|Animal Radio® November 2010 Newsletter|
What Dogs See, Smell and Know
Determining The Cause of Sickness
Post Grooming Furunculosis
Dog Daze To Daylight Savings
Man Has Dog Euthanized. Dog Wakes Up Next Day
What Vaccinations Your New Pup Really Needs
Bats Sing and Mice Giggle
Pet Food Recall - Too Much Vitamin D
Figuring Your Pets DNA
Is The Dog Allowed In Bed?
FDA Alert - Online Buyer: Beware
Fighting Rabies From the Air
Most of the food pulled from shelves was considered a "Category I" hazard, meaning there is reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
While chances are more likely that your pet food is ON the list, many recalls where instigated by the manufacturer and considered voluntary. Most every popular food was affected at one time or another.
A high percentage of pet-foods recalled in the last few months were pulled because of potential salmonella poisoning. However, the most-recent recall of Blue Buffalo dog food was caused by excessive Vitamin D exposure. The pet food maker says they share the same manufacturing facilities with the vitamin makers. Vitamin D can be fatal to dogs. 36 illnesses have been reported.
"All in all, many millions of dollars of food has been recalled in an attempt to protect our animals from hazards that seemed innocuous before the Menu Foods recall," says Animal Radio® host Hal Abrams. "Ultimately, it is reflected in higher prices. Many of these high-profile companies spend millions to revamp, relabel and regain the trust of the pet guardian."
The FDA list can be downloaded from : http://AnimalRadio.com/FDA-list.pdf
Thanks to the fine folks that brought you 'Battleship,' Mattel Inc. is proud to introduce 'Puppy Tweets,' an electronic dog tag and sensor that attaches to your dog's collar. The sensor detects your dog's movement and sound and sends a tweet viewable by whomever signs up to follow him/her. You can invite all your friends, and even Conan O'Brien to be a follower.
Mattel spokeswoman Rachel Cooper says the new novelty toy is aimed at the 'pet-loving social networking crowd.' "There are 500 tweets programmed into the software that comes with the half-ounce devices, available in blue and pink. The frequency of messages is directly related to the activity level of your dog," she said.
If a dog is active, a pre-programmed tweet my be: "Chasing everything that moves is definitely a full time job!" If he's inactive, the tweet could be: "Your comforter does just what its name says it does." And you can re-tweet messages although you can't reply. Mattel is adding about 200 downloadable tweets a week to the message library to guard against repetition.
Like all new technology, a few pet-guardians have uncovered software glitches. Mattel is working on the issues at press-time.
Unfortunately, the tags won't work on smaller dogs or cats yet. "But that's okay," according to Animal Radio® dog-trainer Vladae Roytapel. "Who needs their Twitter filled with the lunatic ravings of yappy chihuahua or snobby cat."
You can learn more and even order at: http://www.puppytweet.com
Top Ten Pet-Friendly Cities Named
The cities on this list have pet-friendly parks and trails, quality veterinary care, active animal-welfare groups, as well as an abundance of pet boutiques and retail shops.
€śBut to make the list, these cities also had to offer an incredible quality of life for pet owners as well,€ť Livability reports in a prepared statement.
€śAccording to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), pet owners will spend over $47 billion on their pets in 2010,€ť says Livability.com spokesperson John Hood. €śObviously Americans take their pets seriously, and we€™ve noticed a tremendous amount of interest in pet-related content. So our editors researched cities around the country and looked for cities that were both pet and people friendly. From quality healthcare and higher education to diverse job opportunities and active artistic and cultural scenes, these cities are some of the best places to work, live, play and own a pet in America.€ť
The top 10 cities include:
He is just about a year old, looks good, bright and alert. There are no sores in the thin areas. She said he doesn't do more grooming in those areas. In the past week she switched him to Blue Buffalo for indoor cats. As a trucking cat, he goes out on his leash, so he doesn't sample the great outdoors without supervision. Any ideas?
Dr. Debbie: Dear Jeanie, You raise a very interesting question- our pets reside so close to us that medications and treatments we receive may pose some risk to them as well. We know some cancer treatment medications are excreted in our urine, feces and sweat. Usually if these are used then the patient is advised to avoid contamination of people/pets in the home.
