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VIN News:Raw food diets for pets chock-full of controversy, complexity

November 29, 2010

The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) has an interesting article about feeding your pets raw meats.  They quote a New Hampshire veterinarian, Dr. Richard McAroy, who is against it and doesn’t allow it in boarding clients. Here’s a sample of the article, but do read the whole.  It is a balanced report of the pros...
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Pet Insurance

November 9, 2010

Pet insurance is a complicated issue.  It can be a great help if one of your pets needs major surgery or chemotherapy, but there are also pitfalls with it.  Just like human health insurance, it doesn’t always cover pre-existing conditions. There are two excellent web sites devoted to helping pet owners understand the ins...
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November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November 5, 2010

According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, here’s a list of the ten most common cancers.  This list is based on claims submitted to the company between 2003 and 2009. Lymphosarcoma Mast Cell Tumor Bone Cancer Cancer of the Eyelid Cancer of the Spleen Liver Cancer Fibrosarcoma (which stem from connective tissues) Cancer of...
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Cat Center Stage

July 14, 2010

The Cat Fanciers Association has a new web site for cat lovers.  From their announcement flier: “Do you love cats? Are you curious about cat breeds and personalities? Did a lovable stray stroll into your life and win your heart? If so, join us as we celebrate the felines in our lives with this...
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Two Recalls: Cat Food and Nutritional Supplements

July 3, 2010

From the FDA’s web site: Feline’s Pride is announcing a voluntary recall of Feline’s Pride Raw food with ground bone for cats and kittens, Natural Chicken Formula, Net Wt. 2.5 lbs. (1.13 kg., 40 oz.) produced on 6/10/10, because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The product is packaged in uncoded plastic containers and...
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Recall: Iams ProActive Health Canned Cat and Kitten Food

June 10, 2010

As a precautionary measure, Proctor and Gamble is voluntarily recalling all varieties of Iams ProActive Health Canned Cat and Kitten Food in 3 oz & 5.5 oz cans with the dates 09/2011 to 06/2012 on the bottom of the cans.  Diagnostic testing indicated that the product may contain insufficient levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1),...
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Online Pharmacies

April 21, 2010

Many pet owners turn to online pharmacies and other sources for their pet medicines and flea products. While many online stores are reputable, there are some that are questionable.  To help you in your search, the FDA has a web page and a pdf  booklet to help you pick a reputable source for your...
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Sago Palms and other Poisonous Plants

April 8, 2010
Sago Palms and other Poisonous Plants

Now that Spring is coming to New Hampshire, many pet owners thoughts are turning to gardening.  VIN is reporting that incidences of pets being poisoned by ingesting Sago Palms are increasing nationwide.  Although originally from the South, Sago Palms are now being sold in gardening centers and the big box stores nationwide.  Sometimes they...
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EPA Increases Restrictions on Flea Products

March 18, 2010

Due to a significant increase in adverse incidents, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. Next, EPA...
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Wide variation in calorie content among ‘low calorie’ pet foods

February 8, 2010

Tufts is reporting that reading labels is not always the best way to help your pet lose weight. “There is so much information — and misinformation — about pet foods, it’s understandable that people are confused about what to feed their dogs and cats,” said co-author Dr. Lisa Freeman, professor of nutrition at Tufts...
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