FDA warns ‘bone treats’ can kill your dog

Dogs that chow down on processed “bone treats” risk serious injury — and even death, the Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

At least 90 pooches have been hurt by the treats, which are generally sold wrapped in plastic and are different than butcher bones, according to a report by the FDA.

At least 15 canines died after consuming the dangerous snack and many became sick, according to the report.

Risky products include “Ham Bones,” “Pork Femur Bones,” “Rib Bones,” and “Smokey Knuckle Bones,” according to the report.

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet,” warned Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian with the FDA.

The symptoms reported to the administration include choking, mouth wounds, vomiting and bleeding from the rectum, according to the report.

The FDA reviewed a total of 68 reports of pet illnesses related to bone treats. Some of the reports cited injuries to more than one dog.

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before,” Stamper said. “And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”
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Photos of an Unusual Pet Family Are a Hit Online

Image credits: Photographs by Luiz Higa Junior and used with permission to PetaPixel (Link Provided Below)
An unusual family of animals is winning hearts on Instagram. The account @bob_goldenretriever has attracted over 77,000 followers so far by regularly sharing snapshots from the life of one man’s pets: a eccentric but tight-knit group that consists of one golden retriever, one hamster, and eight birds.

31-year-old Luiz Higa Junior of São Paulo, Brazil, tells PetaPixel that his golden retriever, Bob, is a little less than two years old. In the beginning, he just had Bob, a cockatiel and a parakeet.

“Since the beginning I put them together to see their behavior,” he tells us. “It was nice, so I decided to have them play together sometimes during my free time.”

He then added more birds and a hamster to the group, and his Instagram account has been steadily growing in popularity since. Higa’s photos show the group posing, playing, exploring, and resting together.
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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also a time for possible distress for our animal companions.

Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if they stumble upon an unattended alcoholic drink.

Check out the following tips for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too:

  • Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria. Do not give your pet the left over carcass–the bones can be problematic for the digestive tract.
  • No Bread Dough: Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him access to raw yeast bread dough. When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization.
  • Don’t Let Them Eat Cake: If you plan to bake Thanksgiving desserts, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • A Feast Fit for a King: While your family enjoys a special meal, give your cat and dog a small feast of their own. Offer them made-for-pets chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a food puzzle toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.

A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
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MO vet with PTSD gifted with service dog

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: A Missouri veteran experiencing PTSD received a gift that could give him a new leash on life: a service dog.

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Family Finds ‘Miracle’ Dog Waiting for Them Outside Home Destroyed by Wildfires: ‘We Were Hoping Against Hope’

BY DIANE HERBST     POSTED ON 

Clint and Kathy Weaver awoke to 30-foot walls of flames surrounding their Sonoma home at around 1 a.m. last Monday. They knew they had to leave right away.

As Clint, 68, ran down the driveway surrounded by heat and flames to unlock their gate to get out, an explosion knocked him into a ditch, breaking his arm. Kathy, 62, followed behind, while holding the collar of their 9-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, Izzy.

So on Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, Jack and his brother-in-law, Patrick Widen, decided to check on the Weavers’ property and “see if by some miracle Izzy survived,” Beckyjean Widen wrote.  

“They were turned away by police officers, but if you know my brother Jack or husband Patrick . . . neither one likes to be told no,” Widen wrote.

Jack, who grew up at the home, knew a way in that would involve jumping a wall, hiking through a creek and walking up a very steep hillside.

The pair wore masks to protect themselves from the heavy smoke. Jack filmed the final minutes of their journey, to show his parents what the property looked like.

So on Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, Jack and his brother-in-law, Patrick Widen, decided to check on the Weavers’ property and “see if by some miracle Izzy survived,” Beckyjean Widen wrote.  

“They were turned away by police officers, but if you know my brother Jack or husband Patrick . . . neither one likes to be told no,” Widen wrote.

Jack, who grew up at the home, knew a way in that would involve jumping a wall, hiking through a creek and walking up a very steep hillside.

The pair wore masks to protect themselves from the heavy smoke. Jack filmed the final minutes of their journey, to show his parents what the property looked like.
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Purina’s Better Together Adoption Event is Saturday, October 21

Join us on Saturday, October 21 from 10am – 3pm in Soulard Market Park for the 2017 Better Together Adoption Event!

HSMO and other local pet organizations will have adorable pets for you to adopt, and Purina will pay the first $50 of your adoption fee!

Celebrate what makes your adopted pet PAWsome and connect with other pet parents using #ConsideraShelterPet on social media!

MORE INFO: http://hsmo.org/events/

 

Science says: Yes, your dog really does love you

One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You’ve seen them. New research finds that heterosexual men are attracted to very attractive women. Evidence collected by wildlife researchers has confirmed that bears really do use the woods as toilets.

But some research that corroborates the obvious is exciting because some people refuse to accept the obvious.

Which brings me to the work of Dr. Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University and the author of “What It’s Like to Be a Dog.”
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As Irma raged, Floridians stopped to take care of creatures great and small

(CNN)By now, you’ve most certainly seen the video of the flamingos at Busch Garden strutting to safety because of Hurricane Irma. Or the manatees who were rescued after the storm sucked up water from a bay and left them stranded.

But they weren’t the only ones. As Irma ripped its way through Florida and millions of people evacuated, Floridians weren’t just thinking about themselves. They stopped to make sure that creatures – great and small — were also safe from harm’s way.

Some animals simply hunkered down with their owners in pet-friendly shelters, like this one at the Miami-Dade County Fair.
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Harvey victim rescued with 21 dogs she sheltered during storm

Good Samaritans lent a hand to a Texas woman who spent 14 hours in her attic with dozens of dogs she rescued during Tropical Storm Harvey.

Betty Walter says she was saved by two men walking the neighborhood with a boat Sunday who insisted they could save her and all 21 pups, local station KPRC 2 reported.

“It was scary,” she said. “They saw me in need, and the guy said, ‘We’re going to load all the dogs. … We’re not going to separate you or the dogs.’ ”

Walter, who has four dogs of her own, was pet-sitting for a friend and also saved many of her neighbor’s dogs as Harvey raged Saturday.

The dog lover says neighboring pups were abandoned during earlier rescue efforts but she “refused” to leave them behind.

Walter posted images of the rescued dogs on the crowded boat in a Facebook post.
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Rare white koala born at Australian zoo

The famed wildlife park on the Sunshine Coast has been in the midst of “joey season” for the past few months, with a number of new flurry arrivals finally emerging from mothers’ pouches.

But among them was something not often seen — an extremely pale youngster that added an extra element of surprise.

Dr. Rosie Booth, director of the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, explained it’s not a case of albinism, where color is absent from all physical characteristics like skin, fur and eyes.

Rather, the female joey’s white coloration is the result of a recessive gene likely inherited from her mom Tia, who has birthed other pale colored babies in the past.

“In veterinary science it’s often referred to as the ‘silvering gene’ where animals are born with white or very pale fur and just like baby teeth, they eventually shed their baby fur and the regular adult coloration comes through,” Booth said.

Koalas are known to vary in coloration depending on their environment, with southern koalas being much darker and larger than those found in Queensland and New South Wales.

“In the wild animal kingdom, it’s actually quite unfortunate to have unusually light coloration as it makes animals stand out from their camouflage risking being spotted by potential predators,” Booth said.
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