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Nature’s Variety, a St. Louis-based pet food company, has recalled its Instinct Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The affected products include the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:


UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16


UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16


UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16


The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product.
Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.
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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall.  Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly via cservice@naturesvariety.com.
 

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Luvmybichon Whew 07/27/2015 06:03pm I just recently started feeding my puppy, 5 mos old, Bichón, Natures Variety Instinct Frozen Raw Chicken bites. Thank goodness his first bag was not the recall date. I just got a bag of turkey yesterday. Jasper loves it and is doing really well on it! Reply to this comment Report abuse 8 Jdrose199@comcast.net WOW 07/30/2015 09:44am This is so crazy this year on the recalls i just went through a mess with my dog from rcalled food from Stella and Chewy it was freeze dried food. Made her very sick. My vet bill was almost 500.00 all we can do now is hope for the best. Reply to this comment Report abuse 5


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Bravo Pet Foods, a Connecticut-based pet food company, has recalled select lots of Bravo Chicken products for dogs and cats due to possible presence of Salmonella.
 
Bravo Pet Foods initiated the recall after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed Salmonella contamination.
 
The products involved in the Bravo Pet Foods recall include:
 
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Chub
Item# 21-102
Size: 2 lb  (32 oz.) chub
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546211028
 
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs - Patties
Item# 21-401
Size: 3 lb (48 oz.) bag
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546214012
 
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs - Chub
Item# 21-402
Size: 2 lb (32 oz.) chub
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546214029
 
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Patties
Item# 21-508
Size: 5 lb (80 oz.) bag
Best Used by Date: 12-05-16
UPC: 829546215088
 
According to the press release issued by Bravo Pet Foods, Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Patties, Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs – Chub, and Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats – Patties did not test positive for Salmonella but were also voluntarily recalled “out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.”
 
If you or your pet had contact with the recalled product, you are advised to watch for symptoms that may develop. Common symptoms associated with Salmonella poisoning include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. In some rare cases, Salmonella poisoning can result in more severe symptoms. Pets may also be infected without symptoms and may pass the infection to other pets or humans in the household. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, or if you suspect infection, you are urged to contact an appropriate medical professional.
 
Anyone who has purchased recalled Bravo Pet Foods product(s) is urged to dispose of the product(s) in a safe manner (e.g., a securely covered trash receptacle). Pet owners can then return to the store where they purchased the product(s) and submit a Bravo Recall Claim Form for a full refund or store credit.
 
For further information about the Bravo Pet Foods recall, visit www.bravopetfoods.com or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST).
 

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The Natural Dog Company, Inc., a Windsor, Colorado, based pet food manufacturer, is recalling its 12 oz bags of 12" Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 
 
A Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection revealed the presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from a 12 oz package of 12" Tremenda Sticks.
 
The recalled sticks were distributed to retail stores in CA, CO, FL, IL, MO MT, NC, OH, UT, and WA, and come in a 12 oz bag, without a lot number or expiration date, but with the UPC number 851265004957.
 
Products with packaging that includes both a lot number and expiration date, but the same UPC (851265004957) are not affected by this recall.
 
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
 
Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
 
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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
 
Production of this product has been suspended while the FDA and the Natural Dog Food Company continue their investigation into the source of the problem.
 
Consumers who have purchased 12 oz packages of 12" Tremenda Sticks should discontinue use of the product and either discard it safely in a covered waste container or return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
 
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.
 

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According to new research from the University of Canberra's Institute for Applied Ecology, Australia’s bearded dragon lizards are, perhaps, the ultimate chameleons. Instead of changing color, however, these lizards are changing gender.
 
Published in the journal Nature, the study reveals climate changes (specifically warm temperatures) are causing male lizards to transition into female lizards while in the womb.
 
The idea that reptiles are sensitive to temperature change — and the relationship between warm temperatures and reptilian gender — has been around for some time. Specifically in the case of Australian bearded dragon lizards, climates above 93.2 to 98.6 degrees Farenheight can cause male embryos to turn into females. This results in a greater number of female to male bearded dragons (a surprisingly high ratio of 16:1, according to research).
 
"This is the first time we have proved that sex reversal happens in the wild in any reptile at all," Dr. Clare Holleley, lead author of the study, told the Associated Press.
 
Using data from both controlled breeding experiments as well as field data from 131 adult lizards, researchers of this study found that some female lizards from warmer temps had male chromosomes, indicating that they had originally been male gendered. And, if that wasn’t surprising enough, the female lizards with Y chromosomes (the original male lizards) actually produce more eggs.
 
