Purdue University Study Underway To Improve Commercial Dog Breeder Standards

 

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A Purdue University Study is currently underway that will address proper guidelines for all aspects of dog well-being in commercial breeding operations including housing, nutrition, sanitation, health & vet care, breeding ages, end of breeding life and the outcome of healthy puppies. Commercial breeding of dogs continues to face significant scrutiny and criticism. This study, led by Candace Croney, Ph.D., is focusing significant attention to the dogs physical, genetic and behavioral health.

While the USDA has commercial dog breeding standards and licensing in place, there is demand for additional measures to hold breeders accountable and put an end to substandard breeders. These standards will provide breeders with a voluntary option to obtain a recognized and trusted certification with regular inspections.

Funded by The Pet Food Institute, World Pet Association and Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, the study is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2017.

More information about the program can be found at: http://vet.purdue.edu/CAWS/engagement.pho#projects.

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Treatment Of Noise Aversion in Dogs

Does your dog suffer from noise aversion? If so, it isn’t uncommon. Research as proven that one-third of all dogs in the United States suffer from noise anxiety. Noise aversion refers to the behavioral and clinical signs of fear and anxiety experienced by dogs in response to noise. Triggers like fireworks, thunder, celebrations, doorbells at Halloween, construction work, traffic & street noise, vacuum cleaners, smoke detectors, airports and gun ranges can throw many dogs into panic mode. Fear can manifest itself as pacing or restlessness, lip licking, trembling or shaking, panting, excessive vigilance or hyper-vigilance, refusing to eat, yawning, salvation, defecation, urination, cowering, escape behavior or vocalizing (whining or barking at the sounds). Reactions can lead to self-trauma as well as property damage.

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Fear and anxiety responses to loud noises can now be treated with SILEO (dexmedetomidine oromucosal gel). It is manufactured by Orion Corporation and distributed by Zoetis. It is the first and only FDA approved treatment for noise aversion in dogs. It is clinically proven to be safe and effective without other treatments or training. It’s a practical fast-acting, easy-to-adinister at-home treatment for noise aversion. Use as needed for each noise event. It calms without sedating, which allows your dog to interact normally with the family.

SILEO is available from veterinarians by prescription. It has rapid speed of onset, typically taking effect within 30 to 60 minutes after application. It works by blocking the release of norepinephrine, a chemical in the brain that is involved with the development of fear and anxiety. It is administered by placing the gel between the dog’s cheek and gum. Each dose lasts between two to three hours. It can be re-dosed as needed every two hours, up to five times during each noise event.

As with all medications, there are certain medical conditions that preclude its use. Your veterinarian can determine if this treatment is right for your dog.

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Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Dog Food Recalled

 

cesar-filet-mignonMars Petcare announced a voluntary recall of Cesar Classics Filet Mignon flavor wet dog food. Small pieces of white plastic contaminated a supply during production, causing a choking hazard for pets. The manufacturer is working with retailers to remove affected products from stores.

While customers are encouraged to throw away any Cesar Classics Filet Mignon flavor wet dog food, or return it to their retailer for a refund, other Cesar products are reportedly safe for pets.

“While a small number of consumers have reported finding the plastic pieces, we have not received any reports of injury or illness associated with the affected product,” said a statement from Mars Petcare.

According to a press release, two lot codes of Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor wet dog food with the production codes shown below are included in this voluntary recall.  Each product will have a lot code printed on the side of the tray that begins with 631FKKC, 631GKKC. Consumers should look for a “Best Before” date of 080418 (August 4, 2018) and 080518 (August 5, 2018).

  • UPC:  23100017792
  • DESCRIPTION:  Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor
  • LOT CODES:  631FKKC and 631GKKC

The Cesar Classics Filet Mignon Flavor can be found in variety packs with the following lot codes:

  • 632D14JC, 633B24JC, 634A14JC, 634A24JC, 634B14JC, 634B24JC, 634E14JC, 635A24JC, 635B14JC, 636D24JC, 636E14JC

Consumers with questions about the recall should call 800-421-6456 between the hours of Saturday, October 8, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm CST and Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST or visit https://www.cesar.com/notice.

 

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Extreme Heat Can Be Fatal For Dogs

As temperatures across the country climb to triple digits and the humidity pushes the heat index in the 115-degree mark, both humans and pets are at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Dogs are especially at risk for heat-related problems and their condition should be monitored closely. Dogs will exhibit a number of warning signs if they’re suffering from heat stress or heat exhaustion, including panting more than usual.

“Their saliva will start getting thick and ropy because they are dehydrating. The mucus membranes of their tongue are going to start to look darker red,” Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson said. “If you are out walking, they may start to lag behind, maybe staggering a little bit. And, then in more advanced cases, is the outright seizures, they are passing out.”

If a dog must be outside during the day, make sure they have access to shade and plenty of cool water. For dogs that are fed outside, pick up any remaining food so it doesn’t spoil. Try to walk dogs early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler.

