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Bravo! is recalling select lots of Bravo! Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
 
The following Bravo! pet food products are being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination:
 
RAW FOOD DIET BRAVO! TURKEY BLEND FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 31-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546311025
Keep Frozen
 
BRAVO! BLENDS ALL NATURAL CHICKEN BLEND DIET FOR DOGS AND CATS
Product Number: 21-102
Size: 2 lb. (32 OZ) plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211028
Keep Frozen
 
The following Bravo! pet food products are being recalled because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility or on the same day as products that tested positive:
 
PREMIUM TURKEY FORMULA BRAVO BALANCE RAW DIET
Product Number: 31-405
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 11-05-15
UPC: 829546314057
Keep Frozen
 
BRAVO! BLENDS ALL NATURAL CHICKEN BLEND DIET FOR DOGS & CATS
Product Number: 21-105
Size: 5 lb. (80 OZ) 2.3KG plastic tubes
Best used by date: 08-11-16
UPC: 829546211059
Keep Frozen
 
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella in two lots of product. This batch tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers. The recalled product was distributed nationwide beginning on November 14, 2013 to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers. The product can be identified by the “best used by date” printed on the side of the plastic tube.
 
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.
 
No additional products affected by this recall. The company has received no reports of illness in either people or animals associated with these products to date.
 
Customers who have purchased the recalled pet food can return to the store where purchased and submit the Product Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website www.bravopetfoods.com for a full refund or store credit.
 
For more information on the Bravo! recall, you can visit www.bravopetfoods.com or call toll free 1-866-922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).
 

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)



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Scandal in Poland as Charges Dismissed for Donkeys Caught Having Public Sex http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/scandal-polish-donkeys-caught-having-sex-public-have-charges-dismissed-32065


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WARSAW – A pair of amorous Polish donkeys have recovered their right to make love in public after a local official sought to keep them apart.
 
The scandal erupted earlier this week when zoo-goers saw the animals, which have already produced six offspring over their decade together, coupling in plain view. Two appalled mothers expressed outrage over the act at the zoo in the western city of Poznan, complaining that the scene was unsuitable for young eyes.
 
They found a sympathetic ear in local councillor Lidia Dudziak, from the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, who wasted no time in tackling the issue. Persuaded by her arguments, zoo management rapidly put up a fence between the donkeys, Napoleon and Antonina.
 
But the decision drew snickers and made headlines across the country. Napoleon was pictured in one of the tabloids with a long black bar across his eyes, as is the custom with photos of [criminal] suspects in Polish media, and another across his private parts.
 
The four-legged fornicators soon garnered a wave of sympathy. Experts spoke of the dire psychological consequences of a thwarted donkey libido, while thousands of web users signed a petition to reunite the couple.
 
On Thursday, zoo management issued an apology and backtracked, inviting the public to visit the reunited donkeys.
 
"It was never our intention for any animals to feel uncomfortable because of their natural behavior," the zoo said in a statement on its website.
 
 
Image (not of Napoleon and Antonina): Jan Yfver / Shutterstock

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2 Dog Names that Shocked French Mayor to the Core http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/2-dog-names-shocked-french-mayor-core-31989


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PARIS - A mayor in eastern France has refused to sign a license for two dogs named "Itler" and "Iva" who he claims are owned by an official from France's far-right National Front.
 
"I don't want to sign this licence ... of course 'Itler' and 'Iva' make you think of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun, a dubious play on words," said Luc Binsinger, the mayor of the small town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Port.
 
"I have written to the local prefect to ask him what I can do. In the meantime, I'm not signing," he told AFP, adding he believed the owner of the two American Staffordshire Terriers was a local National Front official.
 
"It's completely mad. Stupid even," added Binsinger.
 
The owner had already secured an initial license -- required in France for dangerous dogs -- but the names had apparently not raised eyebrows at the time.
 
"It's not a question of how dangerous the dogs are, it's a question of principle," said Binsinger.
 
Neither the local prefect nor the owner could be immediately reached for comment.
 
There is in theory no restrictions on naming animals in France ... with one exception -- you cannot call a pig Napoleon, due to a law aimed at preserving the image of the Emperor which is still on the statute books.
 
Image (not of Itler and Iva): Hamik / via Shutterstock

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Update: Mars Petcare Recalls 22 Bags of Pedigree Dog Food http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/mars-petcare-recalls-22-bags-pedigree-dog-food-31973


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UPDATE: Mars Petcare has announced an expansion of the voluntary recall. The recall still affects 22 bags shipped to Dollar General across four U.S. states, but it now is being expanded to 55-pound bags of PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food products sold in Sam's Club in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The following recall information has been updated to reflect this change.
 
