Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Promeris - Discontinued

Madison, N.J. — Pfizer will discontinue distribution of ProMeris, a topical veterinary flea-and-tick treatment for dogs and cats, by fall, the company tells DVM Newsmagazine. “It currently doesn’t fit within the strategic animal-health portfolio,” explains Joseph Donner, a spokesman for Pfizer.

ProMeris was launched by Fort Dodge in the fall 2007 and was touted as the first spot-on topical using the active ingredient metaflumizone. ProMeris for Dogs also was indicated for the control of Demodectic mange mites and chewing lice. Read the entire article

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"A recent groundbreaking study of clinical, histological and immunological data of 22 cases of Pemphigus foliaceus, or PF, shows evidence that it can occur as an adverse drug reaction to the canine flea and tick preventive ProMeris." Read the entire article


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thai Go - Great Sale!


Thai-Go® (2/25 fl oz) Buy 3 get 25% off
One special per order-Available May 25-27 only!

Thai-Go® [Vital Nutrition, Immune] is a blend of the most healthful fruits and nutritional supplements from all over the world. Thai-Go is replete with xanthones, bioflavonoids and powerful antioxidants.

Bioflavonoids contribute to the bright colors of fruits and vegetables. In the body, bioflavonoids enhance vitamin C absorption and help maintain collagen and capillary walls. They also aid in the body’s immune–defense system.

Antioxidants scavenge the free radicals that the body accumulates as a byproduct of energy production as well as through pollution, tobacco smoke, ultraviolet light and radiation. Antioxidants benefit virtually every organ and body system because they mop up damaging free radicals. Thai-Go delivers a punch of antioxidant potential with a very high ORAC value.

Among Thai-Go’s key ingredients is mangosteen, a tasty fruit found in eastern tropical nations, such as Thailand. Mangosteen and its pericarp contain the greatest known supply of compounds called xanthones.

Xanthones offer powerful immune and cardiovascular support. Other ingredients in this nutritious juice include concord and red grape, blueberry, red raspberry, red grape skin, wolfberry/gogi fruit, a├žai berry, pomegranate, sea buckthorn, red grape seed, green tea and apple fruit. Click here to order

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Retaining Ovaries May Be A Key To Prolonged Life

FROM DVM NEWSMAGAZINE

West Lafayette, Ind. — We know that women tend to live longer than men, but a new study shows that the same may be true in dogs, especially if a female dog’s ovaries are not surgically removed early in life.

A study conducted at the Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation compared the medical histories, ages and causes of death in 119 long-lived rottweilers with a longevity of at least 13 years with 186 rottweilers with a normal longevity of about 9 years. The study was published in the December issue of the journal Aging Cell.

“Like women, female dogs in our study had a distinct survival advantage over males,” said the lead researcher David J. Waters, associate director of Purdue University’s Center on Aging and the Life Course and a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences. “But taking away ovaries during the first four years of life completely erased the female survival advantage.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

PupQuest - Be Puppy Savvy

I came across a gem of a site and just had to share with with all of Bandit's Blog Buddies out there. If you are looking to get a dog - whether from a breeder or via adoption from a rescue group, please look this site over:

"Let us guide you on your quest for a happy, healthy puppy from a responsible source!

Many people are unknowingly buying or adopting sick and under-socialized puppies. This reality causes human heartbreak and animal suffering. It is costly, both emotionally and financially.

The choices YOU make NOW will maximize the chances that your new pup will be happy and healthy. "

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Why Fido Snaps at Friendly People

By: Dr. Sophia Yin

The main problem here usually is that Fido didn't have enough positive experiences with a variety of unfamiliar people during his sensitive period for socialization and beyond. From three weeks to three months of age, puppies are primed to explore and form bonds. Such that if they meet and greet all types of people in many types of environments and good things happen to them simultaneously, they generalize to understand that people overall are friendly. Then if this socialization continues through their adolescence, the relaxed demeanor around people becomes part of their overall personality. Those dogs who didn't get the type and amount of experiences they needed given their individual genetic make-up and early experience can end up being fearful around some or all unfamiliar people.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Dog Bite Prevention Week: Taking Responsibility

With 78 million pet dogs in the United States and a nearly 50 billion dollar pet care industry, it's clear that Americans love their pets. It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which brings to light one solemn fact: In spite of the adoration we have for our pooches, over 4.5 million people -- both adults and kids -- are bitten by dogs every year. Nearly a million of these bite cases are severe enough to warrant treatment in a hospital.

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Cats and Countertops

Cats become pests with their determination to stay above it all. They cruise kitchen countertops, lounge atop doors and leap to refrigerator tops to ambush treats.

The urge to be the top cat seems a universal cat vice. By understanding why cats scale the heights, cat owners can provide legal outlets that keep both their cats happy and out of the butter dish.

Why Cats Love Heights
Cats come pre-programmed to seek elevated lounging spots. Think about it: cats in the wild want to see enemies (and potentially munchable critters) while remaining invisible. A cat quite literally believes it "owns" the space it can see.

Cats also control each other's interactions--or even the dog's movements--with pointed stares. This packs even more punch from an elevated perch, giving the cat ownership and control over even more territory. The cat that commands the highest perch is the high-cat-on-the-totem-pole in that particular room.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Evanger's Dog Food in the News - Again

Evanger's has received a letter from the FDA. Below is an excerpt:

Under Section 403(b) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 343(b), a food is deemed to be misbranded if it is offered for sale under the name of another food. This product was offered for sale under the name of (b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food. However, the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of lamb, but detected the presence of bovine material.

