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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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Is Beneful Dog Food Dangerous? U.S. Senators Want FDA to Investigate http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/beneful-dog-food-dangerous-us-senators-want-fda-investigate-32561









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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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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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By Samantha Drake
 
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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'Zombie Cat' Claws Its Way Out of Grave After Being Buried Alive http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/zombie-cat-claws-its-way-out-grave-after-being-buried-alive-32450









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One pet cat in Tampa, Fla., might be suited for a role on “The Walking Dead” after making a miraculous recovery that rivals the resurrection of Lazarus. 
 
According to Fox 13 News, Ellis Hutson found his cat Bart lying in the middle of the road, covered in blood after being struck by a car. Hutson told reporters that the cat was stiff and unresponsive. The grieving pet parent said the cat showed no signs of life. 
 
Hutson did what most pet owners would do — he buried the cat in his yard. Hutson’s friend, David Liss, helped bury Bart. Liss also told reporters that the cat appeared to be dead.
 
But five days later Bart inexplicably appeared in a neighbor’s yard. The cat was severely injured, but he was alive and had somehow managed to claw his way out of his grave. The neighbor called Hutson to tell him Bart was still alive.
 
Shocked at the turn of events, Hutson rushed Bart to the Humane Society of Tampa, where veterinarians addressed fractures in Bart’s jaw and inserted a feeding tube. Bart’s left eye will also have to be surgically removed because of the injuries he sustained from the accident. 
 
Dr. Justin Boorstein said that in his years of veterinary service, he’s never seen a case like this before.
 
Hutson has no explanation for how his cat survived the accident and managed to crawl out of the earth after being buried alive. But Hutson says that the family’s other cat may have gone out looking for Bart, and could have possible helped dig up the grave. 
 
For now, Bart remains at the Humane Society and will be returned to Hutson and his girlfriend once he has fully recovered.
 
It looks like this lucky cat really does have nine lives.
 
 
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Indiana based pet food manufacturer J.J. Fuds announced the recall of a select lot of J.J. Fuds Chicken Tender Chunks Pet Food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.
 
According to a press release issued by the FDA, the recall came after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development conducted routine tests and the results showed positive for Listeria.
 
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.
 
At this time there have been no reports of human or pet illness as a result of these products. 
 
The following J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends product(s) are being recalled:
 
J. J. Fuds Premium Natural Blends, Chicken Tender Chunks
All 5 lb. bags
Product UPC Number: 654592-345935 
Manufacture/Lot Code Date: 5/5/14
 

 
The product was distributed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois to wholesale and retail customers. The product can be identified by the batch ID code (manufactured date) and UPC code printed on the back of the individual plastic bag or on the master case label. This product is a frozen raw poultry product.
 
The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should return it to their retailer for a refund and proper disposal.
 
People who have concerns about whether their pet has symptoms associated with Listeria infection should contact their veterinarian.
 
For further information or questions regarding this recall, please contact us at jjfuds.com or by phone at 888-435-5873 Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM CST.
 
 
Images: J.J. Fuds, Inc.
 

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New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal wants you to know that even if your cat scratches the furniture or digs into you with her claws, deciding to remove those claws is an inhumane practice and should be stopped.
 
“It's like taking off your first knuckle," Rosenthal told the NY Daily News. “(Cats) are born with claws and they are meant to have claws.”
 
That’s why Rosenthal, a huge advocate for animals, has introduced a bill that would ban declawing of cats in New York State. The Humane Society of New York and the Paw Project in California back the bill.
 
Many veterinarians across the country have already stopped the practice, citing several medical and behavioral problems associated with declawing.
 
Utah veterinarian Dr. Kristen Doub told Pet360 that x-rays of declawed cats reveal that 66 percent of declawed cats have bone fragments left behind by a sloppy surgeon, and 30 percent of declawed cats develop osteomyelitis, a painful bone infection. Other problems related to declawing include litter box avoidance, bladder inflammation and lower urinary tract disease, and aggression.
 
“It is a selfish decision to decide to declaw your cat,” says Doub. “Cats are born with claws and using them is part of their physiology and way of expressing themselves. People declaw because they are worried about damage to furniture, etc. It’s like taking a living creature and turning them into a stuffed animal.”
 
Rosenthal’s bill has not yet been introduced into the state Senate, but the Assemblywoman hopes that it gains enough support to pass. And while feline declawing is already banned in over 37 countries and in several California cities, passage of Rosenthal’s bill would mark the first statewide ban on declawing in the country.
 
Previously, Rosenthal has seen success on several animal-related issues, including a bill banning the tattooing or piercing of pets.
 