Mars Petcare announced a voluntary recall this week for a small number of their Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dog food packages. 
 
The recall is limited to 22 bags that were sold in Dollar General Stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, between the dates of August 18-25. The 55-lb bags were sold in Sam's Club locations in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio between the dates of August 14-30. The affected bags were scheduled for recall after it was discovered that they may contain fragments of metal.
 
The specific brand of dog food is:
 
PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition
Dry dog food
15-pound bag
UPC Code 23100 10944
Lot Code (found near the UPC Code) 432C1KKM03
“Best Before” date 8/5/15
Sold in Dollar General Stores (Click here to see affected store locations)
 
PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition
Dry dog food
55-pound bag
UPC Code 23100 10731
Lot Code (found near the UPC Code) 432E1KKM03
“Best Before” date 8/7/15
Sold in Sam's Club stores (Click here to see affected store locations)
 

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No other Mars Petcare or Pedigree pet foods were affected, no injuries or illnesses have been reported, and the facility’s production line has been shut down pending resolution.  
 
If you are one of the customers who purchased this product, do not feed it to your pet. Mars Petcare is recommending that customers either discard the remainder of the food, or return the bag of food to the Dollar General Store or Sam's Club it was purchased at for a full refund or replacement.
 
For more information on the recall, call 1-800-305-5206 or visit www.pedigree.com/update
 
You can see the original press release here: Mars Petcare US Announces Voluntary Recall and the updated press release for the extension of the recall here: PEDIGREE® Adult Complete Nutrition Limited Recall Due to Metal Fragments
 
 

Source: FDA



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LONDON, (AFP) - The Wikimedia Foundation insisted Thursday it would not remove from its website a "selfie" taken by a mischievous monkey, despite claims from the British photographer whose camera was used that it breached his copyright.
 
David Slater says he is the owner of the photo of the grinning black crested macaque that went viral when he posted it online in 2011, and is threatening to sue Wikimedia for lost earnings of up to $30,000 (22,500 euros).
 
But the not-for-profit foundation, which oversees Wikipedia among other online resources, refuses to remove the picture from its bank of royalty-free photographs.
 
"Under US laws, the copyright cannot be owned by a non-human," Wikimedia spokeswomen Katherine Maher told AFP.
 
"It doesn't belong to the monkey, but it doesn't belong to the photographer either," she added.
 
Slater was with a party of Dutch researchers on a small group of Indonesian islands when the curious primates began rummaging through his possessions.
 
He described how one snatched his camera and began pressing the shutter button, in the process taking a perfectly composed selfie.
 
Slater argues that Wikimedia's defence is based on a technicality, and that there is "a lot more to copyright than who pushes the trigger on the camera".
 
"I own the photo but because the monkey pressed the trigger and took the photo, they're claiming that the monkey owns the copyright," he said.
 
The dispute came to light on Wednesday when Wikimedia published its transparency report, which revealed that it granted none of the 304 requests to remove or alter content on its platforms over the
 
last two years.
 
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PETA Posts $15,000 Reward for Info Leading to Arrest of 'Squirrel Kicker' http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/peta-posts-15000-reward-info-leading-arrest-squirrel-kicker-31934


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WASHINGTON, AFP) - Animal rights group PETA posted a $15,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of a shirtless man seen kicking a squirrel off the edge of the Grand Canyon.
 
Video of the unidentified male luring the squirrel to its widely-assumed death went viral earlier this week on YouTube, which has since taken it down.
 
"It is imperative to find anyone who commits sadistic and violent acts against a vulnerable being," said PETA director Martin Mersereau in announcing the reward.
 
"Animal abusers are bullies and cowards who look to victimize the most vulnerable, defenseless individuals available to them -- human or nonhuman -- and this man must be caught as soon as possible," he added.
 
It's not known when the low-quality video was made, but National Parks Service (NPS) spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said it appears to have been shot along the Grand Canyon's heavily-touristed South Rim section.
 
"It's an ongoing investigation," she told AFP by telephone, adding that the man and a second, similarly bare-chested male seen in the 15-second video "could be long gone."
 
One of America's greatest natural wonders, the Grand Canyon National Park gets nearly five million visitors a year. Rules strictly forbid the feeding of its varied wildlife.
 
In the video, the man -- wearing dark shorts, a straw hat and no shoes -- is seen offering food to the squirrel, with the second man in boxer shorts in the background with a camera.
 
The man lures the unsuspecting rodent to the edge, then slips a running shoe onto his left foot and gives it a swift kick into the air and into the canyon, which is one mile (1.6 kilometers) deep and up to 18 miles (29 kilometers) wide.
 
