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Creature Feature: Roundup of pet news and notes

Maybe now we will pay close attention to the harm we are doing our pets simple because so many products are being cleverly marketed. We are so taken in by the advertising that we fail to read the label. We all know that corn is used to fatten cattle, but do we look to see how much pet food is comprised of this ingredient? READ THE LABEL, and don't use any food products that contain the suspect ingredients, or any of the new functional food ingredients like inulin or fructooligosacchar ide (FOS), and its chemical cousin oligofructose. The same advice goes for flea products. READ THE LABEL. It is the most important part of the product. If an ingredient is meant to kill, the difference in what it takes to kill a parasite and what it takes to kill a pet is simply the size of the dose. Some flea killers are neurotoxins. How many people have bothered to learn about these poisons? Do the research, it may save your pet's life. Remember, poisons accumulate in the body over time. Warnings are not there to make the label bigger, laws, as inadequate as they may be, have forced manufacturers to reveal the dangers of their products. READ, RESEARCH, and LEARN!  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


Avoiding 'Made In China' labels not an easy task

A few months ago I tired of things from China and came up with a few ideas of how to turn this situation around. I even wrote an article about some creative ways to make it less attractive for designers and companies to have goods made offshore. Read my article here: http://baltimorech 92606LIQUORMAN.sht ml  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


PetMed profits up 19 percent from year earlier

Getting things cheaper may sound like a deal, but one would do well to READ THE LABEL to see if there is anything in the product that can harm your pet. Even things from the vet or natural products contain ingredients that could harm your pet. Get informed. Do the research. If you pet can be harmed by something in the food chain, then it surely can be harmed by things made in a labortory. Anything made to kill a lower life form can kill a higher life form - the difference is simply the size of the dose! Search the web to see if the product that you are planning to use has harmed any other pet. Warning - what you find may be surprising.  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #3)


Web sales top $100 million for

Wow! The pet population is now taking as many medicines and chemicals as the human population. Here's a warning - READ THE LABEL, it is the most important part of the product. Are there side effects? How will you know if they contain harmful products from Communist China. Face it, pet food did! Again, READ THE LABEL, if you must wash your hands after using it on your pet - will you have to worry about it rubbing off the pet onto your hands again? All medications have side effects - even if you would recognize them, what can you do if they occur? Do the research. Find out if the product(s) have harmed anyone else's pet. If harm has been done, you will find out on the internet.  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


Ask the Vet

If the ears are red and inflamed, this could indicate an infection and a need for a trip to the vet. However, itching can also be from ear mites. You may email me for some non-medical advice.  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #2)


Small turtles may carry salmonella: CDC

Wouldn't it be a good idea to adopt only domesticated pets, like cats and dogs, and introduce children to other animals by taking them on a nature trip or to the petting zoo? But remember even there, we must see that all little hands are washed! Maybe there is something to be learned from keeping a turtle, but what if the only lesson is that the turtle can make you sick?  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


A pet's best friend

People are beginning to realize that pets feel less abandoned and alone when they are in their own environment. Pet sitting is becoming very popular. Leaving a cat at the vet (or other facility) in a cage, when he is used to roaming the entire house and sleeping in his favorite place, has never been a good idea. In one's home, any cat or dog will recogonize the owner's scent that is about the things in the home,and this is a great comfort to him. While some people seem to believe that you can leave home for days if you leave a pile of food for the cat, it is never a good idea. At least once a day, someone should look in on him and supply fresh water and food, and clean the litter box. Dogs of course will require different services - such as walking and playing.  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


Companions-in-chief focus of new White House exhibit

Talk about the wrong reasons to get a dog (or any pet. Let's hope that all of the dogs were actually gotten for the love of a dog (or other pet), and not to make a politician popular with the animal loving segment of the population. On the other hand, the fact that dogs live in the White House says a lot about how most of America feels about pets. Now don't you wonder why there are so many discarded or abandoned animals waiting in shelters for an uncertain future?  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


Cats and dogs living together

Cats and dogs can certainly learn to live together with a little training. Even two pets of the same species sometimes require a period of adjustment. Seven months ago I adopted a feral cat trapped by my vet's tech. After a week I had the situation with the new little guy and my older feline worked out, so I adopted another kitten from the same litter. The situation with her was so different that it took several weeks to work things out with the new addition and get my older cat to accept the new kitty. While adopting feral kittens is more of a challenge than just getting a young rescued kitty from the county pound or other agency, just the act of taking in one feral kitten and having it neutered or spayed, means that hundreds of future feral cats will not be added to the environment.  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


Third Rabid Bat Found in Lake County in 2007

We need to be reminded why we must vaccinate pets to protect them against rabies - however, there is importante rabies info to be aware of. According to a reply that I got from the veterinarian that was in charge of testing the 3-year vaccine against the 1-year vaccine for the FDA, these products are the exact same stuff! He found that the 1 year vaccine protected for 3 years and that the 3 year could protect a long as 5 years. So, which one should your pet get? If your county (or state) requires a vaccine every year, it is time to take some action to get this changed! And, if your veterinarian has not been up front with giving you the info regarding this, it is time to find out why. Or you can email me for more info.  (Jul 5, 2007 | post #1)


Your pet

Recently while researching natural remedies on the internet, I read many things that make me believe that garlic is not a good idea for pets and it can be poisonous to cats, according to some information that I read. While some vets once okayed it, they are now coming out against it. This speaks volumns - they must be seeing some problems. I would suggest that anyone intending to feed an animal anything with garlic - should do some serious research. Most of the time we only find out that something is not a good idea only after the damage is done.  (Jul 4, 2007 | post #1)


Reston's Wild Side

Often, people fail to realize that there is not always a rescue agency to handle any wild or exotic animal that is loose in a neighborhood. This sometimes is a death warrant for the creature. There are plenty of domesticated animals to choose from, so I encourage the public to consider all of them before even thinking of wild animals here or exotic imports. And consider whether or not you can actually give a pet a good home. Shelters are not a happy ending for any pet. It is simply legal abandonment when you turn pet into a rescue group.  (Jul 4, 2007 | post #1)


That kitty on your sofa can trace her ancestry to Middle ...

Since the pet headlines were captured by a robot, maybe you CAN get some real news on Pets. I am the new Editor for Pets. I also write for the National Pet Press (new print publication) and for The Dog Place's newsletter, The Dog Press. So stay tuned!  (Jul 4, 2007 | post #35)


That kitty on your sofa can trace her ancestry to Middle ...

Cats are like some people, You either like them or you don't. Additionally, people with little tolerance for members of the animal kingdom, seldom lack the tolerance needed to live comfortably among the rest of us. And, we are taxed, that is the purpose of a county license for pets.  (Jul 4, 2007 | post #33)


Protect your dog and family members from tick-borne diseases

My reason for selecting the article about tick-borne diseases is simplly to make you aware that this story is from the maker of a prevention product - obviously to make you think that you must buy it. Any thing that will repel or kill parasites may be harmful to you or your pet. According a doctor that reviewed hundreds of journals, risks for getting Lyme disease from tick bites, even in areas where the disease is common is less than 2% in the human population and treatment is not even indicated unless the tick was attached more than 24 hours. So, we must wonder if the preventive for pets is just being cleverly marketed.  (Jul 4, 2007 | post #1)

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