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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 12


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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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ms ruby Cairo 05/12/2015 07:37am It's only right to let these amazing animals live out their days in a good , loving home. Reply to this comment Report abuse 4


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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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Celebrate Mother's Day with these adorable printable Mother’s Day cards from your furry-kid. Each card is available in both cat and dog versions, plus choose from either funny or sentimental.
 
Browse our gallery and print your favorite Pet360 card to make the best of this wag-worthy occasion.
 
 
 
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Funny Mother’s Day Card from the Cat
 

 
Front of card: MEEEOOW!
 
Inside of card: That Means Happy Mother’s Day in Cat!
 
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Sentimental Mother’s Day Card from the Cat
 

 
Front of card: Happy Mother’s Day
 
Inside of card: To a mom who is sweeter than a cat’s meow! Love,
 
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Funny Mother’s Day Card from the Dog
 

 
Front of card: This Mother’s Day I gave up eating your shoes,
 
Inside of card: It wasn’t easy! Thanks for being the best mom ever.
 
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Front of card: Happy Mother’s Day
 
Inside of card: You are pawsitively the best mom a dog can have!  Love,
 
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Veterinarians in the Chicago area are warning dog owners of a severe outbreak of canine influenza that has sickened numerous animals and killed five. 
 
According to the Chicago Sun Times, over 1,000 dogs in the Chicago area have been diagnosed with the respiratory disease, which is spread from dog to dog through contact at dog parks, boarding kennels, shelters and other public areas where dogs play and interact.
 
Symptoms of the flu include a loud cough, lack of appetite, and fever. If the disease progresses, the dog can come down with pneumonia. Veterinarians in the Midwest city saw an uptick in canine influenza cases in January, and there has been a steady increase in new cases since then.
 
“I have been practicing for 20 years and I have never seen anything this bad, this contagious, this widespread,” Jane Lohmar of Family Pet Animal Hospital told the Sun Times.
 
Several dog daycare facilities are taking precautions and several local doggy events have been canceled. PetSmart announced that they are closing three local PetsHotels until the outbreak is under control.
 
Veterinarians are urging pet parents to keep their dogs isolated from other dogs to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
 
And although the outbreak is worrisome, West Loop Veterinary Care medical director David Gonsky is asking dog owners to remain calm and practice precautions. “There have been hundreds of these infected dogs seen at area veterinary hospitals and the number who have gotten pneumonia is small,” he told reporters. “The number who have died is very small.” 
 
Five dogs have died from the disease in the Chicago area. 
 
Related Articles:
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by Samantha Drake
 
 
Could having a dog actually help your immune system? 
 
That’s the notion a team of researchers at the University of Arizona’s Department of Psychiatry is trying to prove. Researchers have launched a study called “Dogs as Probiotics for People” to examine whether dogs can improve human health by acting as a probiotic, particularly in older people. Humans already have a strong emotional bond with their dogs and the study will explore the possible existence of a biological bond that can improve the immune system of both people and their pets. 
 
“We think dogs might work as probiotics to enhance the health of the bacteria that live in our guts. These bacteria, or the ‘microbiota,’ are increasingly recognized as playing an essential role in our mental and physical health, especially as we age,” researchers wrote on the project’s web site. 
 
‘Good’ Bacteria
 
The researchers say their work will build on previous findings that dog owners are much more likely to share the same kind of “good” bacteria with their dogs. Studies have also found that children who grow up with dogs are less likely to develop immunity-related problems, such as asthma and allergies, they add. 
 
Researchers are recruiting volunteers between the ages of 50 and 80 to participate in the study.  
 
The project will additionally look at the dogs’ impact on the overall wellness of the study participants.
 
“In addition to bacteria, dogs are just great companions, so we are also interested in looking at whether the introduction of a dog into the home of older adults improves their sleep, their muscle and bone strength, their ability to move around, and their overall happiness and quality of life,” note the researchers. 
 
The study will be conducted in partnership with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The researchers have created a GoFundMe page to raise funding for the study. 
 
 

Image: Cristian Iohan Stefanescu / Flickr

 
 
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by Samantha Drake
 
 
When a thin, black cat with white paws, stomach, and chin was brought to the Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend, Ore., shelter staff uncovered good news and bad news during the routine health exam.
 
The good news is the cat had a microchip, which allowed the staff to contact the cat’s owners. Amazingly, the cat, called “Brave,” had been missing for seven years. When called, Brave’s owner, Mark Reinecke, was shocked to learn the cat had been found, according to the Humane Society.
 
The bad news is that shelter staff felt a mass in Brave’s abdomen, which a vet confirmed was cancer, the Humane Society said in a March 20 post on its Facebook page.
 
