September 17, 2005
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural
Health for Dogs and Cats
Dr. Richard Pitcairn
The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised--for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care. They now cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They've updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth "Quick Reference" section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders-with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies. Over 400,000 copies of this treasured classic have been sold since its original publication more than 20 years ago.
Katrina Disaster Animal Situation Report
Dr. Cindy Lovern, Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT)
Our mission is to support the local veterinary community in whatever way necessary to help it to resume its normal support of the community. VMAT has the capability of setting up a full field hospital, and can provide medical care for pets, search and rescue dogs, livestock, wildlife and even zoo animals if the need arises. We may also be activated to assist with food safety concerns, zoonotic disease, terrorist events and toxicological problems. VMATs are the only response teams recognized in the National Response Plan that provide veterinary medical treatment and address animal and public health issues resulting from natural, man-made, or any other type of disasters. VMATs are available to assist the USDA in the control, treatment, and eradication of animal disease outbreaks. VMATs must receive an invitation from the affected state in order to be deployed. The local governor may make a disaster declaration and submit a request for federal assistance. If the President then declares a disaster, federal resources are made available. It is at this point that a request for VMAT assistance can be made. If a State alone requests a VMAT, they will need to fund the response. If a Federal Disaster is declared, the Federal Government covers a large part of the cost.
Katrina Staging Area for Animals Unsafe
Dr. Eve Ognibene, North Shore Animal League
North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill pet adoption organization, is calling on the United States Government to take "immediate action" to safeguard the lives of thousands of pets left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. The League's lead veterinarian, Dr. Eve Ognibene is on location in the Gulf Coast visiting many of the animal staging areas that have been set up in the wake of the storm and warns that conditions are deteriorating rapidly.
"There is a huge crisis going on because no one knows who is calling the shots and the regulations on when the animals will be released seem to change on a daily basis," says Dr. Ognibene. "In the meantime, these animals are suffering in temporary staging areas where there is no air conditioning, terrible heat, and illnesses. This is a life-threatening situation and immediate action must be taken to safeguard these helpless victims."
In the past two weeks, The North Shore Animal League America has rescued more than 200 pets from shelters wrecked in Hurricane Katrina, placing more than 150 of them in homes. Estimates indicate that more than 10,000 pets were rendered homeless in the worst natural disaster in the nation's history-a number that increases daily. The League is working 24/7 to help with this unprecedented animal crisis with its dedicated and experienced team of emergency response staff and volunteers on location throughout the Gulf coast region.
Doggone Crazy! A game that teaches kids and families how to read dog body language and be safe around dogs. Players race around the board collecting bones. For ages 4 and up. 4-6 players. One player with 3rd grade reading skills required. Takes about 40 minutes to play with 4 players The Clicker Puppy DVD shows children teaching young puppies using clicker training. See how fast puppies can learn with no physical correction and no leashes with this all-positive hands-off approach to training. The techniques shown are easy and gentle enough for children and puppies and powerful enough for anyone and any age of dog. Hear Teresa give more great information on dog body language, for both children and adults.
Pets, which have shorter lives than humans, age faster. As a pet reaches a senor age, it is important to have veterinarian checkups twice yearly. A baseline examination should be done by a vet, with twice-yearly checkups. Find out more way to help your senior pet.
Hurricane Katrina Dogs are Ready to Fetch.... and here to Stay!!!
Wendy Garrett & Dr. Randy McCallum, Sunflower Humane Society
Listen for the unveiling of a new project to support the recovery effort in the Gulf Coast Region. The target is a start-to-finish project from the Sunflower Humane Society. Dr. Randy McCallum is an active participant in this endeavor. As a result of his initial contact, he has been invited and agreed to continue working with the ongoing HSUS recovery operation in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. That experience, in addition to his own efforts to provide a better environment for shelter pets, inspired him to spearhead another project that will contribute to what all of us at Sunflower Humane Society and others who are combining efforts to work with us, hope will offer both short term and long term results in one hard hit Gulf Coast community.
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
If you've ever seen a tick - especially if it is on you or your pet friend - you'll never forget it. Ticks can cause people and pets endless hours of suffering and potentially life-threatening disease. The tick is a little disease carrying expert and there are many different kinds of ticks. Some are so small they are hard to see, others are visible from across the room. They emerge in the spring, remain pretty active during the summer months and then go through a burst of activity in the fall. While ticks are responsible for transmitting many diseases, there is one disease in particular that we veterinarians are most concerned with Lyme disease.
Save a Wild Mustang
One of Americas most cherished animals is facing an uncertain future, but you can help save the mustangs. To millions, the Mustang represents freedom and the unbridled American spirit. Help preserve the wild Mustang legacy by supporting "Save the Mustangs"-a fund created by Ford Motor Company in collaboration with the United States Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Department of the Interior - Take Pride in America. The fund allows us all to help ensure the future sustainability of these wild horses.
Hornets: The Original Paper Mache Artists
Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
To stir up a hornets' nest means big trouble, but actually, hornets are gentle creatures, who are especially gifted paper artists, as well as amazing architects.
Sounds of Ground Zero - Hurricane Katrina
Soledad O'Brien, CNN
Hear actual footage as Soledad reports on the round-up of animals in the Gulf Coast.
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