Letter to the editor: The true value of a veterinarian | Australian Veterinary Association

14 Oct

A veterinary practice is a classic small business, within an industry of compassion.

via Letter to the editor: The true value of a veterinarian | Australian Veterinary Association.

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Study results: Adopt or purchase a pet?

14 Oct

A new study from PetSmart Charities found that two-thirds of those surveyed said they would adopt a pet rather than purchase one from a pet store or breed.

via Study results: Adopt or purchase a pet?.

Curb the fur in seven simple steps | petMD

14 Oct

I learned to curb the fur — in less than two weeks. Here are the seven simple steps I followed to get the fuzz-balls and dust-bunnies under control:

via Curb the fur in seven simple steps | petMD.

PET CONNECTIONS: Cats finally get their day | The Chronicle Herald

14 Oct

And if having a law on the books gives even a fraction of animal abusers pause before closing the door on their cat in an empty apartment, or worse, abandoning them outdoors, then it’s worth putting it in writing.

via PET CONNECTIONS: Cats finally get their day | The Chronicle Herald.

Why you should Wake up to the Realities of Anesthesia

14 Oct

Knowledge about a drug’s mechanisms of action, its expected effects and any anticipated side effects can improve the safety of veterinary anesthesia by enabling a practitioner to make informed choices of agents and to predict complications, Carter emphasized.

via Why you should Wake up to the Realities of Anesthesia.

Should you walk your puppy before he’s had his vaccinations? | Thatmutt.com

14 Oct

Each dog owner must find a realistic balance, and the right balance will be different for each of us, depending on where we live, the age of the puppy and our views on vaccinations.

via Should you walk your puppy before he’s had his vaccinations? | Thatmutt.com.

Are Domestic Dogs Losing the Ability to Get Along with Each Other? | Victoria Stilwell Positively

14 Oct

Based on the number of phone calls behavior specialists like myself receive in a month about dog-dog aggression, I’d say the answer is, YES.

via Are Domestic Dogs Losing the Ability to Get Along with Each Other? | Victoria Stilwell Positively.

Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

27 Sep

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Consumer:
866-922-9222

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2014 – (Manchester, CT) Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella 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 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.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) printed on the side of the plastic tube.

1) These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
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Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
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2) These products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive.

Premium Turkey Formula BRAVO Balance RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen

Bravo! Blends All Natural Chicken Blend diet for dogs & cats
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen

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The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.

No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.

In addition to the voluntary recall of the above products, Bravo has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the following poultry products from the marketplace to provide its customers with the certainty of safety. Those products include all sizes (2 lb., 5 lb. and 10 lb.) of Bravo Chicken Blend(s), Bravo Turkey Blend(s), Bravo Balance Chicken Balance and Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula frozen raw diet products with best used by dates between June 20, 2016 and September 18, 2016. This is being done out of an abundance of caution despite no evidence of any manufacturing defect or distribution problem. None of these products are known to have tested positive for the presence of pathogens. This market withdrawal has NOT been requested by the FDA, but is being done voluntarily by Bravo.

The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle). Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon for a full refund or store credit. More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.comdisclaimer icon, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

This information can also be found on the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm416452.htm

How Much To Feed Your Cat

22 Sep

The only way you can possibly find out how much to feed your cat is by trial and error. To do this, you need to buy a digital scale, a notebook, and a set of measuring cups.

via How Much To Feed Your Cat.

Feline Bad Breath: What It Means

22 Sep

The reason for that is because feline dental care has, until recently, been the part of cat care that has met with the most owner resistance.

via Feline Bad Breath: What It Means.

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