Sunday, November 29, 2009

New pet friendly Honda

New Honda add-on goes to the dogs
Nov 27, 2009

The Honda Element EX model has some interesting new add-ons for pets:

"The add-on package will tack on about $1,000 to the price of the vehicle and features dog-friendly emblems, a rear car kennel, a kennel organizer, a pet bed, a stowable ramp, dog-pattern seat covers, all-season dog bone printed floor mats, a spill resistant water bowl and an electric fan. Additional 'extras' for the package include a tote bag, a leash and collar set, a paw print dog tag and a dog waste bag dispenser."

Sounds like most of this could also be used for transporting cats with more comfort and safety.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cat with H1N1 dies - third case

H1N1-infected cat dies in Oregon
Nov 18, 2009

"Lebanon, Ore. -- A cat testing positive for pandemic H1N1 influenza died, according to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association.

"A week after a family member in the Oregon household exhibited influenza-like symptoms, one of the four cats in the household showed signs of labored breathing.

"The cat's owner brought the 10-year-old male to a veterinarian Nov. 4. The cat presented with a 101.7 temperature and a chest radiograph consistent with pneumonia.

"After the cat's respiratory rate worsened, the cat was admitted Nov. 5 and treated with oxygen and medication.

"The cat died Nov. 7.

"Laboratory results from Oregon State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the National Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed the cat was infected with pandemic H1N1.

"This was the third confirmed case of H1N1 in a cat in the United States, with others surfacing in Iowa and Utah."

Aksum Notes: What can we learn from these three cases of cats getting H1N1 from their owners, particularly this case? First, if you get the flu, treat your cats like you would a person in your family that you don't want to give your illness to. Second, if your cat is wheezing and especially if your cat has pneumonia, treat the illness aggressively as soon as possible at your vet. If your cat is sneezing or has an upper respiratory infection, take them to your vet for treatment right away before it gets worse.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Second case of H1N1 in a cat

Utah cat tests positive for H1N1 flu

Nov 16, 2009
Condensed Version of Article:

"Prospector, Utah -- What's believed to be the second case of an H1N1-infected cat surfaced in Utah, and one of the cat's owners also tested positive for the virus.

"Like the cat diagnosed with H1N1 last week in Iowa, the most recent case involves a 13-year-old domestic shorthair spayed female that presented with breathing problems, Dr. Carl Prior, owner of Park City Animal Hospital, tells DVM Newsmagazine. Prior and his associate, Dr. Angela West, treated the cat, which the owner described as breathing with its mouth open.

"The cat's health improved after several hours in the clinic with antibiotics and oxygen care and was sent home the night it was brought in, Prior says.

"Prior expected more testing requests since the first H1N1 cat case surfaced, but his clients are asking more questions. Treat the animals like a sick family member, Prior advises, avoiding them if they are sick themselves and isolating them from other pets that might be ill."

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

What Vets Don't Want You To Know

The Irreverent Vet Speaks Out – What Veterinarians Don’t Want You to Know
By: Irreverent Vet

"This is a touchy topic. I hope we don't get tons of hate mail from vets.

"PetPlace asked me to write an article about this difficult and controversial topic. In this article, I'd like to address this issue of what veterinarians may not want you the pet owner to know. I'm the Irreverent Veterinarian. I give you my opinion and speak the truth regardless of if pet owners or other veterinarians like it or not. The question that I'll address today is...What do veterinarians not want you to know?

"So...what is it that veterinarians don't want clients to know? This does not apply to all vets but here are some things that come to mind....

"1. A Veterinary Hospital is a Small Business – Most vets don't want to talk about this – but a vet hospital or clinic is a small business. It is like any other business that requires money for services rendered. It is sometimes hard because vets love animals but they also have bills to pay. They can't give away services and still be able to pay all the bills and employees.

"2. There is a High Profit Margin on Vaccines – Veterinarians don't want to say but there is a very good profit margin on vaccines. However the margin on treating a sick pet is much lower and the vaccines help to balance that part of the practice. Also, the overhead on a veterinary practice is higher than most people would realize. Another important point is that veterinarians are very careful on where they get their vaccines, how they are shipped, stored and given. Some pet owners and breeders turn to less expensive feed store vaccines which can be associated with vaccine "failures". These vaccine "failures" are attributed to poor quality products, products given improperly, and/or inadequate storage (refrigeration requirements).

"3. They Want to Sell You Preventative Medications – There is also a good profit margin on some of the preventative medications (flea control/heartworm prevention, etc). They would prefer that you buy them from them as opposed to over-the-counter or mail order services. They generally feel that the quality of their products are superior.

