Archive for August, 2013

Newly discovered mammal is first species in Americas to join Carnivora in 35 years

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013



Canine epilepsy study recruiting subjects

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

EnglishBulldogSonnyPuppy9Weeks2North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is one of several centers across the country participating in a study of canine epilepsy, the most common neurological disorder in dogs. Goals include generating a clearer understanding of the condition and developing pathways to treatment. The centers are looking for canine patients to include in the study. Eligible dogs have to meet specific age and treatment history criteria, but they can be of any breed. American City Business Journals/Raleigh/Durham, N.C./Traingle BizBlog (8/15


For the more than 780,000 dogs diagnosed with canine epilepsy each year, an ongoing study at North Carolina State University could offer relief.

North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is among investigator sites participating in a nationwide canine epilepsy clinical trial. Epilepsy is the single most common neurological disorder in dogs, and researchers still haven’t identified a cause. That’s where the national study comes in, aiming to provide important evidence-based research that could lead to improved understanding, as well as new treatment options.

To qualify for the trial, dogs must be at least 4 months of age, have received no more of 7 days of prior treatment with an anti-seizure medication, and meet certain other requirements. All breeds are eligible.

Dog owners will net up to $150 to help with travel-related expenses.

All medical care, including physical and neurological exams, blood and urine testing, MRI and medication, will be offered free of charge to participating canines. The study is sponsored by an unnamed major animal health pharmaceutical company and is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Enrollment of patients is expected to run into 2014 and additional study sites are located in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Main, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee. Raleigh-based Raleigh-based Visionaire Research & Education is recruiting for the trial.

Iams and Eukaneuba pet food recall

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

CINCINNATI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the 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 signs 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 these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

This issue is limited to the specific dry pet food lot codes listed below. This affects roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total annual production. The affected product was distributed to select retailers across the United States. These products were made during a 10-day window at a single manufacturing site. P&G’s routine testing determined that some products made during this timeframe have the potential for Salmonella contamination. As a precautionary measure, P&G is recalling the potentially impacted products made during this timeframe. No other dry dog food, dry cat food, dog or cat canned wet food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected by this announcement.

P&G is retrieving these products as a precautionary measure. Consumers who purchased a product listed below should stop using the product and discard it and contact P&G toll-free at 800-208-0172 (Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM ET), or via website at or Media Contact: Jason Taylor, 513-622-1111.

Products affected by this announcement:



Description         Size     Lot Code     UPC Code     Best-by Date
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Large Breed Mature Adult         15 LB     31874177     19014270156     6Nov14
        30 LB     31874177     19014270309     6Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Mature Adult         30 LB     31954177     19014149308     14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Puppy         16.5 LB     31884177     19014042234     7Nov14
        33 LB     31884177     19014609468     7Nov14
        5 LB     31884177     19014039852     7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Adult         16 LB     31904177     19014010516     9Nov14
        4 LB     31904177     19014039722     9Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Puppy         16 LB     31944177     19014010509     13Nov14
        4 LB     31874177     19014039678     6Nov14
        40 LB     31874177     19014011070     6Nov14
            31944177     19014011070     13Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Boxer Adult         36 LB     31944177     19014019588     13Nov14
            31954177     19014019588     14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Chihuahua Adult         4 LB     31884177     19014607037     7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Labrador Retriever Adult         36 LB     31954177     19014019564     14Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Premium Performance 30/20 Adult         33 LB     31884177     19014609475     7Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Professional Feeding Bag Small Breed Puppy         44 LB     31874177     19014113194     6Nov14
Eukanuba Dog Food Weight Control Large Breed Adult         30 LB     31894177     19014269303     8Nov14
            31924177     19014269303    




Description         Size     Lot Code     UPC Code     Best-by Date
Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult         13.3 LB     31884177     19014612017     7Nov14
            31904177     19014612017     9Nov14
            31924177     19014612017     11Nov14
            31934177     19014612017     12Nov14
            31944177     19014612017     13Nov14
        2.9 LB     31944177     19014700165     13Nov14
        25.7 LB     31884177     19014700646     7Nov14
            31894177     19014700646     8Nov14
            31904177     19014700646     9Nov14
            31914177     19014700646     10Nov14
            31934177     19014700646     12Nov14
        5 LB     31904177     19014612635     9Nov14
            31914177     19014612635     10Nov14
Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult         13.3 LB     31894177     19014612024     8Nov14
Iams Dog Food Premium Protection Chicken Adult         12.1 LB     31894177     19014611362     8Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Mature Adult         30 LB     31884177     19014611331     7Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus         13.3 LB     31934177     19014612000     12Nov14
        26.2 LB     31934177     19014700615     12Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Chunks Adult         15 LB     31944177     19014610815     13Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Adult         13.3 LB     31874177     19014610990     6Nov14
            31894177     19014610990     8Nov14
            31924177     19014610990     11Nov14
        3.1 LB     31874177     19014700110     6Nov14
            31894177     19014700110     8Nov14
        5 LB     31874177     19014612055     6Nov14
            31894177     19014612055     8Nov14
            31924177     19014612055     11Nov14
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Puppy         5 LB     31904177     19014700943     9Nov14