The Humane Society reported that Reinecke family reunited with Brave and will care for the cat during the time he has left. 
 
Microchips Work 
 
Microchip identification is an invaluable tool for reuniting lost pets with their owners. As the shelter noted in its Facebook post, the Reinecke family moved twice after their cat disappeared but Mark Reinecke retained the same cell phone number. Brave, now 10 years old, was found in the same town he lived in when he first went missing.
 
 
Photo via Humane Society of Central Oregon's Facebook page
 
 
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Primal Pet Foods, a California-based pet food manufacturer, has announced the voluntary recall of a single lot of Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Cat Food due to reports of low thiamine levels in the food.
 
According to a department release, the FDA tested the product after receiving a consumer complaint concerning 3-pound bags of Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula. After testing, the FDA notified Primal Pet Foods that the testing of two bags of this lot showed a low thiamine level.
 
The lot involved in the recall is:
 
Primal Pet Foods Feline Turkey Raw Frozen Formula 3-pound bag
(UPC# 8 50334-00414 0)
Best By date 060815
Production Code - B22
 
Only the product with the above best-by date and production code is included in the cat food recall. Consumers are advised to check the production code on the back of the Primal Pet Foods bag to determine if the product has been recalled.
 
Cats fed diets low in thiamine for an extended period may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Symptoms of an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature, and early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurologic signs can develop, which may include ventriflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures.
 
Consumers who purchased 3-pound bags of the recalled cat food are advised to stop feeding it to their cats and call Primal Pet Foods at 1-866-566-4652 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (PST). Those with cats which have consumed food from the recalled lot and which are displaying symptoms mentioned above are urged to contact their veterinarian. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible. 
 

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Two U.S. senators are urging the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to open an investigation into the allegations that Nestle Purina PetCare Company’s Beneful dry kibble dog food contains toxins that may have killed thousands of dogs.
 
The letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, which was sent by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and California Senator Dianne Feinstein, is in direct response to the class action lawsuit filed in California federal court in February by pet owner Frank Lucido. According to the lawsuit, illnesses experienced by thousands of dogs across the country were a result of toxins in Beneful such as, but not limited to, Propylene glycol and Mycotoxins.
 
Representative for Purina have continually said that the lawsuit is “baseless” and “without merit.” In an official statement posted on Purina’s website last month, the company stated:
 
“Unfortunately, class action suits are common these days. They are not indicative of a product issue. In fact, we've faced two such suits in the past with similar allegations. Both were found to be baseless and were subsequently dismissed by the courts.
 
Adding to the confusion, social media outlets can be a source of false or incomplete information, as many other pet food brands have experienced themselves.”
 
Many pet owners on social media have focused on the usage of propylene glycol in Purina’s Beneful dry kibble dog food. The FDA lists propylene glycol as a safe substance for use in both human and dog food, though prohibit its use in cat food.
 
"Propylene glycol is determined to be Generally Recognized as Safe for use in animal feeds, including dog foods, as a general purpose food additive when used in accordance with good manufacturing and feeding practices," FDA spokeswoman Juli Putnam said in a statement to NBC News.
 
In their letter to the FDA, Sen. Durbin and Feinstein are asking for an update on the agency’s implementation of a 2007 law enacted to help prevent contaminated pet food from reaching animals. Under the 2007 law, the FDA is required to ensure that pet food companies report to the agency within 24 hours of determining they have an adulterated product in their supply chain.
 
Additionally, the law requires the FDA to set ingredient and processing standards for pet food, strengthen labeling requirements, establish early warning systems for contaminated products and mandate that companies report contaminated food and make key records available during investigations.
 
 “We appreciate that the FDA has implemented an online database to inform consumers of pet food recalls,” the letter from Sen. Durbin and Feinstein states. “However, eight years later, most provisions of the pet food safety law have not been implemented and protections Congress enacted are not in place, amid allegations of contaminated Beneful dry kibble.”
 
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Leeanne MY DOG HAD SEIZURES! 04/16/2015 03:21pm I have a large Collie/Shepherd mix and The Purina Beneful "Salmon formula", we had no issues....but within 15-20 minutes of eating the "Beneful Healthy Growth Formula"? She had seizures. It took a couple episodes before I got the correlation between her eating that particular food, the timing and her seizures. I took my dog off of it immediately...and what do you know?? Low and behold she has NOT had a seizure since!! So you cannot tell me that this food is safe because I vehemently disagree!! The second half of her body was bouncing off the floor and her eyes were glazed over like she was in a trance, and her tongue was hanging off the side!!!! It scared the bejeebies out of me!! She now eats Nutro, 4Health and Rachael Ray's brand.... and not one seizure since we switched!! Thanks be to God!! It's a bit too coincidental don't you think?!?? They need to pull that stuff off the shelves!! Reply to this comment Report abuse 16


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The co-owners of an award-winning show dog are devastated after their beloved canine was allegedly poisoned at one of Britain’s most prestigious competitions.
 