As to whether radiation can cause affects towards pets in our home...it depends on what type of radiation is being used. If external beam radiation is used, then there is little reported risk to pets or people sharing the home. However if radioactive isotopes or brachytherapy are used, then there certainly could be some risk. I would advise your frined to speak with her oncologist to clarify what type is being used and if she needs to take precautions for people/pets in her home.
In any case, it would be wise to have the kitty examined by a veterinarian to evaluate if any other cause of hairloss is apparent.
Best wishes to you and your friend!
Myth Busters with Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian"
ABC Good Morning America's Dr. Marty Becker is back and he's busting-myths. Are Swiffer and Febreze dangerous to your pet? Will Poinsettias kill my puss? What if my dog eats my Halloween candy?
Luckily, "America's Veterinarian" Marty Becker is doing a little myth-busting.
Small Amounts of Chocolate Are Deadly to Dogs: Myth
Many pet owners think that just one bite of chocolate can kill your dog. But the truth is, a large dog would have to eat a lot of milk chocolate to get sick -- more than a couple of pounds. But even though chocolate is not necessarily deadly, that doesn't mean you should give it out as treats. "The rule of thumb is, the darker the chocolate, and the smaller the dog, the more dangerous it is," Becker said.
Swiffer Wet Jet and Febreze Can Harm My Dog: Myth
This rumor, which was spread mostly by email, said the chemicals in Swiffer Wet Jet and Febreze could get on the paws of your pet and then become ingested when they lick their paws. The rumor also said that the products contained anti-freeze. But the truth is neither product is harmful for your furry friend. The emails circulated so widely that the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals looked into the claim and found them perfectly safe.
Chomping on Poinsettias Can Be Deadly: Myth
Especially around the holidays, pet owners are concerned that animals that decide to make a snack out of the festive poinsettias could be eating a deadly plant. But Becker said that the plant is far from deadly, but could give your pet an upset stomach.
Pet Food Isn't Safe: Myth
A few years ago some massive recalls of dog and cat food gave pet owners reason to be suspicious of some pet foods. The recurrent outbreak of salmonella in human food recently certainly hasn't helped to ease fears. But according to Becker, pet food is safe for pets as long as normal precautions are used. Just be sure to keep the area around the food clean and wash your hands thoroughly after feeding your pets.
Non-Stick Cookware is Deadly for Birds: Truth
The cookware is safe at lower temperatures. But Becker said that when they are overheated, the coating can emit fumes that can kill pet birds. When exactly the pans become lethal is difficult to tell, but veterinarians suggest not keeping birds in the kitchen and not using non-stick cookware around them.
Lillies are Dangerous: Truth
Becker said that you don't want to have any of these flowers in your garden -- they can be toxic and can even kill if your pets get into them.
Candy and Gum Are Harmful: Truth, But Only If It Contains Xylitol
Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that is used in many products from gum to candy and can be harmful. "It doesn't take much to kill a pet, so be sure not to leave gum and candies anywhere your pet can get at it," Becker said.
You Can Use Dog Tick and Flea Products on Cats: Myth
Becker said that pet owners tend to be casual about the use of tick and flea products, but often forget that something that kills small animals can hurt big ones too. The biggest danger is not following labeled directions exactly -- especially when it comes to not using dog products on cats. Before using a flea or tick product, you may want to ask your veterinarian what works best for your animal.
Topical Hormone Cream
A lot of women use hormone cream for menopause and hot flashes, but the ingredients in them can be transmitted transdermally to pets and children. So if you put it on with your hands, or it is put on areas of the skin that is exposed, your pet may lick your hands or skin. This can result in extremely large genitalia in female animals and extremely diminished genitalia in male animals, along with hair loss.
Which Safety Issue is Critical? Which One Can You Worry Less Over?
Here are a few extra tips from Dr. Marty Becker:
You Can Worry a Bit Less About...
