February 11th 2006



Fight Joint Problems
Mike Barrowman, ProPet Sciences
Arthritis is a common ailment among dogs, and can be predisposed in some breeds. But you can help your dog by using Flavocin a powerful combination of micronutrients clinically proven to fight arthritis and protect your dog against the effects of aging and disease. You can even use Flavocin on your dog before he shows signs of joint problems. It comes in a bite sized chewable tablet that you break up over his food, or give your dog as a treat ­ it's that good.

And if you occasionally forget to purchase Flavocin, don't worry, they have a Wellness Plan where you can receive the supplements automatically. And when you sign up, you will automatically receive a 44-page, information-packed book "Your Older Dog" (a $14.95 retail value) as a Special Bonus Gift. What are you waiting for!


Beds That Make a Difference
Greg Squires, PetCot
Have you really thought about the bed your dog is using? As he gets older, this can become an issue. You want to provide your aging dog with the most comfortable bed available, and something that will prevent joint-related difficulties and cut down on elbow calluses. The PetCot has created an elevated bed that can do all of this and more. In fact, the PetCot promotes wellness care by preventing joint-related difficulties and cuts down on elbow calluses. It is great for all dogs and cats and beneficial for arthritic and geriatric pets. The PetCot evenly supports your pet unlike the filled beds that can clump and become uneven. It is easy to clean, can be used indoors or outdoors and all parts are replaceable, so you'll never have to buy a new bed again! Their toll free number is 1-866-271-2687.


Senior Cats
Annie Bruce, Good Cats Wear Black

An aging cat requires many small meals throughout the day, as opposed to a couple of large meals. Wet food is more ideal for an aging cat, as he might have lost some teeth. It is also a good idea to keep litter boxes and water bowls on every level of your home. And, keep a scratching post handy so that he can exercise his muscles, which is very important for the older cat. Annie has more great information on helping an aging cat get on in his years.


Senior Dogs
Darlene Arden
It is important to keep an aging dog physically and mentally active. Freestyle dancing is a good way to do this. Don't pass off changes in your dog automatically as "gee, the dog's old," have him checked out by the vet to make sure there is nothing else going on. It is important for an aging dog to be seen by the vet twice a year. Things you can do to make him more comfortable at home are placing pillows and pet steps so he can more easily reach the bed, couch or even get into the car. His vision might be deteriorating, so turning nightlights on at night will be a big help. Also, don't rearrange the furniture. When you take him outside, make sure he is wearing some sort of covering, like a coat, or even raincoat in the rain. So that you don't startle an elderly dog when entering a room, stomp your feet so he can hear you approach. Hear these tips and more from Darlene.

For Gollie
Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
A tribute to a wise, brave and very special kitty!

Overworking Your Elder Dog
Arden Moore
Currently, approximately half of the pets in the United States are 7 years or older, which classifies them as senior pets. As your dog ages, you need to curtail some of his previous activities. He may not be able to run those 2 miles with you anymore, nor run up the stairs. You can help him by warming up his muscles prior to any exercising. A good way to do this is to get him to play for a treat. For example, get him in the play mode of putting his rump in the air, this stretches his muscles. After any exercising, you can get a hand towel, place it in the dryer, and then place it on his hips. The warm heat provides him with a mini sauna. Swimming is also easier on an older dog's joints. But remember, an older dog gets chilled easier. Make sure you towel him off immediately after a swim. When your pet reaches the senior age, it is time to start them on a Senior Wellness Program, and have them checked by your vet on a yearly basis. This way, your vet can see the changes that may have occurred in the last year. Tune in to find out more great tips by Arden for your senior pets.

Watch for Changes in Your Aging Animal
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
For years, many pet owners just accepted the fact that their four-legged friends were just going to live a relatively short life, get old, and pass on. But modern veterinary medicine can help pets live longer with less painful or debilitating problems. Watch for changes in thirst, appetite, bad breath, lumps and changes in behavior. See your veterinarian more often and work out a senior wellness plan to help your pet live happy senior years.

Bonding With Your Older Cat
Vicky Halls, Cat Behavior Specialist
Don't be afraid when your cat ages. It be can be a terrific time for you both! Your cat can become more bonded with you and you will even start to understand each other more than before. You cat can also become more communicative using more verbal meows than just the usual 3 or 4 he used when he was younger.

Male Mice Sing Songs of Love
Britt Savage
Male mice serenade females with ultrasonic love songs, a U.S. study had found. Birds, insects and frogs commonly sing during courtship but until now, the only mammals known to croon have been people, bats and cetaceans such as whales and dolphins.

Scientists realized decades ago that male mice emit squeaks too high-pitched for humans to hear when they encounter female mice or their urine. However, the cries could have been random. When a team from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., analyzed the vocalizations, they found that male mice were actually repeatedly producing a series of differently-pitched "chirp-like" syllables ­ similar to bird songs.

HBO Special - Dealing Dogs
Chris De Rose, Last Chance for Animals
Dealing Dogs, which airs on HBO on February 21, is a documentary that shows how the lack of federal oversight results in the abusive treatment of family pets. The documentary exposes inhumane and illegal treatment of dogs at a CC Baird's Martin Creek Kennel in Arkansas. Baird was considered to be the largest and most notorious "Class B" animal dealer in the country. As a result of an undercover investigation by Last Chance for Animals, Baird's kennel was shut down.

Each year, 42,000 dogs are sold to veterinary schools and research labs by "Class B" dealers, which are required by federal law to buy the dogs from pounds, shelters and small breeders and treat the animals humanely. Many Class B dealers, however, are known to violate these laws. Dealing Dogs, a shocking new documentary by award-winning filmmakers Tom Simon and Sarah Teale, exposes the horrific abuse that took place at Martin Creek Kennel in Arkansas, one of America's most notorious Class B dealers.

The film, which has been in production for four years, follows the undercover investigation of Martin Creek Kennel by the animal rights group Last Chance for Animals. The investigator, a 26 year-old from Texas who goes by the name of "Pete" in the film, wore a hidden camera while he worked hosing kennels for six months at the dog dealer. Pete filmed Martin Creek Kennel employees and owners beating and shooting dogs, and leaving animals in their kennels to die from malnourishment, disease and injury, among other abuses. Dog corpses are shown piled up on the property and in trenches after being butchered for their organs.

The C.C. Baird family owned and operated Martin Creek Kennel, one of the largest Class B dealers in the United States, until Last Chance provided the results of their undercover investigation to federal authorities, which closed the facility in 2005. Baird's sentencing is expected to take place this winter. Listen in to find out how you can receive updates about LCA's investigations and campaigns.

Friend or Food? Year of the Dog Brings Mixed Fortunes for Canines in China
HONG KONG (AFP) - The Chinese Year of the Dog dawns on Sunday, but it brings mixed fortunes for man's best friend in a culture where people increasingly keep canines as pets while others condemn them to the cooking pot. One in every nine Chinese now owning a dog,

Owners spend thousands of dollars on their furry friends at grooming parlors, which offer pedicures, acupuncture and massages along with a more usual coat trim. Dogs there even have their own cafes, funeral homes and schools. But they remain the lucky ones.
Canines are still commonly eaten as a delicacy in China and Chinese communities around Asia. Up to 10 million dogs are slaughtered every year in China, People's attitudes have been changing over the past 15 years, but China is still the world's biggest consumer of dogs.

Talk With Your Animals
Joy Turner
Mickey the cat has started taking on the personality traits of another cat, George, who passed away over a year ago. Joy advises the caller that her deceased cat George is trying to let her know that his presence is still around through Mickey.

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