In the United States, harassing wildlife is a federal offense that can result in six months in prison or a fine of up to $5,000.
 
Britain's Daily Mail newspaper quoted one Jonathan Hildebrand, who supposedly shot the video, as saying he had no part in the incident and did not know the two individuals.
 
"All I know is that they were French," he was quoted as saying, while PETA said "the perpetrator is rumored to be French or French Canadian."
 
Shedlowski, who could not recall any similar incident in the past, said: "As far as our investigation is concerned, they are two individuals."
 





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India Hires Masked Monkey Men to Combat Macaque Menace http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/india-hires-masked-monkey-men-combat-macaque-menace-31927


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NEW DELHI, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - India has hired a group of monkey impersonators to scare the real marauding animals away from parliament and other key buildings in the nation's capital, officials said Thursday.

The "very talented" group of men has taken to wearing monkey masks, imitating their whoops and barks and hiding behind trees to ward off the aggressive animals, the head of the Delhi municipality told AFP.
 
Groups of monkeys, which are revered in the majority Hindu nation, roam freely around Delhi's streets where they trash gardens, offices and even attack people in their search for food.  
 
Concerns about the monkey population were raised in parliament where India's government was asked what it was doing to combat the problem.
 
An Indian minister said 40 trained men had in fact been hired to protect the raucous house, itself accused of monkey-like behaviour, from the animal intruders.
 
"Various efforts are being made to tackle the monkey and dog menace inside and around the parliament house," Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said in a written reply to a lawmaker's question.
 
"The measures include scaring the monkeys away by trained persons who disguise themselves as langurs (long tailed monkeys)."
 
"The New Delhi Municipal Corporation has hired 40 young persons for this purpose," Naidu added. 
 
The NDMC, the body tasked with providing civic services, said the men were "very talented" and had been trained to "closely copy" the noises and actions of the more aggressive langurs to scare away the smaller rhesus macaques. 
 
"They often wear a mask on their faces, hide behind the trees and make these noises to scare away the simians," NDMC chairman Jalaj Srivastava told AFP. 
 
Monkey catchers and their trained langurs used to be hired by wealthy home owners,  politicians and business people to patrol the streets to keep wild monkeys at bay.
 
But the government cracked down on the business last year after a court ruled that keeping monkeys in captivity was cruel.
 
With its lush lawns and gardens, monkeys are drawn to the streets around parliament, which is also home to top bureaucrats, business leaders and foreign embassies.





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Your Dog is Super Jealous of Other Dogs, Study Finds http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/your-dog-super-jealous-other-dogs-study-finds-31894


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WASHINGTON, (AFP) - Dogs show jealousy when their owners spend time with what appears to be another dog, suggesting that the emotion may have survivalist roots, US researchers said Wednesday.

 
Scientists tested 36 dogs and their owners with an experiment in which the owners were told to play with three separate objects in front of their dog.
 
One of the objects was a toy dog that barked and wagged its tail when a button on it was pushed. The owners were told to play with it as if it were a real dog for one minute.
 
They were told to do the same in the next phase of the experiment with a toy jack-o-lantern pail, acting as if it were a dog and playing with it.
 
Finally, they were asked to read aloud a pop-up children's book that played a song, as if they were telling the story to a small child.
 
Certain dog behaviors were much more common when owners played with the toy dog versus the other objects, the researchers found.
 
For instance, dogs more often snapped, pushed their owners, pushed against the object and tried to get in between the owner and the toy dog than they did with the other toys.
 
The dogs were about twice as likely to push their owner (78 percent of dogs did this) when he or she was playing with the toy dog than when the interaction involved the jack-o-lantern (42 percent). Just 22 percent did so with the book.
 
About 30 percent of the dogs tried to get between their owner and the toy dog, and 25 percent snapped at the stuffed canine.
 
The dogs came from a range of breeds, including dachshund, Pomeranian, Boston terrier, Maltese and pug. Almost half of those in the study were mixed breeds.
 
The research, led by Christine Harris and Caroline Prouvost from the University of California, San Diego, is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
 
"Our study suggests not only that dogs do engage in what appear to be jealous behaviors but also that they were seeking to break up the connection between the owner and a seeming rival," Harris said.
 
"We can't really speak to the dogs' subjective experiences, of course, but it looks as though they were motivated to protect an important social relationship."
 





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Elephants Sense of Smell 'Superior' to Dogs http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/elephants-sense-smell-superior-dogs-31892


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WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists out Tuesday.
 
The African elephant's genome contains the largest number of olfactory receptor (OR) genes -- nearly 2,000 -- said the study in the journal Genome Research.
 
Olfactory receptors detect odors in the environment.
 
