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URGENT: 2 major dog food brands issue recall

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Proctor & Gamble has just issued a press release regarding a voluntary recall they are performing on select Iams and Eukanuba dry dog & cat foods, due to a possibility of Salmonella contamination. Fortunately, according to P&G, there have not yet been any reports of illness due this contamination.

Please review the list below to ensure that your dog’s food is not affected! If your food is on this list, please visit the original press release for more information on what to do.

List of Affected Foods

IAMS Recall

Eukanuba recall

Note: A dog who has ingested salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea (possibly with blood), fever, and vomiting. Some dogs will have only decreased appetite, fever and stomach pain. Infected dogs 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 ASAP.

AKC and VVMA Express Outrage at PETA Approach to Euthanasia in Animal Shelter

Dear Dog Lover,

The American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) have today issued statements to highlight their vehement disapproval of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)’s apparent policy of euthanizing animals frequently at its shelter in Norfolk, VA. Furthermore, the AKC has called for the PETA shelter to take steps towards balancing its adoption and euthanasia rates for dogs and cats in its shelter.

“While most shelters strive for a 90% re-homing rate, PETA is apparently proud of their 99% killing rate and callously boasts that the animals it rescues are ‘better off dead’. That is an alarming ratio that should be fully investigated. PETA’s track record is absolutely unacceptable,” said AKC Chairman Alan Kalter. “Legitimate animal shelters in America re-home most of their sheltered animals. If some of Michael Vick’s fighting dogs can be rehabilitated and re-homed then PETA can — and should — do better. If they cannot — or will not — then they should leave sheltering to others.”

“Re-homing a dog is not always the easiest but it is AKC’s preferred route. PETA’s apparent lack of commitment to re-homing is hypocritical. Our experience, through AKC clubs’ rescue network, proves that a rescued dog can often thrive if given the much-needed love, medical care, rehabilitation and responsible placement into a new home. AKC is disgusted that euthanasia is seemingly so easily employed by PETA.”

“While it is true that some animals at shelters are too physically injured or psychologically scarred to be adoptable, many of them can be successfully treated, rehabilitated and adopted, said VVMA President, Mark Finkler, D.V.M. “Veterinarians throughout Virginia work with numerous shelters and rescue groups to assist in the care of these dogs and cats. It is disappointing to hear that PETA has a different philosophy regarding the handling of these abandoned and unwanted pets.”
• AKC affiliated clubs and dedicated volunteers comprise the largest dog rescue group network in the country.
• The AKC Humane Fund also supports rescue group activities through its Rescue Grants.
• The American Kennel Club believes euthanasia should be employed only as a last resort when all reasonable efforts to place adoptable dogs have failed. At the same time, AKC recognizes that not all dogs are adoptable due to temperament and health issues.

Keep Safe in the Sun

When the sun comes out, we all want to make the most of it and our pets are always eager to join in the fun. Yet just like us, dogs can suffer in the heat. When going for a long walk in the sunshine, it is important to remember that no matter how much they may run around, dogs are not inexhaustible. Be sure to stop regularly to let your dog have a drink, and walking near streams that they can paddle in will make sure that they can keep cool. The best time to walk your dog is in the early morning or late evening before the weather gets too hot. If your dog slows down and seems to want a rest, then let them lie in a shaded area for a while and cool them by pouring water on their neck, the pads of their feet, and their belly before continuing.

Summer is the perfect time to get the BBQ going, but this can hold all sorts of dangers for our pets. Dogs just love the smell of cooking meat but make sure that they can never snatch anything as sizzling sausages can burn their stomach when swallowed. Also dangerous are kebab skewers and cooked bones, which can splinter when chewed. Keep everything out of reach of your pet and make sure rubbish goes straight into the bin.

While everyone is having fun, it is easy to forget that your dog could be overheating in the sun. Signs of heat stroke include (but are not limited to): excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, sticky or dry tongue and gums, staggering, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, and rapid heartbeat.

Ensuring that they always have somewhere cool to sit and cool water (not ice water) to drink greatly reduces the risk of heat related illnesses such as sunstroke. You can help your pet by placing cool wet cloths on his paws and around his head. Also, offering ice cubes for your pet to lick is also a great cool-down treat!

Of course, no matter how careful you are, accidents can still happen to our beloved pets. PetPartners, the exclusive pet insurance provider of the AKC®, offers a range of insurance plans which can be quoted online within seconds by visiting www.akcpethealthcare.com or by calling 1-866-725-2747.

AKC Inspected our Kennel Today

I just wanted to let everyone know that the American Kennel Club Inspector came out this morning to inspect our kennel and ensure that we are in compliance with AKC requirements and accepted guidelines. I’m happy to report that the inspector was very pleased with our operation and approved us for another year.

All the best – <strong><em>Tammie Baker</em></strong>