These “sex-reversed mothers,” or females that were genetic males, “laid more eggs than normal mothers," said Holleley in a media release. "So in a way, one could actually argue that dad lizards make better mums."
 
What Does the Future Hold for the Australian Bearded Dragon Lizard?
 
So, what does this mean for our reptilian friends?
 
Potentially, new breeding lines instigated by breeding the temperature-dependent sex-reversed females with normal males could result in a temperature-dependent system (that is, gender determined by environmental temperatures), instead of a genetic-dependent one, according to Holleley in the media release.
 
While it’s possible that the lizards could adapt to rising temperatures and eventually produce more males, the converse is also true.
 
"Once they [the Australian bearded dragon lizards] become temperature dependent, the risk is that if it keeps warming they'll produce 100 percent females and they'll be at risk of extinction, so this is a concerning finding," Professor Arthur Georges, co-author of the study, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
 
 
Image: hddigital / Shutterstock

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Carnivore Meat Company, LLC, a Green Bay, Wisconsin, based pet food manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall of select products and lots of Carnivore Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties and Nibblets because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeriamonocytogenes.
 
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:
 
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties, UPC 33211 00809, Lot # 10930, Best by date 20160210
 
Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets, UPC 33211 00904, Lot # 10719, Best by date 12022015
 
The "Best By" date code and lot # is located on the back of the package. The affected product was distributed in WA, CA, TX, GA, IL, CO, NM, FL, PA, RI, OH, and VT.
 
The FDA has reported that an independent lab detected the bacteria in samples during a recent review. The company has received no reports of human illness related to these products.
 
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
 
Animals that are ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those seen in humans.
 
People who have concerns about whether their pet has symptoms associated with Listeria infection should contact their veterinarian.
 
If you are a consumer and have purchased a bag of Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Tripe Patties with the "Best By" date code of 20160210, or a bag of Frozen Beef Tripe Nibblets with a "Best By" date code of 12022015, the manufacturer asks that you please call 920-370-6542 Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM CST to have someone assist you in obtaining a replacement or full refund from your local retailer for your original purchase.
 
If your package has been opened, dispose of the raw food in a safe manner by securing it in a covered trash receptacle.
 

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Stella & Chewy’s Recalls Lot of Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs and Cats http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/stella-chewys-recalls-lots-chicken-freeze-dried-dinner-patties-dogs-32891









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Stella & Chewy’s, an Oak Creek, Wisconsin-based pet food manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall for a single lot of Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for Dogs and for Cats, 15 oz. bags (Lot # 111-15).
 
The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) detected Listeria monocytogenes in the product. 
 
The company is also voluntarily recalling a number of products that may have been exposed to the affected lot.
 
The following products are included in the recall:
 
Products from Lot #111-15:
 
Product Description/Size/UPC/Lot #/Use By Date
 

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner for Dogs /15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

 

Carnivore Crunch – Turkey Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001103/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016 and 5/4/2016

 

Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001394/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

 

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Morsels for Dogs/4lb/UPC: 186011001387/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

 

Frozen Surf ‘N Turf Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000533/Lot: 111-15  and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

 

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/6lb/UPC: 186011000120/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

 

Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties for Dogs/3lb/UPC: 186011000038/Lot: 111-15 and Use By Date: 4/21/2016

 
Products that may have come in contact with the affected lot:
 
Product Description/Size/UPC/Lot #/Use By Date
 

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 104-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Chick, Chick, Chicken Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000434/Lot: 109-15 and Use By Date: 4/29/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/18oz/UPC: 186011000229/Lot: 113-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers/9oz/UPC: 186011000205/Lot: 105-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

 

Carnivore Crunch – Chicken Recipe/3.25oz/UPC: 186011001080/Lot: 110-15 and Use By Date: 5/3/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinners for Dogs/15oz/UPC: 186011000045/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 4/26/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 114-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey Dinner for Cats/12oz/UPC: 186011000663/Lot: 115-15 and Use By Date: 5/4/2016

 

Freeze-Dried Salmon & Chicken Dinner for Cats/12 oz/UPC: 186011000403/Lot: 107-15 and Use By Date: 4/23/2016

 
According to a press release issued by the company, the products included on the recall list above were sold throughout the U.S. to wholesale distributors and retail stores for resale to consumers. The recalled products were not made available in Canada.
 
The best way to determine if you have a product included in the recall is to compare the product description and bag size located on the front of the bag, the UPC #, the lot code, and the use by date located on the back of the bag with the two charts provided above.
 