"4. Vaccines Can be Dangerous – There are some reactions to vaccines that can be life threatening. They are reactively uncommon but when present can be significant. Some pets will have mild allergic reactions and other can have an immune mediate response or develop a tumor (cats). In general, most veterinarians believe that vaccines do way more good than harm and they often don't emphasize the uncommon reactions as they should. I think they don't want to scare people away from something that has clear benefits.

"5. There is No One in Our Hospital Monitoring Pets at Night – Some hospitals have 24-hour care but most do not. Every hospital has a slightly different situation. Some have staff that live above the clinic and do nighttime treatments and walks/monitoring. Others have no one but have an early shift that walks pets early. If your pet really needs 24-hour care – ask what they offer. Most areas have a local emergency clinic that does offer 24-hour care.

"6. Vaccine Recommendations Have Changed – Most veterinarians are up-to-date and have changed with the times. Fifteen years ago – the recommendations for vaccines was yearly updates for both dogs and cats. Some vets still practice this recommendation. However, recent research has indicated that most vaccines last longer than 1-year and most recommendations are to give vaccines every 3 years. Titers (a blood test to determine if a vaccine is needed) are a good option to yearly vaccines.

"7. Vets Often Don't Agree with Breeders – There are often very different opinions about certain issues between veterinarians and breeders. The differences are especially true regarding nutrition.

"8. There are Some Things Some Vets are Better At then Others – For example, some practices don't do many ear cropping and have a lot of complications from a procedure they don't do that often. Ask the technicians and vet how often they do a particular surgery or procedure if you have any question."

(What else vets don't want you to know...)

Aksum Notes: Aksum Abyssinians has a wonderful vet who does understand and work with breeders, and is up on the latest in veterinary medicine, and listens, and is sympathetic. We couldn't ask for a better veterinary hospital! Alpharetta Animal Hospital has five vets, all of whom we like very much and are very capable. We are truly lucky and very grateful to them for everything they do.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

PetSmart recalls Dentley Beef Hoof & Pig Ear Chews

PetSmart recalls beef hoof chews

Nov 5, 2009

"Phoenix, Ariz. -- PetSmart is voluntarily recalling two Dentley's Beef Hoof products, manufactured by Pet Carousel Inc. in Sanger, Calif., due to possible salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"The recall affects Dentley's Bulk Cattle Hoof (UPC 73725703323) and Dentley's 10-Pack Beef Hooves (UPC 73725736055) purchased between Oct. 2, 2009 and Nov. 3, 2009.

"The affected hooves were shipped from the Pet Carousel plan to PetSmart distribution centers in Ottawa, Ill., Groveport, Ohio, and Newnan, Ga., for distribution to various PetSmart stores, says FDA. The same products affected in some stores might not be affected in others based on distribution, but PetSmart is recalling all of the Dentley's hoof products listed as a precautionary measure and alerting its PetPerks customers be e-mail, FDA says.

"Use of the recalled product should be discontinued immediately, and customers can contact PetSmart for refund or exchanges at (888) 839-9638 or by clicking here."

Aksum Notes: Again, this applies to dogs, but many cat owners are also dog owners and PetSmart is a nationwide pet store chain where many people shop, and salmonella is dangerous for pets and humans.

Probiotics can help fight off salmonella infections.


FDA issues health alert on beef hooves, pig ears
Nov 6, 2009

National Report -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded a voluntary recall initiated by PetSmart on Pet Carousel products Nov. 6.

The FDA’s health alert includes two varieties of beef hoof products manufactured by Pet Carousel Inc. of Sanger, Calif., recalled by PetSmart Nov. 5, and adds pig ear products packaged under Doogie Delight and Pet Carousel brands.

No illnesses have been reported in relation to the products, but FDA says the pet treats could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella since conditions at Pet Carousel’s plant “facilitate cross-contamination.” A routine test of the products in September detected a positive Salmonella reading, prompting a full FDA inspection of Pet Carousel’s manufacturing facilities. The investigation revealed traces of Salmonella in the beef hoof and pig ear products, as well as in the manufacturing environment, FDA says. FDA still is working to determine the origin of the contamination.

Customers who purchased the affected products are warned to discontinue use immediately.

H1N1 found in a cat

The Truth About Swine Flu In A Cat

From Steve Dale's Pet World

"Even with credible reports in the media, like this one from MSN on H1N1 found in a cat, there's lots of misinformation flying around the Internet, I suppose it's because it's scary when not all the answers are known, and also because people are afraid of H1N1. I'll address some of the graffiti out there..."

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