According to the Daily Mail, an Irish Setter known as Thendara Satisfaction, more commonly referred to as Jagger, died upon returning home to Belgium following his appearance at the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham.
 
A post-mortem examination by a veterinarian revealed chunks of meat in the dog’s stomach that were laced with unknown poisons. The vet said that the poison was sewn into pieces of beef.
 
Dog breeder and co-owner of Jagger, Dee Milligan-Bott, wrote on her Facebook page that the timing of the dog’s death and the autopsy results reveal that the poisoning likely happened at the dog show. But Milligan-Bott doesn’t believe that it was a malicious act by another competitor. 
 
“I need you all to know that we can't and we won't think that this was the act of another exhibitor,” she wrote on Facebook. “If we thought this we couldn't go on, and the last 30 years would be a complete waste.” 
 
Jagger was co-owned by Aleksandra Lauwers, who lives in Belgium, where the dog spent the majority of his time. Besides being a competitive show dog and a beloved family pet, Jagger also acted as a therapy dog for elderly people in nursing homes. 
 
Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko told the Daily Mail that the organization is investigating the tragic event and will be reviewing security footage to see if they can identify who poisoned Jagger.
 
“The Kennel Club is deeply shocked and saddened to hear that Jagger the Irish Setter died some 26 hours after leaving Crufts,” she said.
 
"We have spoken to his owners and our heartfelt sympathies go out to them.” 
 
 
Image: Thendara Satisfaction, Dee Milligan Bott, Facebook
 
 
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Cats, long stereotyped as aloof and highly independent creatures compared to dogs, may be getting a bad rap.
 
Research recently published in the journal Animal Cognition posits that cats are quite in tune with their owners’ emotions, and respond to those emotions. The study, “Social referencing and cat–human communication,” details the results of an experiment conducted at Italy’s University of Milan with 24 cats and their owners to see what cats do with emotional information provided by their people.
 
According to the study, the first of its kind involving cats, researchers put each cat-owner pair in an unfamiliar room with an object sure to cause the cats some anxiety: a running fan with plastic ribbons attached to it. One group of owners provided positive reinforcement by talking in a happy voice while looking from the cat to the fan. The second group talked to their cats in a fearful voice while looking from the cat to the fan.
 
Researchers then assessed what they call “social referencing” in the cats, defined as “looking to the owner immediately before or after looking at the object.” The cats clearly participated in social referencing, with researchers concluding that 79 percent of the cats alternated between looking at their owner and the fan. The study found the cats even changed their behavior “to some extent” according to their owners' emotional message.
 
Interestingly, the cats responded more overtly, in terms of looking at their owners, to the negative emotions than to the positive emotions. “Overall, cats in the negative group also showed a higher frequency in their interaction with the owner than cats in the positive group, potentially suggesting they were looking for security from their owner,” according to the study. 
 
“Cats are social animals, but their sociality is defined ‘optional,’” says Isabella Merola, lead author of the study and the owner of two cats herself. “Cats usually decide when and with whom to interact."
 
Merola notes that all of the cats in the study focused on their owners because they were in a strange situation. Even cats that usually ignored their people felt compelled to look to their owners for direction in that scenario, says Merola. 
 
 
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It has been a rough year for Dale "Bucko" Franck and his wife Nancy. According to Iowa Public Radio, Bucko spent some time in the hospital for health problems and Nancy was diagnosed with cancer. Nancy recently had cancer surgery, but there were complications, and the Cedar Rapids woman was transferred over to Mercy Medical Center after spending a few days in intensive care.
 
While Nancy’s situation is devastating to Bucko, it also appears to be hard on the family’s two Miniature Schnauzers, Sissy and Barney. And Sissy missed Nancy so much that she decided to take matters into her own paws.
 
In the middle of the night, Bucko woke up and discovered his furnace wasn’t working. While he was up trying to fix the problem, he took both dogs out into the back yard. Usually, the dogs run right back into the house after Bucko unhooks them. He assumed that Sissy had already run into the kitchen, so he went back inside. But it only took a few minutes for Bucko to realize Sissy was gone.
 
Bucko was distraught. “I was scared to death,” he told Iowa Public Radio. “I was crying. That’s my baby.” He called the animal shelter and the police trying to locate his lost dog. Sissy has an identification tag, so Bucko hoped that someone would pick Sissy up and return her. 
 
