In the News...
On March 29, 2013, Natura Pet announced it is expanding its recall of certain lots of some of its most popular dry dog and cat foods due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria. Click on this link for more information:
Natura Pet Expands Recall of California Natural, Innova, EVO and More
KC lists top dog breeds for 2012
According to Pet Product News International, the Labrador topped the AKC's 2012 most popular breed list, and larger dog breeds were among the most popular in general. Here are the AKC's top 10 U.S. breeds for 2012: 1. Labrador retriever; 2. German shepherd; 3. Golden retriever; 4. Beagle; 5. Bulldog; 6. Yorkshire terrier; 7. Boxer; 8. Poodle; 9. Rottweiler; 10. Dachshund.
Recall of select dog treats following trace amounts of antibiotic residue detected
Pet food manufacturers Del Monte Foods and Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. recently announced voluntary recalls of select dog treats, according to press releases issued by both companies and reported by DVM Newsmagazine. Del Monte's Milo's Kitchen's Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats and Purina's Waggin' Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats are included in the recall. No other products have been recalled at this time. This action was taken after the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets reported that trace amounts of an unapproved antibiotic residue were found in samples of the products. Although it's standard practice for antibiotics to be used in poultry production for pet food, the antibiotic residue detected in the recalled products was not approved for use in the U.S. and is thus considered a contaminate. The FDA reports that the NYSDAM results do not pose a health or pet safety threat and are not likely related to the chicken jerky illnesses reported to date. Veterinarians with questions about the recalls should contact Milo's Kitchen at (877) 228-6493 and Purina's Office of Consumer Affairs at (800) 982-0704 or visit www.waggintrainbrand.com.
While spaying and neutering are common procedures that have been linked to a friendlier demeanor, longer life expectancy and other life-changing benefits we know that the hormonal changes that lead to these benefits for spayed and neutered cats can also cause energy requirements to drop by 30% and appetite to increase by 20% within the first 48 hours after surgery. This combination has a tendency to lead to weight gain. Please read the following article from USA Weekend news magazine regarding feline obesity and helpful tips for prevention.
Diamond Pet Foods expands recall
According to Veterinary Practice News, Diamond Pet Foods expanded its recall of pet food produced at its Gaston, S.C., manufacturing facility to include six additional brands and resumed production at the facility. Diamond recalled three brands of dry dog food (Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice Formula for Adult Dogs, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover?s Soul Adult Light Formula and Diamond Puppy Formula) and ceased production at the Gaston facility in April after samples from each of the brands tested positive for a rare strain of salmonella, S. Infantis. Public health officials linked the strain to an outbreak of human salmonella infections, prompting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an investigation to determine if other brands of food produced in Gaston may be linked to the illnesses. As a precautionary measure, Diamond expanded the recall to include: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover?s Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Diamond Naturals, Premium Edge, Professional, 4Health and Taste of the Wild. For more information, check out their website http://www.diamondpet.com/information/
Click on this article to read about tick's and the dangers they pose to our pets and ourselves!
Warm weather means ticks will be out early and in full force! The following article has great information regarding ticks, the diseases they transmit and tips on how to reduce exposure.
This Season's Ticking Bomb...Warm weather means ticks will be out early; A horrific season for Lyme and other diseases.
Gentle Leader Headcollars Recalled Due to Defective Buckles
Premier Pet Products has announced a recall of their Gentle Leader Headcollars due to reports of defects in some specific styles of headcollars. The recall affects headcollars that were sold from August 2011 - May 2012. Click on this link to find out more.
Early Mosquito Season, Unprotected Pets Produce Perfect Storm for Heartworm Disease
Disease potential increases with mild winter and early spring - the American Heartworm Society recommending year round preventative.
Tick-borne diseases differ with regions
While Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, new research suggests that it is not the greatest cause for concern in most Southeastern states, according to Medical News Today. The findings were published recently in a paper in the journal Zoonoses and Public Health. The majority of human-biting ticks in the North -- members of the blacklegged tick species -- cause Lyme disease, but these same ticks do not commonly bite humans south of mid-Virginia. Biologist Graham Hickling of the University of Tennessee, co-author of the paper, says many patients in Southeastern states, who become sick from a tick-bite, assume they have Lyme disease, but the odds of that being the case are low. "Ticks in the eastern U.S. collectively carry more than a dozen agents that can cause human disease," says Hickling. Most bites in the Southeast are from the tick species that spread spotted fever rickettsiosis and ehrlichiosis, but not Lyme disease. A complicating factor for public health officials is that tick species are on the move, as wildlife populations, forest habitats and weather patterns change across the continent.
Traveling with your pets
Click on the link below to view a brochure from the American Veterinary Medical Association for ideas and tips when traveling with your pets. If you're planning to travel by car or plane, this brochure contains valuable information about everything you need to know about keeping your pet safe and comfortable while traveling.
7 Summer Safety Tips for Pets
Check out this list of safety tips including how to keep your pet cool and the warning signs of heat stroke!
Study: Infants in household with dogs are healthier
According to the Wall Street Journal, infants living in households with dogs were healthier and had fewer ear infections than those without a dog, a study in the medical journal of Pediatrics found. Researchers also found that cats appeared to offer some protection, but the link wasn't as strong. The study, based on 397 children who lived in rural and suburban parts of Finland, examined whether contact with dogs and cats during a baby's first year offers any protection from respiratory tract infections, such as colds and resulting common ear infections. "The children having dogs at home were healthier, they had less ear infections and they needed less antibiotics," said Eija Bergroth, the study's lead author and a pediatrician affiliated with Kuopio University Hospital in Kuopio, Finland.
Preventive medicine and the pet owner 12/17/2012
A recent WebMD article by Ann Hohenhaus, DVM , examined what aspects of preventive medicine pet owners were most concerned with. The list included vaccinations (Before vaccinations were available for common diseases like canine distemper and feline panleukopenia, these diseases spread through neighborhoods like wildfire, often resulting in the deaths of many pets); intestinal parasites (Intestinal parasites are high in yuck factor, high in pet discomfort, and on the list of diseases people and pets can share); fleas and ticks (A pet with a flea infestation may mean you also have a house or apartment with a flea infestation since fleas spend more time off your pet than on); heartworms (Year-round heartworm preventative is a "two-fer" since most prevent both heartworms and some intestinal parasites); and pet medications (Veterinary-specific medications assure you, the pet owner, the product has been tested in dogs or cats and will be absorbed, metabolized, and effective in your pet).