Yes, your puppy can pick up diseases from other dogs who are sick. But your puppy also needs to be socialized to grow up relaxed and comfortable. Don't take your puppy anywhere other dogs are (unless they're dogs you KNOW to be healthy and current on vaccinations, such as a friend's dog in a friend's backyard for a playmate) until your vet gives you the go-ahead after the last shot. But DO take your puppy where people are. One great way to meet-and-greet: The patio of a coffee shop. Bring healthy treats for your puppy (water, too!).
While cooked poultry bones are not safe for pets to eat, they're not instantly deadly, either. Once they're in the system, they'll probably be digested just fine. But do talk to your veterinarian if your pet eats any and take your pet in if you see any sign of illness.
Raw Meat and Eggs
Dogs aren't as susceptible to salmonella as people are. A healthy dog will probably do fine if exposed to salmonella. But since humans aren't as strong against salmonella, the real problem is what could happen when you handle their food with a problem. Kibble and treats have recently been recalled for salmonella. Take precautions with ALL food, even pet food, for your own sake: Wash your hands regularly, and keep food prep areas clean.
... And Worry More About:
Not all dogs can swim. Short-faced breeds such as the bulldog usually can't swim and they can drown easily. Even water dogs like Labradors can drown if they get too tired, the current's too strong or the water's too cold. Cats usually do OK. They can swim, usually pretty well, but they sure don't want to. And beware the warnings for algae blooms. If a pond or lake isn't safe for you, it's not safe for your dog.
Cats and String
Yarn, ribbon, thread or even the juice-saturated string from a roast -- your cat may eat any one of these and need surgical intervention to live. The cure is easy: Keep a lid on the garbage and put all hobby projects safely away when you're not working on them.
Perhaps because they seem more "wild" then we are, we tend to think pets can handle high or low temperatures better than we do. But not so, especially for pets who are unfit, chronically ill or aged. Always protect pets from cold or heat, using shelter, protective gear and -- for heat -- having lots of cool water available.
Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," is the popular veterinary contributor to ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" and the resident veterinarian on "The Dr. Oz Show." He is a frequent guest on national network and cable television, and radio shows. He has also been interviewed for countless magazine and newspaper articles, and has served as a consultant to or veterinary spokesman for top animal health companies. Along with his writing partner, Gina Spadafori, he is a regular contributor to Parade magazine and the Co-creator of popular web site PetConnection.com You can also join Dr. Becker on Facebook as well as on Twitter. Copyright © 2010 ABC News Internet Ventures
Did you know that chimps have out-scored college students on memory tests? Birds can see the magnetic lines of the earth. Ant's 'tag' their enemies so others know they're dangerous. Elephants hear with their toes. Dr. Karen Shanor joins us to expose the astounding animal facts that have recently been discovered, in her new book, Bats Sing, Mice Giggle.
Dr. Shanor is amazed at what is going on around us. We now know a lot more with the help of current technology, which allows us to pick up the frequencies of animals, their vibrations and sounds that they emit. There is also a lot more behavioral research that has been going on. This has upended everything we ever thought about human nature. We now know that many animals show empathy and take care of each other. They warn and help each other in times of danger. They also problem solve even more effectively than humans €“ and they build, create and entertain themselves and others.
For example, female frogs eavesdrop on male frogs' conversations. They listen to hear what the males are broadcasting about themselves. But, the male frogs listen to other male frogs and lie to make themselves sound better!
In Japan, they set up a memory test with Chimpanzees and taught them the numbers 1 through 9. They then scrambled the numbers around and the chimps had to remember where each number was. As it turns out, the chimps were better at this memory test than were the college students that they competed against!
Bats Sing, Mice Giggle book coverMany animals can count, including bees. They can also do math. For example, if a herding dog is in charge of 120 sheep, it makes sense that they might have some kind of account going on of some type to make sure that all animals are accounted for.
There are so many facts in this book. We now know that ants are extremely intelligent and can recognize each other; have cemeteries and hospitals; are capable of terrorism; and can even "tag" their enemies by using pheromones.
All of this new information shows us that we really need to listen to the animals. For example, animals really do know when earthquakes are coming.
Bats Sing, Mice Giggle is the culmination of many years of research that reveals how wild animals, as well as pets, have secret, inner lives of which until recently €“ although animal lovers will have instinctively believed it €“ we have had little proof.
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