Nylabone Recalls Puppy Starter Kit Dog Chews Due to Salmonella

Nylabone-Puppy-Starter-Kit-RecallNylabone Products of Neptune, N.J., has just announced a voluntary recall of one lot of the company’s 1.69-ounce Puppy Starter Kit dog chews due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The chews were distributed throughout the U.S., Canada and via domestic mail order. The issue was discovered following routine testing by the company.

The recalled chews bear the lot #21935, UPC 0-18214-81291-3, located on the back of the package, and with an expiration date of 3/22/18, according to the FDA.

Consumers are urged to cease giving this product to their pets and are advised to return any unused portions to the place of purchase for a full refund.

If you purchased this product and have any further questions or concerns, you may contact the company at (877) 273-7527, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

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The Controversy Surrounding Medical Marijuana for Dogs

Medical-Marijuana-DogsAs the potential benefits of medical marijuana for people is a currently hot topic, some cutting edge pet health care experts have been exploring how pharmaceutical pot may also help dogs.

And as is the case with people, there is a lot of controversy regarding medical marijuana for pooches.

Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer is among the leading proponents of the use of medical marijuana to alleviate such ailments in dogs as age-related aches and pains, appetite loss and insomnia.

However, there are those in the pet health community who oppose the use of medical pot for pets. Two veterinary hospitals in Colorado reported exponential increases in deaths in dogs from what they determined were pot overdoses in correlation with the increase in the issuance of medical marijuana licenses for humans.

Meanwhile, proponents of pot for pooches claim that, in proper doses, marijuana can be highly therapeutic for dogs. But much more research should be conducted to determine the best ways to administer cannabis to canines – which could take years.

Otherwise, a number of dog owners who have administered pot to their pets in the form of oils, homemade treats or spread on such foods as cheese have reported miraculous results, and dramatic enhancements to their older dogs’ qualities of life.

What do you think? As always, feel free to share your insights in the comments section below.

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Texas Veterinarian Who Allegedly Killed Cat with Bow and Arrow May Face Jail Time

Veternarian-Kills-CatAs I recently posted about on my Facebook page, a Texas veterinarian who bragged about and posted pictures of a cat she allegedly killed with a bow and arrow has been fired from her job at the veterinary clinic at which she was employed.

Now come reports that veterinarian Kristen Lindsey is under criminal investigation by the Austin County Sheriff’s Department, and may face jail time.

Lindsey, whose veterinarian father-in-law reportedly owns the Washington Animal Clinic in Brenham at which she was employed, had posted a photo of a dead cat that had been impaled through his head with a caption that read: “My first bow kill lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Vet of the year award … gladly accepted (sic).”

The photo, which allegedly was taken by Lindsey’s mother-in-law, soon went viral across the Internet, after which appalled animal lovers demanded that Lindsey be arrested and jailed.

According to new emerging reports, Lindsey may now face criminal charges, and is looking at possible jail time. As for the cat being “feral,” various news report state that he was actually domesticated, and was under foster care at the time that he was killed.

“You hope it isn’t true and then you find out that it may be,” said Dr. Bruce Buenger DVM, co-owner of the animal hospital. “So then you just have to do what’s right. We researched it, did some soul-searching and this morning decided to terminate her employment with the clinic.”

If these reports are in fact true, I personally hope that this miserable excuse for a human being loses her veterinary license for life, and spends many years behind bars.

What do you think? Feel free to comment below.

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Shelter Cats Get New Home at Indiana Prison

Inmate Andrew Conley dispenses some treats to his furry friends. Photo by Don Knight/Herald Bulletin

In the most unique program of its kind in the country, an Indiana animal shelter has partnered with a local prison to provide 12 homeless kitties with love and care, courtesy of a group of prison inmates.

Officials at the Pendelton Correctional Facility in Madison County arranged to transform an empty office into a cat sanctuary complete with kitty condos, scratching posts, toys and litter, and have assigned seven well-vetted prisoners to care for them.

The cats previously were housed in small cages at the Animal Protection League; this new arrangement enables them to roam freely.

“It’s kind of ironic that these cats had to come to prison to have some freedom,” inmate Barry Matlock told the Herald Bulletin newspaper. “We deserve to be locked up, or at least I do, but these cats haven’t done anything wrong.”

Not only do the kitties benefit from the arrangement, prison officials claim that this is therapeutic for the prisoners, and is helping them to gain a greater sense of responsibility – which may serve them well upon release back into society.

So it’s a win-win for everyone.

FBI Declares Animal Cruelty a Felony

FBI-Animal-CruelyIn a development that animal welfare advocates and animal lovers in general applaud, the FBI recently announced that the bureau will now classify animal cruelty as a Class A felony, in the same league as homicide, arson and assault.

Extensive studies have indicated that many mass murderers, such as Jeffrey Dahmer and David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz, initially abused animals as children. Thus, the new classification will enable law enforcement officials and mental health counselors to keep better track of kids who show early signs of trouble, in an effort to help thwart any criminal activities on their parts later in life.

This will also enable the FBI to monitor animal abusers nationwide, and will help to strengthen individual state laws pertaining to this.

On the downside, the FBI won’t be able to begin collecting related data until January of 2016, because it’s going to take some time to get the database and other tools in place. But it certainly is a step in the right direction in the war against the abuse of precious creatures who don’t have a voice of their own.

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