There were no reported pet or human illnesses associated with this recall. 
 
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
 
Animals ill with Listeria will display symptoms similar to those seen in humans.
 
People who have concerns about whether their pet has symptoms associated with Listeria infection should contact their veterinarian.
 
For questions about the recall and affected product, please contact Stella and Chewy’s customer service team in Wisconsin at info@stellaandchewys.com or 888-477-8977
 

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Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C., recalled ten 3-ounce-bags of Chicken Sprinkles dog treats due to  a positive test for Salmonella contamination.
 
This recall is limited to Chicken Sprinkles treats with a best by date of 05/04/16, lot number 998, and a UPC Code of 899883001231.
 
The product is in a clear plastic bag, with the UPC Code located in the lower right hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag. The best by date and lot lumber are on a label on the reverse side of the bag.
 
The recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, which revealed a positive test for Salmonella in one package of Chicken Sprinkles.
 
The recalled Product consists of 10 bags of Chicken Sprinkles that were distributed to two retail stores in the State of Colorado, one retail store in the State of Washington, and one retail customer in the State of Maryland. Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. has retrieved 8 of the 10 bags of the recalled product and believes that the remaining two bags of the product have been used or destroyed.
 
The product name, lot, UPC, and best dates are listed below:
 
Boulder Dog Food Company Chicken Sprinkles
Lot Code 998
UPC Code 899883001231
Size 3oz
Best if Used by Date 05/04/16
 
Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
 
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets may have only decreased appetite, fever, and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers of Salmonella and infect other animals or humans. If a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human in the home has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
 
If you are in possession of the recalled product, please discontinue use and return the unused treats to either the retailer where it was purchased for a refund, or directly to Boulder Dog Food Company L.L.C.
 
Consumers with questions may contact Boulder Dog Food Company, L.L.C. at 303-449-2540 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM (M.D.T.)
 

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Tara the Cat Recognized for Courage in the Face of Danger
 
It’s never a surprise when a dog wins the award for pet hero of the year; dogs are well known for jumping into action in times of crisis and saving their owners from injury, or even death. Cats…  not so much. While canine history has hundreds of dogs to represent bravery and heroism, cats have only a handful.
 
So when the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Los Angeles announced their choice from the nominations for the most heroic dog of 2014, it came as a big surprise that the title was awarded to a cat.
 
Of course, the winner is not just any cat. Last year, Tara, a 6-year-old cat living with her human family in Bakersfield, California, raced into action when her 4-year-old human companion, Jeremy, was attacked without warning or provocation by a neighbor’s roaming dog. The entire incident was caught on security cameras and the video posted on YouTube by Jeremy’s father, Roger Triantafilo.
 
The boy had been playing quietly on his tricycle in his family’s driveway when the dog spied him and ran into the yard, grabbed his bare leg, and dragged him from his trike. With his teeth clamped into Jeremy’s leg, the dog was dragging the boy across the driveway and shaking his head violently when Tara sprinted toward them, slamming her body into the dog. The startled dog released Jeremy and ran, with Tara close behind him. At the same time, Jeremy’s mother, Erica Triantafilo, heard the boy screaming and ran to him. The entire incident lasted only a few seconds, so fast that Jeremy’s mother, Erica Triantafilo, did not realize what had occurred until she watched the video footage later that day.
 
"A cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog"
 
The spcaLA National Hero Dog Award, now in its 33rd year, is traditionally awarded to a dog that has displayed a courageous act or has gone to extraordinary lengths to save or protect the life of a human, given that the dog has never been formally trained for rescues or as a police dog.
 
Some of the previous winners include Ronnie, a Wire Fox Terrier who defended his human and canine companion against a coyote intruder, and Diamond, a Pit Bull Terrier who alerted her family when their home caught fire and shielded one of her human companions from flames, injuring herself in the process. Tara is the first cat to ever receive the award.
 
In a press release announcing the winner, spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein said “We were so impressed by Tara’s bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog.”
 
Tara and her family were presented with the etched glass award inscribed with Tara’s name, along with a year’s supply of cat food. The spcaLA emphasized the special distinction of the winner in a cute and clever way. Rather than have the award rewritten from “Annual National Hero Dog Award” to “Annual National Hero Cat Award,” the spcaLA had the award company strikethrough the word “dog” and place “cat” above it in a handwriting style.
 
This is not the first time Tara has been honored for her courage. Last September she was also awarded the Blue Tiger Award, which traditionally is awarded to military working dogs. “It was brought to our attention that Tara fulfilled a similar mission," said Susan C. Haines, National Executive Director for the U.S. Exercise Tiger Commemorative Foundation.
 
