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Water safety for your dog

LXdnSY1395706463Pools open, boats is ready, the ocean awaits and your dog wants to take a swim!
Water is often center stage during the summer months. The whole family is lounging by the water, grilling out and splashing around in the pool. Naturally your dog wants in on the action. whether your dog is a good swimmer or or not Greatpup has all your wet dog needs.
This goes with our saying, but do not ever allow your dog to enter the water area without your supervision. We have West Paw toys that float. These great toys allow you to play and interact with your dog in the water.
If you have a pool or your dog is on the boat with you mark an exit. Your dog will easily recognize the exit if you mark it with a flag, flowerpot, or lawn ornament of some kind. If your dog becomes disoriented for any reason, he’ll know where to go. Once they are out of the water every dog owner needs a soggy doggy shammy. The shammies absorb more than 7 times the amount of
water than a normal towel. They are great to have with your you whenever a wet dog/child is part of your day.
Remember that your dog needs lots of fresh water while pal playing in the water. Frosty bowls have a frozen blue core
that will keep your dogs fresh water cold for up to 8 hrs.

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C H R I S T M A S G R E E T I N G S ! M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S 2 0 1 3 F E S T I V E E D I T I O N

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. If you are like me, I have decorations all around the house but the Christmas tree get

the most attention from my dogs. Here are few safety tips if you have a real Christmas tree: Pine tar is toxic. Commercial tree

preservatives can contain harmful chemicals. Consider adding sugar water instead. Place delicate and breakable

ornaments out of reach. The best solution is to train him to stay away from the tree. Tell him “no” in a firm voice.

Remember that poinsettias, holly berries and mistletoe are all toxic. Finally, secure all of those extension cords so that

they don’t become chew toys for your dog. If your dog seems distressed and you suspect he has gotten into something,

call your vet immediately. 76% of people include their pets in their celebrations which makes the special occasions even

more “special”. Here’s some great gift ides for your dog. Every dog loves a long lasting chews like elk and water buffalo

antlers. Or a guaranteed indestructible toy by West Paw. All dogs love to have their own bed. Molly Mutt duvets have a

variety of fabrics to choose from and are machine washable. Finally, keep your dog and floor clean with Soggy Doggy doormats

and Shammies. You can find all of these great gifts at Greatpup.com . Show him how much you love him this holiday season.

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Recall on Pig ears and dog treats

Dear Dog Owner,

At your request, I’m sending you this special alert.

On October 17, Kasel Associated Industries announced a voluntary recall of
some of its pig ears and dog treats due to possible contamination with
Salmonella bacteria.

To learn which products are affected, please go to …

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Boots and Barkley Pig Ears and Dog Treats Recall
by Mike Sagman

October 17, 2012 – Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily
recalling its Boots and Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and American
Variety
Pack Dog Treats product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
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The event was reported by the FDA in a
news release dated October 17, 2012.

According to the FDA bulletin:

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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.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some
or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody
diarrhea,
abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial
infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and
urinary
tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with this product
should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody
diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite,
fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals
or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of
these
signs, please contact your veterinarian.

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According to the bulletin, the affected Roasted Pig Ears and Variety Pack
Dog Treats were distributed nationwide through Target Stores in August 2012.

What Products Are Being Recalled?

The recalled Roasted Pig Ears product comes in a clear plastic bag
containing 12 pig ears marked with UPC bar code 647263899158.

The Variety Pack Dog Treats product also comes in a clear plastic bag
weighing 32oz and marked with UPC bar code 490830400086.

Kasel Industries is recalling lot number BESTBY 13SEP2014DEN for both
products because this lot code tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria
through
analysis by the Colorado Department Of Agriculture.

No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection
with this problem.

What to Do?

Consumers are urged to return the recalled product to the place of purchase
for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Kasel Associated
Industries
at 1-800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.

You can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling
the
consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to
http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Acorns are dangerous to dogs

Tomorrow is the first day of fall.  Just a reminder while you and your dog spend time outside enjoying the wonderful fall weather, keep them away from acorns.

Acorns according to Dr. Marianne Bailey for the capital states, “They contain toxins that are produced by the oak trees and can cause stomach upset and kidney disease. Illness results after consuming large quantities of young oak leaves in the spring or green acorns in the fall. Clinical signs include loss of appetite, lethargy, dehydration, increased thirst and urination and constipation. Blood work may reveal elevated kidney values as well as changes in the electrolytes. In serious, but very rare cases, death may result. Kidney disease is much more common in sheep and cattle than in dogs.

Acorns can also cause harm in your dog if they swallow them whole. They can get trapped in your dogs intestines and cause gastrointestinal obstruction. If you see your dog eating large amounts of acorns or suspect that your dog has eaten acorns see your veterinarian immediately.

English: Fall leaves and acorns

English: Fall leaves and acorns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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