That means elephants' sniffers are five times more powerful than people's noses, twice that of dogs, and even stronger than the previous known record-holder in the animal kingdom: rats.
 
"Apparently, an elephant's nose is not only long but also superior," said lead study author Yoshihito Niimura of the University of Tokyo.
 
Just how these genes work is not well understood, but they likely helped elephants survive and navigate their environment over the ages.
 
The ability to smell allows creatures to find mates and food -- and avoid predators.
 
The study compared elephant olfactory receptor genes to those of 13 other animals, including horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, cows, rodents and chimpanzees.
 
Primates and people actually had very low numbers of OR genes compared to other species, the study found.
 
This could be "a result of our diminished reliance on smell as our visual acuity improved," Niimura said.
 
The research was funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grants-in-Aid program.
 





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New York Sells Out Adult Sleepover Under Blue Whale http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/new-york-sells-out-adult-sleepover-under-blue-whale-31891


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 NEW YORK, (AFP) - Ever dreamt of kipping down under a blue whale? For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover.
 
The August 1 overnight adventure was so popular that it sold out within hours of being advertised at the celebrated museum opposite Central Park, home to more than 32 million specimens.
 
For 150 guests, paying $375 a head, the night's festivities will kick off with a champagne reception and a little jazz, before adults are invited to roam through the empty halls of the giant museum.
 
They can come head to head with a herd of elephants and dinosaur skeletons, including a 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex and visit the planetarium at midnight if they so wish.
 
As bedtime approaches, guests will be invited to unroll their sleeping bags and curl up under the museum's much loved fiberglass model of a 94-foot-long blue whale that was found off the southern tip of South America in 1925.
 
The curator of the museum's "Power of Poison" exhibition will be on hand to give a special presentation, and visitors can also take in "Spiders Alive!" -- a show featuring live spiders, tarantulas and scorpions mounted to combat arachnophobia.
 
The evening's fun comes complete with a three-course dinner and drinks, an evening snack of cookies and milk, and a light breakfast of fruit, yoghurt, muffins and granola bars.
 
Visitors have been told to bring sleeping bags, a pillow, their camera, toothbrush and toothpaste, washcloth and ear plugs.
 
Pajamas -- oddly -- are not allowed, instead adults are asked to bring "warm, comfortable clothing" to sleep in.
 
Oh and you have to be 21 years old and over.
 
The American Museum of Natural History has already hosted 62,000 children aged six to 13 for regular sleepovers since 2007.
 
It's collection of more than 32 million specimens of animals, birds and insects and dinosaurs come from all over the world.
 
It also houses the Star of India, the world's largest gem-quality blue star sapphire and two billion years old.
 





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'Bee-harming' Pesticides Also Hit Bird Populations http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/bee-harming-pesticides-also-hit-bird-populations-31890


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PARIS, (AFP) - Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations, possibly by eliminating the insects they feed upon, a Dutch study said on Wednesday.
 
The new paper comes weeks after an international panel of 29 experts found that birds, butterflies, worms and fish were being harmed by neonicotinoid insecticides, although details of this impact were sketchy.
 
Studying areas of the Netherlands where surface water had high concentrations of one such chemical, imidacloprid, it found that the population of 15 bird species tumbled by 3.5 percent annually compared to places where the pesticide's level was far lower.
 
The fall, monitored from 2003 to 2010, coincided with rising use of imidacloprid, noted the study led by Caspar Hallmann of Radboud University in Nijmegen.
 
Authorised in the Netherlands in 1994, annual use of this neonicotinoid increased more than ninefold by 2004, according to official figures. Much of the chemical was found to have been sprayed at excessive concentrations.
 
By wiping out insects -- a crucial source of food at breeding times -- it affected the birds' ability to reproduce, the authors suggested, cautioning that other causes could not be ruled out.
 
Nine of the 15 bird species monitored are exclusively insectivore.
 
"Our results suggest that the impact of neonicotinoids on the natural environment is even more substantial than has been reported in the past," declared the probe, published in the journal Nature.
 
"Future legislation should take into account the potential cascading effects of neonicotinoids on ecosystems."
 
Neonics are widely-used as a seed treatment for arable crops. They are designed to be absorbed by the growing seedling and be toxic for the nervous system of crop-munching pests.
 
In a commentary carried by Nature, Dave Goulson, a biologist at Britain's Sussex University, said neonicotinoids may well have a long-term impact on insect populations.
 
Only about five percent of the pesticide's active ingredient is actually absorbed by the crop, he said.
 
Most of the rest enters the soil and soil water, where it can persist for months and even years -- it can take more than 1,000 days for concentrations to fall by half.
 
As a result, the chemicals build up over time if fields are sprayed seasonally or annually, he said.
 