 
Image: phasinphoto / Shutterstock
 
 
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Marlanacornelius Outlaw the declaw 01/23/2015 10:04pm I agree that it is in-humane to de-claw a cat, unless there are circumstances, such as medical, that would require this to be done. Cats are born these claws for various reasons...climbing, defense and survival to name a few. A pet owner can not 100% garentee that their cat will ALWAYS be indoors. Things happen. Also, some cat parents have this done and then for one reason or another the cat gets re homed. I feel this is maiming no matter how the procedure is performed. I feel the same way about docking a tail or clipping the ears on any living creature. If its needed to save a life that is a different matter. To do anything like this, in my opinion, is cruel. Reply to this comment Report abuse 1


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Oma’s Pride, a Connecticut-based pet food manufacturer, is recalling Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
 
According to a press release issued by the FDA, Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal was distributed nationwide through retail stores, distributors, and directly to consumers.
 
Purr-Complete Feline Poultry Meal is sold frozen. It is packaged in clear 12 oz. (UPC: 8 79384 00017 9) and 2 lb. (UPC: 8 79384 00018 6) plastic packaging under the Oma’s Pride brand as a poultry blend with code #1524. It was manufactured on September 12, 2014 with a use by recommended date of September 12, 2015.  
 
At the time of this article, no illnesses 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 diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If you, your pet, or a family member is experiencing these symptoms, you are urged to contact a medical professional.
 
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program resulting in a positive test for Salmonella. Oma’s Pride has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
 
Customers are advised to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Contact Oma’s Pride Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 4:30pm, at 1-800-678-6627.

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'In Dog We Trust' Rug Put on Auction in Florida http://www.petmd.com/news/strange-but-true/dog-we-trust-rug-put-auction-florida-32408
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BOLLATE, Italy - With a bark of excitement, Titti, Tato, and Carmela scamper down the corridors of the Bollate prison near Milan and are enveloped by prisoners who shower them with treats, pats and hugs.
  
It's pet therapy day, and Valeria Gallinotti, founder of the Dogs Inside association, has brought her Labrador, Doberman, and a mongrel to play with inmates in Italy's model jail, where a host of such initiatives keep repeat offender rates at a record low.
  
Convicted murderers and sex offenders scoop up the canines for kisses, burying their hands in their fur and playing endless games of fetch with tennis balls in the prison yard, chasing them oblivious to the rain.
  
"My dream was to organize pet therapy sessions in prison because it's the one place where there is a total lack of affection, where dogs can create calm, good moods, emotional bonds and physical contact," Gallinotti, 47, told AFP.
  
She volunteers once a week to teach the prisoners how to train the animals
— with treats handed out for sitting, shaking paws, and lying down — as well as how pet therapy works so that some can go on to set up their own initiatives once released.
  
"I have always loved animals. I had a cat and dog at home, and pet therapy has been wonderful," said Nazareno Caporali, who is serving life for murder,
  
The 53-year-old, who divides his time between the dogs and studying for a third university degree, said he wanted to pass on the joys of pet therapy to others.
  
"I hope one day we will be able to give to someone else what we have received — by doing pet therapy with people with Alzheimer's or children with psychophysical problems — with the same dignity it's been done with us," he said, as Titti, tired out by the game, settles down for a snooze nearby.
  
Murder, Mafia, and a Fresh Start
  
The theory of using animals as agents of socialization and relaxation dates back to the 18th century.
 
Later Sigmund Freud and Florence Nightingale favored the use of dogs or other pets during sessions or while treating patients.
  
It is also a way of tackling solitude within the towering walls at the medium-security facility in northern Italy, set up in 2000 as an experimental project designed to cater to prisoners who wish to study or learn work skills.
  
Maurizio, 36, who was found guilty of ordering five mafia killings and expects to serve at least 30 years of a sentence which officially ends in 2087, has done time in over 15 prisons and said Bollate is "by far the most advanced in terms of giving you opportunities to recreate yourself."
  
Italy has the second-highest level of prison overcrowding in Europe, partly due to the number of convicts who commit crimes once released, landing them back behind bars.
  
While 78 percent of prisoners in Italian jails go on to become repeat offenders, in Bollate just 20 percent do so.
  
With training for cooks, electricians, and carpenters, as well as courses such as painting, yoga and gardening on offer, there's a waiting list to get in.
  
In exchange for a chance to spend their mornings playing tennis, learning a foreign language, or playing with dogs, inmates must agree to conditions, including living with sexual offenders, who are traditionally housed separately.
  
Nicolo Vergani, 25, a former Red Cross volunteer, said he wanted to work with animals once he has finished serving time for sexual acts with minors, and hopes to specialize in zoology after he gains his biological science degree.
  