        Size     Lot Code     UPC Code     Best-by Date
Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult         16 LB     31874177     19014611881     6Nov14
            31944177     19014611881     13Nov14
        5 LB     31874177     19014612697     6Nov14
            31944177     19014612697     13Nov14
Iams Cat Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult         5 LB     31894177     19014612703     8Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Adult         10.8 LB     31864177     19014612086     5Nov14
            31904177     19014612086     9Nov14
            31914177     19014612086     10Nov14
            31924177     19014612086     11Nov14
            31944177     19014612086     13Nov14
        17.4 LB     31864177     19014611836     5Nov14
            31864177     19014611836     5Nov14
            31914177     19014611836     10Nov14
            31924177     19014611836     11Nov14
            31944177     19014611836     13Nov14
        3.2 LB     31904177     19014612659     9Nov14
            31924177     19014612659     11Nov14
            31934177     19014612659     12Nov14
            31944177     19014612659     13Nov14
        5.7 LB     31864177     19014612499     5Nov14
            31914177     19014612499     10Nov14
            31924177     19014612499     11Nov14
            31944177     19014612499     13Nov14
        6.3 LB     31944177     19014611621     13Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Chicken Kitten         17.4 LB     31904177     19014611867     9Nov14
        3.2 LB     31904177     19014612628     9Nov14
            31954177     19014612628     14Nov14
        5.7 LB     31904177     19014612505     9Nov14
            31904177     19014612505     9Nov14
            31954177     19014612505     14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Digestive Care Adult         16 LB     31904177     19014611904     9Nov14
            31954177     19014611904     14Nov14
        3 LB     31904177     19014700202     9Nov14
            31954177     19014700202     14Nov14
        5 LB     31904177     19014612451     9Nov14
            31954177     19014612451     14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Adult         16 LB     31874177     19014611911     6Nov14
            31954177     19014611911     14Nov14
        3.1 LB     31884177     19014700219     7Nov14
            31914177     19014700219     10Nov14
            31954177     19014700219     14Nov14
        5 LB     31874177     19014612420     6Nov14
            31884177     19014612420     7Nov14
            31914177     19014612420     10Nov14
            31934177     19014612420     12Nov14
            31954177     19014612420     14Nov14
        9.8 LB     31894177     19014612161     8Nov14
            31914177     19014612161     10Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Hairball Mature Adult         5 LB     31954177     19014612604     14Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control & Hairball Adult         16 LB     31884177     19014612147     7Nov14
            31914177     19014612147     10Nov14
            31924177     19014612147     11Nov14
            31934177     19014612147     12Nov14
            31944177     19014612147     13Nov14
        2.9 LB     31914177     19014700240     10Nov14
            31924177     19014700240     11Nov14
            31934177     19014700240     12Nov14
            31944177     19014700240     13Nov14
            31954177     19014700257     14Nov14
        5 LB     31884177     19014612789     7Nov14
            31914177     19014612789     10Nov14
            31924177     19014612789     11Nov14
            31934177     19014612789     12Nov14
            31954177     19014612789     14Nov14
        5.5 LB     31924177     19014611652     11Nov14
        9.8 LB     31884177     19014612130     7Nov14
            31914177     19014612130     10Nov14
            31924177     19014612130     11Nov14
            31934177     19014612130     12Nov14
            31944177     19014612130     13Nov14
Iams Cat Food ProActive Health Weight Control Adult         16 LB     31874177     19014612178     6Nov14
            31934177     19014612178     12Nov14
        5 LB     31874177     19014612680     6Nov14
            31934177     19014612680     12Nov14
        9.8 LB     31874177     19014612123     6Nov14
Iams Cat Food Professional Feeding Bag Chicken Adult         33 LB     31914177     19014105458     10Nov14
            31944177     19014105458     13Nov14

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Therapy Dog helps calm dentists’ patients

Monday, August 19th, 2013

dog and dentist2Molly’s contributions to the field of dentistry are often acknowledged with a smile and a pat on the head.

On most days, the 4-year-old cocker spaniel roams Applewood Family Dental in Woodbury, MN waiting to be summoned to comfort a fidgety patient.

Some people are so averse to dental work that they regularly skip cleanings or push back appointments, Dr. Brian Kraby said. To help address the problem, he decided to bring in Molly to help ease patients’ minds as they sat in his chair.

Therapy dogs long have taken part in similar programs to counter anxiety and depression in schools, libraries, hospitals and nursing homes. But Kraby said he believes Applewood is the first dental office in the state to adopt the practice.

“If that’s going to help other people for probably more traumatic situations in life, why can’t a dental office do it?” he said.

“A lot of times in dental schools you’re trained to do something just a certain way. You’re never really trained to think outside of the box.”

Kraby said he was initially skeptical when Mary Reck, his dental assistant and Molly’s trainer, came to him with the idea shortly after he bought the office in April. It only took a few appointments to change his mind.

“I’m trying to reach out to that segment of the population that won’t see a dentist, wouldn’t consider doing just routine stuff to keep the preventive aspect of things under control,” Kraby said.

