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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The Road to Rescue

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We were very moved with this article in Modern Dog’s newsletter.  If you care about dog rescue and want a clearer picture of what an effort it is to be involved, read this article.  Greg Mahle is a true hero, as are all the people involved to see this happen.

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Small batch Pets Inc. Voluntarily Realling Frozen Dog Duckbatch Sliders

Smallbatch Pets Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of frozen dog duckbatch sliders due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
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.

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Healthy people infected with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes 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 and Listeria monocytogenes infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will 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.

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Smallbatch Pets is conducting a voluntary recall of this product. Consumers should also follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Smallbatch Pets package, when disposing of the affected product.

The potentially affected lots of dog duckbatch sliders were distributed to retail pet food stores in States CA, CO, OR, WA through pet food retailers/distributors. Eighty cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/23/16 – 3/10/16.

The affected products are sold frozen in 3lbs. bags. The products affected by this recall are identified with the following manufacturing codes:

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The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal.
This recall was initiated after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration of a 3lb bag of dog duckbatch sliders, that was collected at a distributor, revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of dog duck sliders are urged to stop feeding them and return product to place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of them immediately.

For all consumer questions, please call 888-507-2712, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM PST or email them

at info@smallbatchpets.com.

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Mini Nibs Are The Bomb!

I have a Yorkie that challenges me every day with his digestive issues.  We spent three years going through a “process of elimination” to determine what triggers we needed to avoid.  Countless bags of food and treats were given away in an effort to find the one that he could tolerate.  Even the grain free version we had settled on started bothering him when they changed the amount of pea protein in their formula.  Go figure!

Exasperated and against the advise of my Veterinarian, I finally began making his food.  No, it wasn’t balanced like a dog food should be.  I knew that, but I needed to get my sweet boy something he could tolerate while I continued my search for that one, perfect food.

A new, locally owned pet store opened in my town about this time and the owner was a tiny little gal named Darci who brought a world of knowledge about pet nutrition with her.  She counseled me for weeks about the benefits of feeding raw, but I hesitated.  My Veterinarian also wasn’t a fan and discouraged me from going with a raw diet.

Then it happened.  My precious Yorkie got extremely sick and dehydrated (no, not on my home cooked food).  As I nursed him back to health, I talked to others who were feeding their dogs a raw diet.  All remarked how shiny their pets coats were, how clean their teeth were and how much energy they had.  I thought to my self, “What do we have to lose here?  We’ve tried everything else.  It either will work, or it won’t.”

Back to the pet store I headed, and Darci was more than happy to work with me and help me select the food she thought would be best for his situation.  We got Vital Essentials Frozen Duck to start with.  He liked it, but I found it hard to cut into small pieces for his tiny mouth.  After that bag, we switched to Wild Boar.  He liked that even more.  So we have remained with the boar for several months now and he still continues to do well with it.  He has the occasional set-back, but that is to be expected with inflammatory bowel disease.  His coat is beautiful, his teeth clean and his energy level much improved.

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Fast forward to this week.  We have to be out of town for a wedding in April, and traveling with frozen food isn’t exactly easy.  Trust me.  We’ve done it several times and it is a bit of a hassle.  I posted about Vital Essentials previously on my WordPress Blog, and their Social Media Coordinator somehow found my post.  I went through Bentley’s history of food troubles and she sent me a bag of Freeze-Dried Beef Mini Nibs and Green Beef Tripe treats to try.

I decided this week to open the bag and try it ahead of our travel date to see how he did with it.  Besides his allergies to everything, he’s also very food finicky.  The Nibs have nothing in them to bother him from an allergy standpoint, but taste and texture might be a challenge.

We are into day three of the test, and I have three things to say.  He loves it!  I simply add some warm water to the bowl to soften the nibs and he goes right after it.  I do add a few steamed carrot chunks to it, but he doesn’t know his thyroid medicine is in one of them.  It’s kind of a game with placebo versus non-placebo carrots.

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We keep Bentley on one protein at a time, so the Green Beef Tripe treats work great with the beef nibs.  They are loaded with digestive enzymes and beneficial probiotics to help with his sensitive digestive system.  They also are an excellent source of essential fatty-acids, amino acids and calcium.  He loves these, as well, and they are small enough to be able to treat frequently.  They would be great as training treats for young dogs.  For Bentley, they are his “popcorn” during the nightly movies.

If you have a digestively challenged dog, I highly recommend the Vital Essentials line of raw and freeze-dried foods.  They also have raw beef bones, freeze-dried raw snacks and other flavors of freeze-dried treats.  I will warn you, however, the rabbit bites have a pretty heady smell, but if you are smell-challenged like my husband, you’ll not notice. Bentley didn’t mind – it was me!

The Vital Essentials line is sourced, made  & packaged in the USA.  They have credentials!  Lots of them.  Check their product line out at www.VitalEssentialsRaw.com and give them a try.  Tell them The Paws Mahal sent you.  Woof!

 

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