At approximately 5:15 in the morning, Bucko got a call from a security woman at Mercy Medical Center, who said that they had Sissy. The dog — who had never run away before and never visited the hospital in the past — walked twenty blocks away from her home and right to the hospital’s doors, where she actually made her way into the hospital lobby. It was there that the security staff recovered her. 
 
Bucko’s only explanation was that Sissy somehow used her sixth sense and was trying to visit Nancy. 
 
When Bucko and Nancy’s daughter, Sarah Wood, went to pick Sissy up from the hospital, Sarah asked if she could take the dog upstairs for a quick visit. A security guard escorted them up to Nancy’s room so that Sissy could spend a few minutes with her beloved pet parent.
 
When Nancy saw Sissy for the first time, she thought that Sarah had somehow snuck the dog into the hospital. But when Sarah relayed the story to her mother about how Sissy ran away in the middle of the night to come to the hospital, Nancy could only say, “You little stinker. How did you do that?”
 
Sarah and Sissy were only able to visit with Nancy for a few minutes, but Sarah believes that seeing Sissy brightened her mother’s day. Hopefully Nancy makes a full recovery so that she can get back home to her loving two-legged and four-legged family members.
 
 
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Have you ever wondered if your dog understands what you’re thinking when you give him a specific look? According to new research published in the journal Current Biology, he actually might.
 
In a study conducted at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, researchers trained dogs to discern between photos of humans making two different facial expressions — one happy and one angry.
 
The dogs studied 15 pairs of photographs. The dogs were then put through a series of tests in which they were shown images revealing either the upper, lower, or side half of the same faces.
 
According to a press release, the dogs were able to select the angry or happy face more often than would be expected by random chance in every case. The research not only shows that dogs can distinguish between happy and angry expressions, but they can transfer what they learn to understand new clues. 
 
The study also revealed that dogs were slower to associate an angry face with a reward, suggesting that the canine participants already had prior experience learning to stay away from people when they look angry. 
 
"Our study demonstrates that dogs can distinguish angry and happy expressions in humans, they can tell that these two expressions have different meanings,” said Ludwig Huber, senior author and head of the group at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna's Messerli Research Institute , in a statement.
 
“They can do this not only for people they know well, but even for faces they have never seen before."
 
Researchers say that these findings mark the first solid evidence that an animal other than humans can discriminate between emotional expressions in another species.
 
 
 
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Tuffy's Pet Foods, a Minnesota-based pet food manufacturer, has announced a voluntary recall of limited lots of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food due to potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

A routine sampling by the Ohio Department of Agriculture discovered the presence of Salmonella in one 4 lb. bag of the dog food. The manufacturer is issuing the recall action out of an abundance of caution, to safeguard customers, and is coordinating this voluntary recall with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
The recalled products are specific to the 4 lb. bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food. They can be identified by the first 5 digits of the affected Lot Codes, which can be found on the upper back of the bag, the Best By Dates on the upper back of the bag, and the UPC Code on the lower back of the bag. No other Nutrisca foods, treats, supplements, or other products are affected by this recall.
 
To determine whether your dog's food is affected by this recall, look for this information on the package:
 
Nutrisca 4lb Chicken and Chick Pea Recipe Dry Dog Food
 
First five digits of Lot Codes: 4G29P, 4G31P, 4H01P, 4H04P, 4H05P, 4H06P    
       
Best By Dates: Jul 28 16, Jul 30 16, Jul 31 16, Aug 03 16, Aug 04 16, Aug 05 16
 
UPC# 8 84244 12495 7
 
 
At the time of this article, no illnesses in animals or humans in relation to this product have been reported.
 
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 hosuehold. 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.
 
Consumers who purchased the 4 lb. bags of the recalled dry dog food product should stop using it immediately and discard it in a secure trash container or return it to the place of purchase.
 
Those who wish to contact Nutrisca for information or to ask questions may do so at their toll free number, 1-888-559-8833.
 

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Grill-Phoria Recalls Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/grill-phoria-recalls-big-bark-all-natural-beef-jerky-treats-32469









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Colorado based Grill-Phoria LLC is recalling 200 3.5 oz bags of Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. 
 
According to a FDA release, the bags were distributed and manufactured between September 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, and do not have lot codes. 
 
The Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs were  distributed in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma and  they are 3.5 oz in weight labeled as All Natural Beef Jerky Treat.
 
According to the FDA, the recall is the result of a routine sampling program by the Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished tested positive for Salmonella. Grill-Phoria ceased the production and distribution of the product as the company continues their investigation.
 