On a recent morning, 10-year-old Hugh Witzmann patted Molly’s black fur with one hand while gripping the armrest with the other. The work he needed done took no more than 20 minutes, and Hugh appeared visibly relieved when it was done.

He said he was comforted by Molly’s presence. “It kind of doesn’t freak you out as much.”

Molly, who also has worked at battered women’s shelters and with children of alcoholics, had a lot of training before she was allowed to interact with patients.

She and Reck completed four obedience classes and an eight-week class at AllBreed Obedience, a dog-training school in Woodbury that partners with Pet Partners, a national nonprofit organization that brings therapy dogs to the sick and elderly.

Therapy dogs must be “comfortable in their own skin. They’re comfortable around people,” All Breed owner Debra Schneider said Monday. “These are dogs that from the get-go enjoy being around humans and have absolutely no signs of being reactive” to outside stimuli, including loud noises and other dogs.

Hypoallergenic breeds make for good therapy dogs, but Reck said that the animals — Molly included — are wiped down with disinfectant after every visit.

Dr. Edward Creagan, an oncologist at the Mayo Clinic, noted several benefits of partnering animals with patients in a video interview on Pet Partners’ website.

“When you look into the eyes of that cat, when you stroke that dog, when you hold that animal there is a surge of hormones deep within the center of the brain and these hormones provide a tremendous feeling of peace, of serenity, of tranquility. They decrease our blood pressure, they decrease our pulse, they lessen our depression,” Creagan said.


Vaccinations, boosters key to protecting horses from EEE

Monday, August 19th, 2013

CS Equine CenterThis summer, South Carolina has reported 30 confirmed cases and two suspected cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, a vector-borne disease that is fatal in 90% to 95% of cases. Horse owners have the best chance of protecting their animals with twice-yearly vaccines and mosquito prevention efforts, says veterinarian Adam Eichelberger of Clemson University. “Horses that are sick with EEE, don’t get sick from other horses that have EEE. They get sick from mosquitoes that are infected with EEE,” Dr. Eichelberger said. Aiken Standard (S.C.)

Preventative measures are the best way to protect a vulnerable equine inventory.

There have been 30 confirmed positives, and two suspected cases, of Eastern equine encephalitis this summer in the state of South Carolina.

The number of cases of EEE continues to be prevalent, as there were seven cases diagnosed during the five day period from Aug. 5 to 9, and five more during the past week, said Dr. Adam Eichelberger, Clemson University director of animal health programs. The first positive confirmed case of West Nile Virus was diagnosed this past week in Lancaster County. There haven’t been any confirmed positive cases of either EEE or WNV in Aiken County.

However, there are ways horse owners can preclude their horse from being diagnosed with the vector-borne pathogen, which is usually 90-95 percent fatal.

Vaccinations and booster shots are critical in maintaining the best protection, said Eichelberger.

“Preventative vaccines are very effective,” said Eichelberger. “Horses that have never been vaccinated or have an unknown vaccine history will have to be boostered four to six weeks after the first vaccine. The series of injections is required to be effective and protective. In South Carolina, we recommend that horses are vaccinated twice yearly (every six months) for Eastern-Western equine encephalomyelitis and West Nile virus. These vaccines usually come in single doses or multiple combinations known at EWT, EWT/WN or EWT/FR. The ‘T’ in the abbreviation is short for tetanus, which is also a very important vaccine for horses.”

Mosquito prevention plays a critical role in preventing the disease, said Eichelberger. Eastern equine encephalitis is spread by infected mosquitoes.

“Horses that are sick with EEE, don’t get sick from other horses that have EEE,” said Eichelbeger. “They get sick from mosquitoes that are infected with EEE.”

If a horse owner suspects their horse may be infected with Eastern equine encephalitis, they should contact their local veterinarian and make an appointment for evaluation and treatment, said Eichelberger.

There are clinical signs horse owners should be aware of, if they suspect their horse may be infected with the virus. Symptoms can include a change in the way a horse presents itself, loss of appetite, depression, lethargy, severe fever, acting out of the ordinary, incoordination, inability to swallow and drooling, said Eichelberger.

The incubation of the disease can be as short as one week but as long as three weeks.

“Encephalitis means inflammation in the central nervous system, basically the horse’s brain is inflamed,” said Eichelberger. “Inflammation of the brain leads to the horse becoming neurologic. Horses initially febrile (elevated temperature) often becoming depressed or sluggish. Another name for EEE is sleeping sickness.”

Horses infected with the virus should be isolated, said Eichelberger.

“Horses should be approached with extreme caution because of concerns of large unstable animals falling on people, animals or structures,” said Eichelberger.

Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004.
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Therapy Dog Fletcher

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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Barbara Swarz’ Pet Partner Annie

Monday, August 19th, 2013

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Therapy Dogs – Born or Made

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Therapy dog tootsieHere is a terrific article from Patricia McConnell, the trainer and author of “The Other End of the Leash”.  This is a must read for everyone who wants to understand animal behavior, which is the first step to learning how to train your dog.