Under Section 403(a)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. 343(a)(1), a food is deemed to be misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular. The labeling indicates that Evangers Grain-free Duck Pet Food contains duck, but the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of duck in the product.


Read the entire FDA letter
Press release from 2008 incident with Evanger's
Information on 2009 incident at Evanger's

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dog Bite Prevention Week - May 15-21

Each year 4.7 million Americans – most of them children – are bitten by dogs.

Did you know half of all children will be bitten by a dog by the time they’re high school seniors? They are 900 times more likely to be bitten than postal workers. And most of the biters are family dogs or dogs the children are familiar with.

To raise awareness of one of the nation’s most commonly reported public health problems, the U.S. Postal Service joins forces each year with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and other organizations to promote National Dog Bite Prevention Week during the third week of May.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Why Children Suffer the Greatest Risk for Dog Bites

Based on the statistics available from the United States, approximately 350,000 to 400,000 people end up being treated in emergency wards for dog bites each year. Most are sent home after treatment, however around 2% do require hospitalization. The statistics are quite clear about who the targets of these dog bites are most likely to be. Children below the age of 15 account for approximately 60% of all of these dog bites, with the most vulnerable group being kids around 5 to 9 years of age. If we break down the statistics a bit more, we find that two thirds of the children that are bitten by dogs are boys. Read the entire article

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Common Myths About Fleas

by Jean Hofve, DVM, Veterinary Advisor to Only Natural Pet

1. Myth# 1: A healthy pet won't get fleas - While not a guarantee, it is true that a healthy animal is a much less attractive host for fleas. That's one of many good reasons to feed a high quality diet of natural food. However, even a healthy pet can get fleas in heavily infested regions, so keep a watchful eye out and use a natural flea repellent on all at-risk pets.

2. Myth #2: Fleas live on pets, not in the houses - Fleas usually enter the house on pets, as stated above, but they can quickly find refuge in the house. Carpets, bedding, pet beds, and upholstered furniture make cozy homes for fleas, flea eggs, and flea larvae. If you find fleas in the house, you must take quick action to eliminate them there (as well as on your pet, and even in your yard).

3. Myth #3: Keeping the house clean will prevent fleas - Unfortunately, fleas can infest even the most spotless home. Fleas usually enter the house on your pets, but they can also hitch a ride on clothing, and have even been seen to jump right into the house on their own. Hard-surfaced floors are no protection, either; fleas can live in the cracks and around the edges of wood, laminate, or tile floors. They can also take refuge in furniture, bedding, and area rugs. If you live in an area with fleas, it is important to protect your pets at all times. It’s also important to get rid of fleas in your yard. Creating a flea-free buffer all around the house a great way to prevent infestation.

4. Myth #4: If I only see a couple of fleas on my pet, then it’s not a big problem - More than 90% of a flea population is in the egg, larval, or pupal (cocoon) stage, all of which take place off the pet, usually in carpet, bedding, or furniture, or shady areas in the yard where your pet (or other critters) hang out. If you see a few fleas, it’s certain that there are hundreds of eggs and immature stages in the environment. The process of producing an adult flea can take weeks or even months. There’s no quick fix, but vigilance and persistence can get rid of even stubborn infestations.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Banana "Mutt" Cookies

I ran across a super easy dog treat recipe and thought I'd share it!

1-1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups oats (I ran them through the food processor to make them more like a flour)
1/4 cup apple sauce (the kind without sugar!)

Mix ingredients and drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Slightly flatten. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container or freeze.


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Friday, May 6, 2011

Canine Waste Management

While most cities and small towns have stringent laws about picking up after our dogs while walking them in public areas, there is a huge amount of doggie poop which is not properly disposed of is a health hazard and, of course very unappealing.

While at one time dog poop was not considered to be a major danger to our health, (with the exception of specific bacteria which causes a disease called Toxicarias), scientists have now retracted this assessment and warn people to be very cautious and careful in disposing doggie doo.

Some folks allow their dogs to run freely on public and private beaches which, as bacterial levels rise and tides roll in, those levels may even force lifeguards to forbid folks from going into the water. Storm drains which frequently spill into the water supply may contain E-coli, Salmonella, Giardia and fecal Coliform bacteria.

Dog poop often sullies our parks and other public areas designed for recreation and all in all this is a rather disgusting and very unsanitary situation. Of course, this is not at all ecologically sound for humans or other living creatures. Read the entire article

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pet Treats Recalled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 3, 2011 - Keys Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Paris, IL is recalling Pig Ears for Pet Treats because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dr. Jane Conference Call Tonight!

Our Pet Product Formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks, DVM, holds bi-monthly calls that anyone can participate in. At the beginning of each call, Dr. Jane provides in-depth answers to any questions participants have about our products for companion animals. We hope you will join us for these regularly scheduled conference calls. To participate, simply dial 561-515-1695 at the appropriate time, and enter 224012# after the prompt. The next Dr. Jane call is scheduled for Wednesday, May 4th at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dr. Jane on Holistic Veterinary Care

The holistic approach to veterinary care has different meanings for different people. Essentially it means just what the name indicates - looking at “the whole” and not the individual parts. Holistic practitioners consider the whole of a companion animal’s being and how every discrete part works in relation to every other part. Fundamental to this mindset is that everything is interrelated and nothing occurs in isolation.

Furthermore, holistic veterinarians don’t only focus on physical aspects, they also consider the emotional, mental and spiritual elements. Holistic health boils down to balance; imbalance leads to dis-ease. It’s important to remember that physical signs of illness may often be the last to appear, and that mental and emotional imbalance can lead to disease, too. Read the entire article

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