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Pets as Family

The Pennsylvania State Legislature is currently reviewing a bill that would help protect the health of pets.

Introduced by seven state senators, the legislation would require veterinarians to provide pet owners with Client Information Sheets (CIS) with Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), commonly prescribed pain killers. Vets would also have to perform pre-screened blood tests to determine which animals may not be suitable for these drugs.

Similar legislation is expected to be introduced in other states, predicts, which focuses on issues relating to older dogs.

The Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) notes NSAIDs pose serious health risks for pets, mostly dogs, and should be accompanied by detailed safety information. These drugs can be used safely when owners are provided critical information on their use. CIS is the veterinary equivalent of package inserts provided by pharmacies when filling prescriptions for humans. It includes the drug's label, warnings, and contraindications.

Owners of pets that have suffered adverse reactions to veterinary drugs told the FDA they were not provided CIS by veterinarians, though pharmaceutical companies issue CIS in the drugs' packaging. The FDA, as well as the drug industry, urge veterinarians to hand out CIS. Most, though, do not.

“For the past six years, owners have appealed, to no avail, to state veterinary boards to mandate that vets provide this critical information to owners. Similarly hundreds of complaints have been filed against vets for not providing owners with Client Information Sheets," the website maintains.

State Rep. Jeanine Perry, from the 49 th district, said vets should be required to hand out CIS.

The Press recently asked readers to give us their views about their pets. Are they considered members of the family, or as personal property, as Ohio law regards them.

Here is what they said.

Members of the family
My opinion is that all pets should be considered a family member. Believe me, mine are. I love them dearly. Thank you from all my pets.

Nancy Bantam

Not used up
My canine companion, friend and part of my family is Molly, a small terrier mix who has been with me for 13 years.

I sometimes refer to her as my “used” dog. She came from another family that had her for three years. They had to move and could not take her along. Since I did not want to train a puppy, I called my vet and he told me about her. Since they had her for that long, I was pretty sure she did not chew things up or have other pesky traits or health concerns.

Molly has been with me through surgeries, deaths, weddings and new grandchildren. She senses my every mood, knows my daily routine and goes almost everywhere with me.

She watches me all the time and will wake from a sound sleep to excitedly go for a walk with me. Or if she sees me having a quiet day, she senses that, too.

Molly has given me so much unconditional love and companionship, and some of my heartiest laughs. She offers comfort when I’m lonely and I reassure her through nature’s thunder and lightning.

She adapted very well from having a huge fenced yard to run after squirrels, bunnies and birds. We live in a one bedroom apartment, but you know, she is just happy to be with me.

I’m hoping since this is the second time I’ve gotten my “used” dog through my vet and it has worked out so well for all concerned, it will encourage others who are hesitant to try a dog – these puppies are not used up, just finely polished and a blessing to have in my family.

Marge Stover


Universal Income

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