The chemical may also be taken up by the roots of hedgerows and follow-on crops, and be washed from soils into lakes, canals and rivers, where it could affect aquatic insects, a food for birds and fish, Goulson said.
 
He saw a similar knock-on process to that of DDT, a notorious pesticide whose environmental damage came to the fore in 1962 thanks to Rachel Carson's investigation "Silent Spring."
 
The debate over neonics has raged since the late 1990s, when French beekeepers blamed them for the collapse of honeybee colonies.
 
In 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared that neonic pesticides posed an "unacceptable risk" to bees.
 
This was followed by a vote by the European Union in favour of a two-year moratorium on the use of three widely used neonic chemicals on flowering crops, which are visited by bees.
 
But the measure does not affect barley and wheat, nor does it cover pesticides used in gardens or public areas.
 
Last month, the White House ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out its own review of the effect of neonicotinoids on bees.
 





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Senior Dogs Find Refuge in Japanese Nursing Home http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/senior-dogs-find-refuge-japanese-nursing-home-31865


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TOKYO, (AFP) - A new Japanese nursing home has everything seniors could want, from a hair salon and 24-hour medical care to comfy beds and a swimming pool to keep those legs in shape -- all four of them.
 
The facility in a Tokyo suburb is throwing open its doors to ageing dogs of all shapes and sizes with the promise of a comfortable retirement for the elderly canines, and their equally wrinkly human owners.
 
Aeonpet Co., a unit of major shopping mall operator Aeon, billed its nursing home as the ticket for a pet-loving nation which also has a rapidly ageing population.
 
"Many pets are getting old while their owners are also ageing. This is a serious social issue," company president Akihiro Ogawa said during a media tour Wednesday.
 
"I hope this business will provide part of the solution for this problem."
 
Owners who worry about their pet's future after they die need not fret -- the pool has dog-sized life jackets and there is a CT scanner for thorough medical check ups.
 
And when those beloved pets aren't getting a shampoo and trim, the home offers memory games to help ward off dementia and comforting care during the final stage of life.
 
There is an interview to make sure owners aren't just trying to get rid of old pets, with costs ranging from 100,000 yen ($1,000) a month for small pets to double that number for bigger dogs.
 
The nursing home opens next week.
 





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Cause of Death Remains a Mystery in China Pet Food Scare http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/cause-death-remains-mystery-china-pet-food-scare-petmd-31843


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WASHINGTON, (AFP) - US authorities have yet to determine what exactly caused the deaths of more than 1,000 dogs that consumed jerky pet treats made in China, a Congressional panel heard Tuesday.
 
Major pet supply retailers Petco and Petsmart have said they will phase out all China-made pet food in their stores over the coming months, amid growing consumer jitters about the safety of their ingredients.
 
Tracey Forfa of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told the Congressional-Executive Commission on China that more than 5,600 dogs in the United States are known to have fallen ill since 2007 due to jerky products imported from China.
 
"Unfortunately, to date, the FDA has not been able to identify a specific cause for the reported illnesses or deaths despite an intensive scientific investigation," said Forfa, deputy director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.
 
Sixty percent of the sick dogs -- of all sizes, ages and breeds -- suffered gastrointestinal illness, while 30 percent exhibited kidney or urinary issues, including a rare kidney disease called Fanconi syndrome, she said.
 
"Without knowing what is causing the illnesses, and thus no means of screening products to ensure that they are safe, firms and authorities have limited options," added University of Minnesota professor Shaun Kennedy, an expert in food systems.
 
Worries about the quality of China-made pet food date back to 2007, when melamine, a chemical compound typically used for making plastics, was detected in some brands, prompting a sweeping recall.
 
Patty Lovera of Food and Water Watch, a non-profit advocacy group, said melamine is intentionally added to various food products in China to enhance their nitrogen content and thus pass protein tests.
 
Tuesday's congressional hearing was held amid wider questions over labelling food imports from China for human consumption.
 
Last year the Department of Agriculture gave a green light for China to export processed, cooked chicken to the United States, so long as the raw poultry originates from US slaughter houses.
 
"While no such chicken has entered our shores yet, it's possible that very soon this processed chicken could end up on our dinner tables and school lunchrooms," said Senator Sherrod Brown, one of the committee's co-chairmen.
 
"Americans want and require better answers, clearer labels and the peace of mind that the foods we import from China are safe," he said, urging Beijing to make "significant improvements" in its food safety system.





