Posted: 02 Jul 2010 03:37 PM PDT
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BP Hires IBRRC For Bird Cleanup
AP Releases First Pet
IAMS Recalls Pet Food
What Veterinarians Talk About
Sugar Substitute Wreaks Havoc in Canines
Coming Up With Great Pet Friendly Ideas
As of last week, the International Bird Research Center reported 783 dead birds, 353 dead sea turtles and expects the number to continue to climb.
The Deepwater Horizon explosion may have also killed a sperm whale. NOAA spotted the mammal floating 77 miles south of the spill site.
To put these numbers in perspective after 1989’s Exxon Valdez ran aground off Prince William Sound 250-thousand birds were killed as were 2800 otters. But experts say the gulf spill is more ominous as it spreads.
Current BP numbers indicate the spill is still spewing oil the rate of the Exxon Valdez every 2 and a half days.
Canine flu or H3N8, is highly contagious and outbreaks have been reported in 33 states since firsts being identified at a Florida greyhound track in 2004.
The vaccine, Nobivac, has been used limited use over the past year while safety tests were conducted.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, the global leader in veterinary biologicals and developer of the novel vaccine.
Cynda Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D., says "Like influenza vaccines used in other species, the canine influenza vaccine does not prevent infection; however, it significantly reduces clinical disease and the risk for pneumonia, and vaccinated dogs shed much less virus so they are less contagious to other dogs. Vaccine-induced protection decreases the likelihood of an influenza outbreak in a population if most of the dogs are vaccinated."
Nobivac is made from inactivated virus, is intended as an aid in the control of disease associated with canine influenza virus infection and is administered by subcutaneous injection in two doses, two to four weeks apart.
Feline's Pride Pet Food Recall
The food for both cats and kittens may be contaminated with Salmonella according to the FDA.
The product containing ground bone is the Natural Chicken Formula – 2.5 pound size produced on June 10, 2010.
Feline’s Pride is made on an as-ordered basis and is shipped to consumers in uncoded plastic containers. The recall affects only orders that were placed and shipped June 10th through June 17, 2010.
So far, the FDA reports it has received no reports of illness due to the Salmonella contamination but cautions pet owners to thoroughly wash all surfaces and their hands after handling raw food.
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.
Joey Villani: Anyone who has a light or white dog, especially a Maltese, probably has to deal with tear stains. These stains are a combination of bacteria and yeast. The most common stains you see are called "red yeast." It is a reddish brown stain that runs down the dog's eyes.
Tear stains happen for a number of reasons, such as the eye area being wet all of the time, which allows the bacteria to grow. The stain then gets into the hair shaft and starts turning the hair shaft brown. One it gets into the hair shaft, it become extremely hard to eliminate.
To start with, you need to get rid of the tears stains to make your dog look good. So take a cup of distilled water (use distilled because we don't want all of the other minerals in the water because they can also stain) and boil it and add a teaspoon of boric acid. Boric acid is a little hard to find, but it is relatively cheap. Let it cool down and put the mixture in a jar. This should last about two weeks before it breaks down and you have to remake it. Use a cotton ball to wet the stain area with the mixture (try not to get it into your pet's eyes). This should penetrate the hair and get rid of the stain. However, it will not correct the problem.
The problem can be caused by excessive hair growing into the dog's eyes, it can be genetic, it can even be from food or from an eye infection, allergies or from even being hit in the face. Basically, it can be from anything that will make their eye tear. In rare occurrences, it can even be the tear ducts themselves, which surgery can correct.
You should always keep your pet's eyes dry and wipe them 2 to 3 times per day if necessary. You can also make a mixture of boric acid and cornstarch (50/50 mixture) and apply after wiping. The boric acid is going to help in taking the stain away, while the cornstarch is going to keep it dry.
If you do this everyday, it will probably take about two weeks before you see signs that it is working. Be patient. It took time for it to develop it, and it is going to take time to remove it.
You can eliminate both problems and have your dog end up with nice white eyes if you keep up on this for the entire life of the dog. You will even notice that the smell has gone away as well!
Joey Villani: Pets pick up on our feelings. So when approaching your pet to trim their nails, make sure that you approach them with a non-nervous attitude. If you are nervous cutting your pet's nails, they will sense it and not cooperate.
If you are using a nail clipper, find one that is a guillotine or scissor style. In the guillotine style, the blade goes up and down, while the scissor style cuts like a regular pair of scissors. There is also the new grinder type that will file the nail down. Use the one that you are most comfortable with. Also have styptic powder on hand just in case your cut the quick (vein) and it bleeds. This will burn, so before you use it, you should try it on yourself (if you have a cut) to see what it feels like. If you can, have someone help you by holding the pet and controlling their head while trimming the nails.
For your first cut, take a little bit off. After you take a little bit off, look at the nail, and if it is a clear nail, you can actually see the quick itself. It is inside the nail and a light pink in color. You want to get as close to it as possible without making it bleed. If you are cutting a black nail, take off a little bit and look at your cut. The center will become white. You are going to cut off a little at a time until you see a black dot coming through the white center. When you see this, this is the beginning of your quick, so stop cutting. The reason you want to cut it back until you see the black dot, is that when you get this close to the quick, it will pull back and recede. This means that in the future when you cut your pet's nails; you will be able to cut them shorter each time.
As an alternative, if you take your dog for a fast paced walk on pavement, about one mile five times a week, your dog's nails will never need to be cut. Not only will this keep you in good shape, it will also keep your dog and their nails in good shape.
And as a last resort, have your veterinarian or groomer do the trimming.
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