“NEVER leave your pet in a car, at least without the air conditioner running, even for a few minutes during the summer,” Nelson said. “Those temperatures quickly go over 100-degrees and it doesn’t take long for your pet to succumb to heat exhaustion.”  And if you happen to see a pet in an enclosed car that appears to be in distress from the temperature, call the police for help immediately.

To treat a pet suffering from heat stroke, move them into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck, and chest or run cool – not cold water – over them, give them small amounts of cool water or let them lick ice cubes, and take them directly to a veterinarian.

For those of you who love to exercise your pets in the summer months, we suggest you use our Chillybuddy Cooling Jackets to keep their body temperature regulated.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry!   Check them out here!!

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4th of July Reminders To Keep Your Pet Safe

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The 4th of July is a very scary day and/or night for our pets! And sometimes the festivities go on all week! Any pet owner knows how most dogs and cats are extremely afraid of the fireworks or any of the noises they hear outside. The 4th of July is also a time when a lot of pets try to escape either from your house or wherever you might bring them out of fear.
Below are six important safety reminders for during the festivities for the 4th of July holiday:

1. All pets should wear a physical identification tag.
Make sure all pets, even indoor cats, are wearing a collar with a physical id tag that includes your name and telephone number. Even if your dog or cat has a microchip, your beloved could end up miles away or deep under a neighbor’s porch. This easy precaution will save a lot of anguish, time, and energy if your cat or dog gets out of the house.
2. Keep your pets inside all day and night to be safe.
During neighborhood firework displays, keep all cats and dogs safely inside. Dogs and cats who are scared of noises should be put into a bathroom or other room with a secure door no windows. A screen door will not keep a nervous dog inside. It is better not take a dog to watch a large commercial firework display as it only increases the chances of him or her becoming lost in an unfamiliar area.
3. Your pets are safer at home than an event where they can run away.
It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor’s party. Keep your pets inside your home and not in your yard. Your pets will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you.
4. Provide your pets with a ‘safe place’ for when the fireworks go off!
Dogs and cats can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your dog or cat in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If your dog is crate trained put your dog in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure. Make sure all your pets shave a go-to spot where they can feel secure.
5. Try to block out the scary sights and sounds.
Try to block the outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the noise of the fireworks. Put the air conditioning or fan on to help drown out the noise. There are also some natural calming solutions on the market that you can give to your pet (but no sedatives)!
6. No sparklers anywhere near your pets!
Make sure to keep all the sparklers, candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets and you will need to take your pet to the vet immediately. And residue from fireworks that contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals can be extremely dangerous for your pets.

July 4th is one of the most stressful days for your pets. So, keep an eye on them and if you can, it really is safest to keep your pets at home where they are the most comfortable and less likely to run away.

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Radagast Pet Food Raw Diet Recall

Radagast Pet Food, Inc. (Portland, OR) has announced a voluntary recall of four lots of frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet products, sold in 8oz., 16oz., and 24oz. tubs, and free 1oz sample cups, due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.

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Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella or Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The FDA third party contracted lab found two lots of Grass-Fed Beef tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, one lot of Free-range Chicken tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and one lot of Free-range Turkey tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. As a precautionary measure, we are voluntarily recalling three products produced in these four lots.

All affected lot codes 62384, 62361, 62416, and 62372 and Best By dates are located on the lid of all products packaged in tubs and on the bottom of the sample cups.

The following recalled products were distributed in western Canada and all US States except in HI and MS.

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Consumer information:
Please do not return any of these recalled products to the retailer and dispose in a secure garbage receptacle. For refund claims, fill out all sections of their Consumer Claims Form which can be found on their website RadFood Website and return this form only to the retailer where you purchased the product for a refund. Consumers may call Radagast Pet Food, Inc.at 503-736-4649 for assistance in filling out the Claim Form.

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Tomofun Announces The Pre-Sale Of Their Treat-Popping Dog Camera

Seattle-baed Tomofun announced the presale launch of its first product, Furbo—the world’s first treat-popping dog camera. Designed to help dog owners care for their pups in real time all the time, Furbo is the first dog camera to include a treat-popping feature, which allow pups and parents to play from anywhere—relieving parents’ concerns about their dogs being home alone.

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“As a dog parent, the hardest part of my day used to be the moment I would leave for work and hear my dog crying,” said Maggie Cheung, Furbo co-founder. “Other solutions allowed me to watch what he was doing remotely but didn’t allow me to truly interact with him or to help keep him occupied during the day when he was lonely. We created Furbo out of our personal need as dog parents, and we can’t wait to give other dog moms and dads the same ability to stay close with their furry loved ones from anywhere.”

Furbo features an interactive treat popping system; owners take their dog’s favorite rounded treats, drop them into the top, and watch as their pup chases the treat through the air.

Designed with the input from more than 5,000 dog parents, vets and dog trainers, Furbo features a 720p HD camera features a 120° wide-angle lens with 4x digital zoom and infrared LED night vision, two-way audio, the treat-popping system, barking alerts and mobile app connectivity.

Furbo is available for presale on Indiegogo with a goal of $50,000. The device is available for pre-order for $99. For more information, click here.

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