheet instead of the radiologists.  Had I not been vigilant I would not have known the radiologists opinion of my dogs chest x-ray or that the internist had recommended Torb, a medication for breathing emergencies.  

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

12) My dogs life was changed with 2 visits to a doctor.  I sat in the other room while they terrified him by cutting his nails(that is his pet peeve)if your dog is like mine,you know that they know what you're up to.  I am upset. My dog was a higher functioning animal before they put him on medication(insulin, blood pressure medication and antibiotics). He had no bladder infection and no ketones, no high cholesterol or triglycerides.  His diagnostics indicated mild pancreatitis. I was sent home with urine dips to assess his sugar level along with ketones, I later discovered they sold glucometers at VCA!  In my circumstances urine dips alone were not a good enough tool.  I believe standard practice should include the necessity to own a glucometer before the first dose of insulin to safeguard against highs and lows(urine testing is not an accurate , true depiction of the animals state).  Human beings that are raised within a systemic environment that promotes a strong personal work ethic and moral compass will create better practitioners, office staff, managers, and owners.


****I was told that the insulin had 3 different shelf lives by 3 different people.  

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

13) My dog was not handled properly and was caused undue stress. I specifically instructed them NOT to cut his nails and VCA did it any way.  Be sure to protect your animal from undue stress. Why would you cut a dogs nails who is terrified of it and when he's there for airway concerns and or diabetes?  I had to remove my dog from the office and place him in my car to obtain an acceptable blood pressure reading because I knew he didn't feel safe.

"A veterinarian should first consider the needs of the patient to prevent and relieve disease, suffering, or disability while minimizing pain or fear." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

14) I was not adequately prepared to handle the circumstance that my dog entered into once he was given the medication (some of which was prescribed in error).

"A veterinarian shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to veterinary medical education, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, the public, and obtain consultation or referral when indicated." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

15) Avoid unnecessary anesthesia/sedation especially during standard blood draws.

16) VCA and my primary doctor did not want to assume the care for my dog once he declined.  My primary doctor stated it was a "COMPLICATED CASE" and VCA said my primary doctor should refer me to another primary doctor if it was too much for them to handle.  The office staff at my primary doctors office alienated me from the doctor that referred me to VCA and tried to defame my character by placing an untrue statement in my dogs file.

The "Principles" dictate that a veterinarian shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and report veterinarians who are deficient in character or competence to the appropriate entities.

"A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

"A veterinarian should first consider the needs of the patient to prevent and relieve disease, suffering, or disability while minimizing pain or fear." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME).

 

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 18) The American Veterinary Medical Association's  Statement

" We feel that this bill—the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)—is unnecessary because clients should already have the ability to fill a prescription at a pharmacy of their choice. Though not required by federal law, the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics and its guide on Client Requests for Prescriptions encourage veterinarians to write a prescription in lieu of dispensing a medication when asked by a client, and a majority of states have similar laws or policies. In some cases, veterinary medications are only available through a veterinarian, negating the need for a written prescription. In other situations, the client might want to have the medication dispensed by their veterinarian. But if this bill were to pass, veterinarians would still be required to provide the written prescription, take the piece of paper back, and then dispense the medication. This creates an administrative burden for veterinarians and staff who should be spending their time and resources taking care of their animal patients, not on paperwork."  What if your doctor doesn't give/ offer you the prescription even though they recommend it in their case notes? What if they give you what you ask for and its not safe because you aren't aware of canine diseases and when and how to test for them? I'm new at this and would rather avoid mistakes.

 

American Veterinary Medical Association

Taken from the AVMA website: " Veterinarians are members of a scholarly profession who have earned academic degrees from comprehensive universities or similar educational institutions. Veterinarians practice veterinary medicine in a variety of situations and circumstances. Exemplary professional conduct upholds the dignity of the veterinary profession. All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). The PVME comprises the following Principles, the Supporting Annotations, and Useful Terms.

The AVMA Judicial Council is charged to advise on all questions relating to veterinary medical ethics and to review the Principles periodically to ensure that they remain current and appropriate.

"The Principles"
"A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof."
Please click on the link below to see this complete statement.

https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Principles-of-Veterinary-Medical-Ethics-of-the-AVMA.aspx

 **** Please revisit this petition to view updates. The main premise will remain:  Enforcing existing laws and ethics, passing new laws/ethics, raising awareness and reviewing standard practice for dogs with endocrine disorders such as Diabetes and Hypothyroidism. I reserve limited liability, I am not a medical doctor; these statements reflect my experience and information I have gathered from other sources. My hope is for animal owners to be better educated and all parties to be as responsible and consciencious as they can.  It truly is a collaboration and due to the growing costs of medical care money needs to be spent wisely based on sound decisions with minimal fear.  Preventive care might include some fact sheetssheets from veterinarian's  revolving around developmental milestones and age appropriate testing with a referral to credible sources.  Some veterinarians have an elaborate data base of educational information.  All animal owners should take responsibility and educate themselves beyond the yearly necessities of vaccines, flea/tic prevention and urine/fecal samples animals have complex diseases just like humans.

 

The quality of dog food has evolved over time to help reduce the amount of corn and wheat in dogs diets also.                                                                            

 A lot of people still aren't aware of Factory Farming either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This petition will be delivered to:
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • The Humane Society
    The Humane Society of Connecticut
  • Senator
    Richard Blumenthal
  • Representative
    Jim Himes
  • State Representative
    Chris Murphy
  • State Senator
    Marilyn Moore
  • State Representative
    Steven Stafstrom
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • The President of the United States of America
    Donald Trump

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