Tara’s hometown of Bakersfield honored her with a certificate of recognition , which read in part, “Your act of valor serves as an example to American household cats everywhere.” She was also awarded her very own day – June 3 was officially made “Tara the Hero Cat Day” in Kern County, California.
 
You can read more about Tara on her web site, and see more of her at her official Facebook page. The original video of Tara protecting Jeremy can be seen here.
 

Tara with her human companion, Jeremy / Tara Hero Cat - Official Facebook page
 
 
Image: Tara the Hero Cat, courtesy aspcaLA
 
 
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Like those other guilty pleasures that are actually good for you, dark chocolate, cheese, naps, and selfies, it turns out that watching videos of cats will boost your brain health, too. 
 
Recent research into the growing trend of viewing cat videos during work hours, which appears at first glance to be a simple procrastination tactic, has turned up results that may soon have your boss ordering mandatory cat video breaks.
 
Dr. Jessica Gallall Merrick, an assistant professor at the Media School at Indiana University, specializes in research on “the impact of emotions on media processes and effects, with an emphasis on how media use can lead to beneficial and prosocial outcomes.”
 
For the cat video study, Dr. Merrick wanted to find out whether viewing internet cat videos have the same type of positive effect as pet therapy, and whether some viewers feel worse after watching cat videos because they feel guilty for putting off tasks?
 
In a press release from Indiana University Bloomington, Dr. Myrick is quoted saying that “some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that it’s one of the most popular uses of the Internet today.” In explanation of the relevance of researching this behavior, she explained that “if we want to better understand the effects the Internet may have on us as individuals and on society, then researchers can’t ignore Internet cats anymore.”
 
The numbers back that up. According to the date cited in the study, more than 2 million cat videos were posted on YouTube in 2014. With almost 26 billion views, cat videos are the most popular type of video on YouTube, even more popular than dancing babies. The most popular sites for viewing cat videos were Facebook, YouTube, Buzzfeed, and I Can Has Cheezburger.
 
Using social media as a platform, the study surveyed almost 7,000 people about their viewing of cat videos and how it affects their moods.
 
What Dr. Myrick found is that watching cat videos is an overall positive experience. Amongst her findings:
 

Viewers often view Internet cats at work or during studying.


Viewers were more energetic and felt more positive after watching cat-related online media than before.


Viewers had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance, and sadness, after watching cat-related online media than before.


The pleasure people got from watching cat videos outweighed any guilt they felt about procrastinating.


Cat owners and people with certain personality traits, such as agreeableness and shyness, were more likely to watch cat videos.

 
“Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward,” Dr. Myrick said.
 
Of the study participants, “36 percent described themselves as a 'cat person,' while about 60 percent said they liked both cats and dogs.” Dr. Myrick herself has a pug, but no cats.
 
In answer to one of the initial questions that inspired the study, does viewing internet cat videos have the same type of positive effect as pet therapy, Dr. Meyrick said the results do suggest that further studies could explore how cat videos can be used as a form of pet therapy.
 
The study results weren't limited to academia. For each participant who took the survey, Dr. Myrick donated 10 cents to Lil Bub’s foundation, raising almost $700. According to the press release, the foundation, Lil Bub’s Big Fund for the ASPCA, has raised more than $100,000 for needy animals.
 
Dr. Myrick’s findings were published in the latest issue of Computers in Human Behavior: Emotion regulation, procrastination, and watching cat videos online: Who watches Internet cats, why, and to what effect.
 
Some of her previous published research includes the emotional effectiveness of a YouTube PSA about skin cancer, and whether PSAs “take a bite out of Shark Week… [by] juxtaposing environmental messages with violent images of shark attacks.”
 
 
Image: Lil’ Bub / Mike Bridavsky/www.lilbub.com via Indiana University Bloomington
 

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After living with a family for 14 years, Dessie the dog was abandoned outside of Miami-Dade County Animal Services, the county's government run animal shelter. According to NBC 6 South Florida, Dessie was tied outside and her owners simply walked away.
 
But someone snapped a heartbreaking photo of the dog, which has since gone viral and may be Dessie’s saving grace for a chance at a new home.
 

 
Since Miami-Dade County Animal Services does practice euthanasia procedures, Dessie’s chances of leaving the shelter alive were slim. Her age likely would have put her at high risk for death row. But when foster and rescue group A Way For a Stray saw the photo, they knew they had to step in to save the elderly dog.
 
