Cushing’s Disease, Canine Diabetes and Hypothyroidism in Dogs

By D. Thurmond, D.V.M. Dogs suffer from hormonal imbalances just as their owners do on occasion. Canine diabetes, hypothyroidism in dogs and Cushing’s disease are three of the most common endocrine diseases for canines. Cushing’s Disease Cushing’s may be naturally occurring or the result of corticosteroid use. It is the result of an overactive adrenal [...]
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Dogswell recalls Catswell Vitakitty cat treats

Another Friday pet food recall, this one for cat treats.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 27, 2012 – Arthur Dogswell LLC, Los Angeles, CA 90025, is voluntarily recalling 1051 cartons packed as either 10 or 50 packages per case of Catswell Brand VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins because it has the potential to contain propylene glycol. High levels of propylene glycol in the treats could result in serious injury to cats. The adverse health impacts could be reducing red blood cell survival time (anemia) and making the cells more susceptible to oxidative damage. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The VitaKitty treats were distributed nationwide via retail stores and mail order from April 13th through June 14th, 2012. This product is packaged in a re-sealable 2 ounce orange plastic bag with a clear window. The VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins lot codes affected are as follows: SEW12CH032701/03c and SEW12CH032702/03c with a best before date of 09/10/13 and 09/11/13, respectively (UPC code 8 84244 00057 2). Lot codes can be found on the bottom right backside of the package.

“We are taking this voluntary action because it is in the best interests of our customers and their feline companions,” says Marco Giannini, CEO and Founder. “We will be working with the FDA in our continued commitment to ensure that we meet FDA guidelines.”

The recall resulted from a routine surveillance sample collected by the Company and the Food and Drug Administration. Arthur Dogswell has ceased distribution of the affected product.

Consumers who have purchased VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins from the affected lot codes are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. If the affected product was purchased online, consumers should contact the internet retailer to understand their specific return and refund process. Consumers with questions may contact Arthur Dogswell at 1-888-559-8833 from 8AM to 5PM PST, Monday through Friday, or leave a message at any time.

You’ll find the recall on the FDA website here: Arthur Dogswell LLC Voluntarily Recalls Catswell Brand Vitakitty Chicken Breast With Flaxseed And Vitamins Because Of Possible Health Risk and on the Catswell website.

Hey Dogswell, thanks for putting the recall on your website, but why did you wait until Friday to announce it? I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting to know why you didn’t announce it during the week when more pet owners would see it. I know somebody from Dogswell is reading this, so please enlighten us.


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© Made by Charlotte & Kristian Septimius Krogh: and Two dogs waiting patiently to get served in “restaurant”, and in spite of waiting, never get anything to drink. This video has had many positive comments – thanks to all of you. Some people though are worried for the dogs – were they forced and did they hurt themselves on the forks? Firstly the dogs loved it – they are best friends and really like getting all the attention. We practiced with the cutlery in advance, and both dogs very quickly figured it out. Besides the “waitress” kept on talking to them and encouraging them. They are very well behaved, and know when to sit still, take it slow and wait. This video was shot in one take, no cuts or editing – and both dogs had a wonderful time..The hand coordination was not preplanned – since everything was up to the dogs – but we both intuitively acted on the feeling of the dogs movement, plus we could hear from the “waitresses” comments, what the dogs were doing. Enjoy and don´t be worried – both dogs love it, and we love them..wonder how we did? see:
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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The Bud Man Abides

Some say we anthropromophize our dogs because we need to believe they have a soul.  
I say, if you can’t see the great spirit inside them, you aren’t f*cking looking hard enough.  
My God has blessed me with that ability, to open up to that beautifully complex and unspoken companionship.  
I reflect on it today, the one year anniversary of the passing of one such great soul, Buddy Morgan, Ginger’s heart dog.  
I wrote a ballad about him in which I referred to him as ‘Bad Beat Buddy’ because he never had it easy in life.  Not much was known of him in the early years except that he was from N’awlins LA and a Katrina rescue and that’s how he came into Ginger’s life.  At the time she was Executive Director of the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society.  
Buddy was starved and had a half gnarled leg which appeared to have been tangled up in barb wire that he had to chew off to survive.  Buddy also had buckshot in his arse presumably courtesy of a farmer he had made the unfortunate mistake of trespassing on their land.  
His strife didn’t end there – once rescued, Buddy was adopted out to several families in Memphis all of whom returned him for various reasons and by reasons I mean stupidities, so he became a ward of the shelter.  
Ginger ultimately adopted him as her own.  
I had the great fortune to spend time with the Bud Man in the last months of Murphy’s life.  He, Hudson, and Murphy and I stayed in Ginger’s living room and became known as the notorious Couch Potato Kidz, and it was then and there that I got to know him.  
Buddy had two forms of expression that I described as ‘The Bud Man Abides’ (inspired, of course, by my love of the Dude) and ‘The Bud Man is Not Amused’.  The picture nearby personifies the latter cause he really hated when Ginger dressed him up for photo ops.  
There was no middle ground with him and I think that’s what I loved best about him.  
Not too long after Ginger became a part of this our story, Buddy’s left eye started bulging out and the diagnostics revealed he had a cranial tumor.  Radical surgery removed it along with his eye and part of his jaw, too.  But despite her heroic efforts, the cancer spread to his lungs in the winter of 2010 and slowly sucked the life out of him.  
After Murphy died I went on an 18 day fast in Tennessee.  Within a week of my return from my fast Buddy slumped over and passed away from congestive heart failure.  Ginger says he was waiting for me. 
I miss him deeply and absolutely, and whether you believe that to be true, I’ve been witness to many things most people wouldn’t ever believe… 
Open up… Puppy up

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Choosing between commercial dog food and a home made raw diet

To ensure the best nutrition for your dog, put him on a raw dog food diet. However, you do need to know what you’re doing – dogs are not a special kind of furry humans. Their needs, digestive system and metabolism are different than ours. Differences in digestion between you and your dog » Human [...]
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Denver Official Guilty! Dog Video

Someone helped themselves to the kitty Cat treats while I was out!! Let’s see who is Guilty! and cracks under pressure! & – Military homecoming videos, pictures & stories! In celebration of Veterans Day, we put together this “Best of” video of dogs welcoming home their owners from deployment! Enjoy as you watch these furry little creatures (Well, SOME of them are little) give their brave men and women what they deserve lots of love, hugs and kisses! Happy Veterans Day 2011 from …

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Blown Away: Fluffy Puppy vs. Air-Conditioner [VIDEO]

Puppy Takes On Air Conditioner

Pup 'Blown Away' By Air Conditioner

Watch as this brave, fluff-ball of a pup, dares to take on the elusive air-blowing adversary behind the dashboard vents!


The Daily Treat: Animal Planet

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Horse Masters Ice Dancing

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Pest Control

Some cool Pest images:

Pest Control

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This man will control your pests . . . through fear. Taken from my car while driving behind.

Researcher collecting cassava pests in the field

Image by IITA Image Library
Researcher collecting cassava pests from the leaf in cassava field for further research. Photo by IITA. (file name: CA_202)

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K-9 Officer Dies in Hot Car: Again? Really?

I can’t believe it, but it’s happened again. A K-9 officer has died after being left in a hot patrol car. It’s bad enough when someone who may not know any better does this, but a trained dog handler should certainly know better. This one comes to us from Celina, a small town in western [...] Dog Blog

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