Watch Tip: How to Dispense Pet Advice

Posted on November 18th, 2012 by Trish Roman-Aquilino

Watch Tip LogoI recently came across an article on Dogster.com entitled, “Four Loaded Statements that Annoy Fellow Pet Owners,” and the gist of the article centered on how to avoid being a “preachy pet parent.”

The concept hit home, because through our Sunbear Squad Blog tips, we consistently advise animal lovers and pet parents on how to intervene and give advice to others on animal welfare topics.  But one thing we have never addressed is how to give that advice. Read the rest of this entry »

    As always, please share this information with all pet parents in your circle!

    Charlee Bear Products announced today that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its Protein Crunch Bar products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

    Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Charlee Bear Products Recalls “Protein Crunch Bars” Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

      Watch Tip Classic: Pets in Costume

      Posted on October 28th, 2012 by Trish Roman-Aquilino

      With Halloween just a few days away, this classic watch tip bears repeating, as there are always unfortunate incidents linked with this holiday.

      Watch Tip LogoWatch for pets out in costumes that constrict, restrict, or impair them in any way. Pets that are stressed out by their costume or the festivities should be removed to a quiet, safe place, and their costumes removed.  Set the example by making sure your own pet, if dressed in costume, is outfitted appropriately and is tolerating the ensemble well. Read the rest of this entry »

        “Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY ROASTED AMERICAN PIG EARS AND BOOTS & BARKLEY AMERICAN VARIETY PACK DOG TREATS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.”

        via Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

          These treats were distributed to 57 Sam’s Club locations in CO,IA,ID,IL,KS,MO,MT,NE,OK,SD,UT and WY.  Click on the link for more detailed information from the FDA:

          Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Ris.

            Dog Treat Recall: Nature’s Recipe Oven-Baked Chicken Biscuits

            Posted on October 14th, 2012 by Trish Roman-Aquilino

            “Nature’s Recipe brand is voluntarily recalling a limited supply of Nature’s Recipe® Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken, manufactured in one of its U.S. production facilities.  This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.”  To read more about this recall and how it may affect you, please click here:

            Nature’s Recipe Recall of Oven-Baked Chicken Biscuits

             

              Watch Tip: Helping someone choose a family pet

              Posted on October 7th, 2012 by Trish Roman-Aquilino

              Watch Tip LogoDo you know someone who is getting ready to add a pet to their household?  Has a neighbor been admiring your bond with your dog, and making noises about getting their own?  You can be a force of true good by helping them choose the right pet – since many pets surrendered to our shelters end up there because of the poor decision-making when making the initial choice.  Use the discussion points below, which focus on dogs, but really many of these criteria can and should be used to discern the appropriate cat to bring home, as well. Read the rest of this entry »

                According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as of September 11, 2012, Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a batch of AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog Formula due to possible salmonella contamination.  Please click on the link below to see details on this food recall, and please share the information with your animal guardian friends, family, and other contacts.

                Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Breeder’s Choice Pet Food Recalls AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk.

                  Watch Tip Classic – Watch for Strays

                  Posted on August 29th, 2012 by Trish Roman-Aquilino

                  Watch Tip LogoThis Watch Tip was originally written by Anna Nirva.

                  With the upcoming holiday three-day weekend almost upon us, this classic watch tip bears repeating – many families will be traveling with pets to strange areas, and many pets will be either boarded or watched over in their homes by either professionals or friends and family.

                  Watch and listen for stray dogs and cats that could go missing while traveling with their families, or be frightened by holiday fireworks. Take action to save them. Read the rest of this entry »

                    Volunteers rescue dog from top of Mount Bierstadt – The Denver Post

                    Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by Trish Roman-Aquilino

                    This is such a hot-button topic right now, it seemed only appropriate to share this on our blog, and get feedback from our readers.  There are several issues rolled into this event – safety of pets on rigorous mountain hikes/outdoor recreational activities, the need for emergency plans for pets in these types of situations, definitions of abuse and abandonment, and laws governing those acts.

                    Volunteers rescue dog from top of Mount Bierstadt – The Denver Post.

                    The owner of Missy abandoned her to save his own life, and that of a younger hiker that was with him.  But instead of going back, he spent eight days trying to discern Missy’s fate (and although he contacted authorities for assistance in retrieving her, he did not attempt to return for her himself).

                    Missy’s rescuers (the couple that found her, then recruited their hiking group to go back with them and assist in getting her off the mountain) want to adopt Missy, and feel her owner should not have her back.  Her owner claims that he loves Missy, and that she belongs to him, even though he made the mistake of assuming she had died on the mountain.

                    What do you think?