Lyndsey Gurowitz-Furman, a member of the rescue group, told reporters that Dessie’s situation is extremely sad. “Imagine living with someone for 14 years and all of a sudden they abandon you. That's exactly what happened,” she said.
 
Gurowitz-Furman and her team picked up Dessie from the Miami-Dade shelter and took her for a vet visit. The exam revealed that Dessie is healthy for an older dog. She had an ear infection and she’s deaf, but her heart, bones, and internal organs are all in good shape. The group also gave Dessie a bath and cleaned her up before sending her to a caring foster home.
 
A Way for a Stray will now work on finding Dessie a loving forever home where she can enjoy all the time she has left — a home where her new owners will love her unconditionally and never give her up. Because that’s what Dessie deserves. That’s what all senior dogs abandoned at shelters deserve.
 
 
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Trying to explain the death of a dog to a young child is a difficult task for any parent. Kids don’t always comprehend the concept of death; all they know is that their playmate and friend is no longer around.
 
When Moe, the Westbrook family’s Beagle, passed over the rainbow bridge in April, Mary Westbrook decided to help her three-year-old son Luke cope by writing letters to Moe in doggie heaven. 
 
According to an essay that Westbrook wrote for Distinction Magazine, Ms. Westbrook sat down often with Luke at the kitchen table and crafted numerous letters to the beloved dog. The 3-year-old dictated and his mom wrote down everything. And “because you can’t fool a three-year-old,” Westbrook put the letters in envelopes and addressed them to “Moe Westbrook, Doggie Heaven, Cloud 1.”
 
Every time Luke and his mom wrote a letter to Moe, Westbrook placed the envelope in the mailbox, but would take it out before the mail carrier came each day. One day, Westbrook forgot to take the letter to Moe out of the mailbox and the mail carrier picked it up with the rest of her outgoing mail.
 
A few days later, Luke received an unstamped envelope in the mailbox that simply said “From Moe” in place of the return address. Westbrook opened the envelope to find a handwritten note that said, “I’m in Doggie Heaven. I play all day, I am happy. Thank you 4 being my friend. I wuv you Luke.”
 
Westbrook writes that the gesture from their mail carrier “gutted” her. She says, “Moe came into my life 13 years ago and he made things more complicated and smelly — but also, well, wonderful. I still miss him every day. Receiving the note reminded me of the goodness of people and just how big a small gesture can really be. Here’s to Moe, in doggie heaven, and thoughtful postal workers everywhere.”
 
We’re sure that little Luke will appreciate the return note from Moe. 
 
 
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Nutrish Wet Cat Food Varieties Voluntarily Recalled for Elevated Vitamin D Levels http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/nutrish-wet-cat-food-varieties-voluntarily-recalled-elevated-vitamin-d-levels-32









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Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, located in Meadville, Pa., has issued a voluntary pet food recall for five varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.
 
Symptoms of excessive Vitamin D consumption may include vomiting or diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and muscle tremors or seizures. Symptoms usually develop within 12-36 hours after ingestion. To date, there have been 11 reports of illness associated with these products.
 
The affected lots involved in this cat food recall include:
 
Single Packs
Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver (2.8 oz)
Unit UPC Code: 071190007032    
Best by Dates Through: Aug 17, 2015
 
Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatorie (2.8 oz.)
Unit UPC Code: 071190007049    
Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016
 
Ocean Fish-a-licious (2.8 oz.)
Unit UPC Code: 071190007056    
Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016
 
Tuna Purrfection (2.8 oz.)
Unit UPC Code: 071190007063    
Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016
 
Lip Smackin’ Sardine ‘N Mackerel (2.8 oz.)
Unit UPC Code: 071190007070    
Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016
 
Multi Packs - 12 Count
 
Chicken Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups)
Unit UPC Code: 071190007773    
Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016
 
Ocean Lovers Variety Pack (12 count pack of 2.8 oz. cups)
Unit UPC Code: 071190007780    
Best by Dates Through: Dec. 1, 2016
 
Pet owners can find the UPC code on the bottom of the cup, and the “Best By” date can on the side of the cup.
 
Ainsworth confirmed that the lots of cat food tested positive for elevated levels of Vitamin D after doing multiple product evaluations. The high levels of Vitamin D occurred naturally due to fish ingredients that were used in the affected products.
 
"At Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and Rachael Ray Nutrish, the safety and quality of our products is our top priority," says Jeff Watters, CEO of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition. "For the time being, we recommend disposing of any of the affected wet cat varieties. We sincerely apologize to our loyal consumers everywhere."
 
