IAMS Prescription Renal Cat Food Recalled

Posted on July 27th, 2010 by admin

If you are using IAMS Renal Cat Food it’s time to check those lot numbers. Proctor & Gamble has released a recall due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Here is the basic information from the official FDA announcement.

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Watch Tip: Heat Alert

Posted on July 24th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Watch for dogs who play or run with their owners in hot weather—they can’t regulate body heat by sweating like humans do. Heat stroke kills dogs because they run until collapse. Watch for hard panting, ropey saliva, wobbly movements, red gums and tongue, vomiting, diarrhea. Intervene immediately or the dog could die.

Summer dangers to pets

Frisbee? Fetch? Hiking? Walks on the beach? Dog park afternoons? Happy times with your four-legged friends can end in tragedy for the uninformed.

Dogs—and cats too—can’t expel heat through the skin like humans can. They can sweat through the pads of their feet and by panting. On hot days, these methods are not enough to expel body heat built up by mild or vigorous activity, or by being trapped in hot cars or hot kennels and crates.

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Book Review — Saving Gracie

Posted on July 20th, 2010 by admin

Saving Gracie is more than a well-written, compelling book that should be in every animal lover’s  collection.  This is the book that makes the case against puppy mills and their supporters in a clear voice. Moreover, if I had the money I would make sure to give a copy of Saving Gracie to every legislator in the US.

Author Carol Bradley has written a rare book. It is an important book that is also a good read. The history and information in Saving Gracie makes the case against puppy mills while the writing carries you along like a good crime novel.

This book is a slap in the face to those who deny the absolute evil of puppy mills. I defy someone to read even the first few chapters of Saving Gracie and walk away with any ability to defend puppy mills for any reason. Bradley has woven a strong story line around some very painful facts and the figures to support them.

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Vern and Vera, and the Angel Who Loved Them

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Early last November, I heard that Emanuel and Meko, two long-term senior coonhounds living in our nearby rural shelter, were to be adopted–together! It felt like a miracle, a blessing, a gift from heaven. These sweet old dogs had been waiting for months, and winter was coming. The shelter has heated floors and indoor-outdoor runs, but coonies have short coats and winters can be brutal in Wisconsin. “Manny” and Meko were friends, and I had often taken them together on walks. I was ecstatic and also curious about their adopter. Coonhounds are not popular dogs to say the least, and most people won’t adopt senior dogs. I heard the adopter lived in Kansas?

What can you say about a middle-aged woman who drove 1,000 miles to adopt two old coonhounds from a little country shelter in Wisconsin? In a word, wings. She was angel on earth who looked deeply at those long-eared sad old faces on Petfinder and was moved to open up her heart and home to them. (See Manny and Meko, still posted on the site). She filled out the adoption application and it passed inspection with flying colors, I heard. So she gassed up her SUV, loaded two dog crates, and headed north. And so it started. Manny and Meko became Vern and Vera, and they all became a family, along with two kitties, Bela and Shugrrr.

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CPR for Pets

Posted on June 19th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Animal lovers everywhere: read these instructions, and resolve to take a class if one is offered in your area. Share this link. It is gratefully reproduced with permission from Rescue Critters, the makers of animal dummies used during CPR for Pets classes. Thank you Rescue Critters!

CPR for Pets

If any artists would be so kind as to volunteer to illustrate this text with line drawings, please comment on this post.

If anyone has CPR stories to share, please comment. We are always looking for first-person stories like this for our Sunbear Squad Rescue Stories page, one of our most popular pages on the site.

Watch Tip: Dog Thieves

Posted on June 12th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Watch Tip for week of June 13

Watch out for dog thieves in your neighborhood. They might steal dogs to sell to research facilities or to use as bait to train fighting dogs. They might steal intact females to breed and sell her puppies. They might steal cute little purebred dogs to sell at flea markets. They will steal in broad daylight from your front yard. They will break into your home to steal your dogs when you work. Spread the word and protect your pets!

Service dog stolen near Viroqua WI on May 25… will she ever be found?

A family is searching frantically for a white female pit bull who was apparently stolen from the yard in late May near a small southwest Wisconsin town. She is a service dog. Sweet, beautiful, wearing ID, and not one to wander, she has been missing for almost three weeks. Is she tied to a post in an old barn somewhere, where she will be bred as soon as she comes into heat? Or is she already dead, killed by another dog in a dog fight training ring? Maybe she is already living in a cage in a research facility, lonely and afraid.

It can happen in a minute or less. Your friendly dog is sniffing around in your front yard and you are busy in the basement. A car stops, and someone leads your dog into the car with a treat, and then speeds off. No one saw it happen. Your dog didn’t bark or bite the stranger; her calm and friendly nature sealed her doom.

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Watch Tip: Neighbors Shooting Animals

Posted on June 5th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Weekly Watch Tip for week of June 6:

Watch out for pets in your neighborhood if you know of a neighbor who will kill any dogs or cats trespassing in his yard, or will shoot at wildlife and mistakenly hit pets. Talk to all neighbors with pets. If you are not completely certain which neighbor is the perpetrator, do not mention names. Instead, talk about locations where dead animals have been found, or where the shot was heard. Finally, urge owners of injured or killed pets to notify the authorities and pursue justice.

Put the neighborhood on alert if pets are being killed

I received a message from an old family friend several weeks ago. My friend’s sister had urgently called him because their beloved chocolate lab girl had been shot by a neighbor. She was rushed to an emergency vet clinic for treatment and ultimately survived. How did this happen? The neighbor had been trying to eradicate coyotes and apparently mistook the brown dog for a coyote in the waning afternoon light. The dog had been freely roaming the neighborhood as was customary in that area. (Yes, roaming is a practice that is very risky and violates local ordinances in many communities.)

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Watch Tip: Roadside Rescues

Posted on May 29th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Weekly Watch Tip for week of May 30:

Watch for dogs and cats lying along roads and highways—do you see movement? Stop and check. Be careful always, but take action to save a life. Call 9-1-1 or law enforcement; some municipalities may provide assistance. [Is your Sunbear Squad Wallet Card up to date?] If the unfortunate animal is dead, PLEASE stop and check for ID tags to call the owner and tell them the sad news, so they can stop searching and take possession of the body. Do unto others…

When driving, watch roadsides and ditches for animals in distress and be prepared to stop

Remember, in an emergency, every minute counts. Examine your Sunbear Squad Wallet Card to add rescues, shelters, and clinics that you have recently learned about, and make sure your municipal phone numbers are still current. It’s a good time to go through your Roadside Rescue Kit in your vehicle, to add or change old water and kibble. Are any items missing? Check the original list here: Roadside Rescue Kit

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I love reporting good stories like this one. Cracker Barrel Restaurants and Stores have been a responsible corporate citizen. Recently a customer noticed that the stores were selling a child’s toy called the “Crush-a-Critter.” When the customer complained Cracker Barrel responded by removing the rather grisly toys from the stores.

Thank you Cracker Barrel! I can’t wait to have some more of your yummy fried okra and catfish! (I suspect they may be addicting because I crave them so often!) I’ve always liked your stores but now I can feel really good about supporting a repsonsive and responsible company!

Here is the letter from Cracker Barrel:

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Watch Tip: Students Moving

Posted on May 22nd, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Weekly Watch Tip for week of May 23

Watch out for pets accidentally trapped in student housing without food or water or abandoned by students moving out for the summer. Sometimes a pet will be given away to a friend who isn’t ready for the responsibility. If you see a wandering, skinny, hesitant cat or dog who doesn’t belong in your neighborhood, please help.