The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) hosted a webinar today for pet health and safety bloggers. Featured speakers, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the FDA, and Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, focused on the announcement of a widget containing information on the importance of pet health and safety for both animals and pet owners.
IF you’ve ever visited PETSblogs before, you know that we like to try to post current CVM (center for veterinary medicine) updates as well as pet food recalls and other pet-related tid-bits that are released from the FDA. So we’re particularly excited to launch the widget right here on PETSblogs! As a matter of fact, the new widget went live here within 10 minutes after attending the webinar. It’s located right here on the PETSblogs home page on the inside sidebar.
Go ahead and give it a try. Click on “Tips” to see the latest little tidbits and “Updates” to see the latest news blurbs.
That doesn’t mean we’ll stop posting FDA and CVM press releases, pet food recall alerts, and other interesting tidbits from them – it just means we’ll be less likely to miss something and sure to help them pass along all of the important information about your pet’s health and safety!
If you’re a pet owner, make sure you peek at the FDA widget here on PETSblogs or on any other website you happen to see it on.
If you’re a blogger or a web publisher interested in helping the FDA spread information about the safety and health of companion animals, grab the widget and post it on your website, too. You can get the embed code right from the widget here on PETSblogs by clicking on “Grab This” in the lower right corner of the widget.
You can also follow or join the conversation about the FDA’s new Pet Health & Safety Widget on Twitter by using the hashtag #FDApet.
Yippee for the FDA and for the countless pets that will benefit from their better-informed owners.
The Official Press Release
Minutes after posting this I received the official press release from the FDA . . .
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today launched its pet health and safety widget for consumers as part of an ongoing effort to provide timely, user-friendly, public health information.
“Our new pet health and safety widget provides users with information to help them in managing their pet’s health,” said Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., FDA’s principal deputy commissioner.
The widget, a portable application embedded in a Web page that can be copied onto any other Web site or blog, will include topics such as how to report a problem with your pet food, purchasing pet drugs online, and caring for your pet in a disaster. The widget allows users to access content on the FDA’s Web site without having to leave another site or Web page.
“The pet health and safety widget allows users to add a new dimension to their Web site by providing consumers with the latest news and information from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine,” said Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine.
The widget has two tabs, one titled “tips” and, the other, “updates.” The Tips tab highlights pet health and safety articles. The Updates tab will provide up-to-the-minute recall notices and veterinary drug news for consumers.
The pet health and safety widget is available at www.fda.gov/PetHealthWidget requires no technical maintenance on the part of the user. The FDA will provide updates to content displayed on the widget.