Ainsworth is working with retailers to ensure the removal of all affected products from store shelves. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Ainsworth’s Consumer Care Team at 877-650-3486 or visit www.nutrishforpets.com/news. Representatives will be available from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.
 

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Earlier this year Poh the dog received a terminal diagnosis from his veterinarian. Doctors found an inoperable tumor in Poh’s abdomen and told the dog’s pet parents that the 15-year-old pooch had limited time left. So Poh’s dad, New York City DJ Thomas Neil Rodriguez, decided it was time to take Poh on the trip of a lifetime.
 
According to Good Morning America, soon after Poh's health started to decline in February, Rodriguez and his fiancé began a cross-country road trip with Poh in tow. They traveled over 12,000 miles and stopped to enjoy 35 cities during the seven-week trek. 
 

Poh and his family at the Hollywood sign, Los Angeles, California.
 
Rodriguez adopted Poh, a mixed-breed dog, from an animal shelter back in 1999 when he was just an 8-week-old puppy. Poh has been Rodriguez’s constant companion and family ever since.
 

Poh enjoying the lights at the Freemont Street Experience, Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
Originally, the plan was to get Poh to the Pacific ocean, but the trip quickly turned into a bigger adventure that spanned from coast to coast. On the way out West, Poh and his pet-parents made stops in North Carolina, Texas, Oregon, and Arizona. The happy dog posed for photos in front of well-known landmarks and even visited some pop-culture locations, including Walter White’s house from the television show Breaking Bad in New Mexico, and the house used in the movie The Goonies in Oregon.
 

Poh at the space ships from Men in Black, at Queens Theatre in the Park, New York.
 
The whole trip was documented on Poh’s Instagram account, which has grown to over 3,500 followers. 
 

Poh getting a belly rub at the National Mall, Washington, D.C.
 

Poh at the end of Route 66, Santa Monica Pier, California.
 
At first, Rodriguez wasn’t sure that Poh would survive longer than two weeks, but three months after the beginning of the trip, the strong-willed dog is still alive and enjoying his golden years back at home with Rodriguez in New York.
 

Poh, back home in New York at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
 
Rodriguez told Good Morning America that he’s thankful he's had the chance to spend such quality time with his four-legged best friend. "I am super blessed that I have actually gotten to do this," Rodriguez told reporters. "People think I take care of Poh, but Poh takes care of me."
 
 
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By Samantha Drake
 
 
If a dog could take photos, what would he capture? Stuff he likes, of course, such as his people, his dog friends, and food. Lots of food. 
 
Grizzler is a black-and-white “pho-dog-rapher.” His custom camera comes courtesy of Nikon Asia, which developed a unique way for the dog to take pictures of the world as he sees it. Dubbed “Heartography” by the camera manufacturer, Grizzler takes photos via a camera strapped to his chest. The shutter is trigger connected to a bluetooth heartbeat monitor. When Grizzler’s heart rate rises, the camera takes a photo.
 
The trigger for the shutter can be preset to go off when the heartrate reaches a certain level. For Grizzler, it appears that the camera takes a shot every time his heart rate rises to 119 beats per minute or above.
 
A Dog’s Life 
 
Grizzler’s photo gallery includes images of things that get him excited, including other dogs, plants, and food. Other canine attention grabbers include cats and, for some reason, mushrooms. 
 
It’s unclear whether the technology will eventually become available to the public. Technology and consumer electronics website CNET speculates that “Heartography” is a publicity stunt to show off the Nikon Coolpix L31. But even if it is just a one-off invention to get Nikon a little bit of publicity, we have to admit that it's pretty cool.
 
 

 
 
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By Samantha Drake
 
When Merlin, purrs, people listen; they can’t help it. Guinness World Records has named Merlin, a rescue cat from Torquay, England, the cat with the loudest purr. 
 
The cat’s purr measures nearly 70 decibels — the equivalent of an air conditioner and almost as loud as a dishwasher, according to the authority on record-breaking feats. 
 
Tracy Westwood adopted Merlin, age 13, from a local animal shelter. Westwood and Merlin recently appeared on the British television show “Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud 2,” to document his earsplitting achievement. A Guinness World Records representative measured Merlin’s purr at 67.8 decibels, edging out the 67.68 decibel-purr of the previous record holder, Smokey, who died of kidney failure at the age of 14. 
 