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.
 
Consumers who purchased Big Bark All Natural Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs (3.5 oz Bag) are urged to return the bag to the store that you purchased it from to get a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Grill-Phoria at between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (MST) Monday through Friday at 970-663-4561.





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By Samantha Drake
 
Meet Rami, a one-year-old Pit Bull-Dachshund mix, who’s turning heads and racking up “likes” on his own Facebook page. 
 
The unusual-looking dog has been at the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society in Moultrie, GA, for just a few days but is getting a lot of attention from fans and potential adopters. He’s also raising questions about health risks and ethical concerns associated with breeding exaggerated traits in dogs. 
 
Rami was found roaming the streets and brought to the Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society in January. The organization first posted Rami’s photo on its Facebook page on January 27, which got more than three million hits by the next morning. Media attention followed and Rami soon got a Facebook page of his own.  
 
According to the organization, Rami is sweet and energetic and will need training to learn to properly walk on a leash. Rami’s Facebook page updates his followers on his daily activities and his interactions with his adoptable animal friends at the facility. 
 
Questions Raised About Breeding
 
With the large head of a Pit Bull and the short legs of a Dachshund, there’s no denying that Rami is unique and sure to get attention wherever he goes. But should such odd breed mixes be encouraged? 
 
Miami veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly weighed in on the possible health and ethical implications of a Pit Bull-Dachshund cross. Rami’s large head could cause excessive stress on his back and legs, she says.
 
“Though I’d have to see him in person to assess the extent of his deformity, he’s almost certainly predisposed to osteoarthritis of the cervical spine and forelimbs as a result of the undue stress his oversized head will exert on the joints,” says Khuly. 
 
Unusual-looking dogs like Rami encourages breeding for similarly exaggerated traits, Khuly adds. "He’s so cute — for now, anyway — it makes sense that people who don’t think or don’t care about the painful consequences would want to see more puppies like him."
 
 
Image: Rami, courtesy of Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society
 
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'Three Tons' of Cats Rescued from the Butcher's Block in Vietnam, But Fate Still Uncertain (Updated) http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/three-tons-cats-rescued-butchers-block-vietnam-but-fate-still-uncertain-32459







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Hanoi, Vietnam - Thousands of live cats destined "for consumption" have been seized in Hanoi after being smuggled from China, police said Thursday, but their fate still hangs in the balance.
  
Cat meat, known locally as "little tiger," is an increasingly popular delicacy in Vietnam, and although officially banned is widely available in specialist restaurants.
  
The truck containing "three tons" of live cats was discovered in the Vietnamese capital Tuesday, an officer from DongDa district police station told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
  
The truck driver told police he had purchased the cats in northeastern Quang Ninh province, which borders China, and that they had all been sourced from the neighbouring country.
  
He told police the cats were destined "for consumption" in Hanoi, without specifying whether they would be sold to restaurants.
  
The officer said that according to Vietnamese laws on smuggled goods, all of the cats would have to be destroyed.
 
"But we have not made up our mind what to do with them" because of the large volume of animals, the policeman said.
  
Photos on local media websites showed the smuggled cats crammed into dozens of bamboo crates stacked on top of one another.
  
Vietnam has long banned the consumption of cat meat in an effort to encourage their ownership and keep the country's rat population under control.
  
But there are still dozens of restaurants serving cat in Hanoi and it is rare to see felines roaming the streets — most pet-owners keep them indoors or tied up in fear of thieves.
  
Such is the demand from restaurants that cats are sometimes smuggled across the border from China, Thailand, and Laos.
  
Cat meat is not widely eaten in China but can be found at some restaurants, particularly in the south where it is sometimes considered a speciality.
  
Vietnamese customs officials routinely seize large volumes of dead animals, including tigers and pangolins, smuggled into the country for use in traditional medicine or speciality dishes.
 
 
Update:
According to several news outlets, the cats are all dead after Vietnamese authorites decided that the risk of disease spread outweighed their rescue. The cats, according to reports, were buried alive while still in the bamboo cages they were found in. You can read more here.
 
 
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Paris - France's parliament officially recognised animals as "living, sentient beings" rather than "furniture" on Wednesday.
 
After more than a year of often passionate debate, a bill updating the legal status of animals in France was adopted, aligning the 200-year civil code with current rural and penal law that already recognised animals "as living and sentient beings."
 
When the civil code was drawn up by Napoleon in 1804 animals were considered primarily as working farm beasts and designated as goods or furniture that could be owned.
 
France's powerful farm lobby, the FNSEA, along with some politicians, had voiced concern that the change in the legislation could undermine the interests of farmers, particularly cattle breeders.
 
 
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