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jjcozy molded jerky 07/17/2014 10:37am well my experience with people jerky which I used to eat alot, for one thing if it is not stored correctly or gets too old it will mold. I had some to go bad on me several times. sometimes the mold is not that notiicable depending on the kind of meat it is made of. I do not chance feeding mine jerky anymore. I stick to a regular diet if they get anything extra maybe veggies.
Reply to this comment Report abuse 23 Kasart Products made in China 07/30/2014 04:08pm N. America should NOT be accepting any food products from China - period. We have rich agriculture system and availability here. It's all a matter of people being educated and demand this. Chicken from China but raised here - why? Once a company is situated overseas to China, it is very difficult to bring it back financially. A communist country who already hacked/invaded both USA & Canada's gov't computer systems shows motive. The discount stores - Walmart, Big Lots etc. ALL sell Chinese/Asian based products for pets and people. Even the mushrooms, canned bean sprouts, Big Giant vegetables - China. Pretty Scary and angry w/ our gov't for allowing it. Reply to this comment Report abuse 38 lytlbyty 08/02/2014 11:39am Very well stated. We should buy "Made in USA" whenever possible, especially anything to be eaten by our companions or ourselves. Reply to this comment Report abuse 25 terriewr 09/17/2014 01:26am We need to be employing Americans. Grow chickens here, ship them to China for processing? Ridiculous! China poisons their own people, why should they care about our pets!? Money, money, money sad but true Reply to this comment Report abuse 4


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Pet Dog Saves Japanese Boy from Bear Attack http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/pet-dogs-saves-japanese-boy-bear-attack-31842


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TOKYO, June 24, 2014 (AFP) - A placid pet dog was being hailed a hero after saving a five-year-old boy from a mauling by a wild bear in northern Japan, police and media said Tuesday.

 
The dog, a six-year-old shiba inu, took on the metre-high (three-feet) bear after it attacked the young boy during a riverside walk with his great-grandfather.
 
The dog barked "unusually loud" and chased off the animal on Saturday evening in Odate, some 550 kilometres (340 miles) north of Tokyo, a local police spokesman said.
 
"The boy suffered slight bruises and was taken to hospital but he was released on the same day," the spokesman said.
 
The boy's 80-year-old great-grandfather, who was a short distance away near his car, raised the alarm.
 
Local media identified the dog as a six-year-old bitch named "Mego" ("Cute").
 
"Mego is usually calm and timid. It was a great surprise that she chased away a bear," the dog's owner told the Sports Hochi daily. "Mego has always been his friend and we have rewarded her with meat and other treats."
 
The Sports Hochi reported that the boy's clothes were torn and his back and bottom were covered in scratches where the bear had apparently clawed at him.
 
Asian black bears are native to large parts of Japan, including the main island of Japan, while brown bears roam Hokkaido further north.
 
 
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Spanish Zoo Vet Tranquilizes Keeper in Gorilla Escape Drill http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/spanish-zoo-vet-tranquilizes-keeper-gorilla-escape-drill-31786


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MADRID, June 06, 2014 (AFP) - A Spanish zoo vet shot a keeper with a tranquillizer dart when a gorilla escape drill went awry, knocking out the unfortunate victim who spent the next three days in hospital.
  
Zoo workers ran a drill simulating a gorilla escape on Monday, said the Loro Park zoo, a popular holiday destination in Lanzarote on Spain's Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.
 
But a park vet armed with a tranquillizer gun then shot a loaded dart into the 35-year-old keeper by mistake, Loro Park spokeswoman Patricia Delponti told AFP on Friday.
 
"For an unknown reason it fired accidently and hit his co-worker beside him in the leg," Delponti said.
 
"The dart was loaded to neutralise a 200-kilogram (440-pound) gorilla. So when it goes into a human weighing about 100 kilograms it is very dangerous," she explained.
 
The vet reacted by injecting a gorilla tranquillizer antidote into the keeper.
 
An ambulance then rushed the victim to intensive care at the University Hospital of Tenerife, where he was aroused from his slumber nearly eight hours later, the spokeswoman said. "He was obviously very woozy because of the tranquillizer dose he had received."
 
After two days in intensive care and a day under observation, doctors discharged the keeper Thursday morning.
 
Delponti denied a Spanish newspaper report that the keeper had been dressed in a gorilla suit, confusing the vet who then shot him with the dart.
 
"He was not disguised as a gorilla and was not wearing a hairy costume, and the vet did not get confused," she said. "It is impossible to confuse a gorilla with a human."
 





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Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls 62 Bags of Science Diet Dry Dog Food http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/hills-pet-nutrition-voluntarily-recalls-62-bags-science-diet-dry-dog-food-31746


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Hill’s Pet Nutrition, of Topeka, KS, is voluntarily issuing a pet food recall for a limited quantity of dry dog food due to possible Salmonella contamination.
 