“It was amazing to see just how loud his purr was in person, and despite a couple of readings of Merlin’s purr just under the current record, a bowl of tuna cat food proved to make all the difference and secure the record,” said Guinness World Records spokesman Jamie Clarke.
 
 

 
 
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OC Raw Dog Recalls More Than 2000 lbs. of Dog Food Due to Possible Salmonella Risk http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/oc-raw-dog-recalls-more-2000-lbs-dog-food-due-possible-salmonella-risk-32754









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OC Raw Dog of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA recalled 2055 lbs. of Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation because of a potential Salmonella contamination.
 
The recall is limited to Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulations that were packaged into 6.5 lb. Doggie Dozen Patties and 5 lb. Bulk Bags with the lot number 1511 and use by date of 10/8/15. These products were distributed in Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and sold to consumers through independent pet specialty retailers.
 
This dog food recall is a result of a sampling program by the Nebraska Department of Food and Agriculture which revealed a presumptive positive to Salmonella contamination.
 
OC Raw Dog has stopped the production and distribution of these products as FDA and the company continues their investigation.  
 
Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
 

 
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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
 
OC Raw Dog are asking people who have purchased a recalled product to submit a picture of the package with the lot number to Olivia@ocrawdog.com for verification of product in the marketplace. They can then return the dog food to the retailer where it was originally purchased for a full refund or replacement product.
 
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-844-215-DOGS (3647) Monday thru Friday 9am – 5pm PST.
 

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wkmtca salmonella 05/18/2015 08:48pm mostly these recalls are to protect people. dogs (healthy ones anyway) do not have much problem with salmonella. their digestive system can handle that stuff usually. people not washing their hands after preparing their dogs food is more of the issue. Reply to this comment Report abuse 20


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Dogs have often been lauded throughout history for their heroic efforts, and Cairo, the canine that helped the SEALs catch Osama Bin Laden is no exception. Since the media reported Cairo’s involvement in the special ops mission, public interest has risen on the military’s efforts to find good homes for his four-legged compatriots.
 
"They made a really big deal about Cairo being a super dog, but all dogs in the military are super dogs," said Ron Aiello, president of the U.S. War Dogs Association. "These dogs are fully trained, are worth probably $40,000 to $50,000 each, at least, and it's a dog that has been saving American lives. It's kind of a hero in a way."
 
The practice of using dogs in war efforts may be as old as the invention of war itself, but sadly, the common practice through to the first Gulf war was to euthanize the canines.
 
That changed in 2000 when the Clinton administration signed a law allowing for the adoption of military dogs after their tours of duty. Contrary to popular belief, dogs trained in military tactics are highly responsive and loyal, their training focused on patrolling. In short, military dogs are not trained to be attack dogs and would make good house pets.
 
Gerry Proctor, a spokesperson for the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, said no dogs are euthanized now. "All the animals find a home," he said. "There's a six-month waiting list right now for people wanting to adopt. And (the applications) have gone up substantially since the raid."
 
Adopting a military canine is free, but the adopter is responsible for the cost of travelling to Lackland Air Force Base and transporting the dog back to their home.
 
For more information on adopting military dogs, visit the 37th Training Wing.
 
A request for application can be found here. 
 
 
 
Learn more about military dog adoptions and other services that support veterans at these sites:
 
Save-A-Vet.org
 
VetsAdoptPets.org
 
PetsForPatriots.org (about military working dog adoptions)
 
SoldiersBestFriend.org
 
What to expect when adopting your first MWD (Military Working Dog) or CWD (Contract Working Dog)
 
MWDs and CWDs: A Comparison
 
 
Image: The U.S. Army / via Flickr
 
Note from the editor: This article has been updated from when it was originally written in 2011. 
 

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First Recorded Case of Dog to Human Transmission in the United States
 
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that a dog is responsible for infecting humans with the pneumonic plague. This is the first event of its kind in the U.S.
 
Health officials have reported that a male two-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier became sick on June 24 of last summer. His owner took him to a veterinary clinic with symptoms including a high fever, jaw rigidity, and right forelimb ataxia. The dog was kept overnight at the clinic and was humanely euthanized the next day, after he developed a bloody cough and difficulty breathing.
 
Four days after the dog’s initial symptoms, the owner began displaying health problems as well, including a bloody cough and fever. Initial tests did not identify the infection, which led to incorrect treatment. The patient's failure to improve led to further lab testing, and on July 8 the bacterium was identified as Yersinia pestis. Upon investigation, the dog’s remains also tested positive for the plague bacterium.
 
