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March 16-22: National Poison Prevention Week

I received the following release from Pet Poison Helpline, as it relates to National Poison Prevention Week. “” “” Stocking a Pet First Aid Kit and Poison Prevention Tips from Pet Poison Helpline MINNEAPOLIS – March 11, 2014 – National Poison Prevention Week is March 16 – 22, 2014, and while much of the focus […]

FDA proposes new regulations for pet food safety

Under the category of “It’s About Time,” we have the news that the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations for pet food and treat manufacturers. NBC News reports the rules would fall under the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act. A public-comment period will run for 120 days, and will be in place 60 […]

Marijuana smoke harmful to pets

I just received a press release from the Pet Poison Helpline, concerning the dangers of marijuana to pets. For those who choose to smoke marijuana – fine. But those who expose others to the second-hand smoke, including the exposure to pets, are stepping over the line. It is clearly harmful to pets – and certainly […]

NCVMA offers five summer safety tips for pets

The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association is offering Five Pet Summer Safety Tips – which apply to anywhere where summer has reached the blistering level. So it pretty much cover the entire nation. The Full Release: RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) (http://www.ncvma.org) has compiled a list for pet owners outlining […]

Study: Living with dogs is good for you

A recent study suggests living with dogs is good for you. Exposure to the bacteria that dogs bring into your home could be good for your body’s overall defenses. I believe it. In fact, I think being out in the woods from a young age or just being exposed to more stuff like this can […]

October is National Pet Wellness Month

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, an affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States, is promoting October as National Pet Wellness Month: The Press Release: “” “” October is National Pet Wellness Month and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States are reminding pet owners that […]

Protesting chicken jerky treats made in China

An effort is underway to ban chicken jerky treats made in China, as these treats are being blamed for numerous canine deaths and illnesses in the US. NBC News reports no recalls have been conducted on these products and the US Food and Drug Administration has taken no action, citing some recent product testing. A […]

Genetic disorders in purebred dogs

A column written by Dr. Patty Khuly was published June 20 on the Huffington Post website. In her editorial piece, Khuly explains how people frequently bring purebred dogs to her veterinary office with medical problems. She says – “I’m willing to go on record and say that I generally observe at least one genetic disease […]

Pets have health benefits for the elderly

Sorry folks. I’ve been slammed of late with other writing projects, so I have been woefully off line when it comes to the blog. To get back into gear and back on my daily blogging pace, we have the results on a study about the health benefits pets offer to the elderly. File this one […]

Report: Chicken jerky treats could be cause of illness in dogs

NBC is reporting chicken jerky treats are a possible link to illness and death in a number of dogs nationwide. A warning has been issued by the US Food and Drug Administration. At least 70 dogs have gotten sick after eating the treats, linked to products imported from China. But unfortunately, recent test have not […]