The following products (pictured here) are included in the dog food recall:
 
Science Diet® Adult Small & Toy Breed          
15.5 lb bags
SKU: 9097
“Best Before” Date/ Production Code: 08 2015 M094   
 
According to a press release issued by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the 62 bags affected by this dog food recall were distributed to 17 veterinary clinic and pet store customers in California, Hawaii and Nevada between April 24 and May 13, 2014. The bags were part of a single production run.
 
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 dog food and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
 
There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products. 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.
 
Customers who may have purchased any of the affected food should discontinue use of the product and immediately call Hill’s Pet Nutrition at 1-800-445-5777. Customer service representatives will be available Monday-Friday during the hours of 7am-7pm CST. Hill’s will arrange to collect the unused portion of the product at its own expense at a time convenient for the consumer and will provide a full refund.
 
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Pet Center, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Lamb Dog Treats http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/pet-center-inc-voluntarily-recalls-lamb-dog-treats-31741


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Pet Center, Inc., a Los Angeles-based pet-treat manufacturer, has issued a voluntary recall of specific lamb-based dog treats due to potential contamination with Salmonella.
 
The following products are included in the dog treat recall:
 
Lamb Crunchy’s Dog Treats (Made in the USA)
3 oz. bags
Lot code: LAM-003
UPC# 727348200038
Date code:  122015
 
According to a press release issued by the FDA, the product was distributed in California, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Washington states to retailers including Gelson’s Market, General Pet, Nor-Sky Pet Supply and Independent Pet.
 
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.
 
There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products. 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.
 
Salmonella was detected by the State of Colorado, Department of Agriculture in a random sample of these dog treat products. No illnesses have been reported to date.
 
Customers who have purchased this product are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Pet Center, Inc. customer representatives will also be available to answer questions related to the dog treat recall at 1-800-390-0575 Monday-Friday between 7:30am through 4pm PST.
 
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Four-Legged Stars of Canine Thriller Win Cannes 'Palm Dog' http://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/four-legged-stars-canine-thriller-win-cannes-palm-dog-31722


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CANNES, France, May 23, 2014 (AFP) - Luke and Body, two mongrels who shared the role of an adorable pet that turns into a killing machine in the film "White God", scooped the Palm Dog for canine talent Friday at the Cannes Film Festival.
 
The young brothers appeared as Hagen in the latest movie by Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo, a strange, dystopian canine thriller that intrigued critics.
 
Describing the film as "The Expendables for dogs", the London Times' chief film critic Kate Muir handed over the unofficial Palm Dog award -- a toy bone with Union Jack colours -- to Mundruczo, who had just flown back to the French Riviera resort after promoting his film earlier in the week.
 
"It was really great to watch how these two races can cooperate," Mundruczo said, adding that the two golden-furred mongrels were talented young newcomers to the movie industry.

 
"White God" is competing in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival that seeks to recognise new talent and encourage innovative, daring work. The winner is announced Friday evening.
 
The unofficial Palm Dog award has become something of an institution at the festival, and several dogs were present at the UK pavilion where the event took place.
 
Imogen Diamond, the elderly, jewel-clad former Bond Girl, showed up with her pooch James Bond, and black Chihuahua Bobik made an appearance with his owner, Russian actress and producer Julia Koroleva.
 
Luke and Body's star turn in "White God" caps a festival that has seen several stellar performances by man's best friend.
 
"Every year, I am sorry to say, I receive what I can only describe as joshing from the French journalist community: 'Oh you Anglo-Saxon eccentrics, you and your dogs'," said The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, a member of the Palm Dog jury.
 
"Well I can only say that nobody can doubt the importance of dogs this year at Cannes."
 
In other canine star moments at Cannes, film legend Jean-Luc Godard cast his own dog in his Palme d'Or contender "Goodbye to Language" and "Saint Laurent", a biopic about the famed designer, sees a bulldog dying from a pill overdose.
 
Previous winners of the Palm Dog include a white poodle who played the part of a blind pet owned by Liberace as well as terriers Smurf and Ged, which featured in British black comedy "Sightseers".
 





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Dog Bites In US Reaching 'Epidemic Proportions' http://www.petmd.com/news/care-safety/dog-bites-us-reaching-epidemic-proportions-31679


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WASHINGTON - Dog bites are reaching "epidemic proportions," a well-known TV dog trainer said last week, as video of a cat fearlessly chasing off a dog that bit a small boy in California went viral.
 
Every year more than 4.5 million Americans -- more than half of them children -- are bitten by dogs, said the American Humane Association ahead of National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which began this week.
 
Insurers paid more than $483 million in dog bite claims in 2013. Plastic surgeons performed 26,935 operations to repair injuries caused by dog bites.
 
And the U.S. Postal Service said 5,581 of its employees were attacked last year.
 