During this period of time, three other people also developed symptoms of pneumonia — two veterinary clinic employees who treated the dog, and a friend of the owner who had contact with both the dog's body and with the owner while he was showing symptoms of bloody cough. After the bacterium was identified on July 8, all of the patients were contacted and received appropriate treatment. All four of the patients recovered.
 
The CDC believes that the third patient may have been infected by human-to-human transmission from the dog's owner. If this is the case, it would be the first time this type of event has occurred in the U.S. since 1924.
 
The plague disease is a rare but often fatal bacterial infection caused by the Yersinia pestis bacterium. It is rare in humans and pets in the U.S., but it is a cause for concern in the western U.S., mainly in semi-rural areas of New Mexico, Colorado, California, and Arizona, where Yersinia pestis is commonly found in wild rodent populations.
 
An average of eight human cases occur each year. Transmission of the bacterium typically occurs after being bitten by a flea from an infected rodent, or from direct contact with the blood or tissue of an infected rodent. Prairie dogs in the American Southwest are known to be one of the primary carriers of infected fleas.
 
Although possible, it is extremely rare for pets to infect humans with the plague. The only other published case in which a dog transmitted the plague virus to a human was in China in 2009. While still very rare, cats are more likely to display symptoms of the plague disease than dogs because of their frequent contact with rodents.
 
This particular type of plague, pneumonic plague, is different from the more well known bubonic plague, or black plague. The pneumonic plague, as its name suggests, attacks the lungs, with symptoms that are identical to pneumonia. Bubonic plague is more outwardly visible, with swollen lymph nodes and blackening of the skin due to tissue death.
 
A third type of plague is also related to Yersinia pestis: septicemic plague. This infection of the blood is even more uncommon than the other two plague types. 
 
According to the CDC, the pneumonic plague has a fatality rate of more than 93% and can be easily transmitted from person to person through air droplets. Immediate diagnosis and treatment, however, has a high success outcome.
 
 
Image: 3d representation of the Yersinia pestis bacteria, by Michael Taylor / Shutterstock
 
 
Related
 
The Plague is Alive and Well in the American West
 
Cat Infects Colorado Man with Bubonic Plague
 
Plague in Dogs
 
Plague in Cats
 
 

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Hospira, Inc., a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies located in Lake Forest, Ill., has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Preservative-Free Bupivacaine HCl Injection due to possible contamination with iron oxide.
 
The lot was distributed from July 2014 to September 2014. Veterinarians use the drug as a local anesthetic during surgery procedures.
 
The lot involved in the recall is:
 
Preservative-Free Bupivacaine HCl Injection
USP: 0.5% (5 mg/mL), 30 mL single-dose
NDC: 0409-1162-02
Lot Number: 38-515-DK
Expiration Date:  1FEB2016
 
According to a press release from the FDA, one confirmed customer complained of visible orange and black particles in one of the single-dose glass teartop vials. The particles were identified as iron oxide.
 
If injected into a patient the particles may result in local inflammation, low-level allergic or immune response, granuloma formation, or irritation of tissue—particularly in patients that are allergic or sensitive to iron oxide.
 
To date, Hospira has not received reports of any incidents associated with this recall. The company is currently working with its glass supplier and has initiated an investigation to determine the root cause in order to correct the problem and prevent it from happening again in the future.
 
Veterinarians with an existing inventory of the recalled lot should stop use and distribution, and quarantine the product immediately. Hospira is arranging for impacted products to be returned to Stericycle.
 
For questions or concerns, contact Hospira Global Complaint Management, Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM Central Standard Time, at 1-800-441-4100.
 
 
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TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, a New Jersey-based company, has recalled a single lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because of potential Salmonella contamination.
 
The recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, which consists of a 1.69 oz. package of dog chews, was distributed nationwide, to Canada, and through one domestic online mail order facility.
 
The following Nylabone Puppy Starter Kits are being recalled:
 
Lot Code: #21935
UPC:  0-18214-81291-3
Expiration date: 3/22/18
 
Both the UPC and the expiration date can be found on the back of the Nylabone packages.
 
The recall, as announced after routine testing by Nylabone, revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of 1.69 oz. packages of the Puppy Starter Kit. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
 
Those at risk of being infected with Salmonella should monitor for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Salmonella can also result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
 
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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, or another pet or human has these symptoms, contact your veterinarian or health care provider.
 
If you have purchased 1.69 oz. packages of the Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit affected by this recall you are urged to discontinue use of the product and return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
 
For further information about the recall, call 1-855-273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Central time. Calls received after hours or on weekends are covered by a third-party poison control center. 
 

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