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Friday, December 28, 2007
Some foods which are edible for humans, and even dogs, can pose hazards for cats because of their different metabolism. Some may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, and even death. The following common food items should not be fed (intentionally or unintentionally) to cats:
Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
Labels: Cat Food Dangers
Monday, December 24, 2007
We wish all of our members, readers and beloved pets a wonderful Christmas and an equally wonderful New Year!
A special coupon for all of our readers on Nylabone Treats: Buy $75 worth of Nylabone treats, toys, Cat treats, dog bones etc.. and get $5.00 at checkout. Valid until Feb. 14 (Valentines Day). Use coupon code: michbiz
Nylabone Prime Choice prime rib flavored chews are unique with a fun 'real meat' shape. These low fat, veterinarian approved chews are wildly delicious with a great meaty flavor that dogs love. They are edible and highly digestable with no added sugar, salt, plastic or preservatives and help to keep teeth clean.
Nylabone Edible Breath Bone Chews
Keep your dog's breath smelling fresh and clean with Nylabone Edibles Breath Bones. They're fortified with natural chlorophyll and eucalyptus oil to freshen your dog's breath as he chews. Plus, the chewing action helps to clean teeth and gums to further freshen things up. These chews contain no plastic and no added salt or sugar.
---------------A Christmas Memory:
Growing up we had a dog named Peppi. He loved Christmas! We could not put any presents under the tree for him because he would sniff them, pull them out from under the tree and open them by biting and ripping them with his paws and teeth.
He would be just as excited as us to get up on Christmas morning to open presents. We would lay one on the floor for him and let him rip it open...very funny sight to see!!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The 2007 Petazon Dog Treat of the Year is Here!
These spice cake treats by Ginger Ridge have been voted as the favorite dog treat of the year by our staff!
Perfect for special holidays like Christmas or just special dogs, these treats are a sophisticated choice! Each cake is topped with bright sprinkles and is made from Brewer's Yeast and a sophisticated array of spices.
Brewers Yeast is known as nature’s wonder food, a name that it certainly deserves. It is an excellent source of all the major B vitamins (except B12). It also contains other vitamins, sixteen amino acids and fourteen or more minerals. Many dog owner's swear by the benefits of Brewer's yeast when given regularily to thier dogs.
Brewers yeast contains many different vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
The major vitamins in Brewer's Yeast (and Ginger Ridge Spice Dog Treats):
Vitamin B1 (thiamin) – releases energy from carbohydrate in the diet, and is important for the heart and nervous system.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – releases energy from carbohydrate in the diet, and maintains healthy skin, eyes and digestive tract.
Vitamin B3(Niacin)– releases energy from carbohydrate, and helps to maintain healthy skin, digestive tract and nervous system.
Ginger Ridge Dog Biscuits
Delicious, natural biscuits
Formulated for all dogs - from puppies to seniors
Oven baked using only the finest natural ingredients
The easy-to-crunch biscuit texture.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
With all the talk about Poinsettias and Chocolate around the holidays, I wanted to share this safety concern with all of our pet owners:
"The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has issued a warning to pet owners that xylitol, a sweetener found in many sugar-free products, can cause serious problems for companion canines.
Interested in keeping your dog contained to a certain area in your home during the holidays?
The Sturdy Wooden Gate is high enough to contain small pets yet low enough for pet owners to step over. Attractive vertical slat design features 1 1/2 inch spacing between slats. Pressure mounted gate installs easily without hardware or tools and will not mar walls or doorframes. Adjusts to fit openings 30-44 inches wide and measures 18 inches H.
Convenient door with spring-loaded pull latch allows you to give pet easy access without moving gate.
Prefer Electronic? Instant Pet Barrier With One Zone Designed by professionals to instantly keep your dog away from problem areas in your home - no training necessary. Keep your dog out of the kitchen because some foods like chocolate or those containing Xylitol can hurt them! Unlike other deterrents, ZONES™ are totally cordless. You can put a ZONE near anything you want your dog to avoid - the trash, kitchen counter or protect your fine furniture. Each ZONE protects an area from 2' to 12'
Keep your furry friend safe this holiday season for a fraction of the cost that those vet bills would be - not to mention the heartache of seeing your canine companion hurt or sick.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Unique Dog lover gifts - No barking around here - the Petazon selection of unique and practical dog lover gifts. Enjoy!!
Labels: Dog Lover Christmas Gifts
Monday, December 3, 2007
A new university study shows dogs, cats likely died from a combination of two contaminants per the associated press, this morning. I felt it crucial that we share this with our readers.
Much of this information is summarized from the Associated Press. --> More Pet Related Publications
More than 300 dogs and cats may have died this year as a result of eating contaminated pet food, a survey recently revealed.
The results of the Michigan State University study released last Thursday (November 29, 2007) showed that the cause of death may have been related to melamine and cyanuric acid, two food contaminants that are relatively harmless but which turned deadly when they were combined by pet food manufacturers.
"When combined, they form crystals which can block the kidneys," said Wilson Rumbeiha, an associate professor in Michigan State's Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health. "Unfortunately, these crystals don't dissolve easily. They go away slowly, if at all, so there is the potential for chronic toxicity."
Michigan State University based its findings on data collected from veterinarians, veterinary technicians and pathologists from April 5 through June 6. The survey was commissioned by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
Rumbeiha found that 347 cases met the criteria for what he called "pet food-induced nephrotoxicity." The cases involved 235 cats and 112 dogs.
There were no accurate counts that I know of previous to this study regarding how many pets had died from eating contaminated food, although estimates had run from a few dozen to several thousand.
The Michigan State University study found that more cats and smaller dogs got sick than larger dogs, and that the most cases of animals sickened by the contaminated food occurred in Texas, Illinois and Michigan.
Only about a quarter of the affected animals had a pre-existing condition that made them more susceptible, such as kidney or cardiovascular disease. This means that 3/4 of the pets were completely healthy as far as thier owners knew.
The contamination occurred when two vegetable proteins tainted with melamine were imported from China and used in pet foods sold in North America. Once the pets started dying, companies recalled thousands of varieties of pet food and treats sold under more than 100 brands.
Chinese authorities detained managers from companies linked to the contaminated pet food, and the country vowed to crack down on offenders.
Labels: Pet Food Recalls