"The dog bite situation in America is at epidemic proportions -- in Europe less so, but still a huge issue," British-born dog trainer and television presenter Victoria Stilwell, host of the reality series "It's Me or the Dog," told AFP.
 
"Everywhere needs to take the situation very seriously," said Stilwell at a media event in Washington attended by Elle, a mellow therapy dog that happens to be a pit bull.
 
Stiwell appealed for greater education and awareness among dog owners and the public -- as well as better-trained dogs.
 
In a surveillance video going viral on YouTube, four-year-old Jeremy Triantafilo of Bakersfield, California is seen being attacked and badly bitten in the leg by a pit bull-looking dog.
 
But the dog immediately turns tail when Tara, the Triantafilo family cat since 2008, leaps to the defense of the mildly autistic lad, who was playing on bicycle on the sidewalk.
 
"Our cat saved our son!" his mother Erica Triantafilo, who was close by watering a tree, told ABC television affiliate KERO in Bakersfield, north of Los Angeles.
 
"It was truly amazing. She's my hero."
 
The boy needed several stitches to close the wound. The dog, which belonged to neighbors, was taken away by local authorities for quarantine. Tara was unhurt.





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WATCH: Cannes Film Trailer About Girl's Eternal Friendship with Dog Under Extreme Circumstances http://www.petmd.com/news/lifestyle-entertainment/watch-cannes-film-trailer-about-girls-eternal-friendship-dog-under-extr


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CANNES, France, May 19, 2014 (AFP) - A girl rides her bicycle in the deserted streets of Budapest. Suddenly, a pack of wild dogs bursts from round a corner, hurtling towards her as she anxiously pedals on.
 
The dramatic opener of "White God", the latest film by Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo competing in the Cannes Film Festival, sets the scene for a strange, dystopian canine ride that has critics intrigued.
 
In the story, Hagen -- the beloved dog of 13-year-old Lili -- is dragged through heartbreak and violence after being abandoned on the side of a highway, before toughing up and exacting his revenge with the help of fellow, wronged mutts.
 
The gold-furred mongrel is played by two dogs -- real-life brothers Luke and Body -- and the latter stole the show at the screening when he appeared with a bow tie around his neck, barking his appreciation and performing a few tricks.
  
But his five-star treatment in the French Riviera resort contrasts sharply with the way his character Hagen is handled in the film.
 

 
As a mongrel and not a pure-breed, Hagen is denigrated by every human being except his devoted owner Lili.
 
But when the lonely girl finds herself staying with her father when her mother travels abroad, problems abound and Lili's dad ends up abandoning her best friend on the side of a highway.
 
Unused to being alone, a whimpering Hagen has to survive with other strays
 
-- including a cute mutt who saves him from more than one scrape.
 
Lili desperately looks for her friend, whose trust in humans proves to be his downfall. He is sold off to a man who trains him how to fight, gradually turning a lovable, adoring dog into a violent, killing machine.
 
By the end of the film, an unrecognisable Hagen rises up against his oppressors and leads a pack of other strays on a murderous spree through Budapest.
 
For Mundruczo, Hagen is a symbol of the marginalised and oppressed and the director drew inspiration for the film on the current political situation in Hungary and much of Europe, where rising populism and nationalism is causing concern.
 
In Hungary, for instance, the far-right Jobbik party is now the third largest bloc in parliament.
 
"In my eyes, art is communication and art is criticism," he told AFP.
 
- 250 street dogs -
  
Mundruczo was inspired to use dogs to depict the oppressed by South African novelist J. M. Coetzee, who has written about the human treatment of animals in several books including Booker Prize-winner "Disgrace."
 
"His works called attention to the fact that there is a layer below even the most outcast of all, consisting of another species of intelligent, rational beings that can be exploited in any manner by humans: animals," he said in production notes.
 
Some 250 street dogs were used as supporting canine actors in the film, and new homes were found for all of them after the shoot.
 
Finding the right dog to play Hagen, though, was a challenge.
 
"We looked for three months," Teresa Ann Miller, a dog trainer for the movie industry who taught Body and Luke all their tricks, told AFP.
 
"I finally found him online and it was a small family who had too many big dogs and had to find a home for them," she said, adding she promptly acquired two brothers to play the one part.
 
Training them took five months before the young mongrels were ready for their moment of stardom.
 
All in all, critics have been seduced by the acting skills of the dogs in the film, which is competing in the "Un Certain Regard" section of the Cannes Film Festival that seeks to recognise new talent and encourage innovative, daring work.
 
"Cast credits include a deserved mention for Hagen performers Luke and Body, but many dogs have their day here," said entertainment industry magazine Variety.





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