"I do pet therapy to prepare me in even a small way for what I'd like to do in the future," he said, as his fellow inmates tried to stop the dogs from eating the cakes and pizzas they had made for lunch in the ovens in their cell-blocks.
  
He said his favorite dog is "Carmela, because she arrived and didn't know what to do. She was so scared, sort of like us when we arrive in prison."
  
"Now, like us, she too is getting used to the experience," he said.
 
 
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Children Who Live with Reptiles at Increased Risk for Disease http://www.petmd.com/news/health-science/children-who-live-reptiles-increased-risk-disease-32390









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PARIS, France - Owning exotic reptiles such as snakes, chameleons, iguanas, and geckos could place infants at risk of salmonella infection, according to a British study.
 
Researchers in the southwestern English county of Cornwall found that out of 175 cases of salmonella in children under five over a three-year period, 27 percent occurred in homes which had reptile pets.
 
Salmonella is a germ that, in humans, can cause gastroenteritis, colitis, blood infections, and meningitis.
 
Reptiles, however, are unaffected by the bug, which colonizes their gut and is passed on in their stools.
 
If the pet is allowed to run free in the home, this poses a risk, especially if the child is at an exploratory stage of crawling or licking surfaces.
 
The average age of children who fell ill with "reptile-associated salmonellosis" (RAS) was just six months, said the study, led by Dan Murphy of the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
 
"RAS is associated with a severe outcome — hospitalisation and disease,"
it said.
 
"Coupled with evidence of increasing ownership of indoor reptile pets, the incidence of RAS hospitalization is likely to increase. Health professionals such as general practitioners and pediatricians need to be aware of this risk."
 
The investigation is published in a specialized British journal, Archives of Disease in Childhood.
 
A U.S. study in 2004 estimated that RAS was behind 21 percent of all of laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella among people aged under 21.
 
 
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ALEXANDRIA, VA, U.S. - A dozen dogs originally destined for dinner tables in South Korea arrived in the Washington area earlier this month to be adopted as pets.
 
They were the first of a total of 23 dogs being imported into the United States as part of a campaign to combat the eating of dog meat in East Asia.
 
Washington-based Humane Society International (HSI) located the dogs at a farm in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul, where they were being bred specifically for human consumption.
 
The farmer — who acknowledged a personal fondness for dogs — agreed to give up the animals, accept an offer of compensation, and grow blueberries instead, HSI director of companion animals Kelly O'Meara told AFP, as the mongrels settled into kennels at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia, after a long flight from Seoul.
 
HSI has been working with local groups in China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam to raise public awareness of the dog meat trade. While other countries target feral dogs as food, "...South Korea is unusual because it actually farms dogs to supply demand," O'Meara said.
 
Every year, between 1.2 million and two million dogs are consumed in South Korea, she said, supplied by farms that number "at least in the hundreds."
 
O'Meara said it was the first time that dogs from South Korea intended for human consumption had been rescued and brought into the United States, where a brisk demand for adopted dogs and cats is met by a thriving network of animal rescue groups and shelters.
 
All 23 South Korean dogs will undergo veterinary checks in Alexandria before being distributed among five other shelters in the Mid-Atlantic states for adoption.
 
"By helping these 23 dogs, we'll be helping a lot of other dogs in South Korea" by raising public awareness of the dog meat trade, said Megan Webb, executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which finds homes for about 1,000 dogs a year.
 
 
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Jump Your Bones Recalls Select Kangaroo Bites and Roo Bites Pet Treats http://www.petmd.com/news/alerts-recalls/jump-your-bones-recalls-select-kangaroo-bites-and-roo-bites-pet-treats-32382









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Jump Your Bones, a Florida-based pet treat company, has voluntarily recalled its Kangaroo Bites and Roo Bites brand treats because of potential Salmonella contamination.
 
The affected lots of Jump Your Bones Pet Treats were distributed to retail pet food stores nationwide and in boutique bags and online stores. Pet treat products affected by this recall can be identified with the following UPC codes:
 
63633010041 for 80g. / 2.82oz, including samples of .32 oz.
 
Jump Your Bones recalled the items because they had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella due to a packaging issue in Australia during one shipment received in early 2012, which has now been resolved for all products produced in 2012 and 2013.
 
Jump Your Bones has since tested all products at their warehouse for Salmonella. The results from the FDA show no presence of Salmonella. Furthermore, no pet or consumer illnesses associated with this recall had been reported at the time of this press release.
 
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 pet treat products affected by this Jump Your Bones recall you are urged to stop feeding them to your pet and to return the product(s) to the place of purchase for a full refund.
 
For further information about the recall, call (888) 249-6755 from Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST).
 
 

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